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Triggering the Imagination: why children’s theater matters

20.12.2019 in Arts & Culture

Triggering the Imagination: why children’s theater matters An interview with Stefi Theodotou, playwright, director, animator   Theatre is a unique immersive learning experience for audiences of any age. There are numerous great shows around Athens to take your child to, and it is important that you do. Playwright, director, and animator Stefi Theodotou introduces her latest play, The Chair That Imagined, and explains why kids need theatre—it fires the imagination, gives them the skills and the creativity necessary to face the world, to comprehend it, and perhaps to change it too! What prompted you to get involved with productions for…

The Most Important Theater: putting children first

20.12.2019 in Arts & Culture

The Most Important Theater: putting children first     An interview with Elpida Minadaki, author and playwright   From 1896, when the well-known playwright Gregorios Xenopoulos published a volume of plays entitled “Children’s Theater,” and 1972 when actor Xenia Kalogeropoulou established the famous “Children’s Stage” and revolutionized children’s theater in Greece, to current productions, the genre has been a treasured part of the Athenian theatrical stages. Author and playwright Elpida Minadaki discusses her latest play, The Fantastic Trip of the Red Umbrella, and gives us an insider’s look to children’s productions nowadays.   What prompted you to get involved with…

Ancient Greek drama done the novel way

20.12.2019 in Arts & Culture

Ancient Greek drama done the novel way     An interview with Yiannis Hondrokoukis In a little theatre at the foot of the Acropolis, Koilon productions, a theatrical company that aims to promote Greek culture in innovative ways, has created and presents Athens’ only theatrical performance in the English language, meant for (but not restricted to, dare I add) tourists. From Homer to Aristophanes, “Medea and Other Friends I Made in Athens” brings its audience in touch with six of the most important works of Ancient Greek Drama. The producer Yiannis Hondrokoukis, the co-founder of Koilon Productions and mastermind behind…

Eleftheriart – “Powerfulness, joy, and love!”

10.11.2019 in Arts & Culture

Eleftheriart – “Powerfulness, joy, and love!”     Eleftheria Darzenta is the heart and soul of “Eleftheriart, ceramic and wood.” She is a passionate and compassionate being, both traits of character that are harder to come by than she may think. When met with challenges and hardship, her love for the world around her has been a driving force for creating her unbound (“eleftheri”) art and for giving back to society.   Eleftheria, born in Athens in 1978, fell in love with clay sometime in 2012 and has, since, taken part in many art projects, joint exhibitions, and charitable events…

The Chair that Imagined – Children’s Theatre

05.11.2019 in Arts & Culture

THE CHAIR THAT IMAGINED Children’s Interactive Musical Theatre Performance with live music on stage For children 3-10 years old The interactive children’s play “The Chair That Imagined” the new play by Stefi Theodotou, goes up on the stage of “Theatro tis imeras” (Theatre of the Day) starting on Sunday, November 10, 2019! Come to play, dance, have fun and find new creative ways that combine knowledge with imagination! With a number of successful performances in her showcase, and of course her sold-out children’s play “Nature’s Secret” that was embraced by young and old at the theatre “Theatro tis imeras” last…

The fantastic trip of the red umbrella

07.10.2019 in Arts & Culture

The Fantastic Trip of the Red Umbrella A Wonderful Performance for the Children about LOVE, ART, GREAT ITALIAN PAINTER OF THE EARLY RENAISSANCE SANDRO BOTICCELI, AND GODDESS APHRODITE, THE SYMBOL OF BEAUTY! For reservations: 210-300-5169 additional details available on the Ministry of Education website (e-yliko)  

ROMANIOTE MEMORIES – A Jewish Journey From Ioannina, Greece to Manhattan

22.09.2019 in Arts & Culture

ROMANIOTE MEMORIES – A Jewish Journey From Ioannina, Greece to Manhattan: Photographs by Vincent Giordano     “Romaniote Memories – a Jewish Journey from Ioannina, Greece to Manhattan: Photographs by Vincent Giordano” will open at the Consulate of Greece in New York, along with a lecture and panel discussion about Romaniote.   The exhibition “Romaniote Memories – a Jewish Journey from Ioannina, Greece to Manhattan: Photographs by Vincent Giordano” will be on exhibit in New York from September 19 to October 9, 2019 along with a panel discussion about Romaniote Jews will take place at the Consulate on Wednesday, September 25th…..

“The Creator Lives in this World”

13.06.2019 in Arts & Culture

“The Creator Lives in this World”     An Interview with Kostis Georgiou   World-renowned artist Kostis Georgiou sees sculpture, paint, and music as the “containers” of his creations. Some of his works stand stories high. But there is no container large enough to constrain the creativity and mastery of his artistic soul and genius.   The work of Kostis Georgiou has graced galleries, museums and centers around the world. From paintings to music to larger than life sculptures, his works evoke fierce emotions and response. His background and influences are diverse. He worked as a journalist for Kerdos, a…

A Briki and Other Masterpieces

13.06.2019 in Arts & Culture

A Briki and Other Masterpieces     An interview with Nadia Tass   Nadia Tass is one of Australia’s most respected and unique filmmakers with her films being responsible for 23 Australian Film Institute awards and 68 international awards. The Greek director was born in Florina, in the village of Lofoi and migrated to Melbourne, Australia with her parents at the age of seven.   After pursuing an academic career in Arts and Education, Tass began acting and directing classical and contemporary theatre in Melbourne. Her experience as a theater director is extensive, ranging from improvised theatre and classic plays…

Greece in our arts and culture

05.05.2019 in Arts & Culture

Greece in our arts and culture   There is a charm and magic about Greece, its history and culture. It belongs not only to the Greeks, but to all those who it influences and delights. This spring and summer a wide array of exhibits will be held globally celebrating Hellenism. This month, we are pleased to share two exciting exhibits, one which features some of the earliest photographs of Greece, and the other which shares the links between mythology and the magic of Disney!   Monumental Journey: The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey The Met, New York www.metmuseum.org Now through…