Yōkihi Yōkihi
Alternative Stage
SEASON 2017/18 - Michail Marmarinos / Philippos Tsalahouris
November 2017 - December 2017
Δημιουργική Ομάδα

Michail Marmarinos

Philippos Tsalahouris

Eva Manidaki

Tasos Karahalios

Eleftheria Deko

Πρωταγωνιστές Παράστασης

Reni Pittaki
Alexandra Kazazou
Aris Ninikas
Tasos Karahalios

Thanasis Akokkalidis
Nikos Ziaziaris
Stelios Theodorou-Glinavos
Panagiotis Iosifidis
Ioannis Kotidis
Foivos Markianos

Theano Papadaki (violin)
Alkistis Misouli (viola)
Panagiotis Yiohalas (clarinet)
Philippos Tsalahouris (flute)

Alternative Stage
Music Theater


Michail Marmarinos / Philippos Tsalahouris

16, 17, 22, 23, 29, 30 November 2017
1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16 December 2017
Greek National Opera Alternative Stage
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Starts at: 20.30 | clock

Ticket prices 15€, 20€ / Students, children 10€

After his triumphant work Nekyia, presented at the ancient theater of Epidaurus with actors from Japanese Noh theater, Michail Marmarinos returns to the genre, though in a slightly different way this time. He has opted to stage a Noh theater work with Greek actors in a performance that retains the structure, stage conventions and complete look and feel of a Noh performance, but is not designed to imitate the genre. The set is minimal as Noh theater tradition and principles demand, but particular emphasis is placed on ornate costumes. Composer Philippos Tsalahouris, who wrote original music for the performance in light of the director’s specific vision for the work, has opted to place the main musical load on a small music ensemble. The chorus consists of 6 individuals and they will provide a vocal supplement to the work where the texts demands, primarily singing for solo voice with aspects of counterpoint and resonance not being ruled out. Yōkihi (楊貴妃) is a work attributed to the great writer Komparu Zenchiku, who was also an actor, director and great theater scholar and historian.
The story goes that the lovely princess Yōkihi lost her life in the fields of Bagai. China’s emperor Genso, devastated by the loss of her beauty, tasks a sorcerer with finding the place where her spirit rests. With the aid of a villager he reaches Horai Palace (i.e. paradise) and the Residence of Great Purity. The sorcerer’s meeting with Yōkihi is spectacular. The sheer poetry is moving, stirring the emotions; truth and imagination bring time to a standstill. However, the sorcerer must leave. Yōkihi collapses in tears in the Tower of Eternal Life.

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