Clean City traces the social, philosophical and political connotations of 'cleanliness' and 'purity' within a contemporary Greek ethos. Who cleans Athens? Why are the majority of cleaners women and immigrants? Why does the phrase 'a clean sweep' describe police operations intended to rid public spaces of 'undesirable' figures (immigrants, the homeless, 'deviants')? As theatre of the real, this performance presents a Greek narrative as told from the perspective of foreigners. In a candid and humorous fashion, immigrant women living in Athens and working as cleaners take the stage and relate personal accounts to challenge stereotypes and expose an undisguised return to racist discourse.
Clean City is made possible by the Onassis Cultural Centre Athens (co-producer and touring supporter) and the EUROPOLY project (co-producer).
Research, Text & Direction: Anestis Azas and Prodromos Tsinikoris
Dramaturgy: Margarita Tsomou
Set Design & Costumes: Eleni Stroulia, Assistant to the Set & Costume Designer: Zaira Falirea
Lighting: Eliza Alexandropoulou, Music: Panagiotis Manouilidis, Video: Nikos Pastras
Assistant Directors: Ioanna Valsamidou, Liana Taousiani, Production Management: Vasilis Chrysanthopoulos,
Video appearance: Nelly Kambouri, Puppet Construction: Yiannis Katranitsas
With: Mabel Matchidiso Mosana, Rositsa Pandalieva, Fredalyn Resurreccion, Drita Shehi, Valentina Ursache
Coproduced by: Onassis Cultural Centre Athens and Goethe-Institut, in the context of EUROPOLY project
EUROPOLY is a project of the Goethe-Institutes in Europe in cooperation with the Münchner Kammerspiele, Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens, Sirenos-Vilnius International Theatre Festival, Teatro Maria Matos Lisbon and Tiger Dublin Fringe.
Touring support: Onassis Cultural Centre Athens