Returning to the Source of Ancient Hellenic Theatre
Welcome to Imalis,
Imalis is a research and training center dedicated to the study of the performing arts in the Ancient Hellenic tradition. Imalis proposes, organizes and hosts a wide range of activities from in-depth professional workshops in the performing arts to healing and self-development retreats for the general public, conducted on location, and offering dedicated spaces and direct access to the archeological spaces.
We are looking inwards this year, and our 2015 season will be focused on new works development and further research into Ancient Hellenic Theatre, as well as fundraising and substantial infrastructure improvements.
Come work with us - Imalis is inviting selected institutions to train, research and develop in Epidauros. You can see some of our work on our YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/ProjectImalis. For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
New York, Los Angeles, London - and around we go, traveling from city to city and marshalling support and collaborators for 2016 and onwards.
State University of California, Sacramamento - Imalis has been invited to Sac State to lecture and offer Master Classes on Ethopoetics. Sac State’s Theatre department has been using Imalis’ method in their teaching of Ancient Hellenic Theatre.
Hippokrene Font 2015 - the second year of a multi-year project, the Hippokrene Font is aimed at the creation of new works in lyrical theatre by a select group of both young and established poets, performers, and other artists. They will gather in Epidauros to develop new forms of dramatic verse, its application and expression, and to present the outcome of their work. 2015 greets Simon Mundy, Vasilios Arabos, Chas Libretto, Landon Marcus, and Louis Butelli in Epidauros.
Working Sessions - We continue with our annual working sessions, with sessions planned for Summer and Fall 2015, as well as Spring 2016. Sign up now…..
Paideia Institute Imalis welcomed representatives from Paideia in Nafplion this past January, and 2015 marks the beginning of what we feel will be a strong and fruitful collaboration.
Psittacus & Cyclops - Imalis and Paideia will be bringing Psittacus’ award winning rock opera Cyclops to Greece this summer, a musical adaptation of Euripides’ play.
Digital Imalis - We have been hard at work developing and extending our capabilities in the digital world. We are currently implementing collaboration and conferencing, mobile apps, and a full complement of tools dedicated to the translation, sharing, propagation, research, and evolution of new materials and sources, all on on proprietary and dedicated iron. For more, follow the link…….
Train on site
Located in immediate proximity to the twin ancient theaters and sacred healing centers of ancient Epidauros, Imalis offers in situ immersive experiential practice and study in the arts of the ancient stage.
A vital learning context
Our work seeks to bring together local citizens, international artists and seasonal visitors into a vital learning context for cultural exchange and self-development, in one of the most unique natural settings and cultural destinations of Greece, and indeed the world.
Art & community
Imalis fulfills many important roles at once. It is an international network of collaborating artists and organizations, it is a partnership in local development and it is an artistic process.
A healing center
As its name indicates, Επί της Αύρας “upon the aura,” the sacred site originally chosen by the Asklepian healers of Chios retains all its telluric and healing qualities, which any visitor can experience to this day.
1. dances & music that were performed around the well to celebrate the rising of the waters in springtime.
2. an international performance research and training center in the arts of Ancient Greek Theater in partnership with the historic township of Epidauros.
Ancient Theatre - Ancient Path
We imagine it overgrown. Though in the rough hills of Argolis, in reality far less than what we picture.
How does one find the path that leads to the palace of Orestes and Electra.
And there is a wall, they say, with no door. Ever crumbling by day. Blind, deaf hands rebuild it every night. It too is old. Older, even, than Greece. And keeps us out.
Speak to the wall for the door to hear. And you will enter the ancestral palace.
Walls, locked doors and labyrinthine corridors.
Shadow of Orestes on the new Millennium
What lies hidden behind? Walls, surfaces, interiors... landscapes, clouds and mirrors. Poor Orestes. One must multiply before one can divide. Poor brother, poor sister. Faces both familiar and strange. Masks. Ancestors and Gods, both forgotten and real, living and dead. Father... Echoes, symbols and the emptiness of space. Loss, and open sky.
For whom is the bell ringing in my Father's house? Whose lonely voice bellows in the courtyards and empty halls? Hungry, loveless, outraged... monstrous.
What lies in the ancestral palace. The monstrous and its ironies.
Tragic, pathetic, laughable. Oh, so terribly human.
Mother... A door into the tradition.
We continue, one step further down the path of ancient ethopoetics. How do we speak to the wall for the door to hear? The amphitheater seems flat and empty. Yet this is not just an illusion.
Opening a path. It seems simple. A path with heart. A thread, a bobbin that love alone unravels.
Sister. Take your first step, dancing. Surely this is a trap...
This year we are once again proud to have several outstanding artists and teachers joining us in our journey. We invite you to browse our site and learn more about our upcoming workshops as well as the open work sessions which we regularly schedule in the Spring and Fall of every year.