Vassia Zacharopoulou

Peace – National Theater of Greece / Elefsina’s Old Oil Mill

Peace (Irini) by Aristophanes at the Old Oil Mill, Elefsina

17 September 2017/ 21.00

National Theater of Greece – Konstantinos Arvanitakis

A musical performance, with music by Nikos Kypourgos

The great Greek composer Nikos Kypourgos and the talented young writer Dimosthenis Papamarkos have been commissioned by the National Theatre of Greece to write the music and libretto respectively for a musical adaptation of Aristophanes’ Peace (Irini), directed by the accomplished Konstantinos Arvanitakis. The role of Trygaeus is played by the unorthodox musician/actor Tzimis Panousis. The Armonia Atenea – The Friends of Music Orchestra will perform live during the performance under the baton of internationally acclaimed conductor George Petrou. Peace was first presented at the City Dionysia festival in 421 BC. It won second prize, just a few days before the Peace of Nikias was signed, promising to end the Peloponnesian War. This production draws inspiration from the fragile balance between war and peace, Heraclitus’ famous quote “War is the father of all, and king of all” and the thorny question whether peace is a prerequisite for happiness and virtue.

Libretto: Dimosthenis Papamarkos
Direction: Konstantinos Arvanitakis
Video mapping: Stathis Mitsios
Lighting design: Alekos Anastasiou
Costume design: Eleni Manolopoulou

With the participation of Armonia Atenea – The Friends of Music Orchestra, conducted by George Petrou

Cast: Tzimis Panousis (Trygaeus), Tasis Christogiannopoulos (Hermes), Irini Karagianni (Peace), Emilianos Stamatakis (War)
Chorus: Asimina Anastasopoulou, Thomas Velissaris, Dimitris Georgiadis, Vassia Zacharopoulou, Evangelia Karakatsani, Nikos Kardonis, Giasemi Kilaidoni, Giannis Klinis, Nadia Kontogeorgi, Elita Kounadi, Elias Kounelas, Eleni Boukli, Maria Nika, Giorgis Tsouris, Antigone Fryda