31/07/2023 - 01/08/2023

The Oracles of Water


Site-specific performance at the Archaeological site of Delphi, in the framework of "All of Greece One Culture" 2023.

The director and choreographer Apostolia Papadamaki in her new original performance "The Oracles of Water" has created a modular, interactive and participatory site-specific performance that connects climate change and the global water crisis with the mythical background and the cult of Apollo at Delphi. Through a conceptual pathway, the performance aims to connect scientific discoveries and findings, historical events, mythical entities and high meanings, linking research on the effects of climate change in the wider Delphi region and the consequences of human activity on the region's aquifer with the global water crisis.

In addition, the performance sought synergies that bridge art, science, ancient culture and environmental protection. The ultimate aim was to find new ways of looking at the problem of climate change, as well as to explore creative solutions that utilise interdisciplinary approaches. Through the creation of the site-specific performance, the aim was to highlight the archaeological site as a bridge between science, earthly wisdom, spirituality and history, with art as the main vehicle, in order to approach them intersectionally as integral parts of the solution.

The performance transcended traditional boundaries, using the power of art to engage audiences intellectually and emotionally. It served as a reminder of humanity's responsibility to protect the planet's most precious resource and encouraged collective action to mitigate the effects of climate change. The performance was a collaborative effort between talented artists, scientists and cultural professionals dedicated to inspiring meaningful dialogue and promoting a deeper understanding of the challenges we face as a global community.