EllinikoThεαtro (Greek Theatre of New York) presents Yannis Simonides’s acclaimed theatrical poetry performance, CAVAFY: Poet of the City.
After a six-year, internationally sold-out run of Socrates NOW, Emmy-award winner Yannis Simonides returns to the stage with Cavafy: Poet of the City. This theatrical poetry performance brings to life the extraordinary work of treasured Greek poet Constantine P. Cavafy.
Premiered in New York, Luxembourg, and Montreal, this theatrical portrait of the internationally beloved Greek poet is finally coming to Theatre 104 in Athens for four performances on June 18th, 19th, 24th and 25th as part of EllinikoThεatro’s ATHENS2018 summer festival.
The work brings to life a man who is considered to be one of the most important poets of the 20th century. By paying homage to the theatricality of Cavafy’s voice and gesture, his private universe and public persona, Simonides uncovers the poet’s inspiration, his lifelong struggle with adversity and his ultimate liberation. Through the extraordinary life and work of the great poet, CAVAFY: Poet of the City shows us the possibility of redemption through the power of love, art, irony and the pleasures of learning.
CAVAFY: Poet of the City is performed in Greek, with surtitles in English, and is accompanied by music of the time and images of Alexandria and Cavafy’s life.
“Absolutely mesmerizing and engaging, even to those who do not know Cavafy at all!” │VP, Bellport & New York City
“Yannis Simonides provided an unforgettable experience that changed my view of poetry and of Greece forever. Truly one of the best literary and theatrical experiences I have had in my life.” │RR, Riverdale, NY
“The performance is truly amazing. I was actually completely awestruck!” │MG, Boston
The performance is followed by open discussion between the audience and Mr Simonides.
Mr Simonides will also be holding masterclasses in voice, speech and accent work as part of EllinikoThεαtro In Class at Theatre 104.
Show Dates: June 18th, 19th, 24th & 25th
Running time: 80mins (no intermission)
Location: Theatre 104 Evmolpidon 41, Gazi, Athens
(5’ by foot from metro Kerameikos)
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