International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama in Cyprus



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Country and Region CyprusPafos
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Pafos, Pafos; Limassol, Limassol; Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus
Festival Contact Information

International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama in Cyprus
Cyprus Centre of International Theatre Institute
38 Regaena Str.
1010 Nicosia
Cyprus
Phone: (357) 22-674-920
Fax: (357) 22-680-822
Online Email:
http://www.cyprus-theatre-iti.org/contactEn.php

Festival Description

The 15th International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama will host this year theatre companies from Greece, Belgium, England, China and Cyprus, who will present performances of ancient Greek drama, during the whole month of July at the Curium Ancient Theatre, Limassol, the Paphos Ancient Odeon and the Makarios III Amphitheatre, Nicosia.

The performances project the uniqueness of ancient Greek drama but also bear an intense colouring of the culture of the country from which they come. Thus the audiences, which are themselves international as they consist not only of Cypriots but of foreign visitors as well, have the unique opportunity of experiencing ancient Greek drama from different cultural perspectives. They will enjoy tragedies and comedies, seen through the intercultural prism of individual countries that experienced ancient Greek culture and identified the ideas of classical Greek playwrights, with the universality of the human spirit.

Festival Dates July 1 - 30, 2012
Festival Links

http://www.cyprus-theatre-iti.org/

Festival Story:

The Cyprus Centre of the International Theatre Institute was founded in 1977. The Centre was soon recognised by the I.T.I. as one of its most active members for its devotion to the Institute’s ideals and aims as well as for its involvement in a variety or activities on a national and an international level. I.T.I.’s contribution to the free movement of ideas, artists and performances is indisputable worldwide.

The Centre’s contribution to the Cypriot theatre community is considerable. the Centre has become a source of dissemination of theatrical news and information to and from Cyprus. This service has been most valuable and has contributed substantially to theatrical development. Through the visits of foreign playwrights, directors, scenographers, observers and educators, the Cypriot theatre community had the opportunity to become acquainted with the international theatrical trends. Also several Cypriot artists had the chance to visit other countries and communicate their theatrical experiences within the framework of exchange of information, experiences and artists.

The benefits the members of the Cyprus Centre of the International Theatre Institute enjoy are, undoubtedly, considerable. They are informed about the international theatrical activities while their own activities are disseminated to more than a hundred national Centres worldwide. Many actors and actresses have been included in the Cypriot delegations that participated in international meetings, festivals, seminars, workshops and other activities. Quite a few playwrights have participated in international contests and Cypriot set and costume designers exhibited their work at the Prague Quadrinale.

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Festival Events:

Programming 2011:
  • AMPHIKTIO THEATRE, CYPRUS
    • CYCLOPS, BY EURIPIDES
      FRI 1 JULY CURIUM ANCIENT THEATRE LIMASSOL
      SAT 2 JULY PAPHOS ANCIENT ODEON
      MON 4 JULY MAKARIOS III AMPHITHEATRE NICOSIA
    • Amphiktio Theatre, a Cypriot theatre company will present Cyclops by Euripides, a play that apart from its intrinsic merits, possesses an extra-ordinary interest for the modern audience, as the sole complete remaining specimen of satyric drama. It brings us into living contact with ancient customs and with modes of religious worship which have long since passed away. We seem, for a moment, to catch the real spirit of the old Dionysian worship, with its mixture of imagination, and passion, and riotous indecency. Directed by the famous Cypriot Nicos Charalambous and interpreted by his inspired team Cyclops will open the Festival under the starry night at the Curium Ancient Theatre on the 1st of July.
  • CULTURAL SOCIETY ANAGNOSIS, GREECE
    • THE TRACKERS, BY SOPHOCLES
      WED 6 JULY PAPHOS ANCIENT ODEON
      THURS 7 JULY MAKARIOS III AMPHITHEATRE NICOSIA
      FRI 8 JULY CURIUM ANCIENT THEATRE LIMASSOL
    • The Cultural Society Anagnosis will present The Trackers, directed by Demos Avdeliodis, a performance which already inspired critics into writing enthusiastic praises. “Avdeliodis follows the technique he loves, namely popular theatre and has produced a delightful performance, full of rhythm, instincts, gentleness, music and metaphysical comfort.” In this play the trackers are the chorus of satyrs, who are looking for the cattle; they are amusingly dumbfounded at the sound of the new instrument Hermes has invented. Enough of the play survived to give an impression of its style; it is a genial, uncomplicated travesty of the tragic manner.
  • ZHEJIANG BEIJING OPERA, CHINA
    • OEDIPUS REX, BY SOPHOCLES
      MON 11 JULY CURIUM ANCIENT THEATRE LIMASSOL
      TUE 12 JULY MAKARIOS III AMPHITHEATRE NICOSIA
      WED 13 JULY PAPHOS ANCIENT ODEON
    • Oedipus Rex will be presented by the Zhejiang Beijing Opera Company which will travel all the way from China to participate in the Festival. Headed by eminent artist Weng Guosheng it was given the honour by the Ministry of Culture as one of the “First Class Troupes”. Among the hundreds of forms of opera throughout China, Beijing Opera exerts the greatest influence, and is therefore regarded as a national art form. The accompanying music, singing and costumes are all fascinating and artistic. Full of Chinese cultural elements, the opera presents to the audience unfolding stories, beautiful paintings, exquisite costumes, graceful gestures and acrobatic fighting. With English and Greek surtitles.
  • JOSE BESPROSVANY COMPAGNIE, BELGIUM
    • PROMETHEUS BOUND, BY AESCHYLUS
      MON 18 JULY MAKARIOS III AMPHITHEATRE NICOSIA
      TUE 19 JULY CURIUM ANCIENT THEATRE LIMASSOL
    • An extraordinary staging of Prometheus Bound will be presented by the José Besprosvany Company from Belgium. With this new creation the famous director and choreographer José Besprosvany, has sought out an artistic form directly inspired from Far Eastern traditional arts, ancient Greek theatre, and Western contemporary dance and performing arts. He blends Greek mythology, dramatic play, contemporary dance and hip-hop, using strange human size puppets and masked figures. The text, dance, live music and visual work come together to produce a unique beauty, and at the same time strike a contemporary chord. The stage direction raises the question of the thousand-year conflict that sums up the history of humanity – the recurring struggle between power and insurrection, between those who give orders and those who refuse to obey. With English and Greek surtitles.
  • BUZZ PRODUCTIONS THEATER, CYPRUS
    • MEDEA, BY EURIPIDES
      THURS 21 JULY PAPHOS ANCIENT ODEON
      WED 27 JULY MAKARIOS III AMPHITHEATRE NICOSI
    • The Buzz Productions Theater will stage Medea, a performance based on narration and the use of the mask. Directed by Philippos Philippou, Medea is part of a systematic research and experimental method which develops the narrative technique in theatre. The Buzz Productions Theater was founded in 2003 by the actor and director Philippos Philippou with the aim of combining image, movement, music and visual elements into innovating performances. This drama is a masterly presentment of passion in its secret folds and recesses. The suffering and sensitiveness of injured love are strongly drawn, and with the utmost nicety of observation, passing from one stage to another, until they culminate in the awful deed of vengeance.
  • ATTIS THEATRE, GREECE
    • PROMETHEUS BOUND, BY AESCHYLUS
      THURS 21 JULY MAKARIOS III AMPHITHEATRE NICOSIA
      FRI 22 JULY CURIUM ANCIENT THEATRE LIMASSOL
    • Theodoros Terzopoulos, well known to all the theatre lovers, founder and director of the ATTIS theatre from Greece will stage Prometheus Bound, a performance which was presented at the Athens’s Festival, the Constantinople Cultural Capital of Europe 2010 and Essen Cultural Capital of Europe 2010. A performance which was commented by the critiques with praise, as all of Terzopoulos’ productions, is expected to challenge and - as always - create sensation. With the words of his mentor, Heiner Müller: “In Terzopoulos’ theatre, myth is not fairytale, it is condensed experience; the process of rehearsal is not the performance of a dramatic concept, it is an adventure on a journey to the landscape of memory, a search for the lost keys of unity between body and speech, the word as natural entity.” Several of Terzopoulos’ performances have won recognition at international festivals, including The Bacchae and Medea after Euripides, Persians after Aeschylus, and Oedipus Rex after Sophocles. In 2005, he brought Ajax the madness after Sophocles to Poland as part of the 10th Theatre Confrontations in Lublin and in 2008 to Cyprus as part of the International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama.
  • THEATRE LAB COMPANY , UNITED KINGDOM
    • ANTIGONE, BY SOPHOCLES
      SUN 24 JULY PAPHOS ANCIENT ODEON
      MON 25 JULY MAKARIOS III AMPHITHEATRE NICOSIA
      TUE 26 JULY CURIUM ANCIENT THEATRE LIMASSOL
    • From the United Kingdom will travel Antigone, produced by the Theatre Lab Company and directed by Anastasia Revi, a performance which again was received with the most positive praises from the critiques: “A timely examination of age-old dilemmas. The sheer energy of the players grabs the audience from the off, and the pace does not slacken. Theatre Lab has succeeded in recapturing some of the magic of the most ancient art form while making it feel relevant to the fast-changing modern world.” In 1997 the Theatre Lab Company was awarded with The Hellenic Foundation Arts Award. The Company has been invited and participated in international theatre festivals in New York, Edinburgh, London, Greece, Belgrade, Dublin and Prague. With English and Greek surtitles.
  • NATIONAL THEATRE OF NORTHERN GREECE
    • DIONYSUS FEAST
      FRI 29 JULY CURIUM ANCIENT THEATRE LIMASSOL
      SAT 30 JULY CURIUM ANCIENT THEATRE LIMASSOL
    • Dionysus Feast, will gloriously close the 15th International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama 2011. The text synthesis is signed by Kostas Georgousopoulos, the direction by Jiannis Rigas and Grigoris Karantinakis. The National Theatre of Northern Greece is celebrating half a century of theatrical existence with the Dionysus Feast this year, participating in the Athens’ Festival and travelling inside the collective memory through performances in Thasos, the Theatre of the Forest, Epidaurus and now Cyprus.

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Practical Info:

Venues/Entrance 2011:
  • All performances begin at 9:00pm
  • Entrance is €17, Concession €10
  • Venue locations
    • Paphos Ancient Odeon (Paphos)
    • Curium Ancient Theatre (Limassol)
    • Makarios III Amphitheatre (Nicosia)

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