2022

Heroes may be defeated and demystified, but they are equally often reborn and restored. This poignant path of rise, fall and posthumous rehabilitation (taken by so many heroes and heroines of Modern Greece, including several warriors of the Greek War of Independence and Skalkottas himself, whose local neglect was replaced by international recognition) is at the heart of the new choreographic project by RootlessRoot, which also harnesses the possibilities of live electronic processing of the soundscape born by the dancers’ interplay with an interactive set, inspired by the composer’s thought.

The Greek National Opera presents two remarkable works of the Ionian and National Schools of Music in a single bill of opera and dance with the participation of the Orchestra, Chorus, Ballet and Soloists of the GNO, as part of the tribute to the bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence.

In the first part, Nikos Skalkottas’ Greek Dances, a fusion of modernistic and Greek folk music elements, is choreographed anew by Patricia Apergi and Linda Kapetanea – Jozef Fruček, and is presented under the baton of Yorgos Ziavras. The second part features Paolo Carrer’s opera Despo, which was based on Antonios Manousos’ one-act play The Heroic Death of Despo and Her Daughters-in-Law at Dimoulas’ Tower and regarded as the ‘First Hellenic tragic Melodrama’, conducted by Yorgos Ziavras and directed by Yorgos Nanouris.

Choreography
ROOTLESSROOT

Sets
PARIS MEXIS

Costumes
ISABELLE LHOAS

Lighting
PERIKLES MATHIELLIS

Sound design
CHRISTOS PARAPAGIDIS

Performed by
ELENA KEKKOU, ARETI NOTI, MARTA RIVERO DE MIRANDA, MARITA NIKOLITSA, ELPIDA SKOUROU, MIHAIL KRIEBARDIS, ZOI SCHINOPLOKAKI (JOVANKA ZARIĆ, MARGARITA KOSTOGLOU), MANEX ALBERDI, YANNIS GANTSIOS, ANGEL MARTINEZ SANCHEZ, YANNIS MITRAKIS, ELTON DIMROCHI, GEORGE HATZOPOULOS (NIKOS MOSCHIS, JAUME DEULOFEU SEGUI)

Photos
VALERIA ISAEVA

Commissioned and produced by
GREEK NATIONAL OPERA

The production is under the patronage of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Ms Katerina Sakellaropoulou. 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)

Production sponsor
PIRAEUS BANK