The Persians, by Aeschylus | Hero-isms

Date/Time: Date(s) - 28/04/2017 - 29/04/2017 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

“The Persians” by Aeschylus

last activity within the two-year project “Hero-isms”

European Capital of Culture Pafos 2017

by Centre of Performing Arts MITOS

(…) we will not betray in their most difficult hours 

those who we most love

(Atossa, Persians by Aeschylus)

The two-year project “Hero-isms”, by the Center of Performing Arts MITOS, will be completed with the performance the “The Persians” by Aeschylus. “Hero-isms” is included in the official programme of the European Cultural Capital Paphos 2017. In the renovated space Attikon, will take place a modern version of the ancient drama, directed by Lukas Walewski.

The “The Persians” is the oldest surviving Greek tragedy, and the only surviving work based on historical facts. It deals deals with the mourning of the Persians, when they are informed of their devastating defeat by the Greeks. Aeschylus honored the winners while he universalises horror.

The real disaster of war is been identified through the royal family (the arrogance of the young Persian king Xerxes who destroyed his people, his mother and Queen Atossa suffering, the terror of the dead father and king Darius) and is been reflected through the singing and the pain of the Chorus. The performance presents the ‘path’ of Xerxes, while focusing on unconditional love of his mother, the suffering that comes to the potential loss and the full acceptance back into the palace.

In a war no one wins. In the performance the “The Persians” during the lament is discussed the consequences of the war. The “The Persians” works as a reminder for individual responsibility and how this impacts on our society today.

Credits:

Director / movement – Lukas Walewski

Dramaturgy / director assistant – Constantina Peter

Research – Konstantinos Melides

Set designer – Elena Kotasvili and Alexis Vayianos

Costumes – Myrto Sarma

Music – Lukas Walewski in collaboration with musicians

Video – Christos Georgiou

Light Designer: Alexander Jotovic

Participants Prokopis Agathokleous (Xerxes), Stephanie Haritos (Atossa), Michael Asiikas (Top) George Onisiforou (Angelioforos) and Antonis Katsaris (Darius voice). Dance: Mieczyslaw Litwinski, Daniel Monski, Stephen Friend, Elias Sofronidis.

 

Information:

Performances 28th and 29th of April, 2017

Attikon, Paphos

At 19:30

Entrance €10. Free admission under 18 years

Telephone information and bookings 99 985232 / 97 879793

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