Many European countries show dramatic numbers of loneliness and depression amongst their youth (18-40 years old). Ten years ago, musical journalist Andrea Voets (1989) started looking for a way of living in closer contact with others. She ended up in Greece, where she feels welcome and carried by lots of strangers around her. How do the Greeks manage to do this, in the midsts of an ongoing, deep economic crisis?
For While We Live -a compass to connection- , Andrea decided to make a social roadtrip through the country: from the metropole of Athens to the remote, tiny island of Lipsi and the mystic mountains of Eipiros. Together with dozens of Greeks of her generation, the ‘children of the crisis’, she deciphers the Greek social logic and their tools for meaningful contact, as an answer to an ever stronger undercurrent of alienation in society.
Andrea searches for ways out of this tough problem, in group-talks about trust, openness, sharing, being together, feeling close, the experience of time and tears-without-words. We get a secret peek into their fundamental values, that lie at the base of meaningful contact: practical & flexible ethics, filotimo & filoxenia, the connection with those who came before us and a surprising concept of catharsis & empathy. Ideas and actions that can be carried out by anyone, once you have had the chance to experience them.
The documentary-scenes are created by Andrea and filmmaker Myrto Papadogeorgou. The live-music is composed and performed by Andrea (harp), Sarah Jeffery (recorders) and Evi Filippou (percussion). While We Live is a collective experience for musicians and audience, that allows everybody in need of another social perspective to experience a new compass to connection.
Andrea Voets is the artistic director of Resonate Productions: the world’s only company for musical journalism. She makes documentary-concerts on emotional blind spots in society. Since 2018, Andrea creates her musical journalism at De Balie , supported by a new-makers subsidy from the FPK.
While We Live is supported by: Fonds Podiumkunsten – BNG Cultuurfonds – Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds – Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst – Lieselotte Klein Stiftung – approximately 150 Greeks on the journey