Nightlong Participatory Reading of the ‘Odyssey’
Saturday 23rd September│20:00
In the context of Atenistas’ «Art Night Athens» which takes place on September 23rd throughout Athens
WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND SPORTS
In partnership with EllinikoThεatro and The International Readers of Homer
Under the auspices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
“And from among all these many voices, no one like the other, the story unfolded. It was as if the poem were stitched together – a metaphor that Greeks used to describe poetic composition – slowly, word by word, over nine hours of reading.”
The Getty Iris, ΗΠΑ
The journey of Odysseus for Ithaca begins again from the Gardens of Athens Concert Hall, with 200 readers bringing the ‘Odyssey’ to life with their voices, in a Nightlong Participatory Reading, which will last til the morning of the next day. Those interested to take part or experience the event can register for free on the following specially configured online platform: https://www.eventora.com/el/Events/odysseia-2017-odyssey-2017-1
This cultural event with great success abroad is presented for the first time in Athens in cooperation with the international Non-Profit Organisation EllinikoThεαtro, in the context of its “Theatre Of Peace” projects, and the International Readers of Homer.
The Nightlong Participatory Reading of the ‘Odyssey’ will begin on Saturday September 23rd at 20.00 and last til 06.00 of the morning of Sunday 24/9 (free entry). The venue will remain open throughout the Reading, while the audience will be able to enter and exit at any time (doors open at 18.30). The event is under the auspices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and is dedicated to the odyssey of refugees hosted in Greece and elsewhere.
In addition, the Reading is part of Atenistas’ “Art Night Athens” event on 23/9, inviting Athens residents to discover new facets of their city in a variety of art and culture events throughout the night.
The modern Greek translation of the ‘Odyssey’ which will be projected onto the stage throughout the Reading, accompanied by images, is that by Kazantzakis-Kakridis, as 2017 has been proclaimed “Year of Kazantzakis” on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the death of the great Greek writer. The English translation is by Stanley Lombardo*.
Come early and stay late!
The stage of the Garden will be shared by readers of all ages and nationalities who will read and/or sing in any language of their choice one of the most important works of international literature, with musical accompaniment by composer Thanos. The readers’ common goal will be to render the Odyssey until dawn, in a revival of the ancient oral tradition of poetry, myths and stories, thus honoring this masterpiece of world heritage.
This particular partnership of EllinikoThεαtro and the International Readers of Homer began 13 years ago and has enjoyed great success globally, at the Library of Alexandria, the Getty Villa Museum in Malibu, in the context of the London Olympics and of the Twelve Hours for Greece initiative at the European Parliament in Brussels, at the Maria Tsakos Foundation in Montevideo Uruguay, the Dahesh Museum and the 92nd Street Y in New York, but also in Troy, Kos, Chios and dozens other locations worldwide.
For more information
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*Hackett Publishing Company. Cambridge, Massachusetts: www.hackettpublishing.com.