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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 26 May 2018
18 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 26 MAY 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Bill Murray and Jan Vogler will present ‘New Worlds’, an interaction between literature and music. Acclaimed actress Eleni Kokkidi is one of the ‘guides’ in the free historical and poetic tour around the National Garden of Athens. PHOTO: KIKI PAP Local and international acts return to the Greek Festival in Athens and Epidaurus This year’s program focuses on contemporary dance, high-profile music stars and Aristophanes staples of Greek summer. Spanning more than two months, the festival includes theatre, dance, music and visual arts events, featuring established, emerging and cutting-edge artists, both local and international. For anyone visiting Greece in June or July, catching one of the festival events, in places as diametrically different as the ancient Roman theatre of Herod, or the urban setting of Peiraios 260, is a cultural treat that enriches the visit. As for a trip to the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is an experience that should be on any true theatre-lover's bucket list. N FOCUS ON ARISTOPHANES The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus will host eight plays this year, half of which will be Aristophanes' comedies. Seasoned director and Aristophanes expert Kostas Tsianos presents The ow in its 63rd year, the Athens and Epidaurus Festival is one of the Acharnians on 29 and 30 June. Agamemnon, by Aeschylus, directed by Cezaris Graužinis and starring Giannis Stankoglou will be staged on 6 and 7 July. The National Theatre of Greece presents Aristophanes' Plutus, directed by Nikita Milivojevi and starring Vasilis Charalambopoulos, on 13 and 14 July. The same company will also produce a tragedy, Electra, by Sophocles, directed by Thanos Papakonstantinou, on 20 and 21 July. The festival's artistic director, Vangelis Theodoropoulos is also taking part as a theatremaker, with his production of Thesmophoriazusae, by Aristophanes on 27 and 28 July. The National Theatre of Northern Greece presents Orestes, by Euripides, directed by Yannis Anastasakis, on 3 and 4 August. Director Kostas Filippoglou presents The Frogs, by Aristophanes on 10 and 11 August starring a dream team of Greek comedians: Lakis Lazopoulos, Antonis Kafetzopoulos, Dimitris Piatas and Sofia Filippidou. This section of the festival will end on 17 and 18 August with Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus, directed by internationally acclaimed scenographer Yannis Kokkos. Apart from the main theatre events at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, the festival features performances at nearby ancient venues, such as the Ancient Stadium of Epidaurus, where brilliant actor and director Stefania Goulioti will present her take on Eumenides by Aeschylus on 14 and 15 July. The Small Theatre of Epidaurus will also feature more experimental versions of ancient plays. Director Martha Frintzila will present a performance of Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound on 3 and 4 August, featuring a great cast, not least among them Dimitris Kataleifos, focusing on "the power of language and spoken words, reciting the text in a rhythmical and melodious manner." A couple of weeks earlier, on 20 and 21 July, Konstantinos Ntellas will present his take on Antigone by Sophocles. CLASSIC THEATRE IN AVANT-GARDE SETTING Anyone interested in Antigone, and unable to travel to Epidaurus, should not worry about missing out; the directorial duet of Emilios Chilakis and Manolis Dounias will present their own take on Sophocles' masterpiece on 11 July at the Herod Theatre. Chilakis will also be one of the three actors performing all the parts, aided by a chorus. The Roman theatre, at the steps of the Acropolis will also host the Cyprus Theatre Organisation's production of The Persians, by Aeschylus, directed by Aris Biniaris and starring Kariofilia Karabeti on 1 July. But the Athens Festival is not all about Ancient Theatre; in its recent history, and particularly since it was reimagined by the previous artistic director, Yorgos Loukos. Athens in June and July is a hub for avant-garde theatre, mostly staged at the Peiraios 260 venue. The New York-based Nature Theater of Oklahoma, named after the eponymous theatre in Kafka's novel America, will kickstart this year's edition (1-3 June), presenting, along with the internationally acclaimed Slovenian dance company EnKnapGroup, the Pursuit of Happiness, a surreal folk tale about violent Western expansionism, hailed as "one of the wildest things you'll see at the theatre this year". Russia's Novosibirsk State Academic Drama Theatre will present a production of The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov in Russian Sign language, directed by Timofey Kulyabin on 15 and 16 June. Hungary's Proton Theatre and director Kornél Mundruczó, will present Imitation of Life (20-22 June); Krzysztof Warlikowski, the enfant terrible of Polish avantgarde theatre, will present We Are Leaving (8-10 July). Three notable Greek directors return with ambitious plays: Thomas Moschopoulos stages Ray Bradbury's Farenheit 451 as part of Athens’ UNESCO World Book Capital celebrations (810 June), while Konstantinos Rigos, the newly appointed director of the Greek National Opera Ballet, will present Pornstar - The Invisible Sex Industry by Elena Penga (23-25 June); and Angela Brouskou will adapt for the stage and direct Luis Buñuel's black comedy The Exterminating Angel, a scathing attack on human nature and its savage instincts (15-17 July). This will not be the only stage version of a cinematic masterpiece at the festival - the internationally acclaimed Belgian director Ivo van Hove, one of the leading artists of contemporary European theatre, adapts two Ingmar Bergman films for the stage; After the Rehearsal and Persona, to be presented as a diptych at Megaron Athens Concert Hall (1-3 June). INTERNATIONAL MUSIC STARS Since the early days of the Athens Festival, the Herod Il Pomo d’Oro orchestra will present a tribute to Handel’s ‘mythical’ operas. Popular comedian Vasilis Charalabopoulos stars in the National Greek Theatre’s production of Plutus by Aristophanes. Russia’s Novosibirsk State Academic Drama Theatre will present a production of Chekhov’s The Three Sisters in Russian Sign language.
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