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PENTHESILEA BY HEINRICH VON KLEIST AT ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

The Penthesilea of erotic desire, adoration, obsession and imperious behaviour, Kleist’s Penthesilea, talks about love and war, passion and power, and the battle between the sexes that never stops. It opens 14 February to coincide with a more romantic version of love, with a powerful cast: Vicky Volioti, Thanos Tokakis, Argyris Xafis, Syrmo Keke and Iro Bezou; Penthesilea promises to be fascinating, if not tempestuous, just like the life of the author himself.

One of the greatest German playwrights and poets of the 19th century

Kleist (October 1777-November 1811), descended from an aristocratic family of military officers, attempted to follow a secure military career, but ultimately the only thing he pursued was his need to experiment, push past limits and take risks. He lived in various places around Europe —France, Switzerland and Prussia— swept along by a sense of adventure. He worked with Goethe to produce the great comedy, The Broken Jug, and, aside from Penthesilea, wrote The Schroffenstein Family and the better known Prince of Homburg. He published a magazine and a newspaper, along with short stories and essays. Marked by tragedy to the end, he committed suicide after helping a woman friend die.

Pantelis Dentakis’ Penthesilea

Penthesilea has been the object of directorial experimentation for dozens of acclaimed directors both in Greece and abroad. Actor and director Pantelis Dentakis graduated from the Greek National Theatre Drama School and has worked with numerous prominent theatrical companies and groups as a director and with important directors as an actor.

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