They said about us

Steve Dickison, American poet and publisher of the most important magazine of poetry in the US, the "Poetry & Jazz", writes for Vyrsodepseio, his own personal experience and his meetings with interesting people.

"December 27, 2014 at 8:18pm · San Francisco, CA, United States · Edited ·

did this really happen? part of a weekend festival of performances July 14, 2013, at the wonderful gallery Vyrsodepsio in Athens, run by Elli Papakonstantinou with Tilemachos Moussas B, our evening of poetry/performance and music organized by Dimosthenis Agrafiotis with Tilemachos Moussas Trio, Michel Collet Colletcopy Colletcopy and Valentine Verhaghe. Demosthenes opens, with the musicians; I end up on stage for what seems an awfully long time, from about 10 min. in, with the trio, 2 poems + footnote, and a recording I'd made the previous morning of tsitsikas —cicadas— on the island Hydra; then Michel, Valentine, and various collaborative performances unfold.

we were on the roof outside, people arrived early and stayed late, everyone from kids to old folks; all this was free, porous, and open: a fully staged theatrical presentation was going on in the room thru the corridor behind with live orchestra culled from the Athens Symphony — two of the guys from the orchestra, including the trumpeter who appears here, came and sat in with the band; (not on tape, the tenor player who kicked into Coltrane's "Countdown"); multiple performances and installations were happening in the many different rooms and outdoors from this former leather tannery in Athens' old industrial Votanikos neighborhood. I've forgotten the name of the performance artist who took the video. charmed evening.."

Pere Faura - Catalan Choreographer

Communication with theater people to prepare and make my performance was always very fluent, cooperative and friendly. As the performance was composed of two different parts ("Stripteae" and "On fire"), we decided to present each in a different space. "Striptease" was conducted in a small part of the huge ship that is Vyrsodepseio, mobile stands with acting in any size space, making it close and intimate, very suitable for a good context of the show . And "On Fire" was carried out in another wing of the building, bigger, but we limit with old furniture in a circle, as the piece is circular and the public stood in a circle formed for old furniture and other objects and sets its utilitarian space, giving it a decadent but fun. The audience appreciated the work of adaptation of the two parts to the space and the little break to go from one space to another.
The day before it was organized a workshop and discussion with local artists. After a short warm-up game more physical, was a dynamic setting for couples from the concept of striptease, in a banal level, an in poetic. Level as well. Then we put together the dynamics which led to a very interesting discussion among all participants on the relationship between art, eroticism and pornography. Different artists tell their own projects work around these issues, we compare, constructively and with great humor with my projects, ended up discussing together a socio-political level, but very interesting on the cultural similarities and differences between us in relation to love, sex, their artistic representations, and its relationship with religion and the history of civilizations. All in all, very inspiring.
Pere Faura. Barcelona 2 January 2015.
Scheherazaad Cooper & Becka McFadden: In residency February 2015

"Working at Vyrsodepseio was a particularly strong experience of all that a residency offers. First there was the building itself, which presented so many different areas for exploration. Having free run of the place meant we could move between spaces: we could work on something technical on the floor we’d laid in the main space we were using, and then step into the greenhouse-like room at the top of the stairs, perhaps initially for a cup of tea, but often we’d end up with some new discovery suggested by that space. The idiosyncrasies of the building meant that to work at Vyrsodepseio was enter into dialogue with the space - the sounds the heaters made, the way the radio signal serendipitously cut into our pre-recorded music, the possibilities opened by windows, chairs, stools, a stack of cushions. 
Our experience of working at Vyrsodepseio and in Athens was greatly enhanced by the lovely team at the venue who battled the cold with us, fielded endless questions and introduced to us exciting productions and artists. We explored a new dimension of our work in collaboration with Tilemachos Mousas and were inspired by the perspectives provided by local artists who visited our rehearsals and attended our workshop. 
Our time at Vyrsodepseio pushed BackStories into new terrain. "