08/25/2011 - 23:30
09/18/2011 - 23:30

The City of Athens Cultural Organization in collaboration with Attica Region organizes the Ancient Drama Festival by the title of "The Tragic Myths Today" running from August 25 to September 18, 2011 in Athens, Greece.

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. At the same time, it wishes to advance classical dialectic thought and to demonstrate the fortitude and strength of man. Therefore today, at the heart of the current crisis, which is not only economic but also spiritual, as well as a crisis of ethical values, we are creating an educational and cultural diversion.

The city that gave birth to ancient drama now provides the framework and the space for the exchange of artistic views and opinions as regards this unique genre of world theatre. And so, Athens creates its first Ancient Drama Festival; the first theatre celebration of contemplation and study; the first assembly of the theatre community, but also of citizens who will put forward their own proposals, thoughts and ideas. The main objective of the festival is to broaden the connection between ancient drama and modern reality.

The official opening of the Festival will take place on Thursday, August 25, at 21:00 at the outside area of the Panathenaic Stadium (Kallimarmaro), with the performance Prometheus by Theatro Dromou (Street Theatre) HELIX.

The Festival will feature the performances The Madness of Heracles directed by Michalis Marmarinos, Stage Walkers, directed by Stamatis Fasoulis, and Antigone, directed by Takis Tzamargias, which are all productions of the National Theatre, and Peace, directed by Petros Filippidis. Furthermore, the City of Athens Cultural Organization commissioned the performances Persians, directed by Dimos Avdeliodis, Seven Against Thebes, directed by Anestis Azas and Cretans, directed by Giorgos Zamboulakis. We would like to note that the existing excerpts of Euripides's tragedy Cretans will be performed for the very first time globally. Additionally, the festival will feature the performance Western Steps. In the steps of Iera Odos by the Group Aimilia Bouriti Syn+Ergasia, as well as Iera Odos 2, a theatrical tour of the city by Ioanna Remediaki.

Additionally, the Festival will include film projections in cooperation with the Greek Film Archive and the Department of Theatre Studies of the University of Athens, it will organize an acting seminar and workshops on Ancient Tragedy, will present the exhibition "Masks" by artist Thanos Vovolis, as well as a concert, by Aliki Kagialoglou, featuring songs written especially for ancient comedies and tragedies by Greek composers. The Festival will close with a two-day symposium focusing on its main concept: "The Tragic Myths Today", aspiring to examine the relationship between today's spectator and artist with the ancient texts and the tragic myths. The Symposium will be organized with the cooperation of the Department of Theatre Studies of the University of Athens and the Greek Centre of the International Theatre Institute.

Parallel to the Festival's main shows, other events will also take place, such as performances by drama schools, student theatre groups, as well as outdoor performances.

Let us note that the Festival is also in collaboration with the Hellenic Network for Theatre/Drama in Education for the organization of a marathon of performances by students' theatre groups, as well as seminars for students.

The performances will take place at the Attiko Alsos Theatre, the City of Athens Cultural Centre, the City of Athens Polychoros, the City of Athens Arts Center and the Greek Film Archive.

The Cultural Organization always aiming at making culture available to everyone in the city and accessible to the wider public, presents the performances at the Attiko Alsos Theatre at the symbolic price of 10 euros.
Note that the theatre companies in association with the Festival, namely the National Theatre and Theatre Diadromi, set the price of their own tickets.

Ancient Drama Festival Artistic Director: Giannis Margaritis

Don't miss the experience of the First Ancient Drama Festival in Athens, Greece.

Programme of Events

Thursday, August 25

Outside area of Panathenaic Stadium (Kallimarmaro) at 21:00
Opening of the Festival with the performance Promitheas (Prometheus) by Aeschylus, performed by the street Theatre HELIX

Thursday, August 25 to Wednesday, September 7
City of Athens "Polychoros"
Acting seminar (workshops) on Ancient Tragedy

Sunday, August 28
City of Athens "Polychoros"
Theatre performances by Drama Schools

Monday, August 29
Attiko Alsos Theater at 21:00
Stage Walker by Stamatis Fasoulis, National Theatre
*Ticket price: 15 €

Wednesday, August 31
Attiko Alsos Theatre at 21:00
"Western Steps. In the Steps of Iera Odos" by the group Aimilia Bouriti Syn + Ergasia, directed by Aimilia Bouriti and featuring the Japanese butoh dancer Atsushi Takenouchi and musician Hiroko Komiya
Ticket Price: 10 €

Thursday, September 1
Procession-happening of volunteers reciting excerpts from ancient drama in the main streets of Athens

Friday, September 2 - Wednesday, September 7
Greek Film Archive
Projection of films on the topic of tragedy, or filmed theatre performances in cooperation with the Greek Film Archive and the Department of Theatre Studies of the University of Athens

Projections in Digital Form of videotaped performances
Agamemnon, Peter Stein: Friday 2/9, at 20:00 & Wednesday 7/9, at 22:00
Bacchae, Klaus Michael Grueber: Tuesday 6/9, at 20:00
Electra, Antoine Vitez: Monday 5/9, time 20:00
Medea, Yuko Ninagawa: Monday 5/9, at 22:00
The Acharnians, Karolos Koun: Sunday 4/9, at 20:00
Ticket Price: 4 €

Film Projections
Antigone, Giorgos Tzavellas, 1961: Saturday 3/9, at 20:00
Phaedra, Jules Dassin, 1962: Monday 5/9, at 21:00
A Dream of Passion, Jules Dassin 1978: Monday 5/9, at 23:00 & Wednesday 7/9 at 23:00
Electra, Michalis Cacoyiannis, 1962: Tuesday 6/9, at 23:00
Notes for an African Oresteia, Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1970: Tuesday 6/9 at 21:00
Electra, My Love, Miklos Jancso, 1974: Wednesday 7/9, at 21:00
Medea, Lars Fon Trier, 1988: Friday 2/9, at 22:00
The Girls, Mae Zetterling, 1968: Sunday 4/9, at 22:00
Ticket Price 7 €, Students 4 €

Saturday, September 3
Attiko Alsos Theatre at 21:00
Eirene (Peace) by Aristophanes, directed by Petros Filippidis, Theatre Diadromi
*Ticket Price: 18 €,

Monday, September 5
Attiko Alsos Theatre at 21:00
Perses (The Persians) by Aeschylus, directed by Dimos Avdeliodis, Cultural Society "anagnosis"
Ticket price:10 €,

Tuesday, September 6 to Wednesday September 21
City of Athens Arts Centre
"Masks" exhibition by artist Thanos Vovolis

Wednesday, September 7
Attiko Alsos Theatre at 21:00
Musical Performance by Aliki Kagialoglou
Ticket price:10 €,

Friday, September 9
Attiko Alsos Theatre
The Madness of Heracles by Euripides, directed by M. Marmarinos, National Theatre
*Ticket Price: 15 €,

Saturday, September 10
City of Athens "Polychoros"
Performances by Student Troupes

Sunday, September 11
City of Athens "Polychoros"
Seminar and Discussion with the students in cooperation with the Hellenic Network for Theatre/Drama in Education

Sunday, September 11 and Monday September 12

Attiko Alsos Theatre, at 21:00
Kretes (The Cretans) by Euripides, directed by Giorgos Zamboulakis, with masks designed by Thanos Vovolis, by the group «deviant GaZe»
Ticket Price: 10€

Tuesday, September 13
Outside area of the Arts Centre, City of Athens at 21:00
Antigone, directed by Takis Tzamargias, National Theatre

Wednesday, September 14 & Thursday, September 15
Attiko Alsos Theatre at 21:00
Epta Epi Thivas (Seven Against Thebes) by Aeschylus, directed by Anestis Azas by the group «Projector»

Thursday, September 15 & Friday, September 16
"Iera Odos 2" by Ioanna Remediaki at 19:30
A theatrical tour beginning from Aghion Asomaton Square to Thermopylon Street and left of Pireos Str., ending at the junction of Iera Odos and Pireos Str.

Thursday, September 15 & Friday, September 16
Cultural Centre - Antonis Tritsis Amphitheatre
Symposium on the Festival's main concept: "The Tragic Myths Today"
The sessions will take place in the morning and evening, in cooperation with the Department of Theatre Studies of the University of Athens and the International Theatre Institute

Sunday, September 18
Attiko Alsos Theatre at 21:00
Perses (The Persians) by Aeschylus, directed by Dimos Avdeliodis, by Cultural Society "anagnosis"
Ticket Price: 10€


Start date: 
25 Aug 2011
End date: 
18 Sep 2011

Location of the Venues:

Attiko Alsos Theatre:
The Entrance to the theatre of Attiko Alsos is on Karpenisioti Street (Tourkovounia)

City of Athens Polychoros:
Timokreontos 6A - Aghios Sostis, tel.: 210 93 44 131

City of Athens Arts Center:
Vasilissis Sofias, Parko Eleftherias, Metro Station : Megaro Mousikis,
Tel.: 210 72 24 028

City of Athens Cultural Center:
Akadimias 50, metro station: Panepistimio
Tel.: 210 36 21 601

Greek Film Archive:
Iera Odos 48, Metro Station :Kerameikos
Tel.: 210 36 12 046


Tickets presale begins on August 22
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