Director, author, visual artist, ODC Ensemble (Greece)
While revisiting the classics and creating immersive experiences, Elli Papakonstantinou connects notions of myth, philosophy and major narratives of our days. Named a Visiting CCRMA Scholar by Stanford University and a visiting scholar by Princeton University and nominated twice with a Fulbright Artist’s Award, Papakonstantinou shaped her ideas from the civic movements that emerged in Greece during the crisis. She is the founder of the international company ODC Ensemble. She writes and directs all of the company’s works with a wish to challenge what opera and music theatre is all about.
Elli has been commissioned by European Capitals of Culture “Eleusis 21” (Greece), “Valletta 18” (Malta) and ‘Pafos 17’ (Cyprus) and has presented her work for the European Parliament for Culture 2017. Her creations tour internationally including official Hellenic participation Prague Quadrennial 2015, the Inauguration Ceremony of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (EG), Edinburgh Festival (UK), BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) New York, Operadagen Festival (HL), Neuköllner Oper Berlin (GE), La MaMa ETC, New York, etc.
Founder and director of Vyrsodepseio, a 3,000 sq.m. art space in Athens (2011-2017) and artistic director of the ODC ensemble company, she currently creates “theatre of seclusion for immaterial stages” with Traces of Antigone and Aède Of the Ocean and Land (new digital performances on the zoom).
She is currently also developing, writing and directing Alcestis for the National Theater of Sweden Dramaten. Her most recent work also includes The Kindly Ones presented at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial’ in Austria, also invited at the Camp des Milles Memorial in the frame of La Manufacture/Festival Avignon 2021.