Part sci-fi punk, part warrior, Athena’s determined attempts to build a new Parthenon are only to be thwarted by a deluge in this amazingly poetic, highly physical performance without words.
Using just scotch tape and poles, our heroic builder painstakingly assembles a pile of cardboard, stabilising the rickety structure and shaping it with a chainsaw until a European landmark emerges. But as soon as the temple is complete, a foreboding cloud appears on the horizon, leaving us with stark images of creation and destruction.
Witness French artist Phia Ménard’s response to the Greek financial crisis with refugees being housed in tents and turbulent changes across Europe. Showing how quickly something can collapse, there are visions of a society facing ruin in this tension-filled, visually arresting show.
Presented by LIFT and the Barbican. Produced by Compagnie Non Nova. Co-produced by documenta 14 - Kasseland Le Carré, Scène nationale et Centre d’Art contemporain du Château-Gontier. This presentation is supported by Institut Français and Institut français du Royaume-Uni as part of its EnScène! programme.
(no performance Thursday 18)
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