MUSIC: An internationally acclaimed string ensemble, the Kronos Quartet, performs on May 5 works by prominent New York-based composers from the music fields of minimalism, avant-garde and even rock, with the likes of Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Laurie Anderson, Bryce Dessner (from The National), JG Thirlwell (aka Foetus) et al. Four young Greek artists (Rossopoulos, Frangopoulos, Tzovanakis, Vougiouka) join forces to present on May 14 & 15 the performance ianemta: The Sounds of the Park, based on original music and transcriptions of classical compositions, enriched by videos and lightings. On May 21, another four young Greek artists, this time distinguished soloists specialized in contemporary music, perform two of the 20th century’s most important chamber works, Béla Bartók’s Contrasts and Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, both written in the pre-war period. A jazz legend, the drummer Jack DeJohnette, appears on May 17 along with his group, featuring alto sax player Ravi Coltrane.
The three cycles of this year’s music programme (Orchestra of Colours, Camerata on Period Instruments and Greek Song Cycle) conclude with performances during May. On May 19, the Orchestra of Colours performs Gluck’s The Dance of the Blessed Spirits, Mozart’s Concert for clarinet and orchestra in A major and Mendelssohn’s Fourth Symphony. On May 22, the famous Italian violinist and conductor Fabio Biondi takes Camerata on a journey through Italian baroque music. On May 28, the Greek Song Cycle concludes with a performance devoted to the Third Programme of the Greek National Radio.
THEATRE: The performances of city-state by Kanigunda Theatre Company, directed by Yannis Leontaris, continue until May 13, while on May 24-26 Denis Podalydès, a star of the French theatre and member of the Comédie Française, performs the dramatic monologue Le cas Jekyll, based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novel.
DANCE: On May 11-15, the Spanish ballet Compañia Nacional de Danza presents works choreographed by the celebrated Nacho Duato, while on May 18-20 the choreographer Katerina Papageorgiou and her company adLibdances perform the second part of the series Oh! Deep Sea, with the Odyssey as common denominator linking all the works.
VISUAL ARTS: The exhibition Polyglossia features work by artists of Greek descent who were born or live outside Greece, and aims to cover every means of visual expression.
TALKS & THOUGHTS: Fiction and the environmental challenges of our times, with Michalis Modinos and George Zarkadakis (May 4).
Why do we celebrate Greece’s entry into World War Two and not the end of the war?, with Christina Koulouri, Antonis Liakos and Hagen Fleischer (May 11).
The Web, citizen journalism and its impact on freedom of speech and democracy, with Asteris Masouras, Evgeny Morozov and Dimitris Psychogios (May 24).
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