21 NOVEMBER 2014 – APRIL 2015

Efi Birba — The Double
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

In Dostoyevski ’s novella The double, the central character, Goliatkin, maintains, albeit his psychic disturbance, the ability to trace and process the constitutive elements of a world whose structure is based on class and symbols. This reflects, of course, a totally inconsistent process of identifying a utilitarian world, instrumental and intentional, which proves to be exhausting for Goliatkin himself but also for the reader of the novella that follows the story.

Already at the beginning of the narration we are being informed that Goliatkin wishes to be completely integrated to his social milieu: he works as a clerk, he has a valet and an apartment, his relation to time has mostly to do with calculation, he saves money and frequently counts them, he is preoccupied with his looks. He seeks acknowledgment and esteem.

His actions practically remain incomplete and incoherent; his movements obey the law of causality and productivity that defines the function of his world, only on a superficial level. No episode of his life, as Dostoyevski tells us and as is partially presented in the performance, constitutes an affirmation: every task he executes is a task of the negative and he himself is a spot of darkness in an otherwise bright world.

́He departs from a point in space –this, we steadily and securely assume, is the nature of the position he occupies: a non-dimensional one– in order to primarily consume himself in psychic-intellectual events. It seems that every event for him always remains excluded from the order of experience, given that it is something to come.

́The imaginary, pathological duplication or even multiplication of Goliatkin literally places him outside of himself: the emergence of the double only underlines –in a most definite way– the lack of an expandable position for himself, of the ultimate position that is the body itself and at the same time, through this emergence, the pattern of the basic mechanism of his inactivity is revealed: the incessable, conflictual, internal dialogue that results to the deconstruction of the ego.

Director – Set & Costume Designer: Efi Birba
Adaptation: Efi Birba, Aris Servetalis, Michaila Pliaplia
Sound Design: Vangelino Currentzis
Lights: Thimios Bakatakis
Artistic Collaborator – Assistant Director: Michaila Pliaplia
In charge of costumes: Konstantinos Malindretos
Actors: Aris Servetalis, Drossos Skotis, Giorgos Simeonides, Simeon Tsakiris, Konstantinos Karvouniaris