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“Foreigner”: Invisible Olga, Austras or Couch Grass
12 Nov 2013

NVISIBLE OLGA
A young immigrant woman becomes the victim of human trafficking and is trapped with no hope of escape from a system with no moral code. Based on a true story and personal accounts, Giannis Tsiros’s work has the power and immediacy of a documentary.
AUSTRAS or COUCH GRASS
A group of young friends invite a tourist in Greece to visit them at home, creating tension and bringing about unexpected consequences. Armed with a sharp wit and a bold ideological position, the writer makes a trenchant comment on the distortions and pathologies that afflict Greek society as a result of immigration.
Following its great success last year, “Foreigner” returns for a second season at the GNT, this time on the side of the Main Stage. The plays, commissioned by the GNT from two acclaimed Greek writers, explore various facets of the word “Foreigner” in today’s society, going beyond stereotype and prejudice. Brought to the stage by two young and talented directors and performed by a strong cast of four, this production was one of last season's most interesting theatrical surprises.

 

image: National Theatre

 

In invisble Olga, a young immigrant woman becomes the victim of human trafficking and is trapped with no hope of escape from a system with no moral code. Based on a true story and personal accounts, Giannis Tsiros’s work has the power and immediacy of a documentary.΄


In Aoustras, a group of young friends invite a tourist in Greece to visit them at home, creating tension and bringing about unexpected consequences. Armed with a sharp wit and a bold ideological position, the writer makes a trenchant comment on the distortions and pathologies that afflict Greek society as a result of immigration.


Following its great success last year, “Foreigner” returns for a second season at the GNT, this time on the side of the Main Stage. The plays, commissioned by the GNT from two acclaimed Greek writers, explore various facets of the word “Foreigner” in today’s society, going beyond stereotype and prejudice. Brought to the stage by two young and talented directors and performed by a strong cast of four, this production was one of last season's most interesting theatrical surprises.

 
Exhibition: Exercises on Democracy
3 Jun 2013

 

Σε αυτό κύκλο των εκθέσεων,o  Νίκος Χαραλαμπίδης δίνει το γενικό τίτλο "Ασκήσεις για τη δημοκρατία»  καλώντας τους καλλιτέχνες να δημιουργήσουν έργα που έχουν κατά νου την παρακμή των δημοκρατικών αξιών η οποία συνδέεται με την παγκόσμια οικονομική ύφεση των ημερών μας. Καλλιτέχνες όπως ο Khaled Hourani (Παλαιστίνη), Moataz Nasr (EG), Helidon Γκιέργκι (ΗΠΑ-AL), Sandra Ramos (Κούβα), Ilona Nemeth (Σλοβακία), Baptiste Debombourg (Γαλλία), Txuspo Poyo (Ισπανία), είναι μόνο μερικά από  τα ονόματα που  συμμετέχουν στην έκθεση.
Είναι αξιοσημείωτο  έργα του Pablo Picasso θα παρουσιαστούν,  το όνομα του οποίου και το έργο συνδέονται περισσότερο από οποιονδήποτε άλλο με τη Δημοκρατία και τους αγώνες ενάντια στη δικτατορία. Τα έργα, ευγένεια από τη συλλογή NAKAGAWA στο Τόκιο  και θα συνοδεύουν το έργο "Ο Πικάσο στην Παλαιστίνη"  του  Khaled Hourani, το οποίο  έλαβε εξαιρετικές κριτικές στη  πρόσφατη έκθεση Documenta στο Kassel.Khaled Hourani, DOCUMENTA 2012, Picasso in Palestine

 

image: Khaled Hourani, DOCUMENTA 2012, Picasso in Palestine

 

On this first cycle of exhibitions for the next two years, Nicos Charalambidis gives the general title "Exercises on Democracy" inviting the artists to create works having in mind the decline of democratic values as it is linked to the global economic recession of our days. Artists like Khaled Hourani (Palestine), Moataz Nasr (EG), Helidon Gjergji (USA-AL), Sandra Ramos (Cuba),Ilona Nemeth (Slovakia), Baptiste Debombourg (France),Txuspo Poyo (Spain) are only a few of the headline participants in the exhibitions.

 

It is noteworthy that works of Pablo Picasso will be presented ;the artist whose name and oeuvre are associated more than anyone else with Democracy and the struggles against dictatorship. The works, courtesy of the the NAKAGAWA COLLECTION in Tokyo, will accompany the work “Picasso in Palestine” by Khaled Hourani that received the best reviews at the recent DOCUMENTA in KASSEL.

 

Open C.A.S.E 303

1 June – 10 July, 303, Kifissias Av.,14561 Kifissia

 
65 Ways to Listen to Music ( musicsociety.gr )
4 Mar 2013

 

Listening to the music of Maria Logiotatidou every Tuesday at 18:00- 19:00 on air at http://www.musicsociety.gr we discovered the effort of 64 more people who respect the music and the listener and above all, they are people like us; people who feel good today but maybe not as good tomorrow, move and live in this city and who want to communicate something of their own personal soundtrack.

 

This is the story of musicsociety.gr.  65 people, 65 ways to make radio ... At first we see how different these ways are, but we soon notice the resemblance. Music, if it is honest, is one and deserves to be heard.

 
Raining Room at the Barbican from "Random International"
11 Jan 2013

 

Music by: max Richter
Film by: Gramafilm
Visitors walk through an art installation called the Rain Room in The Curve gallery atthe Barbican Centre in London. The Rain Room is a 100 square metre field of falling water which visitors are invited to walk into

 

Music by: max Richter

Film by: Gramafilm

 

 

Visitors walk through an art installation called the Rain Room in The Curve gallery atthe Barbican Centre in London. The Rain Room is a 100 square metre field of falling water which visitors are invited to walk into. Sensors detect where visitors are standing, and the rain stops around them, giving them an experience of how it might feel to control the rain.

 
Hail Bride
19 Oct 2012

 

image: from Karolos Koun archive


"Hail Bride" is written in 1930 and tells the story of a girl who was "abused" at the age of sixteen by the first man who fell in love, destroying her mentally and physically,  leading her gradually to self-destruction. In this bold text for it's time, Lena Kitsopoulou intervenes by creating a provocative atmosphere in a kitsch aesthetic that  wins the bet backed up  by excellent actors.

 

Directed by Lena Kitsopoulou

Set Design: Ellie Papageorgakopoulou

Cast: Maria Protopappa, Yiannos Perlegkas, John Kotsifas, Joanna Mavrea, Alexander Tsotsis Dan Giannakopoulos, Yiannis Kapeleris, Lena Kitsopoulou

 

Theatre Karolos Koun,

Frynichou 14, Plaka, Tel: 210 3222464 & 210 3236732

Thursday-Friday-Saturday, 21.15 hours, Sunday, 20.00

 
Marina Abramović: The artist is present
2 Oct 2012

 

official trailer

 


The film is a documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. At 65 years old, looking much younger, Marina has become well-known after decades of work in this field, and Matthew Akers's film is about the simple yet strangely brilliant idea she had for her 2010 show “The Artist Is Present” at the New York Museum of Modern Art.

 

The piece consisted simply of Abramović, seated at a table where onlookers were invited to become part of the exhibit by coming into the performance space and, seated opposite, gazing into her eyes for a few minutes before being moved on. The performance continued all day every day for three months.

 
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