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Οdysseys: The National Archaeological Museum

The symbolic identification of man’s journey through time with Odysseus’ travels and travails provides perhaps the best possible narrative background for the celebration of the National Archaeological Museum’s 150th anniversary. The new temporary commemorative exhibition “Odysseys”, inspired by the mythological journey of Odysseus, uses 184 imaginatively curated artifacts to tell the story of human history.

A star-studded heavenly dome accompanies the journey

The focus of this exhibition is the Odysseus concealed within every human being, who emerges in every age and every culture. The common elements shared by all men and their quests – regardless of eras, cultures or other differences – are shown through the exhibits and artifacts which have been gathered and presented here at one of the world’s most important museums. This narrative is further enriched by audiovisual and digital materials accompanied by the poetry of Cavafy, Seferis, Elytis and Ritsos, and are further adorned by the heavenly constellations which guided Odysseus on his voyage back home to Ithaca. 

Τhree thematic axes

The exhibition has been organized along three thematic axes: the Journey – man’s never-ending quest to explore and obtain both material and spiritual goods; the Ithacas – the homelands for which all men yearn and to which we all struggle to return; and the Exodus – the achievements of the human mind and spirit which are passed down to future generations. The exhibition “Odysseys” has struck a chord with both Greek and foreign visitors, whom it has charmed and motivated. Don’t miss this opportunity to see it up close.

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Τhe Nederlands Dans Theater returns to the Athens Concert Hall

They have been called “one of the seven wonders of dance”, “troupe-phenomenon”, the one and only performance you should not miss” and “the most incredible dancers in the world”. The modern dance group, the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT 1), is coming to Athens for three performances on March 3, 4, and 5 at the Athens Concert Hall and will be presenting three “fresh” works which they will be performing for the first time for Greek audiences.

Plasticity and Dynamism

They seem to hover in the air, without for a minute losing the sense of the art of dance. Their choreographies leap into the impossible. The sheer physicality of movement, the incredible combinations, the energy which passes like electricity from one body to another, the naturalness and grace – all convey to even the most unsuspecting viewer a sensation of irresistible attraction and joy. Few dance groups in the world can so wonderfully convey such a vast array of emotions through their choreographies.

Τhree new choreographies

Shut Eye by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, which was first performed in April 2016 in The Hague; the newest work by the same inspired choreographers – Singulière Odyssée – which debuted just one month ago in The Hague (February 2); and The Statement by Crystal Pite will comprise the group’s dance repertoire here in Athens. If you must choose just one dance performance to attend this year, we heartily recommend the Nederlands Dans Theatre – at the Alexandra Trianti Hall of The Athens Concert Hall. You’ll leave energized and alive enough for an entire year.

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A critic’s statement that “Incest can never produce laughter” inspired this play by the 19th-Century comic French playwright Eugène Labiche (1815-1888), who explored over and over again in his work the farcical (as well as the dark) side of human nature, the revelation that our relationships all lead to a dead-end, and the impossibility of happiness – all through laughter.

Yet another stellar moment for the Poreia Theatre

Over the last few years, the Poreia Theatre has found itself at the center of attention, not only of the theater-going public, but of a wider cultural audience as well – thanks to its staging of a series of demanding works with leading actors and remarkable sets. This month, Yiannis Houvardas directs a troupe of talented actors (including Dimitris Tarlow, Christos Loulis and Lena Papaligoura) in Labiche’s Le Plus Heureux des Trois. The play premièred on January 21, and so this month it will be sufficiently “mature” to delight even the most demanding audience. Without a doubt, you will leave the theatre happy indeed.

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The Museum of Cycladic Art, to celebrate its 30 years of pioneering creativity, is organizing an exhibition dedicated to Cycladic society 5,000 years ago. In this exhibition, the Museum presents the structure of Early Cycladic Civilization (Early Bronze Age, 3200 – 2000 B.C.) through 191 ancient artifacts created by the Cycladic islanders themselves.

Simple, spare and widely revered

The Early Cycladic idols, spare and austere, with wonderfully curvaceous lines and unadorned beauty, immediately bring to mind the creations of such modern artists as Modigliani, Matisse and Picasso – and reveal a great deal about the society which produced them. Their forms depict the Cycladic “anthropography” of that time with an eloquence which makes up for the lack of written sources.

The structure of a society and the shape of a civilisation

The exhibition “Cycladic Society” is divided into 5 thematic units: Social Nuclei; Activities, Crafts and Techniques; Social Life; Social Hierarchy; Beliefs and Cults. In a very clear and graphic manner, the exhibition brings to life the main features of Cycladic Civilization while also referring to the smuggling of antiquities, which, to a great extent, afflicted Cycladic culture for centuries. The 191 artifacts are drawn from: the Museum’s permanent collection, the Ephorate of Antiquities of the Cyclades, the National Archaeological Museum and from the Paul and Alexandra Kanellopoulos Museum, while the organization of the exhibition has been made possible through the generous support of the Paul and Alexandra Kanellopoulos Foundation.

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