September marks the beginning of the new season at the Greek National Opera, down at the SNFCC. This year, the curtain is lifted with Andrei: Requiem in Eight Scenes, an original GNO production by composer Dimitra Trypani. Andrei is none other than Andrei Tarkovsky, the legendary Russian filmmaker whose films are some of cinema’s most precious heirlooms and heartfelt examples on humanity’s quest for hope.
Andrei draws a connecting line between Tarkovsky’s oeuvre and the Lutheran Requiem Mass. Each scene - apart from the introduction - corresponds both to one of Tarkovsky’s films and a part of the Requiem’s text. On stage, different actors take turns in playing Tarkovsky in various phases of his life, while others embody characters from his films. What pushes Andrei’s experimental quality even further, is its sonic storytelling: text from his films and music are interconnected throughout the shows’ score. Trypani notes that the result is like a Tarkovsky dream, where real meets the unreal. Sure reads like one.