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Cavafy-inspired production returns to Athens from tour September 4, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Events Greece.

“In the Month of Athyr” is inspired by the inscriptions at Kerameikos.
The Roes Dance Theater production of “In the Month of Athyr”, a performance inspired by C.P. Cavafy’s poem of the same title, is returning to Athens after a summer touring the country’s biggest festivals. Starting tonight and running until Thursday, the production will be on stage at the atrium of the Benaki Museum’s 138 Pireos wing.

Images of life imprinted on ancient monuments and seen in funerary inscriptions and other depictions at the ancient cemetery of Kerameikos inspired Sofia Spyratou to choreograph and direct “In the Month of Athyr” (the month of love and death), which features original music by singer/songwriter Alkinoos Ioannidis.

The performance is structured along the lines of an ancient tragedy, with choral lamentations, funerary processions, the recitation of inscriptions (translated into modern Greek) and dance scenes that have drawn their themes and movements from depictions on ancient vases, while Ioannidis’s score will be performed by the City of Athens’s Contemporary Music Ensemble.

The poetic texts were edited by Christos Boulotis, who is also responsible for the translations into Modern Greek, while the sets and costumes are designed by Constantinos Zamanis. The dancers are Dimitris Ferras, Michalis Pappas, Gina Kalantzi and Evi Hadzaki, among others.

For information and bookings, tel 210 3671057, 210 3453111. Performances begin at 9.30 p.m.

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