Yiati Mama? (Γιατί Μαμά?) - Why Mum?
Category: Performance Design, Set Design, Costume Design
"Yiati Mama?" is a female monologue about adulthood & identity - staged here as a physical theatre performance. Aliki, a lonely woman, explores how her upbringing & family have shaped her differentiality, & ultimately made her feel so adrift, alone & unhappy.
Audrey Hepburn was my main inspiration for the character, inflitrating, thus, into a 'cultivated' woman in her 30s with good uprbringing, classical education & refined tastes.
The venue itself presented many challenges: unorthodox shape, set of fixed platforms upstage, lack of entrances/exits, structural pillars on the stage...External & internal worlds had to interrelate - real & imaginary - while the design had to provide enough to make up for the lack of other characters.
Her studio is portrayed as a sinking world, made of three paper sculptures, functioning as individual installations with one common theme: sinking-sand-time. Then, each one explores different parts: her cultivated upbringing (readings, records), her childhood (playground), & her fragmented identity (mirror fragments, loss of self).
"The Little Prince" & "Alice in Wonderland" were also threads of inspiration. The kitchen full of sand tuppers, as well as the dissolving frame that ends up in the mirror sand-cliffs complete the whole.
Crucial for the Scenography was the choice of video projection onto two different 'screens': a huge white shirt, which stands for Aliki's soul, & two smudged 'windows', a portal from & to the outside world, i.e. standing for Aliki's perception of the world outside. Then, at different times of the performance, different videos were projected onto each 'screen' targeting each one thematically, thus, offering the text another layer of interpretation.