BACCHAE BY EURIPIDES

Monday 22 July 9pm

Paphos Ancient Odeon

Tickets: €12 / €6

Box Office: www.greekdramafest.com/bacchae-by-euripides

Information: www.paphosmusiclovers.com

With English Surtitles

The internationally award-winning Izumi Ashizawa collaborates with Cypriot theatre company Belacqua Theatre and directs Euripides’ Bacchae, combining the techniques of Japanese Noh theatre and ancient Greek drama. In Bacchae, Euripides recounts the advent of Dionysus to Thebes in order to impose his worship, the bacchanalian cult. King Pentheus refuses to accept it, and Dionysus gets his revenge. He infuses frenzy to the women of Thebes and Pentheus finds a horrid death by his own mother, Agave. The intercultural production aims to create a new performance language, juxtaposing the worlds of East and West, Male and Female, Instinct and Reason, while presenting Dionysus as an “idea”, a concept rather than dialectic, provocative and elusive. Japanese-inspired acting techniques and aesthetics are utilised in an attempt to represent Dionysus and Bacchae, as the “Other”, through the collision of the native and the newcomer, the resident and the stranger.

Directions: The site is approached via the entrance to the Archaeologocal Park at the start of Paphos Harbour. For events, it is best approached by heading towards the coast from the Kings Avenue Mall roundabout along Apostolou Pavlou Avenue. Take the third right opposite Zorbas Bakery, Into Agias Gelatianis Street which terminates at a large car park. Walk the remainder to the Odeon.

 

MOSAIC MASTERCLASS FOR BEGINNERS

Starts Wednesday 7 August 10am

Sharen Taylor Mosaic Studio Ibrahim's Khan Paphos

Contact: Sharen Taylor Tel: 99603782

Information: wwwpaphosmusiclovers.com.

Every Wednesday at 10am-1pm for 3 or 6 weeks starting Wednesday 7 August. Learn the valuable skill of mosaic with the leading mosaic artist in Cyprus. 3 or 6 week course with internationally celebrated artist, Sharen Taylor. You receive your own mosaic tools and take home 3 pieces of amazing art work to display in your home! Cost is €200 - €260. Meet like-minded people and start a new hobby! New air-conditioned venue.

Directions: The venue can be found from the CTO office in the old town – left out of the office, left into alley passing Laona restaurant on right, left into Constantinou Kanari Street, then right into Alfredou Street and Ibrahim's Khan is on the left in Vasilissi Olgas Street.

 

MACBETH by Giuseppe Verdi

National Academic Bolshoi Opera, Ballet Theatre of Belarus, Symphony Orchestra of Bolshoi Theatre Belarus conducted by Viktor Ploskina

Friday 30 August 8pm, Saturday 31 August 8pm & Sunday 1 September 8pm

Paphos Medieval Castle

Tickets: €25, €40, €50, €70

Box Office: Tel: 26822218, www.pafc.com.cy

Information: www.paphosmusiclovers.com

Greek, English and Russian subtitles

Macbeth: Stanislav Trifonov, Vladimir Gromov, Lady Macbeth: Ekaterina Golovleva, Nina Scharubina, Banquo: Andrei Valentii, Stage Director: Mikhail Pandzhavidze, Set Designer: Alexander Kostiuchenko, Chorus Master: Nina Lomanovich, Choreographers: Kanstantsin Kuzniatsou, Yuliya Dziatko, Costume Designers: Vyacheslav Okunev, Maria Moroz.

Τhe dramatic opera Macbeth (Macbetto) by Giuseppe Verdi, based on William Shakespeare's homonymous drama, consists of four acts with an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It premiered on 14 March 1847 at the Teatro della Pergola in Florence. In Macbeth, Verdi surpasses the conventional frames of his time and composes an operatic work of theatrical power and characters that possess extraordinary psychological depth and intensity, whereas with dexterous orchestration he succeeds in dramatically sketching violence, conspiracy and death.

The plot of the opera unfolds in 11th century Scotland and narrates the rising of general Macbeth to the throne of Scotland after he murders king Duncan and general Banquo. Accomplice and instigator of the criminal acts is Macbeth’s wife, Lady Macbeth. In the end, she commits suicide burdened by guilt and he is killed in battle by noble Macduff who defends Malcolm's (Duncan's son) rightful claim to the throne.

Directions: The castle will be found at the far end of Paphos harbour. Allow plenty of travel time and be prepared to show your ticket to the car park stewards.