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Ancient Olympia, 25-07-2014
ATHENS & EPIDAUROS
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ATHENS EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
YANNIS TSAROUCHIS EXHIBIT (27-07-2014 6:00 pm) Make sure you visit Part I (1910-1940) of the exhibition Yannis Tsarouchis: Illustrating an autobiography which will be held until July 27th, 2014 at the Benaki Museum (Peiraios Street Annexe). The exhibition presents the history of Yannis Tsarouchis’ painting through chronological groupings, re-creating the environment in which he lived and investigating the manner in which he was influenced throughout his artistic progress. The theme Illustrating an autobiography will be shown in two parts: each will last one year. Viewers will begin with Yannis Tsarouchis’s childhood in Piraeus, Athens and Kifissia, they will get to know the artist’s era through his work, what he listened to, his acquaintances, the people he chose to be in the company of, his collaborators and his teachers. They will meet individuals such as Fotis Kontoglou, Konstantinos Parthenis, Dimitris Pikionis, Nikos Velmos, Angeliki Hadjimichali, Eva Palmer-Sikelianou, Ellie Papadimitriou, Teriade, as well as many more, in a tour which will also include photographic material, texts and interviews of the artist himself, as well as audiovisual material from Dimitris Vernikos’ documentary Study for a portrait. The exhibition is part of a group of themed presentations of the material of the Yannis Tsarouchis Foundation collection, which has been hosted by the Benaki Museum since November 2012, at the Peiraios Street Annexe. For more info: www.benaki.gr
GRIGOROVICH BALLET THEATER OF RUSSIA (09-09-2014 7:00 pm) The Grigorovich Ballet Theater of Russia will perform 2 landmark ballets, “Spartacus” and “Giselle,” at the Herod Atticus Theater in Athens on Monday, September 8, and Tuesday, September 9, respectively. Tickets can be purchased at Public, Papasotiriou, Ianos and Seven Spots outlets, online at www.weticket.gr, www.viva.gr and by calling on 210 6980044. Venue: Herod Atticus Theater, Dionysiou Areopagitou, Acropolis
'ELECTRA" BY SOPHOCLES (28-09-2014 7:00 pm) A theatrical performance in Greek with subtitles in ENGLISH | SPANISH | GERMAN | FRENCH | RUSSIAN according to the daily programme Electra is a Greek tragedy by Sophocles, believed to be written around 413 B.C. The play is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest. Set in the palace of Argos a few years after the Trojan War, it is based on the character of Electra and the vengeance that she and her brother Orestes take on their mother Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus for the murder of their father, King Agamemnon. Sophocles (496-405 B.C.) was a luminary force in Classical Athenian culture and an innovator of drama. Along with Euripides and Aeschylus, he was a well-known master of tragedy. In Electra by Sophocles everything takes place within a day. It starts at dawn with the murder of Orestes and is completed that very evening with the murder of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus. Their life ends when the tragedy ends. There is no future. As in a performance. The end of the play signifies the end of its “life”. This “play”, the “matching” of the characters’ situation with the situation of those who enact them becomes the focal point of action on stage. Sophocles’ text leads towards this direction. In the first scene with Orestes and the Tutor, and the voiceless Pylades, the Tutor takes up a role of playwright-director. Çe gives the actor-Orestes his scenic identity ïn stage and defines the space, (“Son of him who led our hosts at Troy of old, son of Agamemnon! – now thou mayest behold thine eyes all that thy soul hath desired so long. There is the ancient Argos of thy yearning”) and, at the same time, he signals to everyone involved that the time has come for the past, infused in rehearsals, to become the future; that the time has come for the drama action to take place. Orestes responds by taking on the role of playwright-director and reveals what we’ll see in the rest of the play. Director Dimitris Xanthopoulos | vocal training Rinio Kyriazi | scenic design Clio Boboti | costumes Ioanna Tsami | choreography Ermis Malkotsis | performers Stella Vogiatzaki, Thanassis Dovris, Vasso Kavalieratou, Giannis Leakos, Katerina Mavrogeorgi, Dimitris Xanthopoulos, Maria Panourgia, Giannis Papadopoulos, Nancy Sideri | production Logos Theater Company. Surtitles: The performance is in modern Greek (translation by George Cheimonas). In parallel there will be surtitles in the following 5 languages: Wednesday: English – Spanish Thursday: English – French Friday: English – Russian Saturday: English – German Sunday: English – Spanish. Venue: Syghrono Theatro, Evmolpidon 45, Gazi Êerameikos metro station +30 210 3464380 email@example.com
"A DAY AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM" (31-12-2014 5:00 pm) The Acropolis Museum has commenced the conservation and restoration of the Caryatids, the Kore from the south porch of the Erechtheion temple. The project documents the current condition of the statues and focuses on fixing unstable segments of the marble statues, their structural restoration, removal of the corrosive factors and cleaning of layers of atmospheric pollutants with the use of laser technology. The Museum has chosen not to move the Caryatids from the Museum galleries for these works, avoiding the risks to the exhibits entailed in an additional move but also to provide visitors with the opportunity to observe procedures that until recently were undertaken in the conservation laboratories. Conservation is undertaken using an innovative laser technique especially developed for the project by the Acropolis Museum and the Institute of Electronic Structure & Laser at the Foundation for Research and Technology in Crete. The purpose specific designed platform isolates one sculpture at a time while visitors are protected during working hours by the safety curtains. When laser works stop the curtains are then removed to reveal the sculptures and restoration works. The Acropolis Museum was awarded for this innovative program by the International Institute for Conservation (IIC) in Vienna, with the Keck Award 2012. Read more here. This initiative is part of the program “A Day at the Acropolis Museum”.
PERMANENT GALLERY TALKS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM (31-12-2014 5:00 pm) The Acropolis Museum gives visitors the opportunity to participate in presentations of selected exhibits held by Archaeologist–Hosts. Additionally, Archaeologist-Hosts are available to answer your questions about the Museum exhibits every day between 09:00 and 17:00. Visitors can find them by looking for staff wearing ‘archaeologist’ badges in the Museum exhibition areas. Permanent Gallery Talks are offered in English, in French and in Greek. The Museum also offers every Saturday the possibility to participate in the Alternating Gallery Talk. The arrangement of an Alternating Gallery Talk in English can be organized via telephone, every Tuesday and Friday, from 09:00 to 10:00, on +30 210 9000900 /ext. 405. 1. Permanent Gallery Talks: The Parthenon- Why we consider the Parthenon an exceptional monument of world cultural heritage? Why has it much preoccupied both previous and current viewers? Visitors have the opportunity to discuss with Archaeologist-Hosts issues relating to the architecture, the decoration and the exhibition of this famous monument, as well as its symbolism and history. They will also be able to look closely into its sculptures and to admire the temple in its natural environment through the transparent wall of the third floor of the Museum. The presentation is enhanced with special video projections in the Parthenon Gallery featuring 3D-imaging of the frieze blocks and with the use of a digital tablet. Greek: every Tuesday, at 12:00. English: every Tuesday, at 11:00. French: every last Tuesday of the month, at 11:00. Participation is limited to 30 visitors per session. Duration: 50 minutes. 2. Masterpieces in the Acropolis Museum- A presentation of masterworks on display in the Museum, their significance in their time and for world art. Visitors have the opportunity to engage Archaeologist-Hosts in discussion about art, aesthetics, religion and society at the time these works were created, all of which belonged to ancient Athens’ most important sanctuary, the Acropolis. The way in which they are exhibited in the Museum is also discussed. Greek: every Sunday, at 12:30 and evening gallery talk every Friday, at 20:00. English: every Sunday, at 13:30 and evening gallery talk every Friday, at 18:00. French: every last Sunday of the month, at 13:30. Participation is limited to 30 visitors per session. Duration: 60 minutes. 3. Archaic Colors - A presentation on the continuing research on the unique collection of archaic statues, which retain their colors to a small or large degree. Visitors have the opportunity to discuss with Archaeologist-Hosts on the color of archaic statues, its technical issues, its detection using new technologies, its experimental use on marble surfaces, its digital reconstruction, its meaning, as well as the archaic period’s aesthetic perception of color. The presentation concludes in the special “lab” on ancient three-dimensional art, which has been set up on the second floor of the Museum. The presentation is enhanced with the use of a digital tablet featuring additional visual material, colored cast copies of exhibits, marble details painted experimentally using ancient pigments and techniques, video projections, and collections of pigments. Greek: every Friday, at 12:00. English: every Friday, at 11:00. French: every last Friday of the month, at 11:00. Participation is limited to 30 visitors per session. Duration: 30 minutes. Coupons are available everyday on a first-in first-served basis. For further details, please refer to the Information Desk at the Museum entrance.