Interview of Ioannis Iandreadis

Interview of Ioannis (Yangos) Iandreadis, Stage Director and Director Panteion University Drama Center of Athens.

(informal interview in the street, while heading back towards the hotel)

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Marianne: Yangos, For our Pace session, may be we have a little time to speak about "your theatre" and can you give us clues about the methods you use?

Yangos: I speak of the tradition of the ancient Drama and classical drama including Shakespeare and maybe Molière, also what I call the “the classics” of modernity chiefly Artaud and Brecht but not as fossilized personalities but as works that are still alive and extending up to Castellucci and others nowadays. Those two heroes of modernity say on the one hand: “get done with masterpieces, we don’t give a damn…” (One of the chapter of Le Théâtre et Son Double ) but on the other hand those two, Artaud… and Brecht too, keep dialoguing with the classics, always! If you take a look to the Cenci By Artaud it is Antigone but in such a way that nobody thinks it is, You really have to go deep to understand that. It is more or less what we are trying to do; we think that real modernity… Paul Klee used to say: “I am a futurist with memory”: that sentence is at the core of what we are trying to do.

Marianne: That memory, are you looking for it for the actors too…?

Yangos: Very good question. For the actors that memory is that of the body, the nerves, for, as a matter of fact, in each of us there is a whole troop of men and women waiting for their moment to wake up and to go on stage. In our subconscious, in our body, in our nerves, there is this troop ready to come back and exist.

Marianne:  I like this idea. I don’t know why but why it reminds me of Kantor and “The Class”.

Yangos: It is the main idea of our company. If it is true that someone has always formulated things before you, in that case for me it is Marcel Proust who used to say that in Charlus’ voice there were a whole cohort of old ladies waiting to wake up.

Marianne: It is very evocative !

Yangos: It is a very beautiful idea about that; you can find it in ancient philosophers' books but for me it is a theatrical code. You speak. You tell me things. At the beginning you are objective, neutral; your voice is neutral; all of a sudden you are delighted, you are furious… 

My master at the Ledra studio, at my question: “Why classical drama?” (The name of our company), said: “Don’t worry; any good theatre is already classical.”

 

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