One of Rossini’s most delightful comic operas, Cinderella is, of course, based on the famous tale by Charles Perrault, but this time with a few major differences that relate to the period in which the piece was written.For example, it was inconceivable at the time for the leading lady to display her legs on stage, so there is no little glass slipper in the opera. Instead, the prince found his beloved thanks to a bracelet.
The Ancient Drama Festival aspires to connect the tragic myths with the big questions that arise today regarding violence, fear, institutions and democracy, and thus to help us contemplate further on these contemporary issues.
Thirteen people meet in a room of blessings, around a table positioned between life and death. They are trying to gain a little more time for the desires they have still to fulfil. Working with a group of young performers from the Experimental Stage of the Cyprus Theatre Organization, a choreographer, Fotis Nikolaou, and an actor, Thanasis Georgiou, co-direct a work of dance-theatre which will be presented 16-18 July inAthens, Greece.
Enjoy unique theater performances, participate in acting workshops and forums and enjoy the theatrical art, from up close. Important actors give their best, offering us moments of unique performance. Among the many projects presented this week in Athens, Greece choose the ones that suit you most, participate in various events and of course do not miss the Athens Video Art Festival which presents wonderful works of talented artists.
Presenting one of the most recent plays of the famous American writer Neil LaBute, the "In a Dark Dark House" that was written in 2007, the theatrical company "Protes Yles" will be hosted at Michael Cacoyannis Foundation. The play is being presented for the first time ever in Athens, Greece.
The Greek National Opera in Athens, Greece presents the opera "The Barber of Seville". The Barber of Seville is a wonderful opera, full of fun, wit and musical improvisation. Rossini completed the composition of the opera in record time: just 24 days.
The Bad Boys of Dance will have you on your feet as they come to Athens, Greece for a performance of "Rock the Ballet" at the Badminton Theater from 10 to 13 November. Direct form New York, the contemporary dance performance full of energy and sensuality, beat music and provocative choreographies has passed like a storm through America, Europe and Australia, mesmerising audiences and drawing triumphant reviews from critics.
The 2nd International Street Theatre Festival, with the main theme "Soul on the Street," will take place form 30 September to 4 October on the streets and squares of Athens, Greece. The schedule includes theatre performances and other forms of art, dance theatre performances, happenings, puppet shows and music by small bands. Performances will take place throughout the day, around the historical centre of Athens and the spaces around the Acropolis, Kapnikareas Square, Monastiraki and Thissio.
The Greek National Opera will present Aida, one of Giuseppe Verdi's most popular works, at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, Greece in a production based on the historic staging of Dinos Gianopoulos (1991). The cast includes internationally known Greek and foreign performers. The premier will be on 23 July featuring the stunning Italian soprano Tiziana Caruso in the lead role. Performances will take place on 23, 24 and 28 July.
The legendary streetcar stops in Athens, Greece, for Blanche DuBois to alight. The play that made Tennessee Williams famous (New York, 1947) is haunted by legendary performances on stage and screen. Adapted from Tennessee Williams'A Streetcar Named Desire and directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski with Isabelle Huppert as Blanche DuBois, the play will be presented at Pireos 260, Stage H, from 2 to 5 July as part of the Athens Festival.
This bold staging of John Gabriel Borkman - filtered through the directorial vision of Thomas Ostermeier - boasts celebrated actors of the German stage in its lead roles. It received excellent reviews in France and Germany and is anxiously awaited by audiences in Athens, Greece, from 24 to 27 June at Pireos 260, Stage H, as part of the Athens Festival.
James Thiérrée, continuing the romantic circus tradition, carries the genes of a true artist and presents "Raoul" from 14-16, 18 and 19 June at the Rex Theatre Kotopouli Stage in Athens, Greece. Thiérrée moves masterfully like a magician between the roles of acrobat, dancer and mime. His new work relates the story of Raoul who, as another Robinson Crusoe, quietly enjoys life in a deserted landscape.
With Stand Alone Zone, Karl Biscuit and Marcia Barcellos introduce us to a futuristic universe, dark and paradoxical and at the same time tender, near a post-apocalyptic landscape. Système Castafiore, in their first appearance in Athens, draw from the great tradition of metamorphosis of Oskar Schlemmer or Alwin Nikolais. See Stand Alone Zone by Système Castafiore from 16 to 18 June at Pireos 260 Stage D in Athens, Greece as part of the Athens Festival.
Noh theatre emerged in late 14th-century Japan, and has been a living art form ever since. Rokuro Umewaka represents the 17th generation of actor-directors in the company that will be presenting a small sample of this complex theatrical form at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, Greece. Noh is a tradition considered closer to ancient tragedy than any other in the history of world theatre. The Sutra of Great Wisdom will be presented on 16 June at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, Greece.
The Greek National Opera Ballet will present five dance performances titled "Triple Bill" to mark International Dance Day (29 April), featuring works from the classical and modern repertory at the Olympia Theatre in Athens, Greece. Three educational morning performances will be presented on 12, 13 and 14 May at 11:00. The same programme, with the addition of three pas de deux, will be presented at two evening performances on Saturday and Sunday, 15 and 16 May at 20:00.
The impressive production of La Boheme by Graham Vick, which was presented with huge success for two consecutive years by the Greek National Opera and was enthusiastically greeted by the public, returns to the Olympia Theatre in Athens, Greece for seven performances from 17 to 29 April. Art, freedom, friendship, innocence, youth, poverty and love dominate the story, which takes us to Paris where Rodolfo's love for Mimi develops alongside the life of the most famous Bohemian company and is sealed by the unfortunate death of the heroine.
The longest running ballet in London's West End and on Broadway, which also marked the opening of Badminton Theatre in January 2007 and attracted 25,000 spectators in 12 days, returns to Athens, Greece to enchant the Greek audience once again. Matthew Bourne's legendary production transforms one of ballet's best-loved stories into a contemporary tale designed to excite and move modern audiences. Swan Lake by Matthew Bourne from 14 to 25 April at the Badminton Theatre in Athens, Greece.
The founder of Prague's Black Light Theatre, Jiří Srnec, is bringing the Flying Bicycle performance to the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall in Athens, Greece on 9 and 10 April. The work is presented in 10 scenes. It is the love story of an inventor who, during his efforts to build a flying bicycle, discovers love for the time in his life. The work is considered to be an autobiography of Black Theatre developer Jiří Srnec.
Madame Butterfly leaves the traditional opera stage behind to come closer to the audience. The performance of the popular opera by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini will be presented at Club EDO in a specially designed space reminiscent of the Far East. It is an unusual but particularly functional stage adapted to the needs of the work, which is set in Japan in the early 20th century. See Madame Butterfly at Club EDO in Athens, Greece from 27 January to 28 March.
The renowned St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet returns to present the all-time classic Sleeping Beauty at Badminton Theater in Athens, Greece from 3 to 14 March. The beloved music of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky blended with the beauty of classical ballet and the elegant technique of ice skating has dazzled audiences of all ages around the world. Don't miss Sleeping Beauty, the classical ballet choreographed for the stars of Russian ice skating at the Badminton Theatre.
The famous Salzburg Marionette Theatre will be at "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall with the fresh, cool breeze of the Alps, the scent of Austrian mountain plains in bloom and, naturally, its incomparable skill that for 100 years has been fascinating young and old throughout the world. Don't miss the famous Salzburg Marionettes from 5 to 9 March in Athens, Greece.
The Pallas Theatre in Athens, Greece presents the Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill masterpiece, The Threepenny Opera, 14-17 January. Internationally known pioneering director Robert Wilson creates a performance of perfect cinematographically designed scenes. This Berliner Ensemble's production is without a doubt a truly impressive theatrical event. The performance opened in 2007 at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm, on the same stage where in 1928 the debut performance of Brecht's early work took place, and this January it comes to Athens, Greece.
The Danish performance company Hotel Pro Forma and the Swedish electropop duo The Knife will present Tomorrow, in a year, a Darwin electro-opera, on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 January 2010 at the Pallas Theatre in Athens, Greece. The world seen through the eyes of Charles Darwin, the Hotel Pro Forma's striking visuals, The Knife's ground-breaking music and choreography by hip-hop inspired Hiroaki Umeda forms the basis for this new species of electro-opera.
Singing in the Rain features all the style and spectacle of the golden age of Hollywood, featuring a handful of the best-loved songs of all time. Aside from the incomparable showcase number, Singing in the Rain, the songs, choreographies and comedy routines of Good Morning, Make ‘em Laugh, Moses Supposes and You Were Meant for Me will keep you singing in your seat. Enjoy Singing in the Rain at the Badminton Theatre 21- 25 October.
Roberto Benigni will be in Athens to present excerpts from Dante's Divine Comedy in two performances at the Athens Concert Hall on 5 and 6 May. The famous Italian comic and director, who received three Oscars for his film Life is Beautiful, is touring internationally with a performance called Inferno e Paradiso, which presents Hell, one of the three parts of the Divine Comedy. He has especially selected to present the 5th Canto, which addresses the meaning of love, for his appearance in Athens.
The China National Acrobatic Troupe was founded in 1950 under the patronage of Prime Minister Zhou Enlai and was the first acrobatic troupe created after the establishment of the New China. Its repertory consists of 100 different programmes, including air acrobatics, vocal creations and magic. This amazing troupe will be in Athens for 12 performances at Badminton Theatre from 11 to 22 March.
This magical production of Edward Scissorhands is being presented at the Badminton Theatre in Athens after a phenomenally successful world tour that has included sell-out performances in New York, LA, San Francisco, Sydney, Melbourne and Paris. Don't miss this miraculous adaptation of the classic Tim Burton motion picture, from 27 January to 8 February.
From 19 December until 6 January, the Greek National Opera will present the world-famous opera Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi. A work full of passion, revenge, love, as well as popular melodies such as La donna è mobile and Bella figlia dell'amore is presented in a new production that brings to life the intriguing story of the libertine Duke of Mantua, the innocent Gilda and the hunchback jester Rigoletto.
The new show from Cirque Eloize takes us back to the innocence of childhood through a unique theatrical circus. The "animal-less" circus, following the tradition which was born and established in French-speaking Canada by the creators of Cirque du Soleil and of our own Cirque Eloize. Enjoy the show by Cirque Eloize from 4th until 21st of December at Badminton Theater.
The legendary show with the eternal symbol of the free and liberated woman, Carmen, will be presented in Athens for 4 memorable performances. The flamenco show will have Antonio Gades' signature and will be presented by the ballet created and trained by Antonio Gades himself, Compania Antonio Gades. The show will run from the 30th of October until the 2nd of November at the Badminton Theater.
The world tour dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the creation of one of the most classical and most important musicals of all times, visits Badminton Theater in Athens, from September 10 to 29, 2008.
Karolos Koun's legendary direction of Aristophanes' The Birds is being revived and performed on 25 August at an extraodninary venue, namely the Vrahon (Rocks) Theater at Ymittos district. This is an open - air amphitheater, created on a slope of mountain Ymittos. The "backstage", which functions as a natural setting for performances and concerts, is a rock.
Karolos Koun's legendary direction of Aristophanes' The Birds is being revived and performed on 2 August at Evripidio Theater in Salamina.A landmark in contemporary Greek theatre history, this performance was originally produced in 1959 as the result of a co-operation between the top internationally renowned Greek artists of the time in the fields of music, visual arts, dance and theatre.
Originally presented in 472 B.C., Aeschylus' Persians is the oldest surviving tragedy and in effect, the oldest play that has reached modern times. This summer, under the direction of Stavros Tsakiris, the play is being presented on 1st August in an open air amphitheater.