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THEATER IN GREECE HAS ALWAYS STOOD PROUD

Sensational Nora through the highly expressive talent of Amalia

One of the country’s greatest female performers, the mighty Amalia Moutousi, is a silent power: an effective, persistent actress who exalts the art of acting with the highest form of expression in each role she undertakes, offering audiences comfort and healing. You can admire her as Nora in the Lefteris Voyiatzis Theater on Kykladon Street performance of Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”. Written in 1879, the work of the Norwegian playwright provokes turmoil in every woman, in every person whose nature calls upon them to challenge societal norms. Together with a cast of talented Greek actors, directed by Giorgos Skevas.

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Three sisters, three women, three roles

Women are the protagonists of the famed “Three Sisters” by the great Anton Chekhov, on at the Poreia Theater. Three roles through which the female nature unfolds through different ages, against the same stifling, dismal, dead-end backdrop that is the Russian countryside at the turn of the 20th century. In the three leading roles, three exceptional Greek actresses whose careers have been anything but lackluster. The fabulous Alexandra Aidini, memorable in her role as Marina; radiant Ioanna Pappa, who has successfully gone from television acting to the more challenging craft of stage acting, and Lena Papaligoura, who received critical acclaim for her stage role as bipolar Katherine in the adaptation of the novel “The Book of Katherine” by Auguste Corteau. Directed by Dimitri Tarlow. From February 17.

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THE PIONEERS OF MODERNISM

Two artists whose varied works highlight their genius and outlook on life, both striving to combat ignorance, hypocrisy, petty aims, puritanism. Two pioneers of Modernism, Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau, linked by a deep and sincere friendship, “narrate” the story of life as it is: full of questions and revelations, beyond the random and opportunistic, full of contrasts and juxtapositions.

Picasso and Cocteau: genius emerges from their works

Curator Takis Mavrotas selected the 190 works on display at the B & M Theocharakis Foundation, which feature paintings, engravings, ceramics and art publications. A tour of the exhibition reveals to visitors the sharp intellect that these two creators possessed, whose work helped shape European culture as we know it. A common thread in their art is their stance regarding the influence of the ancient Greek spirit on their work.
The exhibition is being put on in cooperation with the Museum of Pablo Picasso Münster and the Giannis Kontaxopoulos collection. On until February 28.

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A MELODIC, COMICAL BARBER

Cheerful, vibrant, funny, melodic. Rossini’s comic opera “The Barber of Seville” is on at the Greek National Opera in a co-production with the Bologna Municipal Theater from 13/2 to 28/2. The story of the barber Figaro, beautiful Rosina and Count Almaviva who wishes to marry Rosina, and her aged guardian, Doctor Bartolo who wants the girl for himself. The plot has been effortlessly transplanted to the 1960s, since love and its wiles and money and its necessity constitute timeless truths that span the ages, whether in 1816 when the opera was first performed in Rome, or in modern times.

The opera, the libretto and the composer

The Barber of Seville is based on a theatrical work by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais and the libretto by Giuseppe Petrosellini for Paisiello’s 1782 opera of the same name. Many of Rossini’s works, among them the distinguishable “Othello”, “Lady of the Lake”, “The Thieving Magpie” and “Semiramide” were specifically written by the composer for Isabella Colbran, the opera singer who later became his wife.  
The Greek National Opera’s performance is being directed by Francesco Micheli and conducted by Miltos Logiadis and Konstantinos Diminakis.

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THE FIRST DIGITAL MUSEUM IN GREECE, AT THE PLATO ACADEMY

At the Plato Academy, the place where Plato, one of the greatest philosophers of all time lived and taught, a small jewel of a museum was created to offer young and old alike new insights into their philosophical quests.
We walked among the trees of the Academy’s sacred grove, through the spots where 25 centuries ago, Plato presented his students with his views on life, and we then continued the “narration” of the history of his philosophy inside the digital museum.

The exceptional design and construction of the museum

Inside a light construction of exceptional design set within the park, the aroma of wood filling the space, the road to knowledge from  the 4th century BC, the time of Plato, till today unfolds. “Interactive” screens are available for you to test your knowledge, stimulating the interest of visitors to learn more and enrich their understanding. The room that “simulates” Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” as well as the one presenting his dialogues, teach visitors the way in which the philosopher taught his beliefs.
As we left, we made a promise to ourselves to return, again and again. With friends and with our children. We want everyone to learn about the magic of human thought, a significant part of which evolved right here, centuries ago, and which still illuminates the darkness and resonates after all these years.