Travelling with Panait Istrati / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Travelling with Panait Istrati

Greek Song Cycle | Unknown Hellenism

22 December 2010
20:30
Main Stage
The opening event of the Greek Song Cycle centred on Unknown Hellenism is dedicated to the great Greek-Romanian writer Panait Istrati, described as the “Maxim Gorky of the Balkans”.
15 - 20 - 30 - 40 € 
Concs 10 - 15 €
The “Greek Song” cycle is one of a number of cultural interventions spearheaded by the Friends of the Greek Song, a coalition of Greek artists and intellectuals intent on bringing about a renaissance in Greek song by reviving its lost Centre, proving its ability to evolve and redefining its terms (entechno, laiko, poiotiko).

Music is an autonomous art-form: it can move you as a purely acoustic, tonal event. Song, however, imparts an emotional impact which has less to do with its musical element per se than with the artistry with which it combines its music and lyrics—which is to say with the canvas painted by the words.

This marriage of words and music is stimulating: it allows us to see and hear a text differently, to notice and be moved by aspects of a literary text which might otherwise have passed us by, but also to appreciate the music more fully as a rational reflection of the text.

This dialectical, interactive relationship between music and words becomes more interesting still in the case of a text like this one by Panait Istrati (1884-1935) from Brăila, a friend of Nikos Kazantzakis and a writer Romain Rolland described as the “Maxim Gorky of the Balkans”.

The opening event of the Cycle centred on Unknown Hellenism is dedicated to this great Greek-Romanian writer.

credits

Texts: Panait Istrati
Directed and acted by: Demos Avdeliodis 
Literary consultation & Translation: Bouboulina Nikaki
Set oversight: Maria Pasali
Musical co-ordination: Giorgos Evstathiou
Cycle co-ordinator: Dimitris Papadimitriou

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