Alternative Stage

Opera Chaotique & the Merlin Puppet Theatre company


Music theatre

(based on Aristophanes’ play)

A co-production with the Opera Chaotique and the Merlin Puppet Theatre company

3, 4 May 2019

Greek National Opera Alternative Stage
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Starts: 20.30

Music Opera Chaotique 
Puppet & mask construction and animation Merlin Puppet Theatre (Dimitris Stamou, Demy Papada)
Adaptation – Direction - Set-Costume design Opera Chaotique & Merlin

With the participation of:
Opera Chaotique Giorgos Tziouvaras (singing, piano, narrative), Christos Koutsogiannis (drums, percussions) / Merlin Dimitris Stamou, Demy Papada / Stavros Parginos (violoncello), Lito Messini (soprano)

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Ticket prices: €12, €15
Students: €8


The Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera launches the 2018/19 season with a special adaptation of Aristophanes’ comedy Frogs presented from the surreal perspective and with the utterly subversive humour of an eccentric duet: the Opera Chaotique and the renowned Merlin Puppet Theatre company – which creates and animates puppet worlds in Greece and abroad since 1995.

The work is set in modern times as a musical narrative. Dionysus, 2,500 years later, is still disappointed by people’s low intellectual standards, and decides to turn once more to the enlightened dead in the Underworld.
On his journey he meets not just Euripides and Aeschylus, but also Rimbaud, Bukowski, Poe, Embirikos and other brilliant minds of the past, on a quest culminating in an unexpected twist.
Wars, the refugee problem, poverty, television, religious bigotry, they all aim at impoverishing the mind, the body and the soul. Can the intellectuals save humanity from this disaster? Or at least help? Is Aristophanes always topical or do we lag 2,500 years behind?
The comedy’s adaptation, transferred in the modern age, approaches serious issues through humour and generates hope and optimism. The work of the ancients lives on and the work of the moderns is inspiring! They did what they could. What about us?