Elephas Tiliensis

…the dwarf elephant of Tilos.

Isolated for a long time in a confined space, the elephants of Tilos were forced to shrink in order to survive.

The group was founded in 2013. Its first work was the short story Last Year’s Fiancé by Zyranna Zateli, which was presented in the period 2013-14 and 2014-15 at the Theater of the New World. In the period 2014-15, the group collaborates with the Art Theater and presents in the Basement the play Alexandria -Is there truth and falsehood?- inspired by Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandrian Quartet. For the performance Alexandria -Is there truth and falsehood?- the group was nominated for the Drama Award at the Karolos Koun Theater and Dance Critics Awards, (2016).
In the period 2015-16, he presented a stage version of the novel Lula by Vangelis Raptopoulos, at the Theater of Neos Kosmos.
In the “Summer project” of bizoux de kant, the performance ‘How will my savior be?’ was born. based on the short story The House of the Star by Jorge Luis Borges, (June 2016).
In the 2016-17 season, he presented a stage version of Igmar Bergman’s Persona in co-production with the New World Theatre.
With the performances he has traveled to Thessaloniki (Theatrical Meetings), Ioannina (2nd Theatrical Spring), Arta, Rethymno (Antivaro Festival), Patras and Nafplio.
In the 2017-18 season, the team presented the 16th century Cretan pastoral romance, The Unknown Shepherdess and a transcription of Henrik Ibsen’s The Lady of the Sea at the New World Theatre. For the show, this group was subsidized by the Ministry of Culture.
In 2018 at the Athens Festival he presents a version of James Joyce’s Ulysses, with the title Ulysses, an oratorio – ode to everyday life.
During the 2018-19 season, he presented Sophocles’ Philoktis, focusing on the psychotherapeutic process, at the Television Control Center, with the support of the Ministry of Culture.
In 2020 Elephas tiliensis presented in Bios a human installation against fear, which borrowed materials from the theater, cinema and music itself, entitled Love me, with the support of the Ministry of Culture.
At the Castle of Arta they presented a musical stage version of the work O Apokopos of Bergadis in the framework of the program “All Greece is a culture”, (August 2021).
In 2021 he carried out research in villages of Pindos on the topic: Women and Stories – The birth of a dramaturgy.
In the theater season 2021-22 and 2022-23, they presented a theatrical version of the novel Serotonin by Michel Houellebecq and the great play The Night of the Owl by Giorgos Dialegmenos, in Kamiros and Bios, with the support of the Ministry of Culture.
In 2023 they presented Sugar, the first play by Dimitris Agartzidis, at the Stathmos Theater with the support of the Ministry of Culture.


How is a whole personality? As it really is, is it bearable? The enigmatic masterpiece of Ingmar Bergman is adapted to a theatrical play from the group Elephas tiliensis..

Using the marbles and the cement -the two darkest sides of a city – as setting, the idea of the play “How will my savior be?” came up, which is based on the short story “Asterios’ house” by Borges.

The novel, written by Vangelis Raptopoulos, is about the autistic world of Loula. Lula as a symbol of a whole generation who strives for adulthood during the toxic decades from the 90s onwards.

The Durrell’s masterpiece “The Alexandria Quartet” is combined with original texts written by members of the group, by the philosopher Theofanis Tasis, by the writer Valentina Karampagia, Marquis de Sade’s texts, as well as poems by Constantine Cavafy, Charles Baudelaire and Coventry Patmor, and historical and political documents also.
The first story of the first book of the very important novelist Zyranna Zateli for the first time is adapted in the theater.

The first story of the first book of the very important novelist Zyranna Zateli for the first time is adapted in the theater.

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    “Παρότι πρόκειται γα μετατροπή κινηματογραφικής αφήγησης σε θεατρική, το έργο έχει δική του ξεχωριστή δυναμική, που εξελίσσεται μέσα από τη σχέση των δύο ηθοποιών. Εκρηκτικές, γεμάτος πάθος και συναισθήματα, οι ερμηνείες, μέσα σε μια ασφυκτική ατμόσφαιρα, με την υποβοήθηση βιντεοπροβολών, δημιουργούν μια παράσταση με αδιάκοπη ροή και ενδιαφέρον. Και όπως έχει βυθιστεί η Βίκυ Κατσίκα στον ρόλο της Άλμα και η Άλμα στο ρόλο που η Βόγκλερ της έχει πυροδοτήσει, παρασυρόμαστε –οι θεατές– σε ένα προσωπικό υπαρξιακό ταξίδι.” Της Χριστίνας-Βαλεντίνας Θάνου στο Δρόμο της Αριστεράς.

    Συνέντευξη στη Μαρία Δουκάκη και στο Artic.gr. “Οι ερμηνεύτριες του έργου, Βίκυ Κατσίκα και Δέσποινα Κούρτη, υπήρξαν πολύ ομιλητικές προς τέρψιν της υποφαινόμενης και επικοινωνούν μέσω του Artic.gr με τον πιο ενδιαφέροντα τρόπο την παράσταση που σκηνοθέτησαν, μετέφρασαν και επεξεργάστηκαν οι σταθεροί ενορχηστρωτές των Elephas Tiliensis, Δημήτρης Αγαρτζίδης και Δέσποινα Αναστάσογλου. Βergman, λοιπόν, στο Θέατρο του Νέου Κόσμου για να δει κανείς τους Elephas Tiliensis να κάνουν αυτό που έχουν δείξει να ξέρουν καλά: μέσα από τη θεατρική τέχνη να προβαίνουν μαζί με τους θεατές στη μύχια καταβύθιση που ανασύρει την αλήθεια μέσα από το επί σκηνής ψέμα.”