Crete, GREECE - Antonis Diamantis, Artistic Director
Artistic Director: Mr. Antonis Diamantis
Responsible of Administration: Mrs. Irini Koutsaki
Evagelias Fragaki 13
71303, Giofyro, Heraklion, Creta, Greece.
Phone / Fax (Theatre): 0030-2810311000
OMMA STUDIO theatre group was founded in 1991 by Antonis Diamantis. Omma, in the ancient Greek language, means eye as well as glance. The selection of this name is harmonious with the choice of the theatrical direction, that of the experimental theatre where research work is the primary element and demands as a prerequisite and as a result a new point of view, a new glance.
The work of our group proposes new theatrical codes to the spectators. So it is searching and testing the acceptable principles of theatre. What is theatre? What does it mean for an actor to play? How does Space and Time influence the function of the performance? We name the way we do theatre SpaceTheatre, because we are trying to change with our presence, space and time. We try to achieve this, applying specific principles, based on physical actions. We usually perform in non-theatrical spaces, in old storehouses, abandoned buildings, old schools, in Greece and abroad.
Since 1993, we make also street performances, because we are interested in how our technique can function in a casual space, like the street, where the conditions for a performance cannot be controlled.
Ommas way of work, originally inspired and influenced by Jerzy Grotowskis Laboratorium, now follows its own paths and inquiries.
The work is based on improvisation as well as the continual exercise and training of the actors expressional resources. Exploring how the theatre can operate in todays world, what theatre means, what it can mean for a person to be a performer.
The theatrical group OMMA STUDIO up to now has given birth to 16 performances (including street performances) and has traveled to many places in Greece and abroad (Serbia, Poland, Hungary, Egypt, Colombia, India, Cyprus, etc.), and has been awarded twice for its work, in the international theatrical festival of Vologda (Russia, July 2001) and of Tehran (Iran, January 2002).
Omma Studio has translated into Greek and published the book of Thomas Richards The Edge-Point of Performance, and now is starting the procedure of establishing a Center for Theatre Research in Creta, Greece.