Divine Comedy

Cyprus : Divine Comedy

«When did you exist? What kind of life did you live?»
A spiritual road trip. A theatrical experience with three stops: Hell, Purgatory and Heaven.

Director Argyro Chioti and VASISTAS Theatre Group, present Dante’s monumental “visionary autobiography”, his imaginary journey through the kingdom of the dead.

Faced with the sheer volume of Dante’s trilogy, VASISTAS create a highly concise version of Dante’s text by selecting those sections that convey its deeply personal qualities: the difficult journey made by one individual, from the dark ordeals of the everyday, through times of painful crisis, to life’s light-filled moments of escape; from immersion in a world of shadows, to an exit towards the light.

On stage, a tight, core group of performers will take on the narration by expanding the codes that place the expressive power of the body and the musical dimensions of choral forms at the heart of their practice. Adding to its musical explorations, the performance feature a string quartet, integrated in the scenic action. Minimalism and electronica interact live, with the use of modern means, thus contributing to the concoction of this particular theatrical experience: the Divine Comedy road trip.

Directed by: Argyro Chioti
Dramaturgy: Nikos A. Panagiotopoulos, VASISTAS
Set Design: Eva Manidaki
Costume Design: Christina Calbari
Lighting Design: Tasos Palaioroutas
Sound Design: Jan Van de Engel
Musical Supervision: Markellos Chrysikopoulos
Artistic Associate: Ariane Labed
Dramaturgy Assistant: Artemis Chrysostomidou
Assistant Director: Geli Kalampaka
Assistant to the Set Designer: Myrto Megaritou
Costume Design Assistant: Ifigeneia Daoudaki
Roller-skating Coach: Konstantinos Martzekis
Executive Production: Geli Kalampaka, Vassiliki Georgiopoulou

Cast: Efthimis Theou, Eleni Vergeti, Evdoxia Androulidaki, Antonis Antonopoulos, Georgina Chryskioti, Fidel Talamboukas, Matina Pergioudaki, Yannis Klinis

The text of the performance is based on Kostas Kairofyllas’ translation of the Divine Comedy, revised by Nikos A. Panagiotopoulos. The performance includes poems from Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology, translated in Greek by Spyros Apostolou and published by Gutenberg editions as well as Ezra Pound’s "Cantos XIV and XV", translated in Greek by Giorgos Varsos, published by Patakis editions.

Music Used:
Extracts from Different Trains by Steve Reich
Song 1 by Philip Glass © 2007 Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc. Used by Permission
String Quartet No. 3 "Mishima", VI byτου Phillip Glass

Production: Onassis STEGI
The presentation of the production at the NIF2019 has been supported by the Onassis STEGI

Language: Greek (With English surtitles)

1st Nicosia International Festival

Tickets: www.soldoutticketbox.com/


Thursday, October 17th, 2019
Time: Starts at 20:30


Mouseiou Avenue 4
Nicosia, Nicosia 1097, Cyprus
Phone: 22797979


€18 / €12 (students,pensioners)

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