based on Ingmar Bergman's Persona, Theatre of Neos Kosmos, 2013
Persona is a 1966 Swedish film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. Persona’s story revolves around a young nurse named Alma and her patient, a well-known stage actress named Elisabet Vogler, who has suddenly ceased to speak. The relationship between the two women becomes strained and the border between dream and reality becomes blurred. By the end of the film the identities of Alma and Elisabeth appear to merge.
As with Bergman’s other works, the film is shot and set in Sweden and deals with the themes of illness, bleakness, death and insanity.
Persona is considered one of the major works of the 20th century by essayists and critics. The film was released on 31 August 1966, while the promotional premiere took place on 18 October 1966 at the Spegeln cinema in Stockholm. The film opened in the U.S. on 6 March 1967.
Can you be two people at the same time?
Dots. A word refered to silence. It can be the conscious hushing up, a sound that we choose to mean something. It can also be the weakness to speak when, dazedly from reality, we can't find the correct words.
Exclamation. Everywhere people in role of the speaker. Words. More words. Pause. Everywhere also the other people in the role of the viewer. The pathetic or active silent. Each time in the role they selected. But variable in their role. Different each time. Acrobats between the reasonable and unsavory speaking, the truth and the fake behind what they choose.
Sometime conscious. Semicolon.
Sometime unconscious. Dots.
Enjoying the route of each selection. True or fake.
Script: Ingmar Bergman
Translation in Greek: Anastasia Tzellou
Director: Eleni Efthymiou
Dramaturg: Anastasia Tzellou
Scenography-Costumes: Zoi Molyvda Fameli
Light Designer: Zoi Molyvda Fameli
Sound design: Kostas Vomvolos
Assistant Director: Themis Theocharoglou
Scenography assistant: Dido Gogkou
Production: Themis Theocharoglou, Brainco
Photos-Poster: Elisavet Antapassi
Video promo: Dimitris Zahos
Alma: Marilou Vomvolou
Elisabet Vogler: Caterina Sisinni
Doctor: Anna Grivakou
Mr Vogler: Yorgos Makris
Technician on stage: Themis Theocharoglou