The Old Woman
athens & epidaurus festival 2013 | Onassis Cultural Centre |
Direction – Set Design – Lighting Concept
Robert Wilson
Mikhail Baryshnikov, Willem Dafoe
Adapted by
Darryl Pinckney
Costume Design
Jacques Reynaud
Associate Set Designer
Annick Lavalle-Benny
Lighting Design
A.J. Weissbard
Music Supervisor
Hal Willner
© Annie Leibovitz, © Mark Abrahams, © Hsu Ping
A meeting of luminaries: Robert Wilson, master of the onstage image, Mikhail Baryshnikov, dance legend, and Willem Dafoe, world-renowned film actor and founding member of the famous Wooster Group, bring the absurdist, poetic and ironic universe of one of the great avant-garde Russian authors to life. Daniil Kharms (1905-1942) balanced the cannibalistic impulse with a purity of form, but Stalin’s purges brought his life and work to an end. In The Old Woman, an author tries to write about a miracle worker and ends up having to deal with the corpse of an old woman.A Baryshnikov Productions, Change Performing Arts and The Watermill Center Project. Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival, Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris/Festival d’Automne à Paris and deSingel, Antwerp
18 – 21 July

Getting to the OCC

Parking is available (entrance from Leontiou str.)
5€ / 3 hours
Mon.-Sun. 08:00 – 01:00

By bus or trolley-bus

Take bus lines 040, 106, 126, 134, 135, 136, 137, 550, Α2, Β2, Ε22, Ε90 or trolley-bus 10 and get off at ‘Panteion’.
If you are heading downtown, the bus/trolley stop is just 10 metres from the entrance to the OCC.
If you are coming from the city centre or the Syngrou-Fix Metro station, use the pedestrian underpass in front of Panteion University to cross over to the other side of Syngrou Avenue.

On the Metro

Take the ‘red line’ (Line 2, Agios Antonios – Agios Dimitrios) and get off at ‘Syngrou-Fix’. Follow the signs to “Exit to Syngrou/Drakou” and you will emerge on Syngrou Avenue. From there, you can either take a bus or trolley-bus from the stop in front of the Metro escalators on Syngrou Avenue and get off four stops later at ‘Panteion’; if you are not in a hurry, it is a 12-minute walk down Syngrou Avenue to Panteion University, where you can use the pedestrian underpass to cross over to the other side of Syngrou Avenue.

By car

5€ / 3 hours
Monday – Sunday, 08:00 – 01:00

Opening hours

OCC Box Office: Mon-Sun 12:00-21:00

OCC Administration: Mon-Fr 10:00-17:00


Wheelchair access is via the ramp on the building’s side entrance at the corner of Leontiou and Syngrou. Upper storeys are accessible via the elevator, and there is wheelchair access to all the Centre’s auditoria and galleries.

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