Pilgrimages
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Pilgrimages

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July 2021
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Text, director: Constantinos Hatzis
Original idea, research: Stella Papakonstantinou
Dramaturgy: Antigone Karali
Original score – Music adaptation: Yorgos Tamiolakis
Costumes: Ifigeneia Daoudaki

Πρωταγωνιστές Παράστασης

To Glory: French Philhellene Serviceman
Featuring Aglaia Pappa

To Death: American Philhellene Physician
Featuring Roubini Vasilakopoulou

To Division: French, American, English Philhellene Diplomats
Featuring Aglaia Pappa, Antigone Karali, Christos Doulas, Stella Papakonstantinou

Musical ensemble Sibílima: Christos Kalkanis (clarinet), Lefteris Andriotis (Cretan lyre), Stelios Papanastasis (viola), Yorgos Tamiolakis (violoncello)

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Pilgrimages

Konstantinos Chatzis

Available Dates

  • 06, 08, 13 Jul 2021

Music theatre – World premiere
Commissioned by the GNO Alternative Stage
Tribute to the 2021 bicentennial of the Greek Revolution

Pilgrimages
Three musical narratives of foreign travellers through the Greek War of Independence

 

To Glory: French Philhellene Serviceman
Numismatic Museum of Athens
6 July 2021 /
Starts at: 19.30

 

To Death: American Philhellene Physician
Athens City Museum – Dekozis Vouros Mansion
8 July 2021 / Starts at: 19.30

 

To Division: French, American, English Philhellene Diplomats
Courtyard of the Palace of the Duchess of Plaisance at the Byzantine and Christian Museum
13 July 2021 /
Starts at: 19.30

 

Free admission upon vouchers that will be distributed one day prior to the start of each performance via ticket services.

 Each voucher will be valid until half an hour before the start of each performance.                            

ΙΣΝ LOGO 2021

Constantinos Hatzis’ Pilgrimages presents three musical narratives of foreign travellers through the Greek War of Independence at three historically important outdoor venues of Athens on 6,8 and 13 July. The production was commissioned by the GNO Alternative Stage and features in the thematic cycle “The Revolution Through the Eyes of the Other”, which forms part of the tribute to the 2021 bicentennial of the Greek Revolution.

These three music theatre works invite audiences to wander, in turn, across the stories of volunteers who played an invaluable role during and after the Greek War of Independence. The first musical narrative, “To Glory: French Philhellene Serviceman” will be held at the Numismatic Museum of Athens (6/7), the second “To Death: American Philhellene Physician”, at the garden of the Athens City Museum where the restaurant Black Duck is housed (8/7), and the third “To Division: French, American, English Philhellene Diplomats”, at the Courtyard of the Palace of the Duchess of Plaisance at the Byzantine and Christian Museum (13/7). Admission for the public is free upon vouchers that will be distributed one day before the start of each performance via ticket services.

 

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 Konstantinos Chatzis 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: military servicemen, physicians and diplomats. Rich archival material (letters, chronicles and memoirs) and historical fiction combine on the musical background of Greek folk songs and classical music of the era, in order to assemble a multi-person narrative attempting to illuminate both the public and human sides of the Philhellenic contribution to the Greek liberation movement.

 

About the music

The plays’ musical accompaniment was composed based on references to folk songs (thus conserving the Greek element) as well as classical works, contemporaneous with or predating the characters’ narratives. Regarding the music for each particular play: in the first narrative, “To Glory”, the pieces used were the traditional “Dance of Zalongo” and the “Lacrimosa” from W.A. Mozart’s Requiem. In the narrative “To Death”, the public will hear excerpts from Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni’s Viola Sonata No. 1 as well as the folk song “Xenos edo, xenos ekei” (“A Stranger Here, a Stranger There”), tweaked through customary classical practices of the era. Finally, in the third narrative, “To Division”, the folk song “Korasin etragoudage” (“A Girl Was Singing”) meets the overture of the opera La neige by Daniel Auber.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis

To Glory
French Philhellene Serviceman
Numismatic Museum of Athens
6 July 2021 / Starts at: 19.30

A French philhellene serviceman’s poetic and transregional perspective on war. Through the landscape of war, he sees “the nightmare of human fate”. War dominates human existence, forces it to dance through a storm of deaths, tortures and misfortunes. Women, men, and children all whirl through this eternal storm of destiny. What is war, then, in the eyes of a man who has known a different perspective of the Revolution? Does what we call hope really exist?

 

To Death
American Philhellene Physician
Athens City Museum – Dekozis Vouros Mansion
8 July 2021 / Starts at: 19.30

American, doctor and human. He meets head-on the true hardships of a revolution. Servant of the sacred vocation of medicine, he is faced with a rather unfamiliar situation. The realisation comes from where he least expects it. The vocation conflicts with the instinct of human survival. The big picture changes and the doctor is forced to experience extreme emotions, unknown in times of piece. Under the pressure of war, many people break and think differently. Τhe how is not an issue of logic or emotion, but rather a practical issue.

 

To Division
French, American, English Philhellene Diplomats
Courtyard of the Palace of the Duchess of Plaisance at the Byzantine and Christian Museum
13 July 2021 / Starts at: 19.30

Everyone becomes numb in the face of human suffering. There certainly are people who rush to help, save others, but there are also those who want to take advantage of  them. There is compassion – but which side does it come from and from which position?  A lot of talking, but zero results. People who, for their own reasons, just stand and smile in a world that is desperately asking for help. It’s not a problem that concerns the individual but the whole world. The Revolution is here to set people free, not to spread death and slavery. After all this, Europe remains silent!

 

BIOGRAPHIES

Konstantinos Chatzis Text, stage director

Born in Athens, Greece. Theatre director, musician and founder of the theatrical troupe Omada Chroma. He has directed a wide repertoire of classic and modern plays, among which plays of ancient Greek drama. He has also adapted great writers’ works, such as Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novels. His directing style is characterised by extensive research on speech and rhythm, intertextuality and the strong presence of music. He has collaborated with various musicians and actors from Greece and abroad.

Stella Papakonstantinou Original concept, research, performer

Born in Athens, Greece. Studied International Relations and Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics & Political Science. Obtained her master’s degree on the Literature and Social Anthropology of the Eastern Mediterranean from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Studied acting at the Dilos Drama School. After remaining abroad for several years, she returned to Athens and to academia, where she has been studying theatre and cinema at a pre-doctoral level, at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and at the University of Peloponnese. She has been working as a researcher on theatre, assistant director and dramaturg.

Antigone Karali Dramaturg, performer

She is a journalist specialising in cultural reporting with many years of experience in the field of culture. She worked in newspapers, magazines and websites. In recent years, she has been working for a private TV network in the Communication and Marketing department. She was literary dramaturg in the production Such a Beautiful and Just Case: Haiti / Greece / 1821, produced by the Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera and directed by Konstantinos Chatzis.

Yorgos Tamiolakis Orchestration, musical arrangement

Βorn in Crete, Greece in 1986. He is a cellist and composer based in Athens, Greece. He graduated from the Experimental Music High School of Pallini, the National Conservatory of Chalandri, and the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He won the 1st prize at the Panhellenic Competition of String Instruments (Youth Choir & Orchestra – XON, 2010). He has attended performing masterclasses with Julius Berger and Umberto Clerici and composing masterclasses with Rafał Janiak, Aleksander Kościów and Minas Borboudakis. He has performed as a soloist with the Athens State Orchestra at the Megaron Athens Concert Hall in 2011. He has collaborated as a composer, sound designer and performer with ensembles of various musical genres, theatre and contemporary dance companies, in both live performance and video art. His composing work is characterised by melodic and geometrical structures, often influenced by folklore elements.

Ifigeneia Daoudaki Costume designer

Born in Chania, Greece. She studied at the Department of Theatre Studies of the School of Arts of the University of Peloponnese and at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU). She is a graduate of the Public Institute of Vocational Training (IEK) of Galatsi, specialising in Garment and Footwear Technology – Fashion Design. As a set and costume designer, she has worked in theatre, cinema and commercials with Christos Nikou and Mariano Pensotti. In the theatre, she has collaborated with Vassilis Mavrogeorgiou, Pantelis Dentakis and Marianna Calbari. As an assistant set and costume designer, she has collaborated, among others, with Ioanna Tsami, Constantinos Zamanis, Lita Kokonari and Dimitra Liakoura in productions for the Greek Art Theatre “Karolos Koun”, the Greek National Opera, the Onassis Stegi, the National Theatre of Greece, the Athens Epidaurus Festival, etc.

Aglaia Pappa Performer

Born in Patras, Greece, originally from Ioannina, Greece. She attended the Externat Saint-Louis in Paris, France, and had her secondary education in Athens. She is a graduate of the School of French Language and Literature of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and of the Drama School of the National Theatre of Greece. For the last thirty years she has been working as a stage actress. Among other productions, she took part in Phèdre by Jean Racine (dir. Yannis Houvardas), Andromache (dir. Jacques Lassalle), The Trojan Women (dir. Michael Cacoyannis), Iphigeneia in Tauris and Orestes by Euripides (dir. Stavros Tsakiris), Molly Bloom by James Joyce (dir. Dimiris Economou, Prize for acting of a literary text, One Man Show International Festival, Moscow, Prize for artistic performance and acting, Studio Grotowski, Wrocław, Poland), Crave by Sarah Kane, Antigone by Sophocles (dir. Lefteris Voyatzis), Oresteia by Iannis Xenakis (dir. Spyros Sakkas), The Suppliants (dir. Paul Koek, Michail Marmarinos) and Medea by Euripides (dir. Anatoli Vassiliev), ODC (dir. Elli Papakonstantinou), Alarme, Amor (dir. Theodoros Terzopoulos), Julius (dir. Konstantinos Chatzis), The Bacchae by Euripides (dir. Angela Brouskou), Lysistrata by Aristophanes (dir. Michail Marmarinos), Tales of Mystery by Edgar Allan Poe (dir. Violet Louise), The Suppliants (dir. Stathis Livathinos), Comedy of Vanity by Elias Canetti (dir. Claudio Longhi), Dying As a Country by Dimitris Dimitriadis.

Roubini Vasilakopoulou Performer

Born in Athens, Greece. She studied law at the School of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and has a diploma from the Institut Français (Sorbonne II). She studied acting at the Greek Art Theatre “Karolos Koun” Drama School and trained in classical and modern dance. She collaborated with the Greek Art Theatre “Karolos Koun” for about ten years, where she played leading parts in plays of the classical and contemporary repertoire. She was directed by Karolos Koun, Roula Pateraki, Minos Volanakis, Sotiris Hatzakis, Niketi Kontouri, Athanassia Karagiannopoulou, Konstantinos Chatzis, Nikos Mastorakis, Manos Karatzogiannis. She has acted in the cinema and television and she participated in radio plays. From 1988 to 2009, she was artistic director of the Chytirio Theatre, Athens, mounting works by Jean Genet, Emmanuel Rhoides, Mark Twain, Andreas Staikos, Lina Nikolakopoulou, Federico García Lorca, Tennessee Williams. Since 2000 she has been teaching acting and movement at several drama schools.

Christos Doulas Performer

Born in Athens, Greece, in 1997. He is a graduate of the Technical Vocational Lyceum, the Department of Business Administration and the Veaki Drama School. He participated in feature films, such as Echoes of the Past by Nicholas Dimitropoulos, Free Subject by Stella Theodorakis, Ι Will Cross Tomorrow by Sepideh Farsi, Triangle of Sadness by Ruben Östlund and the short film Αngelo by Andreas Anninos. He has also participated in commercials, such as for the airline Aegaen, the Metropolitan College and the illy coffee company. He is a semi-professional footballer and trainer.

Sibílima

Sibílima are a diverse musical ensemble. Their repertoire includes works from the Cretan Renaissance and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina to contemporary compositions and commissions. Characteristic of Sibílima is the improvisational and experimental character of the ensemble. Their goal is constant effort to understand elements from folk and art music and then include them in their repertoire. Their desire and pursuit are to cooperate with other sectors of the wider field of the arts.