Tribute to Iannis Xenakis Tribute to Iannis Xenakis
Alternative Stage
Tribute to Iannis Xenakis
May 2022
Δημιουργική Ομάδα

7, 8 May 2022


Conductor: Ajtony Csaba
Choreography: Lila Zafiropoulou

Corporis Miracula Ensemble

Black Page Orchestra

With the participation of students of the GNO Professional Dance School and the Athens Conservatoire  Professional Dance


20 May 2022

Percussion works

- Rebonds (1987-1989)

- Okho (1989)

- Kassandra (1987),

- Psappha (1975)

Alexandros Giovanos (percussion)

Martin Gerke (baritone)

Elbtonal Percussion ensemble


22 May 2022

Complete works for piano solo 

Stéphanos Thomopoulos (piano)


26 May 2022

dissonArt ensemble play Xenakis

- Plektó (1993)
- Kaï (1995) 
- Ikhoor (1978) 
- Akanthos (1977)

Conductor: Johannes Kalitzke

Ilektra Platiopoulou (mezzo-soprano)

Co-production with the Thessaloniki Concert Hall

Πρωταγωνιστές Παράστασης

Ticket prices: 12€, 15€ • Students, children: 10€



Alternative Stage

Tribute to Iannis Xenakis


Greek National Opera Alternative Stage
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Starts at 20.30 (Sunday 19.30)  |   


The production is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [] to enhance the Greek National Opera’s artistic outreach.

The Greek National Opera Alternative Stage participates in the celebration of the centenary of the birth of the great 20th-century music innovator Iannis Xenakis with an extensive programme of concerts and performances covering the whole spectrum from his groundbreaking solo works to his stage works. The four parts of the Tribute to Iannis Xenakis will be presented on the GNO Alternative Stage at the SNFCC on 7, 8, 20, 22, 26 May 2022.

The tribute begins with the new choreographic approach of Lila Zafiropoulou, artistic director of the Athens Conservatoire Professional Dance School, to Xenakis’ modernist ballet score Kraanerg (7,8/5), featuring the Corporis Miracula ensemble,  the Black Page Orchestra, and students of the GNO Professional Dance School and the Athens Conservatoire Professional Dance School. 

It will be followed by two concert programmes, where distinguished contemporary music soloists will measure themselves against Xenakis’ transcendently masterly works for percussion and piano. A series of Xenakis’ works for percussion will be presented on 20/5 by acclaimed percussionist Alexandros Giovanos along with baritone Martin Gerke and the percussion ensemble  Elbtonal Percussion from Hamburg, while on 22/5 internationally renowned pianist Stefanos Thomopoulos will attempt to perform the composer’s complete piano works.

Finally, at the end of the tribute, on 26/5, the important contemporary music ensemble from Thessaloniki dissonArt ensemble, in collaboration with mezzo-soprano Ilektra Platiopoulou and conducted by Johannes Kalitzke, will present a programme of works by Xenakis for various chamber ensembles, covering the last three decades of this great and unconventional creator’s artistic output.  

Few people have managed to mark the front line of the previous century's international avant-garde as deeply as Iannis Xenakis, an inexhaustible and widely influential multi-faceted creator who left Greece to settle in Paris during the Greek civil war.

His creative intellect was never limited by the traditional barriers that separate science from art or the arts from each other: in the fifty-year period during which he was active, Xenakis treated music as a privileged field for the expression of universal principles and abstract structures, exploring its relationship with other sectors of human knowledge and activity, such as physics and philosophy, and applying in his compositional method processes originating from stochastic mathematics, set theory, or game theory.

At the same time, he was a pioneer in the evolution of electronic music and combined music with architecture in a groundbreaking way in a series of pivotal interdisciplinary works.

The GNO Alternative Stage supports the International Symposium for Iannis Xenakis Year, organised in Athens, Nafplion and Mycenae, from 24 to 29 May 2022.