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
Develop. Develop Again. Develop Better (Developing in Cyprus)
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.
Our souls longing for songs
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.
Through the eyes of Melina Merκouri and Antonis Samarakis
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
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.
Pedro-Son Caliente – Vocals, George Koulas – Percussions, Elias Ioannou – Trumpet,
Rodrigo Caceres – Bass/Vocals, Yiorgos Morfitis – Piano/Vocals, Rodos Panayiotou – Drums.
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
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
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
16 - 17 Picture Perfect Ι SRSLYyours Ensemble
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
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
20* - 21 In a Critical Condition
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
26 -27 Out of Necessity
Fresh Target Theatre Ensemble
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