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Spring by Youla Boudali with audio description by ATLAS E.P.

Updated: Jan 23

Vertical poster in grayscale. Close-up of a young girl’s face, from the lips and below. She is wearing a student dress, buttoned-up with a white collar. On the background, low vegetation. At the top part of the poster, with white letters that form a semicircle with a rising curve, in which the letters get smaller, the director’s name: “YOULA BOUDALI”. In the middle of the poster the word “SPRING” in Greek. With a smaller font, bellow the first letter of the word “PIRAEUS 260” and below the last letter “Building E”. At the bottom of the poster, in white capital letters that form a semicircle with a downward curve: “02-04 JULY”. On the bottom left, exactly below the zero, the logo of the Athens-Epidaurus Festival. On the right, information about the tickets and QR code. Below the poster, white horizontal ribbon with the sponsors.
Poster of the performance "Spring"

ATLAS E.P. will provide its services to the Athens - Epidaurus Festival for yet another year. On July 2, 3 and 4, at Peiraios 260 - Building E, "Spring" by Youla Boudali will be accessible to visually impaired individuals and/or people with limited access to the visual channel of communication, as the founder of ATLAS E.P., Emmanouela Patiniotaki, will be providing live audio description. Visit the Athens - Epidaurus Festival website to purchase your ticket.

Horizontal photo in grayscale. In a field, four young girls are lying face down on the grass. On the background, a tall, bushy tree. At the center-right, even further back, a hill. Leaning on their elbows, the girls are looking straight into the camera. From the left to the right, the first girl has strong features, thick eyebrows, half-open lips, a carefree smile, brown hair tied in two shoulder-length braids that are framing her face. She is a wearing a black student dress with a white collar. Both her forearms are touching the ground, her palms are forming two fists, facing one another. On her right, the second young girl. Delicate features. She is smiling with a closed mouth. Her head is slightly tilting on the right, accentuating her left cheek. Her hair is tied low at the back of her head and she has a middle part. She is wearing a chain neckless with a cross and a cardigan with a squared pattern on top of her student dress. Her right forearm is touching the ground while her left palm is placed on the inside of her right elbow. On her right, the third young girl. She is also wearing a student robe. She has a slim face with strong cheekbones and a sweet, closed-mouth smile that accentuates her cheeks and makes the eyes look smaller. Her hair is tied low with a middle part. Her forearms in parallel with her body, in front of her chest. Her left palm on the floor, her right palm on top of it, with the fingers hugging the left forearm. Next to her, the fourth young girl with dark brown hair and a fringe, tied in a ponytail that sits on top of her back. She is wearing a white ribbon right behind her fringe. She is looking at the camera with a calm glance, with her head placed on her right palm that is slightly pressuring the chin towards the left. She is wearing a cardigan with big patterns of flowers and squares.
Poster of the performance "Spring"

Is there a distinctly male and a distinctly female “destiny”? Are there innate proclivities and talents? Are hard science, mechanical engineering, architecture, or pharmaceutics appropriate for a girl? Spring of 1960, Missolonghi. A group of girls’ school students marches on the city streets, protesting the founding of a Vocational Boys’ Gymnasium that will exclude girls from science courses. A story of women who were born immediately after WWII in an insular, provincial town and envisioned equality with men. Girls whose agency was unusual at the time, and is still unusual today, as gender roles continue to define the dominant national narrative, superficial shifts notwithstanding. An original performance based on actual (and actually Greek) events.

Written and directed by Youla Boudali Dramaturgy Vasiliki Lazaridou Assistant to the director Maria Gioni Set design Konstantinos Kotsis Lighting design Tasos Palaioroutas Costume design Marli Aleiferi Music John Tsallas, Kostas Zampos Recorded texts Panagiotis Papachristopoulos, Thanos Tokakis Make-up artist Evi Zafiropoulou Photos Myrto Tzima Cast Vangelio Andreadaki, Athina Balta, Marianna Bozantzoglou, Eli Driva, Vassilis Karampoulas, Erietta Kelly, Christina Kypraiou, Fotini Papachristopoulou, Zoe Sigalou Executive production LeFou Productions / Vasia Attarian, Serafeim Radis


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