Sports are basically competitive activities, which are usually governed by a set of rules and which serve to ensure fair competition and allow consistent adjudication of the winner.
An area in the city of Thessaloniki, Greece, is observed in which two diverse social groups co-exist but do not interact between each other: immigrants and lawyers. A friendly football match is arranged between the two groups. The rules of an official football game are replaced by theatrical elements that render the game a performance: both teams wear the same white outfit so as the player to get confused between each other and symbolically blur the social borders. People from the audience are invited frequently to take the role of the referee by giving them the whistle and the power of the game in their own hands. A Roma band from the area accompanies the game with live music all around the court defining the space of action. At the end of the game, both teams were invited in a discussion. The performance aimed to reverse the social structures that sustain antagonism by projecting aspects that enforce the idea of conviviality and entertainment.
OPPOSITE TO COURTHOUSE | THESSALONIKI | 2013
Artivists for change (CIN)
Performance duration: 40 min