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“Ladies and gentlemen, good evening. In a few days from now, the universe will fall on our heads. Which is why you must learn your history.” A mysterious sponsor stages a theatre production before the audience. He invites the play’s characters to remember the history of their city, Athens. Song and dance, comedy and drama, historical narrations, politicians and citizens, doctors and patients. The lesson begins with a reference to the defining features of the ancient Greek city-state: freedom, independence, self-sufficiency. Then come the blood, the city planning, the people, the building materials, the conquerors. Roland Barthes insists that “the city is a discourse”. It speaks to its inhabitants and they speak to it by living in it, by wandering through it. The city is a text, too, whose user is also its reader and forms their identity through its narratives. The characters in City-state are users and readers of Athens. They speak the language inscribed on them by the city itself. The production takes a snapshot of their Athens and invents its (hi)story…

 Kanigunda was founded in 2005.  Kanigunda is not a theatre group in the conventional meaning; it is rather an open convention of collaborating whenever the need and the possibility of staging a performance occurs. The Company’s work focuses on the comprehension of texts, speech articulation and the quest for communicational conventions between the actors during the rehearsals’ period and the performances.