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The Hellenic Festival kicks off May 23, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Hellenic Athens Festival.
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The ancient Greeks were the founding fathers of the theatre as we know it, so where better than Athens to experience the magic and mystery of live performance?

The Hellenic Festival kicks off on June 1st, with two months of dance, music and drama in a veritable artistic marathon.

First staged in 1955, the festival makes marvellous use of the historic remains in Athens, with shows staged at the Herodeion (Herod of Atticus ancient theater, next to the Acropolis) and the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, as well as smaller venues around the city.

The Herodeion, now exposed to the elements, lies at the foot of the mighty Acropolis. The most important site in the city, this huge hill is home to masterpieces of ancient Greek architecture, the most important being the Parthenon.

In the past the Herodeion has hosted a plethora of international stars of the stage, from the voice of Maria Callas to ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn and the UK’s own distinguished director, Sir Peter Hall as well as the pop star Sir Elton John.

Highlights of the 2006 Hellenic Festival include the Greek National Opera’s production of Verdi’s Otello, a colourful production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus and concerts with Diana Krall, B B King and the legendary Liza Minnelli.