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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€
Starts at: 21.00 |
The production is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [www.SNF.org] 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.