I like to be intimate and to build bridges from the personal to the political. To create alternative narratives and give visibility to voices that are silenced. I am fascinated by the transformative power of autobiography intermixed with fiction.
I adopt elements of the camp style; artifice, frivolity, pretentiousness and shocking excess. Born in the threshold of the new century, I integrate my pop-culture addiction in my works. I love to mix art and politics with Britney Spears, Disney, Superheroes, Netflix, memes etc. Referencing my music obsessions, my crashes, my family members, the problem of late stage capitalism takes over from what we perceive as a classical, linear dramaturgy.
Seeing that theatre over-serves the most privileged people and risks becoming irrelevant to the many, I like to create art and community environments with mainstream references.
Elias Adam works as a theatre director and dramaturge. Born in 1991 in Greece, he studied Theatre and Law in Athens. He developed and presented theatre pieces in venues in Greece, Cyprus and Germany, working with the National Theatre of Greece, the Stegi - Onassis Foundation, the Theatre Organisation of Cyprus, the Maxim Gorki Theatre, the Ringlokschuppen Ruhr and other theatres and institutions.
The past two years, as a scholar and alumnus of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Elias developed an activist project titled Smallville, aiming to empower rural places in Greece through public discourses, collective authorship practices and non-fictional or biographical theatre. He has also run several other art community projects, facilitating theatre and authorship workshops.
In 2019, Elias was invited at the International Forum of Theatertreffen in Berlin.
What happened so far
wrote and directed We Are in The Army Now for Stegi - Onassis Foundation
created It's Ophelia, bitch!
directed Leonce and Lena, Children of Rage + Love, produced by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus
created Hamlet, a desktop performance for Stegi - Onassis Foundation
was a collaborator director at Erotic Postcards from Greece, at Stegi - Onassis Foundation
wrote and directed Father Help Us with the support of the Theatrical Organisation of Cyprus, presented at different venues in Cyprus and Greece
directed The End of Eddy by Edouard Louis, at the National Theatre of Greece
was invited and participated at the International Forum of Theatertreffen at the Berliner Festspiele, in Berlin
directed The End of Eddy vol. Athens, at the National Theatre of Greece's festival for young theatre makers
2019 won the START - Scaling award for his project Smallville
developed and ran the project Smallville, in Greece's
wrote and directed Eyolf Machine, a play based
on Ibsen's Little Eyolf, presented at various venues
and festivals in Cyprus and Greece
developed and staged the project Masculinity in crisis,
at the Ringlokschuppen Ruhr in Germany
worked as a dramaturgy and direction intern for Falk
Richter's show Verräter, at Maxim Gorki Theatre in
wrote and directed Gamlet, at Apo Michanis Theatre
directed Oscar et la Dame Rose, presented in various
venues in Greece and Cyprus