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World premiere / Commissioned by the GNO Alternative Stage
Cycle “The Revolution Through the Eyes of the Other”
Physicians - City of Athens Cultural Centre
Servicemen - Weiler Building
Diplomats - Athens City Museum – Dekozis Vouros Mansion
As part of the tribute to the 2021 bicentennial of the Greek Revolution
This production, part of a tribute to the 2021 bicentennial of the Greek Revolution, is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [www.SNF.org].
Ideologically rooted, on the one hand, in the Western interest in the legacy of Classical antiquity and, on the other, in the universal liberal demand for insurrection against all kinds of absolutism running through the “Age of Revolution”, the Philhellenic movement marked the early 19th century, decisively contributing to the successful outcome of the struggle for the establishment of the Modern Greek state.
A tribute by the Alternative Stage of the GNO to that special category of philhellenes who travelled from Europe and America to support and fight alongside the insurgent Greeks of 1821, the new, three-part performance by Constantinos Hatzis takes place in three historical extra-theatrical spaces in Athens, focusing on three kinds of volunteers who played an invaluable role during the course and aftermath of the Greek War of Independence: physicians, military servicemen and diplomats. The rich historical material (letters, chronicles and memoirs) and the techniques of documentary theatre combine on the musical background of Beethoven’s incidental music for the play The Ruins of Athens (and Franz Liszt’s piano transcription thereof) to assemble a multi-person narrative attempting to illuminate both the public and human sides of the Philhellenic contribution to the Greek liberation movement.