"Satyricon" by Dimitris Papadimitriou / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE
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"Satyricon" by Dimitris Papadimitriou

23 - 24 October 2014
20:30
Main Stage
A musical work for lyric soloists, chorus and symphony orchestra.
15 – 18 – 28 €
Concs 10 – 12 – 15 €
Unemployed 5 €
In the context of the Hellenic Project’s efforts to promote original work and the creation of a contemporary Greek repertoire, the composer Dimitris Papadimitriou has composed a singular large-scale work for narrator, soloists, choir and orchestra based on Petronius' Satyricon.

The text has been described as the first Roman novel, though the description is not meant to imply parallels with the contemporary literary form to which we apply the same label.

What Satyricon did—and what 'novel' means in this ancient context—was bring prose, dialogues and poetry together in the same work. The story's protagonist and narrator is Encolpius, a former gladiator in the early Roman empire, whose larger-than-life adventures in the company of his companion Askiltos make for a colourful and comic narrative of dissolute goings-on. However, crucially, the work also sheds light on aspects of the everyday life of every social class during this period, along with their views on life, and on the history of the Roman empire, too.

A charming piece of writing, Satyricon is also politically, socially and historically trenchant, consummately documenting and critiquing the corruption, decline and inevitable fall of every decadent, imperialist society.

Petronius' text has contributed significantly to our understanding of Latin, and its everyday forms and usages in particular. The composer has extracted excerpts which are true to the overall spirit of the novel, presenting in concertante form a work which will ultimately develop into a full-scale opera.

Petronius' work continues to be widely translated and has influenced and attracted the interest of many artists in different fields, leading to the creation of works in every art-form, including Fellini's Satyricon.

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Composer: Dimitris Papadimitriou
 
With: Athens Camerata Orchestra
Orchestra Conductor: Loukas Karytinos 
 
Solist: Giannis Christopoulos, Anna Stylianaki
Artistic oversight – Executive Production: THE HELLENIC PROJECT

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