NEON Grants | Mary Zygouri


LYSIS, Mary Zygouri, Photography © Zaphiro Vlachou
LYSIS, Mary Zygouri, Photography © Zaphiro Vlachou
LYSIS, Mary Zygouri, Photography © Zaphiro Vlachou
LYSIS, Mary Zygouri, Photography © Zaphiro Vlachou
LYSIS, Mary Zygouri, Photography © Zaphiro Vlachou




Archaeological site of Amphiareion of Oropos


Sunday 18 September | 11am

Duration | 60 min

Free admission | (A 3€ admission fee is required to enter the archaeological site)


Amphiarion of Oropos | 47km from the centre of Athens & 5km from Kalamos Beach, Oropos

A Shuttle bus will transport the public to Amfiario Oropos
Starting point: ELTA Courier Syntagma
Departure at 9:45 am
Reservation is required. Telephone: 6985811609 & 6932103214


Research/Concept/Direction | Mary Zygouri

Performers | Anna Tzakou, Mary Zygouri, Dimitris Tsiamis

Scientific collaborator | Nena Samioti

Video | Panagiotis Isaris

Photography | Zaphiro Vlachou

Costume Designer Assistant: Emily Koukoutsaki

Communication: Chryssa Matsagani

Organised by: Polus Collective

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The artist, performer and researcher Mary Zygouri continues her long commitment to the visual practices of site-specific performance exhibiting her latest project LYSIS at the archaeological site of the Amphiareion of Oropos (a celebrated dream healing and divinatory shrine in classical era) on Sunday, 18 September 2022.

The ruins of the Shrines’ topography, the natural environment and the geomorphology of the Amphiareion are inextricably associated with the nature of the dream per se. The core on which the healing practice of dream divination was based involved a. a cleansing and purification ritual, b. preparation, and c. healing via dream incubation (“enkoimesis”). At the Amphiareion, induced dreams, i.e. healing dreams, are explored and interpreted. The dream was the vehicle, the remedy, as well as a promise for a rehabilitation and cure process.

During the experiential process and the in-situ practice at the Amphiareion of Oropos (May 12th -June 12th), Mary Zygouri sought to apply a different angle and perspective, far beyond anthropocentric dualisms. To encourage a deeper connection with the natural landscape based on the body, senses, feeling, and imagination. To listen to the landscape, to feel its actual skin. To listen to its oneiric power that has flown in its waters forever, to this day. To explore a kinship with the place, so that the meaning originating from the physical traces of the past emerges cohesively as well as organically.

LYSIS performance will be a site-specific tour among the ruins of the ancient dream healing shrine and its surroundings. In the form of offerings (“typia”, i.e. eye, ear, larynx,vocal cords etc), over-sized human parts of the suffering body that anticipates healing will substantiate six scenes/stations within the Archaeological Site (Temple, Roman Theatre, Stoa, Sacred Fountain, Baths, Clepsydra). The performance is the projection of an oneiric narration. Three eerie personae, projections of the subject’s multiple self, proceed in an associative flow of actions andperformances, moving from the inner dreamscape to the outer surroundings of the Amphiareion. Shadows of the healing dream: a. An inorganic orange entity, Anna Tzakou (performer, director and Performing Arts scholar), b. A small-headed giant, Dimitris Tsiamis (actor and director), c. a white female pillar, Mary Zygouri.

The final LYSIS performance will take place on September 18, at 11:00am at the archaeological site of the Amphiareion in Oropos, and will be a unique performative tour which the spectators are asked to follow and participate therein.

The artist invites the spectator to experience the archaeological site, open and enlivened in the context of a collective performative experience of “crossing over” to a shared “here and now”.

Supported by NEON.

Archaeological site of Amphiareion of Oropos

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Archaeological site of Amphiareion of Oropos

Archaeological Site of Amphiareion of Oropos, Oropioi, Greece