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APRIL 2021

2 #kazanτί* Yasemin Collective 12+ 

FlashArt@Rialto 2 - On Stage

fri 20:00 (60’) 


Portraying the tragicomic identity confusion of the islanders, Yasemin Collective brings the issue to the fore by introducing the traditional Cypriot lucky game, known as “kazandi”. Featuring a multicultural character, Kazandi is constantly on the move, shifting from one place to another, yet managing to be ever-present. A hilarious play that investigates the concepts of game, luck and identity.  


The research, which began in August 2020, brings together interviews from kazandi owners and players, and investigates the existence of the game over time, as well as people’s memory of it. What memories do people have involving this lucky game? In what ways have the conditions and experiences of people changed over time? How important are the concepts of origin, identity and to what extent do these define us? 


Concept: Natalia Panayiotou 

Research/Text/Directing/Performance: Natalia Panayiotou, Annie Sofokleous, Despina Chrysanthou 

Thinking partner: Evita Ioannou 

Sound design: Marios Mina 
Voices/Music: Dimitris Mesimeris, Abnormals rap crew, Afroditi Dermata, Marinos Romeos Kalotychos 

Stage creations: Touton, Anemone, The Rose Factory 

In the Cypriot dialect. 

Tickets: €12/10 

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10 Beat the Devil Alpha Square  

FlashArt@Rialto 2 - On Stage

sat 20:00 (45’)  


Multi-awarded David Hare contracted Covid-19 on the same day the UK government made the intervention that eventually led to the first delayed lockdown in March 2020.


In Beat the Devil, which premiered in Autumn at the Bridge Theatre in London, D. Hare recalls “the delirium of his illness, mixed with fear, dream, honest medicine and dishonest politics to create a monologue of furious urgency and power”.


As theatre critic Nona Moleski (Phileleftheros, 09/03/2021) notes, Andreas Araouzos returns on stage with an English-speaking performance, entirely identifying with the writer, creating a sense of direct communication with this visionary, furious and courageous playwright, and exploiting the closeness of the audience, yet without addressing the viewer directly. 


Directed by: Nikos Mylonas & Andreas Araouzos  

On stage: Andreas Araouzos 

In English. 

Tickets: €12 /10 

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11 Take your Seats 

sun 20:00 (100’) 


Taking on the role of the host, Yiorgos Kolias invites artists from Limassol on Rialto’s stage, who select and perform a unique repertoire of songs as a response to the peculiar conditions of the ongoing pandemic. As the audience reclaim their seats, the artists reunite with the viewers through their art.


Overcoming the current challenges, this Rialto Theatre production gives voice to the artists of Limassol, as a response to the imposed situation. 


Curated by: Yiorgos Kolias 

Arrangements – Conductor: Constantinos Zorbas 


Tickets: €15/10 

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14 Sea Wall 12+  

FlashArt@Rialto - On Stage

Wed 20:00 (50’) 


The performance, which was scheduled to be presented in the 1st FlashArt@Rialto and was postponed multiple times due to the ongoing pandemic, finally comes to Rialto’s stage.


In the Sea Wall, Simon Stephens attempts an honest exploration of a father’s loss. The narration addresses with exceptional sensitivity, humour and insightfulness the challenges and the joy of being a father, while emphasizing on the great matters of our existence such as birth, death, love, absence, fear and everything related to what we call “the human condition”. At the same time, the fact that the story is told by a man who, in the context of his social gender, has to challenge gender stereotypes and prejudices, curtailing his right to grief and human weakness, adds an extra layer of interest to the narrative. 

Simon Stephens is one of the greatest and most beloved English playwrights, who adapted for stage Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. 


Translator/Director: Maria Iole Karolidou 

Sound Design: Christina Georgiou 

Set/Costume Design: Maria Georgiou 

Movement: Panayiotis Tofi 

Lighting design: Vasilis Petinaris 

Visual communication: Christiana Konstantinou 

On stage: Panos Makris 

Tickets: €12 /10 

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15 Musical Landscapes Cyprus Symphony Orchestra 

thu 20:30 (65’)  


Α tribute of 20th century music with three truly outstanding musical works, which seem to be closely connected to a geographical place, whether inspired by its sensations, nature, life or vibe.   

The concert starts off with Orawa (1986) for string orchestra by the Polish composer Wojciech Kilar, one of his most popular works. The piece was inspired by the region Orawa, located between Slovakia and Poland in the Tatra Mountains and forms the last piece of his cycle “Tatra Mountain works”. As the composer stated in an interview: “Orawa is the only piece in which I wouldn’t change a single note, though I have looked at it many times. [...] What is achieved in it is what I strive for – to be the best possible Kilar”. 


And from the 1980s back to the 1940s and to the emblematic work Appalachian Spring (1944) by the American composer Aaron Copland. The piece was originally commissioned as ballet music for the famous Martha Graham Dance Company and the setting is a 19th century farmhouse in Pennsylvania. The ballet was a huge success and Copland received a Pulitzer Prize in 1945 for his achievement. Copland was consequently commissioned to create an instrumental suite from the ballet, which resulted in the ballet suite for 13 instruments you will hear in our concert. 


The programme ends with Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů's Sinfonietta “La Jolla”, written in 1950 while Martinů was in the USA. The piece took its title from the town of La Jolla, Florida for which it was commissioned. As a part of the commission, Martinů was requested to compose music that would be tuneful and accessible. And so he did! His Sinfonietta is a joyful piece full of spirit, energy and colour, and thus concludes our 20th century musical journey with a positive vibe.           


Wojciech Kilar: Orawa  

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring, suite for 13 instruments 

Bohuslav Jan Martinů: Sinfonietta La Jolla, H. 328 


Conductor: Patrick Gallois 


Tickets: €12/ 7 /5 

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16-24 – 19th Cyprus Film Days International Festival 

fri - sat 18+  


This 19th edition of Cyprus Film Days International Festival presents a variety of films, screened at the Rialto Theatre in Limassol and Zena Palace Cinema in Nicosia.


An eclectic international competition section (Glocal Images), world-acclaimed film premieres (Viewfinder), Cypriot productions, screenings and events for children and youth make up this year’s official International Film Festival of Cyprus, dedicated to fiction feature films.


Among other films, the following will be screened: Apples by Christos Nikou, which will represent Greece in the upcoming Academy Awards, Sweat by Magnus von Horn, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2020, as well as Night of the Kings by Philippe Lacôte, which received multiple awards and was screened at Rotterdam Film Festival.


The Festival will also host the 2nd Dot on the Map Industry Days, a co-production, education and networking platform, organised online in collaboration with AGORA Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece. Dot on the Map aims at encouraging film collaborations and synergies between producers, directors and screenwriters from Mediterranean countries. 


Organised by: Cultural Services – Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth & Rialto Theatre.


All films will be screened in their original language with English and Greek subtitles.  


Tickets: € 3 per film

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