FEBRUARY 2021

13/2/2021

Lambros  

FlashArt@Rialto

(90’)  

 

A play addressing a multitude of issues such as human ignorance, isolation, the fragility of human existence, the absence of free choices in a world where restrictions prevail, the beasts and the beauties (truth and lies) created by the human being in an attempt to find out what cannot be found out, the abuse and violence caused when power is misused.  

 

Lambros is a young man employed as a false witness in a trial-fixing ring. Everything works just fine until things stop working just fine. Lambros is trapped. What has occurred? What is true and what is false?  What is freedom, and what does its absence signify? Which things belong to us? Which of our choices are really our own? Lambros’ ignorance of the key points in his case represents our very own ignorance. The journey of his life from darkness to light is the journey of our own life. 

 

Play | Visual idea | Director: Myrto Papachristoforou 

Artistic direction: Katerina Attalidou   

Stage set: Katerina Attalidou, Stefanos Karababas, Stylianos Pelekanos & Omass Architects, Pavlides Carpenters Ltd, Waternet Ltd, Myrto Papachristoforou 

Acting: Irena Christodoulou, Christo Avraam, Myrto Papachristoforou 

 

The poster has been created by the visual artist Katerina Attalidou

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21/2/2021

Develop. Develop Again. Develop Better (Developing in Cyprus) 

(90’)  

 

Four one-act plays written by Cypriot playwrights, presented in the form of staged readings. The plays were developed during a five-month playwrights’ workshop that took place in January-May 2020 in collaboration with Fresh Target Theatre Ensemble.  

 

The four writers, Stephanos Stavridis, Avgi Lilli, Maria A. Ioannou and Yiorgos Trillidis focus on a single subject matter: «development» in Cyprus, in its various forms. Directed by Paris Erotokritou and Maria Kyriakou with the support of Anna Kalvari.  Featuring actors: Elena Kallinikou, Yiorgos Kyriakou, Vasilis Charalambous, Panayiota Papageorgiou and Varvara Christofi. 

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26/2/2021

Our souls longing for songs 

(75’) 

 

In a peculiar era where everything is re-organised and disorganised, constantly readjusting and changing, our only lifeline, our hope and light, is found in the songs lasting through the years, those resisting time, those never forgotten. At every concert, our lips still whisper the lyrics, despite the decades that have elapsed. They remind us of our very own childhood and teenage memories, of feasts and celebrations, of days with friends and old love stories. 

 

Vakia Stavrou performs a repertoire of beloved songs from every corner of the globe, in her own magical, simple and natural way. Let the dance begin, let the miracle unfold! 

Accompanied by pianist Manolis Neofytou. 

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28/2/2021

Through the eyes of Melina Merκouri and Antonis Samarakis

FlashArt@Rialto

(80’)  

 

The project is inspired by the 100th anniversary of the birth of Antonis Samarakis and Melina Merkouri. Antonis Samarakis’ writing and Melina Merkouri’s vibrant cultural engagement are combined through music and narration, bringing out the different critical and alternative voices of the two personalities.  

 

With the participation of:  

Michalis Gregoriou: conductor, piano  

Petros Mantralis: narration  

Nikolas Hasiotis: sound & visual material/screenings 

Spyros Charalambous: guitar, voice 

George Papasolomontos: bouzouki 

Panayiotis Stylianides: drums 

Vyron Athinodorou: bass 

Christina Pissouriou: accordion  

Andria Souroulla: voice  

Giorgos Kazamias: voice 

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MARCH 2021

6 IN MEMORY OF CARNIVAL - MACUMBA PLUS

Rialto Theatre Live 

Saturday 19:00 (65’) 

 

In an attempt to revive the Carnival spirit, the Rialto Theatre and six amazing musicians present a repertoire of Latin and Salsa music with upbeat Cuban tunes. The concert will be presented both live on Rialto’s stage, as well as virtually. The show will be broadcast and available to watch online for free until 14 March 2021. 

 

Musicians: 

Pedro-Son Caliente – Vocals, George Koulas – Percussions, Elias Ioannou – Trumpet, 

Rodrigo Caceres – Bass/Vocals, Yiorgos Morfitis – Piano/Vocals, Rodos Panayiotou – Drums. 

 

Free entrance 

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12 MUSIC FROM THE THEATRES OF CYPRUS - 3

Cyprus Symphony Orchestra  

Rialto Theatre Live 

Friday 19:00 (65’) 

 

In its third concert of the series “Music from the Theatres of Cyprus”, the CySO presents an attractive programme with works by Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. 

 

“It is a heartfelt piece and so, I dare to think, is not lacking in real qualities” - thus Tchaikovsky describes his Serenade for strings in C major (1880) to his patron. We could not agree more. Consisting of four contrasting movements, the music combines elegance with intense emotion and is profuse with melodic invention, especially in the popular Valse. In our days, it has also been used as music for the ballet and films.  

 

The Second Symphony is one of Beethoven’s most energetic, cheerful, and outgoing works, full of humour and vitality. According to Lewis Lockwood, researcher of Beethoven, “This symphony signaled that from now on in Beethoven's works power and lyricism in extreme forms were to be unleashed as never before...” 

 

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Serenade for strings in C major, op. 48 

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 2 in D major, op. 36 

 

Conductor: Michalis Economou 

 

€ 12 / 7/ 5  

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14 A Tribute to Rebetiko Ι NOBODY LEFT ALONE

Rialto Theatre Live - Available online for 48 hours

Sunday 18:00 (90’) 

 

A journey across the “golden” era of Rebetiko, depicting the genesis, development and establishment of the world-renowned Greek folk music genre. A show dedicated to the greatest moments of the rebetiko song, as well as to all those musicians who marked the era with their style and music: Tountas, Vamvakaris, Batis, Skarvelis, Hadjichristos, Papaioannou, Tsitsanis et al. 

 

Texts/artistic curation/directing: Dimitris Fanis 

Musicians:  

Yiorgos Dimitriou - Bouzouki/Vocals, Veronica Aloneftou - Sandouri/Vocals 

Aristos Christodoulou – Piano, Costas Halloumas - Double bass, Yiorgos Lambrou - Violin 

Pambos Dimitriou - Percussions, Panayiotis Xanthopoulos - Guitar/Vocals 

Annie Panteli - Baglama/Vocals, Dimitris Mesimeris - Guitar/Vocals  

Dimitris Fanis - Guitar/Bouzouki/Baglama/Vocals 

Narrator: Kyriakos Hadjistyllis 

Dancing: Nicosia Dance Center 

Make-up: Thea Chrys  

 

Part of the series of concerts “Nobody Left Alone” organized by Kinisi Politismou. 

€ 10 / 8 

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16 - 17 Picture Perfect Ι SRSLYyours Ensemble

Οn stage  

Tuesday - Wednesday 19:00 (75’)  

 

Strangely detached from themselves and others, the 3 performers reenact iconic images from a large photographic archive as a way to understand their presence, place and connection to the world. A digital wasteland unfolds as fragments of human history appear. 

 

The award-winning ensemble SRSLYyours challenges the theatrical experience, connecting 3 protagonists, 1 virtual butler and the audience in one single group-chat for stage.  

In English. With excerpts from Wagner’s "Tristan and Isolde”.

 

Direction / Dramaturgy: Achim Wieland 
Co-Dramaturgy: Marios Ioannou 

Performers: Marios Ioannou, Elena Kallinikou, Marina Makris 

Text: Achim Wieland, Marios Ioannou (with the support of participating performers and collaborators) 

Movement: Michalis Aristidou 

Interactivity Support and Development: Diego Armando Aparicio  

Text Support/Editor: Rania Iakovou 

Sound Editing/Composition: Dimitris Savva 

Light Design: Yiorgos Lazoglou 

Costume/Set Design: Andreas Antoniou 

Production Liaison/Interactivity: Yiangos Hadjiyiannis 

Production Assistant: Polymnia Tsinti 

 

Partners: Rialto Theatre, Goethe-Institut Cyprus 

 

€ 15 /12 

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19 Le Grand Soir Ι THE BIG NIGHT  

Friday 19:00 (1976, 95’) 

 

In the framework  of Francophonie 2021 and in cooperation with the Alliance Française de Limassol, the Embassy of Switzerland pays tribute to Swiss director Francis Reusser (1942-2020), presenting a recently restored version of his classic film Le Grand Soir (1976) from the Cinémathèque Suisse. The film won the Locarno Golden Leopard award.

Léon works as a security guard in Lausanne. One evening on one of his rounds, he discovers a group of Leninist activists in an underground building and develops feelings for the kind of action claimed by them and for the charm of Lea…

 

In French with English subtitles

Duration: 95'

Free entrance

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20* - 21 In a Critical Condition

THOC 

Saturday 15:00 & 18:00 - Sunday 18:00 (110’) 

 

The Cyprus Theatre Organization (Thoc) production written in the Cypriot vernacular by Antonis Georgiou takes place outside an intensive care unit. State of Emergency focuses on people intensely experiencing a reality that is as chaotic as human life itself. Extremely relevant to our times, the play highlights the stage of emergency of our society, as well as our struggle to survive in a fluid landscape where victories are significantly fewer than defeats. A play about the common experience of losing a beloved person and our vital need for contact and communication. 

Directed by: Emilios Charalambides 
Set design: Sosanna Tomazou 
Costumes: Eleni Tzirkalli 
Music: Dimitris Zachariou 
Movement: Eva Kalomiri 
Video projections: Christoforos Larkos 
Lighting design: Georgios Koukoumas 
Assistant director: Maria Christodoulou 

Cast: Michalis Kazakas, Andreas Koutsoumpas, Zoi Kyprianou, Antonia Charalambous, Nadia Charalambous, Charis Charalambous 

Cast (in videos): Yiorgos Achilleos, Fernando Mounzer, Estella Tembriotou, Polys Hadjicostas  

The performance is inappropriate for minors

*With English and Turkish surtitles at 18:00

€ 12 / 6 

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26 -27 Out of Necessity 

Fresh Target Theatre Ensemble 

On Stage 

Friday – Saturday 19:00 (75’) 

 

In search of identity, Out of Necessity has its starting point at the Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus and the Doctrine of Necessity. To what extent have these fundamental documents defined, and continue to define, our political status? How can ‘emergency’ be converted into ‘permanent necessity’? How can an ‘escape clause’ of necessity determine the way we see life in general? How is our daily life affected? 

 

In order to understand, as well as to question, things that are established and taken for granted, the play aspires to rewrite mainstream narratives, with all eyes firmly fixed on the future of the new generation. 

Out of Necessity is inspired by archival footage, theoretical and literary essays, articles, as well as by the personal narratives and experiences of the creators themselves. 

 

Concept – directing – dramaturgy: Maria Kyriakou – Maria Varnakidou  

Set and costume design: Constantina Andreou 

Music supervision – sound design: Panos Bartzis 

Lighting design: Vasilis Petinaris 

Research – assistant director: Evi Hadjipieri 

Technical support: Vasilis Doritis 

 

Cast: Antria Zeniou, Elena Kallinikou, Yiorgos Kyriakou, Marina Makri 

Foivos Papacostas, Loukia Pieridou 

 

€ 15 / 12 

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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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MAY2021

12 From Classical to Modern  

Tatiana Stupak & Fabio Cavaggion  

wed 19:30 (75’)  

 

Russian pianist Tatiana Stupak and Italian cellist Fabio Cavaggion will perform a variety of music, including well-known classical and modern works. Cavaggion graduated from the Conservatoire in Reggio Calabria in 1991.  

 

Since then, he has worked with orchestras in Italy, Malta and Portugal. He recently moved to Cyprus.  

 

Their classical repertoire will present works by Gounod/Bach (Méditation: Ave Maria, on Bach’s Prelude No.1), Albinoni/Giazotto (Adagio in G minor), Piazzolla (Libertango and Oblivion) and Saint-Saëns (The Swan from Carnival of the Animals), whereas their modern repertoire will include works such as Ed Sheeran’s Perfect’from his album Divide. 

 

Tickets: €15 /12 

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15 Grey 

Chorotheatro Omada Pente - Roula Kleovoulou

sat 18:00 & 20:00 (45’) 

 

Amidst these gloomy, terrifying times, multiple questions and uncertainties are being raised. 

 

The fog generates an atmosphere that blurs and distorts both our vision and perception, symbolizing a psychological uncertainty. It prevents us from “seeing clearly”. It is that disturbing confusion that one must experience before reaching clarity. 

 

A GREY AREA between reality and non-reality. 

 

Choreography: Roula Kleovoulou 

Music: Chris Cara  

Costumes: Pantelis Panteli 

Lighting design: Panayiotis Manousis 

 

Performers: Magda Argyridou, Victoria Aristidou, Chloe Melidou, Sophia Barka, Alexia Nicolaou, Belinda Papavassiliou, Katerina Tylliridou 

 

Tickets: €8 / 5 

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18 1958 Antilogos Theatre  

tue 20:00 (75')

 

Written by Michalis Papadopoulos in the Cypriot dialect, the play sheds light on the darkest moments of the history of Cyprus that remain unknown to the public, thus showing a perspective outside the dominant narrative.

 

With great sensitivity and courage, the play revolves around the notorious political assassinations of the era, condemning extremism in both communities.

 

In Greek. 

 

Directed by: Neoklis Neokleous 

Music: Yiorgos Kalogirou 

Lighting design: Stavros Tartaris 

Set and costume curation: Mariza Partzili 

On stage: Neoklis Neokleous, Christina Christofia 

 

Tickets: € 12/10 

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20 Spirit of Romanticism  

Cyprus Symphony Orchestra  

thu 20:30 (65’) 

 

Conducted by the renowned German maestro Wolfram Christ, this programme features music by romantic composers of Central Europe, bursting with emotion and drama.  

Discovered in 1951, Antonín Dvořák’s Seven pieces for small orchestra, were composed back in 1867 to be performed during the interval of a drama production, as was the custom at the time at the Provisional Theatre in Prague. In them one soon discovers seven movements of gorgeous, surprising theatricality, as if written to accompany the play itself.  

 

All fifteen violin concertos by the German composer Louis Spohr show great originality, vigour and a distinct melodic elegance. CySO’s concertmaster Wolfgang Schroeder will be interpreting Spohr’s Violin concerto nο. 8. Subtitled “in modo di scena cantante”, this concerto stands out by assigning to the violin the role of an opera character, much in the way of a dramatic opera scene, including characteristic recitative and aria style sections.  

 

Full of optimism, bliss and exuberance, Antonín Dvořák’s Serenade for strings was written in 1875, during one of the happiest and most productive times of his life.  

 

Antonín Dvořák: Seven pieces for small orchestra 

Louis Spohr: Violin concerto no. 8 in A minor (in modo di scena cantante), op. 47 

Antonín Dvořák: Serenade for strings in E major, op. 22  

 

Soloist: Wolfgang Schroeder, violin 

Conductor: Wolfram Christ  

 

Tickets: €12/7/5 

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22-23  WHO CARES  

En drasi - Evie Demetriou 

sat-sun 20:00 (40’) +16

On Stage 

  

The solo performance “WHO CARES” examines the tensions created between what we regard good for ourselves and for our bodies based on our personal needs and desires and what society imposes and dictates to us. Through the lens of personal identity, gender and ageing we examine how external forces such as social norms and stereotypes but also public policies can influence personal perception and actions.

 

The performance combines personal confession with humour and movement to guide us through a physical and emotional journey that speaks to our current moment.  

 

Choreography I Performance: Evie Demetriou 

Dramaturgy: Guy Cools 

Light Design: Aleksandar Jotovic 

Artistic Collaborator I Photography: Michalis Papamichael 

Voice Coach: Cathryn Robson 

Graphics: Despina Kannaourou 

Trailer: Antis Iakovou 

Production: En drasi 

 

Tickets: €10 / 8

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25-26 Raus  

Dionysos Theatre 

tue-wed 20:30 (80’) 

 

A hilarious comedy by writing duo Reppas - Papathanasiou, directed by Panagiotis Larkou. A clerk working at the Ministry of Transport, his wife and a nurse are all heirs of a neoclassical building in the city centre of Athens. When they visit the building to meet the tenants, they realise that the house, which had once hosted Angelos Sikelianos, now operates as a brothel. When the tenants refuse to leave the premises, they all together decide to collaborate and establish a fake cultural association, in order to receive an EU grant of 300,000 euro. 

 

Their business turns out just fine until the EU announces a stringent inspection of all country’s cultural associations. They have only two weeks left to stage Sophocles’ Antigone, and present the play to the European Commissioner. Will they become convincing actors, or end up in jail?

In Greek 

 

Directed by: Panagiotis Larkou 

Set and costume design: Thelma Kasoulidou 

Lighting design: Stavros Tartaris 

Cast: Elena Hadjiafxenti, Petros Yiorkadjis, Eleni Sidera, Alexandros Parisis, Pantelitsa Loizou, Myrto Kouyali, Antony Papamichael, Christos Yiangou 

 

Tickets: €15 /12 

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27 Out of Necessity 

Fresh Target Theatre Ensemble / On Stage 

thu 20:00 (75’) 

 

In search of identity, Out of Necessity has its starting point at the Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus and the Doctrine of Necessity. To what extent have these fundamental documents defined, and continue to define, our political status? How can ‘emergency’ be converted into ‘permanent necessity’? How can an ‘escape clause’ of necessity determine the way we see life in general? How is our daily life affected? In order to understand, as well as to question, things that are established and taken for granted, the play aspires to rewrite mainstream narratives, with all eyes firmly fixed on the future of the new generation. Out of Necessity is inspired by archival footage, theoretical and literary essays, articles, as well as by the personal narratives and experiences of the creators themselves. 

 

Concept – directing – dramaturgy: Maria Kyriakou – Maria Varnakidou  

Set and costume design: Constantina Andreou 

Music supervision – sound design: Panos Bartzis 

Lighting design: Vasilis Petinaris 

Research – assistant director: Evi Hadjipieri 

Technical support: Vasilis Doritis 

 

Cast: Antria Zeniou, Elena Kallinikou, Yiorgos Kyriakou, Marina Makri 

Foivos Papacostas, Loukia Pieridou 

 

Tickets: € 15 / 12 

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29 Cypriot Music Revisited 

Quintus Ensemble & ChamberFusion Quintet

FlashArt@Rialto 2

sat 20:00 (60’) 

 

An out-of-ordinary concert – a musical dialogue between Quintus Ensemble and ChamberFusion Quintet, traversing a journey across the traditional music of Cyprus. With arrangements by Neoklis Neofytides, performed by classical wind and string soloists, the concert brings on Rialto’s stage two outstanding ensembles performing wind and string sounds that encompass the island’s rich traditional music. 

 

Quintus Ensemble consists of Savvas Christodoulou (flute), Simeon Spasov (oboe), Giorgos Georgiou (clarinet), Evangelos Christodoulou (bassoon) and Annita Skoutela (horn). 

 

ChamberFusion Quintet consists of Yiorgos Hadjigeorgiou (1st violin), Nikolas Vryoni (2nd violin), Nicolas Efthimiou (viola), Doros Zisimos (cello) and Nikolas Tryfonos (double bass). 

 

Singing: Tefkros Neokleous, Anna Aristidou. 

Piano:  Kyriacos Kyriacou

Digital set design: Constantinos Terlikkas 

 

Tickets: €12 / 10

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JUNE 2021

 

4 With the sounds of Nuevo Tango 

Cyprus Symphony Orchestra 

Friday 20:30 (65’)  

 

Enjoy the sizzling rhythms and sounds of Nuevo Tango, the revolutionary new style of tango created by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla in the mid-20th century. Incorporating elements from classical and jazz music into the traditional Argentinian tango, his work takes us straight to the heart of the most intense human emotions.  

 

The year 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of Astor Piazzolla’s birth, which we celebrate with two of his most representative works: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Estaciones Porteñas) and the mysterious and tense Tangazo: Variations on Buenos Aires.  

 

The programme also features the world premiere of Concerto for three guitars by contemporary Argentinian composer/guitarist Maximo Diego Pujol, following in Piazzolla’s footsteps, merging the traditional tango and folk genres with classical forms and styles.  

 

Soloist: Νikos Pittas, violin 

Cyprus Guitar Trio (Vasilios Avraam, Socrates Leptos, George Christofi) 

Conductor: Μiltos Logiadis  

Tickets: €12/7/5

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5 The Greek portrait of Federico Garcia Lorca  

FlashArt@Rialto 2 

Saturday 20:30 (90’) 

 

Federico Garcia Lorca’s work finds a fertile ground in the Greek intellectual world since the quests of the Spanish poet are intrinsically related to Innovation and Secularism in post-war Greece. 

 

The starting point was Blood Wedding, which was staged by Karolos Koun Theatro Technis, based on a translation by Nikos Gatsos, with music composed by Manos Hadjidakis (1948). Romancero Gitano then followed with music composed by Thodorakis, based on an adaptation by Odysseas Elytis (1967). Having at the epicentre the works Blood Wedding, adapted for voice, guitar and cello, as well as Romancero Gitano, adapted for guitar and voice, both presented for the first time in this form in Cyprus, the event pays tribute to one of the world’s most beloved and sung poets. A number of other selected songs based on Lorca’s poetry, composed by renowned artists, will also be presented, and accompanied by lyrics, texts and images that showcase important aspects of the Spanish poet’s work. 

 

Lorca is part of our collective culture since Greek artists and authors have approached his work in their own unique way, thus illustrating the Greek portrait of Federico Garcia Lorca. 

Voice: Angelina Soteriou
Violoncello / Narration: Mariliza Papadouri
Guitar / Orchestration / Adaptation: Dimitris Papagelidis

Tickets: €12 /10 

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9,10,11 Tatiana Stupak & Friends 2021 concerts 

Wednesday 19:30 (75’)  

 

Every June since 2016, Russian pianist Tatiana Stupak has been organising a charity concert in Limassol to celebrate her birthday. This year, due to Covid restrictions, she will hold concerts on three successive evenings with a different musical theme. In this first concert, she will be accompanying mezzo-soprano singer Anastasia Maximova, in a repertoire of well-known pieces, including some operatic arias. 

 

Tatiana studied at the Special School of the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in St. Petersburg, and has received multiple awards at piano competitions. She is very well known in Cyprus, having played piano at more than 80 events during the past years, both as a soloist and together with other musicians. 

 

Anastasia Maximova is a graduate of the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory. She is well known as a songwriter, including pop songs, and as a film composer.  She is also the founder and art director of the first Russian interactive opera theatre “Midnight Opera”, where the soloists involve the audience to take part in opera performances. In addition to her amazing voice, she also has a strong stage energy, fascinating spectators everywhere. 

 

The net proceeds of the three concerts will be given to the Holy Temple of the Archangel Michael & the Chapel of St Matrona Monovolikos, Limassol. 

 

Tickets:  €15/12 

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10 Tatiana Stupak & Friends 2021 concerts 

Thursday 19:30 (75’)  

 

In this second concert, Tatiana Stupak hosts exceptional string soloists Olivera Rialas (violin), and Fabio Cavaggion (cello). 

 

Olivera Rialas graduated from Belgrade University and continued her studies at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. She has performed throughout Europe, China and the USA, where she played several times at Carnegie Hall. She was a violin professor at the University of Nĭs College of Music and at the Long Island Conservatory, where she was appointed as Chair of the String Department from 2002-2004. She founded the “Performing Arts Factory” in Belgrade. Since moving to Cyprus, she has continued her performing and teaching career. 

 

Fabio Cavaggion, after his postgraduate studies, he joined the National Youth Orchestra of Santa Cecilia. He has had a distinguished career with orchestras in Italy, Malta and Portugal, as well as with famous actress Valentina Cortese in Theatre Argentina, Rome. Later on in his career, he decided to quit playing in orchestras, in order to experiment with different fields, playing in open spaces. 

Tickets:  €15/12 

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11 Tatiana Stupak & Friends 2021 concerts 

Friday 19:30 (75’)  

 

In this third and final concert, Russian pianist Tatiana Stupak invites her own students on stage, performing together an interesting repertoire of varied musical themes and instruments.  

Tickets: €15/12

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13 Beloved songs of the Greek boite era 

Sunday 20:30 (75’) 

  

A concert presenting some of the most legendary songs of the Greek New Wave movement and the Athenian “boites” of the 60-70s, such as Apanemia and Esperides. A musical journey to the nostalgic atmosphere of these tiny spaces, where friends and softly-whispered love songs take the lead.

 

A compilation of our heart’s most beloved songs written by some of the greatest Greek composers. 

 

Singing: Elena Yiannakou, Christos Shaelis 

Bouzouki: Theodoulos Paraskevaidis –  

Acoustic bass: Ioannis Karseras 

Music supervision / Piano: Antonis Polykarpou 

Selection of songs and artistic curation: Michalis Pourgouridis

 

Tickets: €12/10 

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16 Sounds of Winds  

Cyprus Symphony Orchestra 

Wednesday 20:30 (65’) 

 

Under the baton of conductor Zoe Tsokanou and the CySO’s principal trumpetist, Gareth Griffiths, as the soloist, the CySO proposes a programme purely dedicated to music for wind instruments. The concert presents a fine selection of three pieces composed between 1878 and 1974 featuring characteristic sound colours from the composers’ countries of origin: Antonín Dvořák (Bohemia), Gordon Jacob (England) and Jean Francaix (France).  

 

Dvořák’s Serenade for wind instruments in D minor (1878) is a magnificent work whose composition was inspired by one of Mozart’s wind serenades.  

Francaix’s Le gay Paris (1974) for trumpet and wind ensemble is a light-hearted piece full of humorous dialogues between the soloist and the wind instruments.  

We close our concert with Jacob’s Old Wine in New Bottles (1959) that is based on four early English folk songs, to which the composer adds his own unique musical twist, thus making them all the more enjoyable and fun.  

 

Antonín Dvořák: Serenade for wind instruments, op. 44 

Jean Françaix: Le Gay Paris for trumpet and wind ensemble 

Gordon Jacob: Old Wine in New Bottles 

 

Soloist: Gareth Griffiths (trumpet) I Conductor: Zoe Tsokanou  

Tickets: €12/7/5

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17  A Mirror 

On Stage 

FlashArt@Rialto 2 

Thursday 20:30 (40’) 

 

A performance about the loneliness and social isolation that we have been experiencing these days, the meaning of loneliness rendered both through stories of people living among us, as well as through Loneliness itself. 

 

“I am walking around the theatre. Not because I have nothing else to do, but rather because I want to talk to you. What is greater than this space, where “seeing” is at its heart, where I will see you but you will also see me. Let’s look in the mirror, be honest for once, just for once, be true, not fake, not incomplete. You will become my mirror and I will become yours. You are most welcome to follow me”. 

 

Text: Eleftheriakos (Ilias Vagenas) 

Performance – Adaptation in the Cypriot dialect: Yiolanda Christodoulou  

Music composition / Electric guitar: Yiorgos Bizios 

Live sound design: Dimitris Savva 

Photography: Andreas Ieridis 

Tickets: €12 / 10 

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21 World Music Day 

Monday 20:30 (70’) 

 

The Alliance Française of Limassol in collaboration with the Limassol Municipality the RIALTO Theater, the French Embassy and the French Institute in Cyprus and the radio KANALI 6  organise the Music Day on the occasion of the World Music Day established in 1982 on the initiative of the French Minister of Culture, Jacques Lang, and celebrated all over Europe.

 

Internationally renowned Cypriot singer Vakia Stavrou participates in a multicultural repertoire from many parts of the world accompanied by  the distinguished pianist Manolis Neophytou.

 

Free entrance. Tickets must be booked in advance. 

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24 Famagusta: Odyssey of the return 

Thursday 19:30 (150’) 

 

Famagusta Municipality organizes a symposium on the 450 years from the Siege and Fall of Famagusta. 

Coordinated by: Dr Petros Papapolyviou, Associate Professor, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Cyprus 

 

Speakers: 

 1. Dr Angel Nicolaou-Konnari - Associate Professor, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Cyprus. President of the Department. 

   “Famous Famagusta stands invincible | how could its sword be taken?”: The siege of Famagusta and its fall to the Ottomans (29 July 1570 – 5 August 1571). 

2. Dr Michalis Olympios, Associate Professor, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Cyprus. 

    “Aphrodite meets Godfrey de Bouillon: a (very) brief chronicle of the medieval city of Famagusta through its monuments”. 

3. Mimis Sophocleous, Director of Historical Archives and Research Centre of Limassol 

    “Famagusta on the cultural map of Cyprus: no longer a ghost city, but an imaginary city”. 

 

The symposium will also be streamed online via Famagusta Municipality’s website: 

https://www.facebook.com/TheFamagustaMunicipality 

 

Free entrance. Tickets must be booked in advance. 

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29 Waiting for Godot  

Antilogos Theatre

Rialto Open air 

Tuesday 20:30 (95’)  

 

The emblematic paly of Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot has been translated and adapted in Greek- and Turkish Cypriot dialect by director Kostas Silvestros.

 

In this performance of AntiLogos Theatre the two dialects merge and become one.

 

The intense need for communication of the two heroes, removes every obstacle in their communication, even that of language.  

 

Directing: Kostas Silvestros 

Set and costum design: Thelma Kasoulidou 

Sound landscape: Antonis Antoniou 

Lighting design: Koulis Siamptanis 

 

Cast: Izel Seylani, George Kyriakos

 

Tickets: €12 / 10 

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JULY 2021

 

2 Charlie Parker With Strings 

Cyprus Symphony Orchestra     

Friday 20:30 (70’) 

 

Α tribute to the jazz legend Charlie Parker and specifically to his 1949-50 recordings for jazz quartet accompanied by a string section, oboe, harp and sometimes French horn, titled “Bird with strings”.

 

This legendary recording created a new vogue for jazz soloists to incorporate a string ensemble into their standard jazz section, a trend still in fashion in our days. Charlie Parker, also known as “Bird”, intended to play with strings as early as 1941 as he was always searching for new colours in his music-making.

 

The Charis Ioannou Quartet along with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra pay homage to this repertoire that sounds fascinating and colourful. 

 

The programme opens with the world premiere of the piece Modus Vivendi, in jazz fusion style, written by our own Robert Hovanesyan, 2nd violin tutti, and also talented composer with a special flair for jazz. Robert’s personal reflection in connection to this composition is that: “Life is unpredictable.  Everyone is looking for their own modus vivendi – way of living – in order to survive...”  

 

Robert Hovanesyan: Modus Vivendi for strings [World Premiere] 

Charlie Parker: Bird with strings 

 

Soloists: The Charis Ioannou Quartet I Conductor: Gerardo Estrada Martínez  

 

Tickets: €12, €7 (18-26 years, pensioners), €5 (under 18) 

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4 - 5 tomosynthesis 

aRttitude dance company (Insite the Theatre) 

Sunday, Monday 20:30 (45’) 

 

Inspired by the way the machine of breast biopsy works (Selena Dimensions Mammography System), the performance will present a journey towards human thought and existence, poised between life and death.

 

Through a mosaic of movements, sounds and words, the performance will mirror the paradox of life, through fragmentations, layerings and contrasts. The performance contains nudity.

 

Concept/Choreography: Evi Panayiotou 

Assistant Choreographer: Andria Michailidou 

Dancers: Julia Anna Brendle, Elena Gabriel, Katerina Tylliridou 

Text: Maria A. Ioannou 

Art Direction: Alexis Vagianos 

Music: Tychonas Michailidis 

Video-Screenings: Yiangos Hadjiyiannis 

Costumes: Christos Othonos, Liene Kalpisa 

Photography: Pavlos Vrionides  

Video teaser: Fivos Vassiliou 

Tickets: € 8 /5 

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6 Sol Aurorae 

16th Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival 

Tuesday 21:00 (75’) 

 

A concert presenting the first album of composer Vassilis Philippou, titled Sol Aurorae, inspired by the musical traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean region. Philippou’s contemporary modal music has its geographical roots in the wider Middle Eastern region. The album has received critical acclaim and positive reviews from Songlines and fRoots among others. 

 

Vassilis Philippou: voice, percussion, Michalis Kouloumis: violin, viola 

Giannis Koutis: oud, guitar, Meir Gassenbauer: ney, Marios Menelaou: double bass 

Tickets: € 5

Free entrance for musicians and students (Seat reservation essential)

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7 The Magic Beans 

Rialto Summer Cinema  

Wednesday 21:00 (Cyprus 2015, 101’| Comedy) 

 

Four actors and an annoying friend eat beans while waiting for an acting teacher. The beans are magical and cause hallucinations: frustrations erupt, pulses quicken, rhythms shift.

 

Paranoia flirts with fate, and fortunes transform. 

 

Directed and written by: Theo Panayides 

Cast: Petros Yiorkadjis, Ioanna Kordatou, Andreas Koutsoumpas, Polyxeni Savva, Marios Mettis 

 

Tickets: € 8 

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10 Cultural Cross Roads 

International Music Academy 

Saturday 20:30 (90’) 

 

The Cultural Cross Roads bring together young, enthusiastic and eager to learn musicians and uniting them with the dedication and passion of highly respected educators, all with their own impressive international careers. 

 

Passion - Classical Music - Master Classes by internationally known professors.  

For one week Limassol, will be filled with the sounds of classical music performed by young  

artists from all over Europe, to share and perform classical music. 

 

Partnership with Andrey and Julia Dashin’s Foundation  

Bronze Supporter: Deloitte, Austrian Embassy, Ioannides Supermarkets 

Sponsored by: Limassol Municipality, Orange2fly 

 

Entrance free/ Tickets must be booked in advance 

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12 Tropos Ensemble 

16th Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival 

Monday 21:00 (75’) 

 

A musical exploration across the yards of the Eastern Mediterranean region.

 

Beginning from our small island, TROPOS musical ensemble will present a selected repertoire of songs and melodies from Cyprus, the Aegean Islands, Asia Minor and Istanbul, as well as original compositions by Michalis Kouloumis. 

 

Michalis Kouloumis: violin, artistic direction, Petros Kouloumis: vocals, laouto, artistic direction 

Pieris Kakouros: violin, Yiannis Mathaiou: violin, Theofanis Theofanos: violin, Moses Papamoiseos: violin, Iordanis Menelaou: laouto, Alexandra Pambouka: oud, Anastasia Zakynthinou: oud, voice 

Stelios Stylianou: politiki lyra, Yiorgos Hadjipapas: clarinet, Moses Marcou: clarinet, flute 

Yiannis Hadjinikolaou: percussions, kaval 

Guest: Manos Stratis (double bass) and Kyriacos Markoullis (Lavta)

 

Tickets: € 5 

Free entrance for musicians and students (Seat reservation essential)

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13 Three Perfect Daughters 

Rialto Summer Cinema  

Tuesday 21:00

(Italy 2020, 96’ | Comedy) +16  

 

Three friends are unhappy with their daughters’ romantic relationships. Three fathers trying to hinder the love affairs of their respective daughters. 

 

Directed by: Rolando Ravello 

Written by: Fabio Bonifacci, Manuel Burque  

Cast: Marco Giallini, Vincenzo Salemme, Giuseppe Battiston

 

Tickets: € 8 

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14 Inquietudes of a quiet mind vol.3   

acapella solo loop (the band) 

16th Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival 

Wednesday 21:00 (75’) 

 

A performance-based on the new album by Dimitris Spyrou, having strong experimental and performative elements, incorporating poetry and prose.

 

A fusion of contemporary music genres (hip hop /reggae /sampling / beat making / traditional and folk music) combined with traditional instruments and basslines on a journey across Cyprus, Egypt, Africa and the present. 

 

Dimitris Spyrou: voice, lyrics, beats, sampling, Andreas Rodosthenous: electric bass, loops 

Theodoros Polykarpou: baglamas, tzouras, mandolin, vocals, Christina Polykarpou: lyra 

 

Tickets: € 5 

Free entrance for musicians and students (Seat reservation essential)

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17 Percussion Workshop for kids 

Rodos Panayiotou

Saturday 10:00 – 11:30 

The Rialto Residency introduces a percussion workshop for children aged 6-12, led by Rodos Panayiotou and members of the Batukinio Percussion Band. 

Presenting authentic Brazilian percussion instruments, the workshop will offer a unique opportunity to children to get to know their special features, to listen, experiment with, improvise and experience the creative process. 

The participation is free / Seats must be booked in advance

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19 Eleonora Roussou - Hara (Joy)   

16th Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival 

Monday 21:00 (75’) 

 

As suggested by the name "Hará" (Joy), the compositions and songs to be presented are inspired by human emotions: their capacity, their structure, their effectiveness.

 

My creative impetus is transparency, sharing and openness, consequently, these compositions are a moving amalgamation of life lived so far. 

 

Eleonora Roussou: flute, voice, Elias Ioannou: trumpet, Giannis Koutis: oud, guitar, mandolin  

Odysseas Toumazou: guitars, Christos Yerolatsitis: piano, Andreas Rodosthenous: bass, fretless bass, Stelios Xydias: drums 

 

Tickets: € 5 

Free entrance for musicians and students (Seat reservation essential)

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21/7 Small Crime  

Rialto Summer Cinema  

Wednesday 21:00(Cyprus, Greece 2008’, 84’ | Comedy)

 

Leonidas, a young, ambitious police officer, is assigned to a remote island in the Aegean Sea.

He dreams of solving important crimes, but there are few to be found in the sleepy beach. 

 

Directed, written by: Christos Georgiou 

Cast: Aris Servetalis, Vicky Papadopoulou, Rania Economidou, Antonis Katsaris 

 

Tickets: € 8 

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27 Chunky Funky  

16th Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival 

Tuesday 21:00 (75’) 

 

The band aims at involving the audience in the concert, not only as spectators, but also in the creative process of a live performance. A song called The Game gives the chance to the audience to get “their hands dirty”, perform with the band on stage and control the music. Words that describe the performance: danceable, uplifting, groovy and fun for all ages.  

 

George Morfitis: conductor, keys, percussion, Elias Ioannou: trumpet 

Harris Ioannou: tenor, baritone saxophone, Christos Zenios: tenor, baritone saxophone 

Andreas Pantelis: keys, Ermis Michael: guitar, Rodrigo Caceres: electric bass 

Andreas Stefanou: drums, Rhodos Panagiotou: percussion 

 

Tickets: € 5 

Free entrance for musicians and students (Seat reservation essential)

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28 My Masterpiece  

Rialto Summer Cinema  

Wednesday 21:00 (Argentina 2018, 100’|Comedy) 

 

Arturo is an unscrupulous art dealer and Renzo his socially-awkward painter and longtime friend. Willing to risk it all, they develop an extreme and ludicrous plan to save themselves. 

 

Directed by: Gastón Duprat 

Written by: Andrés Duprat, Gastón Duprat 

Cast: Andrea Acatto, Lucas Aranda, Raúl Arévalo 

 

Tickets: € 8 

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29 Amalgamation Project

16th Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival 

Thursday 21:00 (75’) 

 

A musical journey balancing between fresh Mediterranean sounds, melodies of the Balkan Mountains and the diverse sonic flavours of polyphony. The band will perform cover versions of traditional songs, an amalgamation of the East and the West, as well as its own original compositions. The performance also features short stories and poems inspired by the women of Cyprus and of other Mediterranean countries. 

 

Vasiliki Anastasiou: voice, research, compositions 

Ermis Michael: guitar, arrangements, compositions, Michalis Kouloumis: violin,  

Rhodos Panagiotou: percussion, Andreas Rodosthenous: bass 

 

Amalgamation Choir: Argyro Christodoulou, Myrto Aristeidou, Christina Antoniadou, Christina Papamichael, Annita Konstantinou

 

Tickets: € 5

Free entrance for musicians and students (Seat reservation essential)

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SEPTEMBER 2021

 

8 Dying as a Country| MITOS Centre for Performing Arts FlashArt2@Rialto 

Wednesday 20:30 (45’) 

 

A screen adaptation of Dying as a Country written by playwright D. Dimitriadis, commenting on the role of the performing arts amidst a period of constant and continuous crises. In Greek 

 

Directing/dramaturgy: Elena Agathokleous  

Filmed by: Suzana Phialas, Pavlos Vryonides 

Visuals: Constantina Peter, Christos Georgiou 

Movement: Eleana Alexandrou 

Music: Marianna Michael  

Cast: Marina Argyridou, Nektarios Theodorou, Eleana Alexandrou, Dimitris Chimonas, Marianna Michael  

Voice over: Yiorgos Kritharas, Elena Agathokleous 

Tickets: €8   

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11 The final apology of a dead man who killed three people and stabbed eight more 

FlashArt2@Rialto 

Saturday 20:30 (60’) 15+ 

Nikos Koemtzis, a man who killed three policemen and wounded eight civilians for a “parangelia” – a request to the musicians to play a song – at the “Neraida of Athens” music hall in 1973, comes back from the dead for only one hour. He asks from the audience to be given a last chance to present from his own point of view the events that shocked the Greek society. 

 

In Greek. 

Written by: Vangelis Gettos  

Directed by: Leandros Taliotis  

Set and Costume design: Lakis Genethlis 

Music: Vangelis Gettos 

Production: ERGO Theatre 

On stage: Alexandros Parisis  

Tickets: €12 / 10  

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12 The Animattikon Project / The Wandering Festival 

Sunday 19:00-19:45 20:00-20:45 (105’)  

 

The international animation festival The Animattikon Project, in collaboration with the Rialto Theatre, presents a diverse programme of animated films in two different screening programmes: the first one presents a selection of animated films for children from all over the world, whereas the second one showcases a selection of animations that have participated in previous editions of the festival. 

The Animattikon Project is a production of Kimonos Art Center and organized in collaboration with the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts of Cyprus University of Technology. 

 

Tickets: €5 

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13 Protest Songs  

Kypria International Festival  

Monday 20:30 (110’) 

 

Songs of protest that inspired and provided a soundtrack to social change around the world. Songs against racism, war, oppressive regimes, supporting human rights, women's rights and sexual diversity.  

 

With Stelios Joakem, Nama Dama, Friederica Tombazou, Arda, and the vocal ensemble Convocanti. 

Research – Curation: Robert Camassa 

Production – Artistic direction: Christos Philippou 

 

Tickets: €15 / 10  

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16 Disruption Dancecyprus 

Thursday 20:30 (40’) 

 

A new production by Dancecyprus inspired by the pandemic and its consequences. Choreographer Fouli Stylianidou presents a contemporary dance work that draws inspiration from the emotions felt and experienced by human beings and artists in particular. 

 

In Greek. 

 

Performing with her on stage: Ivi Hadjivassiliou, Christiana Eftychiou and musician Dimitris Savva. 

 

Tickets: €10 

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17 Waiting for Happy Days  

FlashArt2  

Friday 20:30 (55’) 

 

A performance inspired by Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days that attempts to bring the characters face to face with an entirely uncertain present and a hovering sense of anticipation. A story about the eternal issue of meaningful connection between two human beings, emerging from the need for and expectation of a happy day, regardless of how distant it may be. 

 

In Greek. 

 

Dramaturgical Adaptation, Text, Directing: Daphne Miltiadou 

Cast: Stelios Kallistratis, Avgoustina Stylianou 

Set design: Theodora Foutrou 

Music supervision: Andreas Michalopoulos 

Production: Minimis Productions 

 

Tickets: €12 / 10 

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18 Trigonopsaroulis 

Theatro Tsepis 

Saturday 17:00 (45’) for children aged 4-7  

 

Trigonopsaroulis returns to the Rialto Theatre and paves the way for love, self-respect, forgiveness and acceptance. Life in the sea, where little creatures live with their joys and sorrows, is more or less like ours. Trigonopsaroulis, a small triangular fish, so different from any other fish, seems to have been born to illuminate the murky waters of the seabed. In Greek. 

 

Written by: Vangelis Iliopoulos 

Directed by: Marios Theocharous 

Set and Costume design: Thelma Kasoulidou 

Lighting: Vasilis Petinaris 

Music - Movement: Dimitris Spyrou 

Communication: Styliana Hadjigeorgiou 

Artwork: Antreas Ioannou 

Production coordinator: Afroditi Ntziourou 

Cast: Varsia Adamou, Leda Karayianni, Afroditi Ntziourou, Elena Panayi 

 

Tickets: €8 

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18 Yue Madeleine Yue 

Theatro Tsepis 

Saturday 20:30 (75‘) 

 

A tragicomedy about the death of a young girl who falls into a hole in the streets of Kosovo. A play that comments on political corruption, power, bullying, racism, xenophobia and non-acceptance, portraying the situation in which a state is found. Which state, though? The previous collaboration of Theatro Tsepis with Jeton Neziraj demonstrated the similarities between the Cypriot and Kosovar mentalities, passions and intrigues.

 

In Greek. 

 

Written by: Jeton Neziraj  

Translated/Directed by: Marios Theocharous 

Set and Costume design: Thelma Kasoulidou 

Lighting: Vasilis Petinaris 

Music: Dimitris Spyrou 

Witnesses: Andreas Nicolaides, Marileni Stavrou, Athina Savva 

Tickets: €10 

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19 From Swing to Bebop  

Kypria International Festival 

Sunday 20:30 (70’) 

 

Miaris Jazz Τrio collaborates with renowned Israeli soloist Ofer Landsberg, presenting a concert in which the adaptations of jazz standards meet Ofer Landsberg’s new orchestrations and compositions, as well as original interpretations. 

 

With Dimitris Miaris (piano), Costas Halloumas (double bass), Marios Spyrou (drums) 

Soloist: Ofer Landsberg 

 

Tickets: €15 / 10  

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22 Women 

Russian Art Theatre of Cyprus 

Wednesday 19:00 (90’) 

 

A play based on Clare Boothe Luce’s The Women written in 1936. Secrets, rumors and intrigues constitute an integral part of every female society, as well as a source of endless inspiration for books, films, songs and plays.

 

This play focuses on two of these topics: marriage and female friendship. What is their value in modern society? Could friendship be stronger than love?

 

In Russian. 


Director: Tikolenko Stasy 

 

Tickets: €30 / 25  

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26 Dystopia:Inferno | Marianna Pafiti  

FlashArt2@Rialto 

Sunday 20:30 (50’) 

 

Written and performed by Marianna Pafiti, this original work is part of the Dystopia trilogy, portraying the relationship of a disabled woman with her caregiver. Partly experiential, the text investigates the limits of the human psyche when confinement to the wheelchair is imperative and inescapable. 

 

In Greek. 

Performance: Marianna Pafiti 
Directing/Artistic curation: Loukas Ioannou 

Original Music: Ioannis Schizas 

 

Tickets: €12 / 10 

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27 Rose | Satiriko Theatre I Martin Sherman  

Kypria International Festival 

Monday 20:30 (110’) 10+ 

 

Written by Martin Sherman and directed by Nikos Karageorgos, Rose is a poignant play featuring renowned actress Despoina Bebedeli in the role of an 80-year-old Jew who narrates the tale of her life, unravelling her past. The play was written in 1999 by Pulitzer award-winning author Martin Sherman. 

 

In Greek.  

 

Tickets: €15 / 10  

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28 & 30 Lazarus Saturday 

MITOS Centre for Performing Arts  

FlashArt2  

Tuesday & Thursday 20:30 (60’) On Stage 

 

MITOS Centre for Performing Arts presents a play based on the raising of the holy and just Lazarus, the friend of Jesus Christ. Every year, eight days before Easter, he is requested to die and resurrect… in order to reveal the true power of God, to pave the way for the death and resurrection of Jesus and, consequently, of each and every one of us. This Saturday, a band will perform for a modern Lazarus. 

 

In Greek. 
 
Directing/dramaturgy: Elena Agathokleous 
Artistic collaborator: Yiorgos Kritharas 

On stage/Performer: Elena Agathokleous 

Musicians: Marianna Michael and Alexandros Papadopoulos 

Camera: Constantina Peter  

 

Tickets: €12 / 10  

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29 Breathing is not for granted 

Vivliotropio 

Wednesday 20:30 (75΄)  

 

Vivliotropio Book Club hosts renowned Greek songwriter Lina Nikolakopoulou and Cypriot poet Stella Voskaridou Economou on Rialto’s stage, for a conversation on the relationship between poetry, songwriting and music. Both inspired by their empirical relationship with poetry and music, they will focus on the poetry of songwriting with references to poets and songwriters, as well as on the dissipation of poetic discourse through music.  

 

In Greek. 

 

Coordinator: Marina Maleni 

Accompanied by composer Neoklis Neofytides (piano) and Yiorgos Perris (voice). 

 

Tickets: €5 

All proceeds go towards the enrichment of the book collection of the library of the Cyprus Prisons Department

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October 2021

 

2 Savel’s Red Dress 

Theatro Antilogos 5+ 

Kypria International Festival

sat 16:00 (75’) 

 

Based on the award-winning book of the same title, written by Marina Michaelidou Kadi. In a single day, Savel left her home and everything she loved, and travelled to a distant land, on the other side of the earth. The only thing she could take with her was the red dress her grandmother gave her as a birthday gift. Savel won’t be parted from it. 

Direction - Dramaturgy: Nikos Nikolaides 

In Greek. 

 

Tickets: €8 

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3 Magic Myxies and Other Films by F. Percy Smith

The Island Club

Programme FlashArt2@Rialto

sun 21:00 (60’) 

  

The Island Club in collaboration with the British Film Institute (BFI) presents a series of short films directed by British naturalist, inventor and pioneering microscopic filmmaker F. Percy Smith (1880-1945).

 

The screenings will be accompanied by live performances featuring original experimental compositions by elektroniki (Elena Savvidou), Raw Silver (Nicos Stephou) and Spivak (Maria Spivak). 

 

Curated by: Androula Kafa 

Tickets: €12 / 10 

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5 Costis Palamas – My Muses, the Women

Fell in Love with  

Kypria International Festival

tue 20:30 (85’)  12+

 

One of the leading literary figures of Modern Greece, Costis Palamas, narrates his life: the adversities of his early years, his poetic quests and work, his marriage and the loss of one of his children. Most importantly, he recalls his efforts towards the Greek Language Question, the female-muse presence that had a profound impact in his work and the only muse that never abandoned him: his homeland, Greece. 

 

In Greek  

 

Directed and performed by: Gregoris Valtinos  

Written by: Maria Panayotakopoulou  

Music: Sakis Papademetriou 

 

Tickets: €15 / 10  

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6 Woyzeck 

Dionysos Theatre 

wed 20:30 (65’) 

 

An attempt to follow the thread left by Georg Büchner, this dark drama aims at giving an answer to the compelling question: “How stony cold should one feel in order to stop feeling cold?” 

 

In Greek.  

 

Written by: Georg Büchner, Translated by: Koralia Sotiriadou 

Adaptation/Direction: Panayiotis Larkou 

Set and costume design: Yiorgos Tenentes 

Music: Jakub Otcenasek 

Lighting design: Stavros Tartaris 

Cast: Thanasis Georgiou, Andreas Koutsoumpas, Vasiliki Kypreou, Drosos Skotis 

Tickets: €15 / 12  

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9 -15 International Short Film Festival of Cyprus 2021 

Sat - fri 20:30  

  

Α long list of fiction, documentary, experimental and animation short films from across the globe will be screened at this 11th International Short Film Festival of Cyprus.

 

Through this large selection of films, directed by Cypriot and international filmmakers, the Festival offers to the local audience a unique opportunity to enjoy the best of international short film cinema.  

The ISFFC, which is part of the European Film Academy’s network of accredited festivals, also presents parallel events and programmes curated by Artistic Directors Ioakim Mylonas and Alexia Roider. 

Organised by: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth of Cyprus & Rialto Theatre 

 

With English and Greek subtitles 

Free entrance / A free pass must be booked in advance. 

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17 Lorca: Canciones españolas antiguas 

Lorca: Old Spanish Songs 

sun 20:30 (75’)  

 

Presenting a repertoire of old Spanish songs by Federico Garcia Lorca, this performance combines on stage sung poetry with flamenco and narration in Greek.

 

With the participation of choreographer and flamenco dancer Philippa Stylianoudi, mezzo-soprano Natasa Panayi, soprano Panayiota Kapnisi, guitarist Costas Apokidis and actor Kyriakos Hadjistyllis. 

 

Tickets: € 12 /10 

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20 Libertango 

Diotima 

wed 20:30 (50’) 

 

Diotima presents Libertango, a dance and music performance featuring five acclaimed Cypriot artists who will introduce the audience to the fascinating world of tango, traversing a journey across the Mediterranean Region and Latin America. The performance highlights the Mediterranean passion in works such as La Vida Breve by Manuel de Falla and Georges Bizet’s Carmen, as well as the Latin temper in Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango. 

With the participation of the musicians:  Savvas Christodoulou (flute), Nikos Ioannou (double bass), Nikos Pittas (violin), Marios Nikolaou (drums), Nikolas Melis (piano)

Choreography: Nataly Savvidou

Dancers: Marion Efstathiou, Zoe Eleftheriou, Andriani Drousiotou

Visual Artist: Stavri Pidia 

Tickets: € 15 / 12 

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22 Body, Remember...  

Constantine P. Cavafy 

fri 20:30 (70')

 

Composer Yiorgos Kalogirou sets the love poems of Constantine P. Cavafy to music, featuring piano, bassoon, the voice of a baritone and a narrator, while introducing texts of the poet and intermezzos in-between the songs. In these love poems, which make up the repertoire of songs performed, the poet intensely expresses love through the memory of the body, attributing to it a mental and spiritual dimension. 

With the participation of: Evangelos Christodoulou (bassoon), Nataly Neophytou (oboe), Manolis Neophytou (piano) and Yiorgos Kalogirou (composition, performance, narration) 

 

Tickets: €12 / 10  

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23 The Night of the Ad Eaters  

Jean-Marie Boursicot 

sat 19:00 (360’) 

 

For the past 40 years, Jean-Marie Boursicot presents the world-famous Night of the Ad Eaters including an extraordinary selection of commercials personally selected by Boursicot himself. The owner of an incredible selection of commercials including more than one million advertisements, will present the new show at the Rialto Theatre, offering 6 hours of inspiration and showcasing 400 commercial masterpieces. 

 

Guests are asked to follow the pop-art dress code to create the proper atmosphere of the event.  

The event is scheduled from 19:00 to 01:00 including 2 breaks.  

 

Tickets: € 50 orchestra € 35 balcony 

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24 Varka sto Gyalo 

Theatriki Poreia 

sun 20:30 (70’) 

 

A performance based on the book of the same title, written by Maro Thodoraki, the niece of Mikis Thodorakis, centered around the unknown childhood of the great Greek composer, presenting moments, images and milestones in the life of the world-renowned musician, as well as of modern Greek history. 

 

With Epilogi vocal ensembles conducted by Michalis Gregoriou 

Directed by: Adonis Florides. 

On stage: Koulis Kafkalias, Christos Charitou, Matina Lamari (actors) and Michalis Mozoras, Yiorgos Papadopoulos, Maria Georgiou (musicians).  

 

Tickets: €10 / 5 

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27 Paroles 

wed 20:30 (50’) 

 

Two musicians and an actress meet on stage under the cloak of a band.

 

Inspired by the work of French poets, the performance comments on human nature and the foolish attempt of man to comprehend the world. 

  

Dimitris Spyrou: Voice / theremin / beats / sampling / loops 

Andreas Rodosthenous: Electric bass / loops / effects 

Maria Filippou: Voice / narration / directing 

Organised by: Alliance Française de Limassol 

 

Tickets: €10 / 7 

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November 2021

 

6 Blured | Vitamina  

sat 20:30 50’ 

 

A performance consisting of three independent short episodes involving dance and music, defined by various styles and genres, based on bizarre stories that are structured around a common axis: the dream, the subconscious, the desire, magical realism. 

 

Based on a selection of surreal texts, two dancers and a musician interpret on stage the concept of time and the various stages of the human being in a role-playing game. 

 

Choreography: Ivie Hadjivassiliou 

Musical composition/Research: Dimitris Spyrou 

On stage: Katerina Tylliridou, Ivie Hadjivassiliou, Dimitris Spyrou 

 

With the support of the Cultural Services – Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth 

 

Tickets: €10 / 7 

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7 Greek Cinema Songs 

sun 20:30 (90’) 

 

A tribute to Alekos Sakellarios thirty years after the passing away of one of the most memorable Greek film directors.

 

A concert by Admitos Pitsillidis’ band, presenting a repertoire of songs from Sakellarios’ most popular Greek films. 

 

Singers: Liza Theofanous, Paris Paraschos. 

With Panikos Hadjihambis Choir conducted by Androniki Athanasi. 

Musicians: Antonis Pafios (clarinet), Varvara Louka (violin), Michalis Mina (bouzouki), Frixos Panayiotou (bouzouki), Antonis Polykarpou (piano), Dimitris Papanicolaou (bass), Constantinos Paouros (drums), Paris Paraschos (voice), Liza Theofanous (voice), Admitos Pitsillidis (guitar, arrangements, voice). 

Dancer: Stella Hadjihambi 

 

Supported by Panikos Hadjihambis Foundation 

 

Tickets: €12 / 10 

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9-10 Picture Perfect

SRSLYyours Ensemble 

On stage 

tue-wed 20:30 (75’)  

 

The award-winning* ensemble challenges the theatrical experience, connecting 3 protagonists, 1 virtual butler and the audience in one single group-chat for stage.

 

As the performers try to simulate pictures from a large photographic archive, fragments of a common history unfold: the sound of a bird, the Kardashians, Hiroshima, a drowned boy…  

 

Direction: Achim Wieland, Co-Dramaturgy: Marios Ioannou 

 

*National Award 2019/MilanOff, Grand Prix Stockholm 2020/Stoff, Best Theatre Performance on Berlin Stages 2017/Zitty, Berlinale Issue, Best Performer 2021/FIAT 

 

Tickets: €15 / 12  

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13 The Choir of Dreams 

sat 20:30 (105’) 

  

ESTIA Cultural Club celebrates its 25th anniversary with a tribute to the great Greek songwriter and composer Yiorgos Hadjinassios.

 

With the participation of the Children’s and Women’s “Choir of Dreams”, soloists Elena Solea and Spyros Zinoviou, as well as a 10-member professional orchestra. 

 

All net proceeds will be donated to “Dr Yiota Demetriou – The Dancing Queen Foundation”.  

 

Tickets: €20 / 17  

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14 The Method of Dr. Palomero (16+) 

sun 20:30 (75’)  

 

What are the boundaries between the “normal” behaviour and mental disorder? When does the “abnormal” become threatening to the others, and how can collectivity, encounter and solidarity cure our anxieties and fears? 

 

The Method of Dr. Palomero is an absurd witty comedy magnifying disorders that concern us all, turning exaggeration into tragicomedy. Waiting for a doctor who is always late, the protagonists suggest, with humour and generosity, their own innovative self-treatment. 

 

Directed by: Yiannis Leontaris 

Cast: Stavros Louras, Emilia Valvi, Marios Mettis, Ilektra Fotiadou, Eleni Sidera, Onisiforos Onisiforou, Polyxeni Savva. 

Poster editing: Stavros Petridis

Visual intervention: Andreas Iakovou

 

Tickets: €15 / 12  

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20 Schwesterlein | My Little Sister 

sat 20:30 (Switzerland, 2020, 99’) 

  

Lisa, a once brilliant playwright, no longer writes. She lives with her family in Switzerland, but her heart remains in Berlin, beating in time with that of her twin brother Sven, the famous theatre actor.

 

Since Sven has been suffering from an aggressive type of leukaemia, the relationship between them has become even closer. Lisa does everything in her power to bring Sven back on stage. For her soulmate, she neglects everything else and even risks losing her husband. Her marriage goes awry, but Lisa only has eyes for her brother, who reflects her deepest longings and awakens in her the desire to be creative, to feel alive again. 

 

In German with English subtitles. 

The screening of the award-winning film is organised by the Embassy of Switzerland in Cyprus in the framework of the “Weeks of the German Language” events. 

 

Free entrance 

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23 1964 

Theatro Antilogos (12+) 

tue 20:30 (80’)  

 

1964 by Michalis Papadopoulos describes a well-buried era in collective memory, which the officially-recorded history made sure that it remained in the dark.

 

Through three different stories, the play narrates political, nationalist but also human conflicts outlining the mobilization of people against colonialism, while also highlighting issues such as division and extremism, which were strongly evident shortly after the declaration of independence.  

 

Directing: Alexia Papalazarou 

Set and costume design: Yiorgos Yiannou 

Music: Yiorgos Karvellos 

Lighting design: Vasilis Petinaris 

On stage: Yianna Lefkati, Izel Seylani, Myrsini Christodoulou, Christina Christofia  

 

Tickets: € 13 / 10 

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24 Mr. Beethoven’s Magic Pencil 

EPILOGI (4+) 

wed 17:00(60’) 

A musical story based on Beethoven’s life and work, presenting original compositions for cello and piano, as well as choral transcriptions for children’s choir. 

 

Narrating Beethoven’s life, his charismatic talent, his loss of hearing, as well as the power of Music as a form of expression, the concert presents a repertoire that includes compositions such as Fur Elise, Moonlight Sonata, Pathetique Sonata, Ode to Joy, Symphony No.5, as well as passages from Beethoven’s Sonatas for cello and piano.  

 

With EPILOGI Children’s Choir and Music Workshop 

Artistic curation, piano: Corina Vasiliou 

Cello: Doros Zisimos 

Narrated by: Maria Alexandrou 

Illustrations: Stavri Symeonidou 

 

Tickets: €7 / 5  

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26-27 Cyprus Jazz and World Music Showcase 

fri-sat 19:30  

 

Organised by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth, the Cyprus Music Information Centre and the Rialto Theatre, the 8th Jazz and World Music Showcase presents the very best of Cypriot contemporary music. 

 

This year, the Showcase will also be hosting meetings with international guests, as well as a programme of parallel events and jam sessions at Art Studio 55. 

The Band lineup is:
Friday 26/11
The French Experience
Social Plexus
Ermis Michail – Electric World
Macumba

Saturday 27/11
Trio Rondine
Odysseas Toumazou Trio
Alexis Kasinos Quartet Featuring Marios Charalambous
Eleonora Roussou - Hara

Art Studio 55 (at 22:00)
Friday 26/11
Nastazio Goumas Trio
Saturday 27/11 Trio Frisson

 

Tickets: €10 / 8

(€15 two-day pass)  

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28 George Seferis: In the heart of poetry 

sun 20:30 (70’) 

 

A dialogue between poetry and music taking the audience on a journey to the world of the Nobel prize-winning poet.

 

Featuring acclaimed Greek actor Yiorgos Kentros in the role of the narrator accompanied by renowned composer and pianist Stathis Anninos, the performance includes George Seferis’ poems from the collections Gymnopedia, Imerologio Katastromatos (Log Book) II and III, Three Secret Poems. The vivid sonic and acoustic landscapes of Stathis Anninos highlight the emotional character of Seferis’ poetry, in a mystifying yet revolutionary way. 

 
Music supervision: Stathis Anninos 
Selection of Cyprus-related poems: Michalis Pierris  
Concept: Yiorgos Pal

Tickets: €15 / 10 

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30 Cyprus: a heaven on earth 

Cypriot folk dances  

tue 20:30 (100’) 

 

Limassol Folklore Association invites the audience to an enchanting journey across the richness of the Cypriot folk tradition presenting images, texts, melodies, dances, folk customs and rituals. 

 

With the participation of the LFA’s Dance Group and young members of the Association, with Antama music ensemble, acclaimed singers Michalis Tterlikkas, Neofytos Armeftis, Costis Kouloumis and virtuoso instrumentalists Michalis Kouloumis (violin) and Petros Kouloumis (lute/voice). 

Texts and presentation: Lambros Liavas 

Curation and introduction: Constantinos Protopapas 

 

Tickets: €12 / 10 

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