• Blithe Spirit

    On: April 26, 2022
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    Charles and Ruth enjoy a calm life in Kent – until, that is, the ghost of Charles’s first wife, Elvira, appears. The house is transformed into a battlefield and Charles finds himself caught between two women who demand his exclusive attention. An accident costs Ruth her life, but she doesn’t abandon her husband, returning to the house as a ghost herself.  Charles, trapped between the whims of two wives, can only hope for salvation. His only ally in this unexpected state of affairs is the mysterious Madame Arcati.

    The unique Noel Coward, a multi-faceted theatrical figure, performs his own magic in this play, mixing two measures of spiritualism with one measure of misunderstanding in order to conjure up a masterfully structured and acerbically witty comedy about marriage and the difficulties of marital fidelity.

    Director: Yannis Houvardas
    Set Designer: Eva Manidaki
    Costume Designer: Ioanna Tsami
    Music: Thodoris Oikonomou
    Movement: Markella Manoliadi
    Lighting Design: Christina Thanasoula
    Photo credits: Karol Jarek

    Blithe spirit, which is being staged for the first time by the National Theatre of Greece, was written in 1941, premiering in the West End and remaining there for a record run. It was one of Coward’s greatest successes as a playwright both in the UK and the United States, and has been adapted into a musical, a film (in 1945 and 2020), a radio production and a TV movie.

     

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  • The Crucible

    On: November 19, 2021
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    The Crucible is a 1953 play by American playwright Arthur Miller. It is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in Massachusetts during 1692. Miller wrote the play as an allegory for McCarthyism, when the United States government persecuted people accused of being communists. As Muller explains “when the atmosphere is too tense, fear takes over. The inhabitants of Salem regarded themselves as keepers of a holy truth. If the light of this truth would go off, they thought the world would collapse. When the world believes so much in their purity, it is common for situations to be pushed to far extremes”. 

    The lighting concept draws inspiration from Muller’s words, to create highly contrasted stage pictures, where the two elements,  the light of “distorted truth” and the darkness of fear, fight against each other making society ressemble a battlefield.

    Director: Nikorestis Chaniotakis
    Set: Areti Moustaka
    Costumes: Christina Panopoulou
    Lighting design: Christina Thanasoula – Creative lighting
    Music: Giannis Mathes
    photo credits: Aggeliki Kokkove

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  • In a year with 13 moons

    On: November 19, 2021
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    Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s iconic film is adapted for the stage for the very first time by director Katerina Giannopoulou, presented at the Athens Festival. Elvira wanders through the streets of an unfriendly city, trying to pick up the pieces of her life. Abandoned by everyone, the transgender heroine visits places and people who left their mark on her, struggling to come up with a reason for continuing to live. A performance about the right to love and live, in what is a critical time for human rights and gender issues.

    Translated by Grigoris Liakopoulos
    Directed by Katerina Giannopoulou
    Dramaturgy Grigoris Liakopoulos, Anna-Katharina Müller
    Set and costume design Niki Psychogiou
    Lighting design Christina Thanasoula – Creative Lighting
    Movement Nadi Gogoulou, Candy Karra
    Music Nefeli Stamatogiannopoulou
    Recordings Panos Tsekouras audio mixing – mastering, Eirini Sgouridou flute, Don Stavrinos trumpet
    Camera Giorgos Kyvernitis
    Video Kostis Charamountanis
    Assistant director Maria Nikitopoulou
    Assistant to the set designer Spyros Loukidis
    Hairstyling Konstantinos Koliousis
    Make-up Roula Lianou
    Photos Elina Giounanli, Vasia Anagnostopoulou
    Promotion – Communication Evangelia Skrobola
    Cast Maria Filini, Giorgos Kissandrakis, Romanna Lobach, Marios Panagiotou, Giorgos Valais
    Also featuringTakis Zachariadis, Aemilia Kefala, Dimitris Ikonomidis, Christiana Toka

    Supported by Goethe-Institut Athen
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  • Paradise

    On: November 19, 2021
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    Paradise is a modular performance, bringing on-stage fragmented images of a dystopian future of humanity. The writer, Thomas Kock, delivers an aggressive, “in your face” text where the allegory of light is being used in a totally unexpected way.  The play begins with a description of the blinding sun expanding to its irreversible explosion: in Kock’s world, light does not redeem, it is torturous and marks the beginning of the end of the world. The lighting design concept draws inspiration from this repealing image of light and the show kicks off with blinders blinding the audience in a very slow 2 minutes fade. The colour palette of light uses highly saturated hues, creating distorted images of reality in high contrast.
     
    “Paradise” by Thomas Köck, directed by Katerina Giannopoulou
    Translation & Dramaturgy: G. Liakopoulos

    Original Music: Y. Veslemes
    Set Design & Costumes: N. Psychogiou
    Lighting Design: C. Thanasoula – Creative Lighting
    Assistant LD: M. Pavlaki
    Set Construction: T. Marias
    Live Camera: Y. Kyvernitis
    Video: K. Charamountanis

    Scientific Consultants:
    Dr . Ch. Varvantakis , E. Theou
    Hairstyles Konstantinos Koliousis
    Assistant to Director: E.Christodoulopoulou
    Production Management: S. Radis, V. Attarian
    Photo: Dimitris Michalakis for Onassis Stegi

    Cast:
    G. Kissandrakis, G.Papaioannou, D. Paraskelidou, M. Pitidis, V.Safos, M. Filini

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  • Juditha Triumphans

    On: May 26, 2021
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    “Juditha Triumphans”, is a production of the Greek National Opera, part of a tribute to the 2021 bicentennial of the Greek Revolution, made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Because of the Covid-19 restrictions Juditha has not been presented to a live audience and was only staged to be recorded on cameras by Mezzo Opera channel. Thanos Papakonstantinou is the director of the baroque opera and Markellos Chryssicos the musical conductor leading the Armonia Atenea orchestra, the musical ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro, the GNO Chorus and members of the GNO Children’s Choir.  “Juditha Triumphans” will be broadcasted worldwide to  the international opera audience through Mezzo’s Opera channel.

    The oratorio “Juditha Triumphans”, has been composed by Vivaldi. It was based on a Latin libretto by Iacopo Cassetti. The story: The king of Babylon Nebuchadnezzar sends his general, Holofernes, to conquer the city of Bethulia in Israel. To save her Israelite compatriots, courageous Judith decides to seduce Holofernes. When he falls asleep, she cuts his head off. The incident has been reproduced on canvas during Early Baroque by the Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi, the first woman to be recognized as a professional painter and gain membership to the Florence Academy of the Arts of Drawing. Her painting was the main reference, regarding the lighting concept.

    Music conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
    Music: A.Vivaldi

    Director: Thanos Papakonstantinou
    Set and costume designer: Niki Psychogiou
    Lighting design: Christina Thanasoula – Creative Lighting 
    Photo credits: A.Simopoulos

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  • Free Besieged

    On: May 25, 2021
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    The poetic work that occupied Greece’s national poet, Dionysios Solomos, more than any other (1834-1847), comes to the stage. Inspired by the siege of the city of Missolonghi and the historic between 10th and 11th April 1826, it is a poem about liberty and man’s struggle to maintain a spirit of freedom even in the darkest of times. 
     
    Director: Thanos Papakonstantinou
    Set and costume designer: Niki Psychogiou
    Lighting design: Christina Thanasoula – Creative Lighting 
    Music: Dimitris Skyllas
    Photo credits: Elina Giounnanli

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  • 2021 Bicentennial celebration of the Greek revolution

    On: May 25, 2021
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    Menelaos Orfanos – Creative lighting was responsible for the lighting programming of the promotional video for the  bicentennial celebration of the Greek Revolution celebration of the greek independence.
     
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  • The Persians

    On: May 25, 2021
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    The Persians (472 BCE) is the oldest ancient Greek drama that has survived in full to the present day. It is also a historical record of the most important battle of the second Persian invasion of Greece (and one of the most crucial conflicts in human history), the Battle of Salamis, in which the play’s author, Aeschylus, took part.
    Without triumphalism or bravado, and with respect for the suffering of the de-feated, Aeschylus delivers a paean to the freedom of the individual, juxtaposing democratic ideals with tyranny and blind obedience to power. Victory crowns those who act wisely, while the mechanism of justice punishes anyone whose pride leads them into excesses, offending both gods and men with their arro-gance.
     
    Set designer: Alegia Papageorgiou
    Costume designer: Eva Nathena
    photo credits: Thomas Daskalakis
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  • Macbeth

    On: February 22, 2020
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    Shakespeare’s famously cursed play, a tale of violence, power, madness and the womb from which they spring forth, comes to the NTG in a stunning co-production with the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus. Written at a time of political and moral crisis, it captures the enormous tragedy of a man struggling to distinguish good from evil, desire from fear, and light from darkness. The quest for power and then the insecurity and dread that it will be lost lead him to a succession of murders.

    The play is directed by Dimitris Lignadis, the current Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Greece.

    Director: Dimitris Lignadis
    Set-Costumes: Eva Nathena
    Music: Minos Matsas
    Photo credits: Marilena Anastasiadou

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  • La Sonnambula

    On: February 22, 2020
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    One of Bellini’s most popular operas, La sonnambula, returns to the Greek National Opera after 50 years. To the opera’s storyline, which unfolds in the symbolic “snow white” innocence of the Alps and is inspired by the world of classical dance, Bellini responded with a music of exceptional poetry: especially the last scene of the protagonist ranks among the most tender and sensitive ones in the repertoire. The opera was written for one of the most famous singers of the time, Giuditta Pasta, for whom Bellini also composed his Norma. After the war, the work came once again to the foreground thanks to Maria Callas, who starred in 1955 in Lucino Visconti’s fabulous production at La Scala, Milan.

    La sonnambula opens the Greek National Opera’s 2019/20 season with a legendary production of lofty aesthetics, directed by Marco Arturo Marelli, a co-production of the Vienna State Opera and the Royal Opera House, London, which is considered as one of the most interesting readings of Bellini’s masterpiece and has been presented in Vienna, London, Paris and Barcelona.

    Director – Sets – Lighting: Marco Arturo Marelli
    Lighting adaptation: Christina Thanasoula
    photo: A. Simopoulos

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