The Merchants of Nations / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

The Merchants of Nations

by Alexandros Papadiamantis

Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 October and Tuesday 1 & Wednesday 2 November
Upper Stage
8 € per student
The OPERA theatre company was founded in 2000. Its mission: to research and raise awareness of music theatre. Its productions stand out for the way in which their component parts—the spoken word, music, song, movement—are not subject to a given hierarchy. Instead, they are set to a different—musical, theatrical, kinesiological—score each time, which allows the individual elements to interleave and produce new expressive structures. A vibrant presence on the Greek theatre scene for a decade now, OPERA has a string of productions to its credit in which, directed by Thodoris Abazis, they have explored elements of the on-stage code and pioneered a range of forms, some of them syntheses, some of them not.

This year, to mark the centenary of the death of Alexander Papadiamantis, OPERA is presenting a staged work based on the author’s second novel, The Merchants of Nations (1882). Set in the Venetian-ruled Aegean against the political backdrop of a widening gulf between East and West, the work examines how human nature can transcend itself when in the throes of an erotic passion.

The production takes a synthetic approach to the work, combining the on-stage narrative with music to present a multi-faceted, multi-layered 19th-century text written in Papadiamantis’ inimitable style through a 21st-century theatrical prism.

The actors and musician use words, music and an on-stage synthesis of the two in which speech, notes and movement are combined in expressive gestures that add a symbolic dimension to events. The chorus interchanges with individual voices, the narrative with the dramatic, the theatrical with the musical. A production which can be linked to the curriculum and provide material for further exploration and alternative readings of Papadiamantis’ work.


Text: Alexandros Papadiamantis
Dramaturgy: Elsa Andrianou
Direction-Music: Thodoris Abazis
Set Design-Costumes: Eleni Manolopoulou
Video: Stathis Anastasiou
Choreography: Zoe Hatziantoniou
Lighting Design: Alekos Anastasiou
Assistant to the Director: Nefeli Maistrali
2nd Assistant to the Director: Alexandros Chryssanthopoulos
With: the actors Konstandinos Avarikiotis, Georgina Daliani, Kostas Kallivretakis, Nestoras Kopsidas, Maria Parasyri, Danae Saridaki,
and the musicians Iakovos Pavlopoulos and Sophia Efklidou
Co-production: Onassis Cultural Centre, OPERA Theatre Company, Municipal & Regional Theatre of Kavala

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Aimed at:
secondary-school children aged 12-18


Teachers who would like their class to attend one of our educational programmes or performances of interest to children of school age should contact Myrto Lavda, the head of our Educational Programmes Department either via e-mail ( or by phone (2130178034).

25 Oct 2011

19:00 Main Stage
Free entrance


Alexandros Papadiamantis The author and his heroes

22 Oct 2011

23:30 Upper Stage


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