PCAI’s new production ICHTHYOLATRY: a hybrid performance of Water Deities by Eva Giannakopoulou was successfully completed with two sold-out performances in Athens and a warm reception from the audience. The Athenian audience had the chance to dive into a dreamy and immersive universe of fluid possibilities and underwater coalitions. After invading the stage of PLYFA, the eccentric creatures of ICHTHYOLATRY will travel to Torres Vedras (PT) for an international premiere in Teatro-Cine de Torres Vedras on February 10 and 11, hosted by Artemrede and the Municipality of Torres Vedras.

The performance is a new co-production of PCAI (Greece), Artemrede (Portugal – in collaboration with the Municipality of Torres Vedras) and L’Arboreto (Italy) in the framework of the European project Stronger Peripheries: a Southern Coalition, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.




Inspired by the theorist Astrida Neimanis’ book “Bodies of Water” (2017), which introduces for the first time the concept of Hydrofeminism, according to which water, femininities, embodied practices and ecology are interconnected creating “new” future synergies, ICHTHYOLATRY is a hybrid performance with confessional elements about elderly, floods, fluids and menopause. It is based on research conducted in communities linked to rivers, lakes, torrents and groups of women, during the course of two research and two creative residency programmes carried out in Greece, Portugal and Italy, in the framework of the European project Stronger Peripheries: a Southern Coalition. The visual artist-director and the creative community jointly developed the dramaturgy and texts through personal confessions and interviews with individuals from the local communities of Piraeus, Torres Vedras, Portugal and Mondaino, Italy, in such a way that their content is an intellectual co-creation of all participants.

If water is the element from which all organisms originate, how could we possibly return to this original state of existence, removing the boundaries between evolution, genes, history, culture and nature? The answer to this question is what ICHTHYOLATRY attempts to answer, bridging the “gap” between past, present and future, between human and non-human forms of existence, jellyfishes and dogs.

Are you ready to swim?


Direction and original concept: Eva Giannakopoulou Performing on stage: Marianita Karakosta, Eva Koliopantou, Maroula Papanastasi, Evgenia Vacalopoulou Texts: the performers and the director Lighting design: Nyssos Vasilopoulos Sound design: Pedro Pascoal Costumes Design: Eva Giannakopoulou Costumes Construction/Makeup: the performers and the director Production management: Delta Pi Supported by the Brotherhood of Cefalonians and Ithacians of Piraeus and ΤwixtLab.


Image credits: ICHTHYOLATRY: A Hybrid Performance of Water Deities by Eva Giannakopoulou, presented in Athens on January 27 & 28, 2023, in the context of the Stronger Peripheries European Programme © Maria Toultsa & PCAI


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Activity aligned with Goals 4, 5, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17