Dance With My Own Shadow
Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Dance With My Own Shadow

Other venues - Manos Hadjidakis

July 2021
Δημιουργική Ομάδα

Choreography, set: Konstantinos Rigos

Costumes: Deux Hommes

Associate architect: Mary Tsagari 

Lighting: Christos Tziogkas 

Video: Vasilis Kehagias

Artistic curator: George Hadjidakis


With the Principal Dancers, Soloists, Demi-Soloists and the Corps de ballet of the GNO



Tickets go on sale on 25 June 2021

Ticket prices: 20, 30, 35, 45, 65€



Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Other venues

Dance With My Own Shadow

Manos Hadjidakis
As part of the Athens Festival

Available Dates

  • 25, 27, 29 Jul 2021

Starts at: 21.00 | clock

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

Following many years of absence from the stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus the Greek National Opera Ballet returns with the exceptionally successful production Dance With My Own Shadow that was first performed at the GNO Stavros Niarchos Hall in the SNFCC, in November 2019.

In Dance With My Own Shadow, GNO Ballet Director Konstantinos Rigos choreographs four unique works by Manos Hadjidakis for the GNO Ballet. In C.N.S. Cycle loss and pain are portrayed against the backdrop of the rough sea; in Captain Michalis the humid southerly wind at nights “falls upon women like a man and upon men like a woman”; in The Accursed Serpent, Karagiozis’ figure dominates as a symbol of timeless folk art; in Gioconda’s Smile New York serves as a luxurious and noisy set for loneliness and despair.

Manos Hadjidakis has defined the landscape of Greek music and modern Greek culture as few have ever done. His quests and influences led him to many diverse paths. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that the fruits of his creativity can be found in the four cardinal points. It is this landscape that inspired Konstantinos Rigos’ choreography, in which he journeys across the four cardinal points of Hadjidakis’ work, connecting four emblematic works in a modular performance. “What is dance with my own shadow? A dance with myself. An on-stage confession of everything I’ve experienced in life, and which I will be carrying inside me forever”, notes the choreographer.