Τρίτη, 18 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012

Ancient words sound fresh notes at the theatre of Dionysus.



After 2,500 years, the words of ancient Greek tragedian Aeschylus, will resound once again, this time accompanied by original music, at the ancient open-air Theatre of Dionysus, on the southern slope of the Athens Acropolis, in a single performance on Saturday, September 22.

George Kouroupos has taken Aeschylus’ text and created a concert entitled "Monologue", which has its world premiere on the 22nd. The work is based on two monologues from Aeschylus' tragedy Prometheus Bound. It is dedicated to Greece's archaeologists and all those working on the preservation and restoration of the country's ancient theatres.

The Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus is one of the oldest preserved theatres in Athens. It used to host the city's Dionysia festival, a competition among playwrights that involved the production of four plays, including three tragedies and one satyr play. Aeschylus’s works, as well as other masterpieces of ancient drama, were first performed at this theatre.

Greek authorities announced in 2009 a six-year, six million euro program for the partial restoration of the ruined marble theatre, which includes extensive modern additions to the surviving stone seats.

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