January 2022

 

5 Santa Clause is a real scum! 

wed 20:30 (90’) 15+

It’s Christmas Eve and at the premises of “Life is sweet” helpline for the hopeless, this is a very busy night. The deceived woman, the pregnant one, the trans, the “normal guy”, the hillbilly in love, the foreigner and the pervert, are all spending this Christmas Eve together, but each one in a world of their own!  

 

By the hilarious Greek writing duo Reppas and Papathanasiou.

An Alpha Square Christmas comedy. 

  

Directed by: Andreas Araouzos 

Cast: Fotis Apostolides, Marina Vrondi, Thanasis Drakopoulos, Christina Constantinou, Herodotos Miltiadous, Irene Salata Georgiou and Andreas Araouzos. 

Set and costumes: George Yiannou 

Lighting design: Stavros  

 

In Greek 

 

Tickets: €15 / €12 (students, pensioners and actors) 

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11 Frankenstein – National Theatre Live 15+ 

tue 20:00 (120’) 

 

An NT Live repetition of the theatrical play by Nick Dear and Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein that critics and spectators have praised as one of the most amazing spectacles of recent years. 

 

Monstrous, yet carrying the innocence of a child, the bewildered creature, Frankenstein, is exiled in an inhospitable universe by his creator who is driven by horror. This antisocial being is treated ruthlessly and becomes desperate and revengeful. He decides to track down his creator and to strike a scary deal.

 

An exciting and subversive Gothic tale.  

 

Directed by Oscar award-winner, Danny Boyle with an amazing cast, among others, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.  

 

With Greek and English subtitles.  

 

Tickets: € 12 / 8  

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14  King Lear William Shakespeare  

fri 20:30 (140’) 

 

Theatre director Cezaris Grauzinis stages a new version of Shakespeare’s dark tale, highlighting the poetic discourse of the great dramatist and bringing out a modern, poignant dimension of King Lear. 

 

Translated by: Yiorgos Blanas 

Directed by: Cezaris Grauzinis 

Set design: Kenny MacLellan 

Costumes: Rea Olympiou 

Music: Martynas Bialobžeskis 

Movement/Choreography: Elena Antoniou 

Lighting design: Georgios Koukoumas 

Assistant director: Christodoulos Andreou 

 

Cast: Elias Andreou, Marina Argyridou, Charis Attonis, Andreas Vasiliou, Markos Gettos, Dimitris Yiorkadjis, Petros Yiorkadjis, Anastasia Zanti, Michalis Kazakas, Fotis Karalis, Vasiliki Kypreou, Varnavas Kyriazis, Yiannis Minos, Vasilis Charalambous, Angelos Hadjimichael. 

 

In Greek with English and Turkish surtitles 

 

Tickets: €12, €6 (unemployed, pensioners, large families (upon presentation of their cards), people under 25 (upon presentation of ID card). 

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19 & 20 The Lover by Harold Pinter / On Stage

wed & thu 20:30 (75’) 

 

The Lover by Harold Pinter is one of the best-known plays written by Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter.   

​A seemingly happily married couple, Richard and Sarah, live in a house in the countryside. The husband leaves home early for work, whereas the wife spends every afternoon with her lover.  

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Employing a simple, everyday yet sharp language, Pinter places his characters in a psychological and mental game where roles are alternating, where the line between the real and the imaginary is blurry, where marriage and social conventions are being negated, and the protagonists lay themselves bare in front of the audience.   

  

Directed by: Maria Kyriakou  

Translated by: Constantina Ioannidou  

Set and Costume Design: Constantina Andreou  

Music: Panos Bartzis  

Lighting Design: Vasilis Petinaris  

Assistant Director: Thekla Flouri  

On stage: Stelios Andronikou and Maria Philippou  

Poster Design: Yiorgos Sisamos  

Photographer: Vasilis Doritis  

Production: Side Effect  

  

In Greek 

 

Tickets: €15/12  

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21 Premiere Cyprus Symphony Orchestra 

fri 20:30 (65’) 

To welcome the New Year 2022, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra is delighted to be joined by three special French artists: maestro Patrick Gallois, the brilliant harpist Anais Gaudemard and flutist Virginie Bove, who is also our orchestra’s sub-principal flute. The two soloists unite their talents in Mozart’s captivating Concerto for flute, harp and orchestra. 

Considered one of the best harpists of the new generation, Anais Gaudemard will also interpret Claude Debussy’s Danse sacrée et Danse profane for harp and strings, distinguished by their refined rigour and musical 'archaism'. 

Kurt Weill’s avant-garde musical ideas shook Europe in the 1920s.

 

The programme will close with the Cyprus Premiere of one of his most celebrated works, his Symphony no. 2 (Fantaisie symphonique). 

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for flute, harp and orchestra in C major, K. 299/297c 

Claude Debussy: Danse sacrée et Danse profane for harp and strings 

Kurt Weill: Symphony no. 2 [Cyprus Premiere] 

Soloists: Anais Gaudemard (harp), Virginie Bove (flute). 

Conductor: Patrick Gallois  

 

Tickets: €18 €14 (Premium) €13 / €10 (Regular), €8 / €6 (Balcony) 

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23  STILL - A statue that traveled the world 

sun 11:00 (60’ ) 

 

Could a statue and a girl become forever friends and travel together around the world? A girl, all alone in a boat, embarks on a journey to the unknown. She finds refuge in a foreign country and gets some rest on a bench, under the statue of a soldier. Soon enough, she realizes that the statue is alive. Could a statue and a girl become forever friends and travel together around the world? Could a girl teach a statue how to lead a real life and throw away its sword forever?

 

A performance for +0 ages, accessible to spectators of all ages and nationalities since the language employed is made up, especially invented for this performance. 

 

An ode to peace, friendship, diversity, and the power of true love! 

 

Story/lyrics: Stavros Stavrou 

Directed/Choreographed by: Costas Silvestrou, Panayiotis Tofi 

Music composition: Thodoris Economou 

Set/Costume design: Constantina Andreou 

Projections: Anna Fotiadou 

Lighting design: Vasilis Petinaris 

Assistant director/voice coach: Constantinos Andronikou 

Musician: Andreas Michalopoulos 

Cast: Andreas Koutsoftas, Christina Papadopoulou, Antony Papamichael

 

Tickets: €10 

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26 Varka sto Gialo | Theatriki Poreia 

wed 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 Choir conducted by Michalis Gregoriou 

Directed by: Adonis Florides. 

Set design: Anna Varela 

Costumes: Matina Lamari 

Lighting design: Vasilis Petinaris 

On stage: Koulis Kafkalias, Christos Charitou, Matina Lamari

 

Sponsored by the Cultural Services of the Cyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports. 

 

Tickets: €10  

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28-29 LANDSCAPE Elena Antoniou 16+ 

fri 20:30 – sat 18:30 & 20:30 (50’) 

 

In this solo performance, Elena Antoniou unapologetically demonstrates herself in order to highlight the personal experience as a collective landscape. She overexposes the female body with pleasure and extends the limit of spectacle by skillfully and intentionally inviting the gaze of the spectators.

 

In LANDSCAPE, Antoniou creates the space and the environment for the political body to exist as deeply traumatized, yet superficially sexual. 

 

CONCEIVED, CHOREOGRAPHED and PERFORMED by Elena Antoniou
MUSIC/ SOUND DESIGN: Stavros Gasparatos

ART DIRECTION: Christos Kyriakides

DRAMATURGY: Odysseas I. Konstantinou
LIGHT DESIGN: Vasilis Petinaris

PHOTO: Stelios Kallinikou

GRAPHICS: Nikos Stephou 

PRΟJECT COORDINATOR: Loukia Vassiliou 

 

Funded by Terpsichore, a choreographic research programme initiated and sponsored by the Cyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth. 

 

Tickets: €12/ €10 

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February 2022

 

1 Finding Calico 

tue 19:00 (107’) 

 

A film based on the book Mie-chan, The Stray Cat, telling the story of a popular feline and its relationship with the locals in an old-town shopping district in Japan.  

 

Kyoichi Morii is a cranky retired headmaster who lost his wife and now lives alone. He is grumpy and aloof, and over the years has alienated himself from most of the town locals. Mie, the stray cat his wife used to feed, is Morii’s only regular visitor. Morii doesn’t like cats any more than people, and he chases Mei away every time he sees her, until Mie suddenly stops visiting. His wonder eventually turns into worry, and he decides to search for the missing cat. Throughout his adventure, Morii reconnects with the people of his past, forced to confront the deep affection for his wife that he never had the courage nor the vulnerability to express to her. 

 

Directed by: Yoshihiro Fukagawa 

Cast: Issey Ogata, Kayolo Kishimoto, Shota Sometani and Drop (the cat).  

 

In Japanese with English subtitles. 

Free entrance (tickets to be booked in advance).  

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3 – 4 A future to die for Ι Lia Haraki 

thu- fri 20:30 (70’) 

  

Lia Haraki's 'A future to die for' will be presented in Limassol at the Rialto Theatre for two performances after the successful series of performances at the Polis Theatre in Nicosia last year. The performance, which is a tragic comedy is a pitching event of services and products related to the survival of humanity amidst the imminent, almost irreversible ecological catastrophe. Shall we carry on functioning in a capitalist way amidst these urgent times? Are the principles of competition and division a way of surviving or a means of destruction?

Through the latest funeral rituals, one can already plan while still alive, the special must have survival kit and the switch to a nutritious diet of vegan ambelopoulia, there is still light at the end of the tunnel….and all the above to the sound of the song ‘Homo Auditus’ by Ven.

 

Concept/ Direction/ Song: Lia Haraki
Performers/Creative team: Alexis Vassiliou, Andreas Kentis, Ariana Marcoulides, Eleana Alexandrou, Lia Haraki
Text: Lia Haraki in collaboration with the creative team
Music/Sound Design: Yiannis Christofides
Stage design: Yiannis Toumazis
Costumes: Arianna Marcoulides
Dramaturgical advisor: Guy Cools
Business coaching advisor: Avyie Savvidou
Technical director: Yiangos Hadjiyiannis
Guest artist: Aleksandra Borys
Graphics: Christina Pandjarou
Photographer: Pavlos Vryonides

 

In English

 

The project is part of the TERPSICHORE 2021 programme of the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth, co-produced by NiMAC, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, in collaboration with Pierides Foundation.

 

Tickets: €15 /10 

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5 Karagiozis goes to a Concert

Cyprus Symphony Orchestra 

sat 17:00 (65’) 

 

The family concert Karagiozis goes to a concert is an unusual performance, both instructive and entertaining for children and grown-ups alike.

 

Nionios (Mr. Dionysios), an ardent music lover, tries to convince Karagiozis to attend a classical music concert, organized by Vizier’s daughter. Karagiozis refuses to do so until Veligegas orders everyone to attend the concert: Karagiozis, Barbayiorgos, Stavrakas, Hadjiavatis and the rest of the Shadow Theatre characters.

 

During the concert, Karagiozis has many questions: about the instruments, the music, the composer and other things, which Nionios patiently explains in simple words, wishing to initiate him to the world of classical music. Gradually, Karagiozis completely changes his view about this music, which he previously thought to be difficult and rather dull! Now he loves it! 

 

Idea, storyline, selection and orchestration of musical works: Alkis Baltas 

Shadow Theatre with “Karagiozis” Puppeteers of “Anemodoura” Thodoris and Babis Kostidakis * 

Conductor: Alkis Baltas 

In Greek 

 

Tickets: € 7 (free entrance for people with disabilities) 

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7 - 8 Out of Necessity  

On Stage 

mon - tue 20:30 (75’) 

 

Following a run of 37 sold-out shows, Out of Necessity returns on Rialto’s stage for only two performances.

  

In search of identity, Out of Necessity is a devised theatre performance that has its starting point at the Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus. To what extent has this fundamental document defined, and continues to define, our identity? How was the ‘Doctrine of Necessity’, temporarily implemented in 1964, converted into ‘permanent necessity’? How can an ‘escape clause’ determine the way we, Cypriot citizens, see life in general? How has this affected our daily life? 

 

Concept/directing/dramaturgy: Maria Kyriakou, Maria Varnakidou  

Text: Maria Kyriakou, Maria Varnakidou and actors 

Set and costume design: Constantina Andreou 

Soundscape design: Panos Bartzis 

Lighting design: Vasilis Petinaris 

Research/Assistant director/Technical support: Evi Hadjipieri 

 

On stage: Andria Zeniou, Elena Kallinikou, Yiorgos Kyriakou, Marina Makri, Fivos Papakostas, Loukia Pieridou. 

 

Tickets: € 15 / 12  

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10 Yiannis Kotsiras - A recital for voice, piano & bouzouki 

thu 20:30 (90’) 

 

Celebrated Greek singer Yiannis Kotsiras presents a repertoire of his own well-known songs, as well as beloved compositions and melodies by some of the greatest Greek composers of the rebetiko and laiko musical genres. 

This Recital presents a selection of the greatest hits of the Greek repertoire in their original versions. Yiannis Kotsiras is joined by acclaimed pianist Yiorgos Papachristoudis, a loyal collaborator of some of the most important Greek composers and singers, as well as by his long-time fellow musician and string instrumentalist Vangelis Machairas, a composer himself and a traditional music soloist (bouzouki, oud, tzouras). 

 

Artistic curation and sound design: Lambros Bounas, Stratis Karadimitrakis 

Lighting: Vasilis Petinaris

Production: Μenta Αrt Εvents 

Tickets: € 25 / 20 

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11 Two Pianists, Two Pianos, Two Concerts, Four Hands  

fri 19:30 (90’) 

 

A rare and exciting opportunity for lovers of classical piano music to experience a two-piano recital. Tatiana Stupak has played piano at well over a hundred events in Cyprus the past six years, but has not yet played duets with another professional pianist. In this concert, she will team up with Russian pianist Andrey Pronin who will fly in from Ulyanovsk, a city about 700km east of Moscow, on the Volga river. He teaches at the music college of the Ulyanovsk State University. He graduated from the Kazan State Conservatory, having specialized in piano. He is a laureate and diploma winner of international competitions. The two pianists will play a variety of classical works written for four hands, sometimes on two pianos, and sometimes on one of the instruments. 

 

On two pianos: 

Francis Poulenc - Sonata for two pianos, FP156: Movements 1 (prologue) & 2 (allegro molto). 

Astor Piazzolla - Libertango. Arranged for two pianos. 

Franz Liszt - A.Glazunov. Sposalizio for two pianos  

Sergei Rachmaninoff - Suite No. 2 for two pianos, 3rd movement: Romance. 

 

On one piano: 

W.A. Mozart - Sonata in C major, K521.  

Gabriel Fauré - Dolly Suite: Op.56: 1. Berceuse, 2. Mi-a-ou, 3. Le Jardin de Dolly, 6. Le Pas Espagnol. 

Claude Debussy - Petite Suite: 1. En Bateau, 4. Ballet.  

Sergei Rachmaninov - Six Duets: Op. 11: 1. Barcarolle, 2. Scherzo, 3. Russian Theme, 4. Waltz.  

Tickets: € 20 / 15 

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13 Leopoldstadt

National Theatre Live 2022 

sun 20:00 (140’) 

 

Regarded as ‘Britain’s greatest living playwright’ Tony and Academy Award-winner Tom Stoppard’s critically acclaimed new play is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance. 
 

At the beginning of the 20th century, Leopoldstadt was the old, crowded Jewish quarter of Vienna, Austria. But Hermann Merz, a factory owner and baptised Jew now married to Catholic Gretl, has moved up in the world. We follow his family’s story across half a century, passing through the convulsions of war, revolution, impoverishment, annexation by Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. A company of 40 actors represent each generation of the family in this epic, but intimate play. 
 

Filmed live on stage in London’s West End, ‘Tom Stoppard’s masterpiece’ is directed by Patrick Marber. 

Tickets: €12 / 10 

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20 & 26 The Little Moth  

sun & sat 10:00 & 12:00 (60’) 2+ 

 

The Little Moth loves sewing jumpers. After being bullied at school, he decides to go on a trip with his friend, the ladybird, to find his parents. On this journey, he will meet new friends and embark on new adventures.

 

A musical theatre about bullying, the value of friendship and family, as well as the need to listen to our inner voice and talent.

 

In Greek.  

Part of the proceeds will go the FunRaising Charity Foundation 

 

Directed by: Andreas Makris 

Cast: Andrea Agathokleous, Yiannis Minos, Maria Constantinou, Michalis Kazakas, Polys Hadjicostas 

Choreography: Eva Kalomiri 

Set and Costume Design: Eleni Ioannou 

Special constructions: Stavri Papa 

Lighting design: Stavros Tartaris 

Text/Music: Stavros Michalakakos, Yiannis Politis 

Produced by: Animagnet Group 

 

Tickets: € 12 

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21-22 Drama Short Film Festival 

mon -tue 20:30 (70’)  

 

The awarded Greek short films of the annual Drama Short Film Festival travel to dozens of destinations every year, including the cities of Limassol, Nicosia and Pafos.

 

The screenings are co-organized by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports & Youth and the Rialto Theatre, in collaboration with the Friends of Cinema Society Nicosia, Pafos House of Arts and Letters, Larnaca Cinema Society, and Limassol Cine Club. 

The following films will be screened: From the Balcony (Aris Kaplanidis), A Summer Place (Alexandra Mattheou), Brutalia: Days of Labour (Manolis Mavris), I don’t want to forget anything (Vangelio Soumeli), Motorway 65 (Evi Kalogiropoulou), Last Visit (Spyros Alidakis), Creatures of the Night (Memi Koupa), The Student (Vasilis Kalamakis), Amygdali (Maria Hatzakou). 

 

Free entrance (tickets to be booked in advance).  

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27 The City

Moscow Theatre School of Modern Play  

sun 18:00 (90') 16+ 

  

The Moscow Τheatre "School of Modern Play" presents its well-known performance The City based on the play of the same title by Evgeny Grishkovets and directed by Iosif Raichelgauz. 

This story could have happened in any city with its haste, noise, traffic. The main character is trying to understand himself, his own feelings, actions and goals. It seems to him that if he leaves this place, he will be able to turn a new page."Where to go?" A question not worth asking. What is important, is to get out of here! 

  

Cast: Marat Basharov, Elena Zakharova, Alexander Galibin, Ivan Mamonov, Ιosif Raichelgauz. 

In Russian.

In the framework of the “5 Evenings in Cyprus” Festival. 
 

Tickets: €55 / €40 (students). 

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March 2022

 

4 Premiere 4 | Cyprus Symphony Orchestra 

fri 20:30 (65’) 

 

Both Sergei Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky are deeply fascinated by the music of the past, which offers them a treasure of paradigms to draw from.

 

In his Symphony no. 1, Prokofiev engages with the classical symphonic form and style, infusing it with his own personal musical idiom, whilst Stravinsky was inspired by Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos in his neoclassical concerto Dumbarton Oaks. In his passionate 5 Spanish dances, Moritz Moszkowski draws from the splendour of Spanish folklore. Cyprus premiere of the emotionally charged Concerto for cello and strings by the highly-praised composer Dobrinka Tabakova. 

 

Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony no. 1 in D major, op. 25, “Classical” 

Ιgor Stravinsky: Concerto in E flat major (“Dumbarton Oaks”) 

Moritz Moszkowski: 5 Spanish dances, οp. 12 (orchestration: Alexander Vitlin) 

Dobrinka Tabakova: Concerto for cello and strings [Cyprus Premiere] 

 

Soloist: Jakub Otčenášek (cello) 

Conductor: Alexander Vitlin 

 

Tickets: €18 /14, 13/10, 8/6  

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9 Olga Ι Elie Grappe  

wed 20:00 (85’) Switzerland, France 2021  

 

2013: Exiled in Switzerland, 15-year-old Olga, a talented Ukrainian gymnast, is trying to make her place at the National Sports Centre. Like all top athletes, she dreams of an Olympic gold medal. She tries her best to fit into her new national team, but as the European Championship approaches, the revolution in Kiev shakes her world and tests her will. 

Elie Grappe’s feature-length debut was Switzerland’s entry for the 2022 Oscars Best International Feature Film category and is nominated for the Swiss Film Awards 2022. 

 

Organised by the Embassy of Switzerland in collaboration with Alliance Française de Limassol in the framework of Francophonie 2022.  

In French with English subtitles. With dialogues also in Russian and Ukrainian. 

 

Free entrance (tickets to be booked in advance) 

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12,13 2nd Cyprus Choreography Showcase (SXK) 

sat/sun  

 

Two years after its first edition, Cyprus Choreography Showcase (SXK) presents seven selected choreographic works.

 

The SKX offers opportunities for presenting choreographic projects abroad, thus enhancing the artists’ international visibility, while also offering a chance to the local audience to re-watch some of the most successful choreographic pieces of the past year. 

 

Participating works:

Alexandra Waierstall (A line, a gaze, a horizon), Anthi Kettirou (She loves me… not), Diamanto Hadjizacharia (Atrium), Evi Panayiotou (Tomosynthesis), Ivi Hadjivasiliou (Blurred), Milena Ugren Koulas (Quiet words), Panayiotis Tofi (Excavated anatomies). 

 

Tickets: €8 /12 (2 days pass) 

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16 The Miser I Satiriko Theatre 

wed 20:30 (105’) 

 

In Moliere’s popular comedy, the main character is greedy Harpagon who constantly lives with the fear of being robbed. Harpagon is a miser, but also a man in love, with his passion for cash being in conflict with his humane need for being recognized, respected and loved. Despite being a period piece, the performance uses references to today’s world to highlight a multitude of issues such as morality, power, faith and love.

 

In Greek. 

 

Adapted/directed by: Marianna Kafkaridou 

Set/costume design: Lakis Genethlis 

Music: George Kolias 

Choreography: Eva Papageorgopoulou 

Stage Movement/Battles: Andrey Krupa 

Lighting design: Vikentios Christianidis 

Assistant director: Marialena Papadopoulou 

Assistant set designer: Mikaella Kasinou 

Make-up artist: Stephanie Panayi 

 

Cast: Vasilis Michael, Christiana Artemiou, Spyros Georgiou, Irodotos Miltiadous, Andreas Rozou, Haris Aristidou, Antri Angelidou, Georgia Nicolaou, Nikolas Kourouzidis, Yiorgos Achilleos. 

 

Tickets: €15 / 12 

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26 Horse in Love* I En Dynamei Ensemble (15+)  

sat 19:00 (105’)  

 

What is love? How do we experience it? Does everyone have access to love? How can such an extraordinary moment lead to an endless fantasy, to a thought that drives us mad? And how can love equate people - as different as they may be - in one and only condition, that of being in love? 

Concept / Artistic direction: Eleni Dimopoulou 

Directed by: Eleni Efthymiou 

Ιn the frame of “Beyond Disdance” Festival of Ιpogia Skini NGO. Funded by Perform Europe.  

*Warning: The piece contains nudity. 

With Greek and English subtitles

 

Tickets: € 12/10  

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27 Tosca I Royal Opera House - Cinema 

sun 18:30 (180’)  

 

One of the best loved operas of all times broadcast from the Royal Opera House. Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece (libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica) is a political thriller of drama, pathos and twists. Painter and republican sympathizer Mario Cavaradossi, Tosca’s lover, is arrested, due to his political views, by Baron Scarpia, chief of police. Scarpia agrees to set Cavaradossi free only if Tosca spends the night with him. Tosca yields to pressure but eventually kills the baron. 

 

Conductor: Oksana Lyniv 

Director: Jonathan Kent 

Royal Opera Chorus/ Chorus Director: William Spaulding 

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Cast: Yuriy Yurchuk, Jeremy White, Freddie de Tommaso, Elena Stikhina, Alexey Markov, Hubert Francis, Jihoon Kim, Kaelan O’Sullivan, John Morrissey 

In Italian with English subtitles.  

 

Tickets: € 20 / 15 

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29 Embroidered Words I Cantus Novus Femina  

tue 20:30 (70’) 

 

Α concert by the Cantus Novus Femina female vocal ensemble of the Cantus Choral Music Centre. Featuring acapella choral arrangements from Cyprus and Greece, as well as new songs from contemporary composers accompanied by soothing folk instrumentation blended seamlessly with traditional prose to create a delicately-woven lyrically traditional idiom. 

A woman sings the joys and sorrows of love and the delights of maternity. 

 

Solo vocals: Nefeli Spanou, Chara Sozou 

Narration: Petros Giorkatzis 

Instrumentation: Quintet orchestra 

Orchestration: Giorgos Kolias 

Artistic Direction, Conductor: Angelina Nicolaidou 

 

Tickets: € 15 /12  

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30 Premiere 5 | Cyprus Symphony Orchestra 

wed 20:30 (65’) 

 

In this programme, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra is joined by the distinguished conductor Michalis Economou, as well as two charismatic soloists, to present works by Vassos Nicolaou, one of the most esteemed composers of his generation, and by the symphonic titan, Gustav Mahler.

 

Vassos Nicolaou’s exceptional Concerto for percussion and string orchestra will receive its Cyprus premiere featuring soloist Marios Nicolaou, CySO’s principal timpanist.

 

Gustav Mahler’s radiant Symphony no. 4 is lighter than his first three symphonies and one of his most popular ones.

 

The shining Greek-Scottish soprano Annie Fassea will interpret the evocative song included in the Finale. 

 

Vassos Nicolaou: Concerto for percussion and string orchestra (2008) [Cyprus Premiere]  

Gustav Mahler: Symphony no. 4 (arrangement for chamber orchestra: Claus Simon)  

Soloists: Marios Nicolaou (percussion), Annie Fassea (soprano)  

Conductor: Michalis Economou 

 

Tickets: €18 /14, 13/10, 8/6  

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31 Music Colors of Love 

thu 20:30 (60’) 

 

The three artists, Kyros Patsalides, Vakia Stavrou and Zoi Nikolaidou, focus on sounds of erotic, nostalgic, rhythms of passion and hope, with a repertoire of selected songs that travel to the heart of different cultures, to their own dream world. 

The audience will become acquainted with the work of popular composers from all over the world and especially from France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, and Latin America, inspired by the values of their life and culture. 

The classical song is seamlessly intertwined with the world of jazz music, performed by the talented musicians of a 10-member orchestra. 

Pianist / Conductor: Yiannis Hadjiloizou

First violin : Giorgos Hadjigeorgiou, Second violin: Andreas Zenonos, Viola: Tevkros Xydas, Cello: Doros Zissimos, Double Bass: Eleana Andreou, Flute: Savvas Christodoulou, Oboe: Natali Neophytou, Clarineto: Angelos Angelides, Bassoon: Evangelos Christoudolou.

 

Organised by: Alliance Française de Limassol in collaboration with the Embassy of Switzerland in Cyprus and the Institut Français de Chypre. 

 

Tickets: € 15/10  

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April 2022

 

2,3 15th Cyprus Ballet and Contemporary Dance Competition 2022
sat Semi-finals: Juniors 11:00, Seniors 16:00
sun Finals: Juniors, Seniors: 16:00

 

The Cyprus Ballet and Contemporary Dance Competition gives the chance to young Cypriot dancers to unveil their talent and compete for scholarships, prizes and participations in international professional
groups, seminars and other events.

 

An institutional event that highly contributes to the development and progress of Dance in Cyprus.

 

Organised by Cyprus Dance Association.

 

Tickets: €12 Semi-finals / €15 Finals

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4 Live Drawing: A Portrait of the Mona Lisa

FlashArt@Rialto 2022
mon 20:30 (85’)


By Alpha Square, a staged reading of the imagined dialogues between Leonardo da Vinci and Lady Gioconda of the Jules Tasca’s play.

 

Directed by Andreas Araouzos.

Cast: Christina Marouchou and Andreas Araouzos.


She is childish. She is mature beyond her years. She is feisty. She is docile. She is clever. She is naive. She is a dozen other contradictions. She is the famous Mona Lisa. And her painter, Leonardo, has the obligation to capture the facets of this young woman. A speculation drama about the three years it took the famous Da Vinci to paint his globally known masterwork. She wants to be immortalised by the most famous painter in Europe. He has personal reasons to keep the portrait to himself rather than release it to Francesco Gioconda, who commissioned his wife's portrait. Leonardo and Lisa argue and debate, but they also bare their souls to each other. Artist and subject develop together to acquire a sense of supreme camaraderie.


In English.

 

Tickets: € 10

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8 -16 20th Cyprus Film Days International Festival
fri – sat 20:00 & 22:00 18+


This 20th 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.


The festival will also host, for the first time in physical presence, the 3rd 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: €6/ 25 (festival pass)

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19 The Book of Dust I NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE

tue 18:30 (180’)


Filmed live from the Bridge Theatre in London The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage, adapted by Bryony Lavery and directed by Nicholas Hytner.


Set twelve years before the epic His Dark Materials trilogy, this gripping adaptation revisits Phillip Pullman’s fantastical world in which waters are rising and storms are brewing. Two young people and their dæmons,
with everything at stake, find themselves at the centre of a terrifying manhunt. In their care is a tiny child called Lyra Belacqua, and in that child lies the fate of the future.


Eighteen years after his ground-breaking production of His Dark Materials at the National Theatre, director Nicholas Hytner returns to Pullman’s parallel universe. Broadcast live from London’s Bridge Theatre.


With English subtitles.


Tickets: €12 / 10

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20, 28 A Pop Family Story Ι DIONYSOS THEATRE
wed, thu 20:30 (110’)


Amidst a world of radical changes, Jocasta Papadamou is trapped in her urban flat, living in emotional agitation and naivety, trying to ignore anything that could possibly change her personal, supposed
tranquility. The family gathering at her house turns into an evening of confessions as Jocasta and her guests make a series of personal revelations. A sweet cherry duck, a husband that suddenly becomes alive, a living woman considered dead, an “ex machina” immigrant “butler”, a lover with political aspirations, a cook who wants to be a mother and a piano player who finds consolation in his keys all parade around this dinner.


Through the hilarious dialogues and the staggering rhythm of the performance, the characters reveal themselves, having no real connection with one another, not even caring for each other. A depthless and sad life focusing on glamour, conforms, on meaningless and painless things. A dinner where no one is eating since they are all having their heads in the clouds. What is family after all? What is our duty and relationship with the others? Who are we, really? Where are we located on the contemporary map of the world?


Written by: Akis Dimou
Directed by: Costas Silvestros
Set/Costume: Thelma Kasoulidou
Lighting design: Yiorgos Lazoglou
Composer: Antria Maria Kounna
Cast in order of appearance: Manolis Michaelides, Erica Beyeti, Andreas Koutsoftas, Polyxeni Savva, Christos Yiangou, Angelos Hadjimichael, Marianna Santi.


In Greek


Tickets: €15 / 12

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27/4 Rigoletto | ROYAL OPERA HOUSE - CINEMA
wed 18:30 (165’)


Gilda, the daughter of the court jester, Rigoletto, is secretly in love with the womanizer Duke of Mantua who comes to her in disguise as a poor student. To take revenge for his daughter’s lost honour, Rigoletto
engages an assassin to murder the Duke. When Gilda finds out about her father’s plans, she decides to save her loved one’s life by wearing the man’s disguise and sacrificing herself instead.


A production that sees Verdi’s masterpiece as a modern morality play that pits power against innocence, beauty against ugliness, in a pitiless world of luxurious decadence, corruption and social decay.


Director: Oliver Mears
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Cast: Luca Salsi, Rosa Feola, Javier Camarena, Evgeny Stavinsky, Aigul Akhmetshina, Phillip Rhodes, Dominic Sedgwick


Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
In Italian with English subtitles


Tickets: €20 / 15

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29 Marios Tokas Limassol Music School
fri 20:30 (70’)


A concert by the ensembles of Marios Tokas Limassol Music School presenting a repertoire inspired by the Greek entechno music genre in the first part, and the traditional music of Greece and Cyprus in the second part of the concert.

 

The first part will be performed by the school’s Choir, Mandolin Ensemble and Folk Music Ensemble and the second part by the Traditional Music Ensemble.


Supported by: Lanitio High School and Senior High School Parents’ Association and Management.


Tickets: € 5

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30 Panos Mouzourakis Live
sat 20:30 (90’)


Panos Mouzourakis, one of the most-loved Greek pop singers, and his band are set to hold a one-of-a-kind concert.

 

Talented and spontaneous, the multi-skilled performer and singer will be hosting a show full of excitement and surprises.


Tickets: € 30 / 25

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May 2022

 

3 Land of Darkness / Land of Light | ASOMATES DYNAMEIS 

tue 20:30 (50’) 

 

Asomates Dynameis celebrates 25 years of creativity with Land of Darkness / Land of Light, a work of contemporary dance and classical music. Death and the Maiden by Frantz Schubert has been an inspiration for us to speak through the body, about the personal and the collective encounter with life and death. The piece also leads us to reflect on our relationship with fear, loss and decay, as well as on the infinite attraction of light and the power of life.  

 

Choreographic direction/directing: Andromachi Dimitriadou Lindahl 

Dance/co-creation: Christiana Eftychiou, Anthi Kettirou, Georgia Constantinou Clark, Loizos Constantinou, Fouli Stylianidou, Sotiris Sotiriou. 

Music: Death and the maiden by Frantz Schubert performed by Fusionia Quartet: Marios Ioannou (violin), Savvas Lagou (violin), Sorin Alexandru Horlea (viola), Robertas Grod (cello).                                                                        

Set and Costume design: Elena Katsouri 

Lights: George Lazoglou 

 

Produced by: Asomates Dynameis with the support of the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth, Terpsichore programme 2022. 

 

Tickets: €12/10  

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5,6 Aristos by Yiorgos Papageorgiou 

thu, fri 20:30 (75’)  

 

A critically acclaimed play based on the famous novel by Thomas Korovinis Wall of Death.

 

Nine characters connected to Aristidis Pagkratidis, the notorious Greek serial killer known as the “Ogre of Seikh Sou”, illustrate his profile. His friend from the neighbourhood, his mother’s chambermaid, the porter at the harbour, the kiosk keeper - a paramilitary traitor, a democratic gendarme, a conservative bourgeois, his boss at the fair, as well as trans Lolo and a pop singer - his two lovers, all come alive on stage incarnated by the three main actors. 

 

Cast:

Filareti Komninou, Yiannis Leakos, Ioannis Athanasopoulos. 

Musician on stage: Klitos Kyriakidis

Directed by: Yiorgos Papageorgiou 

Adapted by: Theodora Kapralou 

Music: Yiorgos Dousos 

 

*The play will also be staged at THOC on 7, 8 May. 

 

Tickets: €20 / 15 

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7 At Frynihou street I Thodoris Voutsikakis, Lina Nikolakopoulou 

sat 20:30 (100’) 

 

Following a series of performances at the historic Theatro Technis located at Frynihou street, Athens, singer Thodoris Voutsikakis accompanied by piano player Neoklis Neofytidis and violinist Vasilis Rapsaniotis, unfold the magic of songs selected by famous Greek songwriter Lina Nikolakopoulou. Embellishing the musical storytelling with small texts, small poems and small pauses, they add some sparkle to the roughness of our life. 

 

Curated by: Lina Nikolakopoulou 

 

Sound: Ilias Trintis 

Lighting design: Maria Venetaki 

Production management: Anastasia Tamouridou - ARTos & Theama 

 

Tickets: € 15 /12 

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11 The Lake Girls I Theatro Antilogos 16+ 

wed 20:00 (75) 

 

Shedding light on the harsh topic of femicides, Michalis Papadopoulos’s new play brings to the surface a subject that remains hidden in the silence of the victims who experience violence in any way and at any cost.

 

In Greek 

 

Directed by: Neoklis Neokleous 

Set and costume design: Mariza Partzili 

Music curated by: Tasos Zachariou 

Lighting: Stavros Tartaris 

Cast: Panayiotis Kyriakou, Christina Christofia, Christiana Larkou, Valando Charalambous 

 

Tickets: € 13 / 10  

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15 Macumba and guests 

 sun 20:30 (100’) 

 

Macumba band is celebrating its 5-year anniversary presenting a unique show featuring many guest participations of renowned musicians and music groups from all over Cyprus. Born in Cyprus, the band moves towards Latin, Jazz and World music directions and paths. The collaboration between Elias Ioannou, Giorgos Morfitis, Rodrigo Caceres and Rodos Panayiotou brings a new vibe to the music scene of the island. Afrocuban and Brazilian rhythms and colours become blended through a modern jazz aesthetic, and the result is recorded in their album Como Jugando, released in 2019.  

 

Macumba have presented their frenzy dance jazz music in various festivals and concert grounds with great success in Cyprus and abroad such as UNESCO’s Gardens of Sound Music Festival in Poland, ATJF Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival, Windcraft Festival, Rialto World Music Festival, Aglajazz Festival etc. The band has collaborated with prominent personalities of the European Jazz and World music scene such as Nils Fischer and Alberto Caisedo. Macumba will be performing music from their debut album Como Jugando, as well as a new repertoire from their upcoming album.  

 

Tickets: € 15 /10

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17 Spirit I bytheway productions 

 tue 18:30 & 20:30 (63΄) 

 

bytheway productions presents SPIRIT in film, SPIRIT in object, SPIRIT in book, a video dance documentary, an interactive on-stage exhibition and a small book that open the creation process behind the durational performance SPIRIT, a four-hour dance marathon streamed live to the viewers’ personal screens during the first lockdown in 2020.  

 

*On-stage exhibition open before and after the screenings. 

Concept/direction/montage: Eleana Alexandrou 

Original music: Panos Bartzis 

Dramaturgy: Elena Agathokleous 

Visual direction/Support system: Eva Korae 

SPIRIT typeface/Graphic and book design: Omiros Panayides 

Subtitles/Montage Assistance: Suzana Fiala 

Performance: Arianna Marcoulides, Petros Konnaris, Rania Glymitsa, Marina Argyridou 

Lighting design for the performance: Aleksandar Jotovic 

Production: bytheway productions 

Supporters: Makers Will Make, Cyprus University of Technology - Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, VSMS Lab - Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab  

 

The performance was created within the framework of the TERPSICHORE programme (2020) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth of Cyprus. 

Α collaboration of FlashArt@Rialto and Beyond DisDance Festival organised by Ipogeia Skini/Synergeio. 

 

Tickets: € 12/10 

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19 The Trip to Bountiful

SATIRIKO THEATRE 

thu 20:30 (100’)  

 

Horton Foote’s play tells the story of elderly Mrs Watts who longs to return to her childhood home despite the objections of her overprotective son and bossy daughter-in-law.

 

The Trip to Bountiful is a tribute to the power of hope and faith, to the passing of man from darkness to light.

 

In Greek 

 

Directing/Music curation: Despina Bebedelli 

Translation: Fotis Fotiou 

Set design: Antis Partzilis 

Costumes: Antis Partzilis - Thelma Kasoulidou 

Lighting design: Vikentios Christianidis  

Photographer: Dimitris Vattis 

Poster photo: Antis Partzilis 

Poster design: Neofytos Avraam 

Trailer: Yiorgos Spyris, Yiorgos Galatis 

Programme design / Communication: Leandros Taliotis 

 
Cast: Despina Bebedelli, Vasilis Michael, Mara Constantinou, Kynthia Pavlidou, Spyros Georgiou, Andreas Rozou, Andreas Georgiou. 

 

Tickets: €15 / 12 (students, pensioners) 

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22 The Little Moth 2+ 

sun 10:00, 12:00 (60’)  
 

The Little Moth loves sewing cardigans. After being bullied at school, he decides to go on a trip with his friend Rouna the ladybird, to find his parents.

 

On this journey, he will make new friends.  

 

A musical theatre about bullying, the value of friendship and family, as well as the need to listen to our inner voice and talent. In Greek 

 

Directed by: Andreas Makris 

Cast: Andrea Agathokleous, Yiannis Minos, Maria Constantinou, Michalis Kazakas, Polys Hadjicostas. 

Choreography: Eva Kalomiri 

Lighting design: Stavros Tartaris 

Set and Costume design: Eleni Ioannou 

Text/Music: Stavros Michalakakos, Yiannis Politis 

Production: Animagnet Group 

 

Tickets: €12  

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22 La Traviata / Royal Opera House Live 

sun 18:30 (220’)  

 

Played out against the hypocrisy of upper-class fashionable society, Alfredo and Violetta’s love threatens to shame his family. When his father directly appeals to Violetta to relinquish her one chance of happiness, Violetta submits and her act of self-sacrifice leads to her paying the ultimate price. 

Verdi’s beautiful score contains some of his most inspired arias and duets. 

 

Director: Richard Eyre 

Conductor: Giacomo Sagripanti  

Cast: Pretty Yende/Angel Blue, Anush Hovhannisyan/Stephen Costello/Dmytro Popov,  

Dimitri Platanias/Vladimir Stoyanov 

Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

In Italian with English subtitles 

 

Tickets: €20/15 

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27 The Guitar Project DIMITRIS PAPANGELIDIS 

fri 20:30 (90’) 

 

Dimitris Papangelidis, one of the greatest Greek guitarists of our time, shares the stage with eight friends, all talented musicians and instrumentalists. 

A fascinating concert where the guitar plays a lead, from classical music to jazz, accompanied by a cello, two mandolins, a soprano, one more classical guitar and, finally, a jazz trio (piano, double bass and percussions) performing works by Manuel de Falla, Villa Lobos, Claude Bolling et al. A concert paying tribute to the guitar, full of soul and emotions, coming alive in the skillful hands of Dimitris Papangelidis. 

Featuring: Nikolas Melis (piano), Irineos Koullouras (double bass), George Koulas (percussions). Guest participation: Mariza Anastasiadi (soprano), Zoe Paisanou Markou (classical guitar), Georgia Kombou (mandolin), Yiorgos Spyrou (mandolin), Mariliza Papadouri Papangelidi (cello). 

Tickets: €12 /10 

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29 Tango Legends 

sun 20:30 (90’) 

 

All the way from Argentina, the magnifying Tango Legends under the artistic direction of Μariela Maldonaldo and Pablo Sosa, return to Cyprus with a new dance repertoire full of passion, eroticism, high aesthetics, and virtuosity.

 

A spectacular tango and music show celebrating the memorable work of Astor Piazzolla, the creator of Nuevo Tango, thirty years after his death.

 

The performance of the Tango Legends becomes seamlessly blended with the passionate sounds and rhythm of the show.  

 

Tickets: €25 / 20  

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June 2022

 

1 Machinal Ι Cyprus Theatre Organisation 

wed 20:30 (105’) 

 

Machinal, one of the most important plays of modern American drama, written by an exceptional female voice, Sophie Treadwell, focuses on the female identity, outlining the critical moments of her struggle to cope with her multiple social roles, the oppression to which she is subjected in her family, as well as in her social and professional environment, but also her desires, what she longs for and what remains buried in the turmoil of everyday life.

 

Director Avra Sidiropoulou and her creative collaborators are confronting the expressionistic style of the play in an attempt to bring on stage, using words, sound and images, the journey of this woman towards her personal freedom.

 

With English and Turkish overtitles 

 

Translated by: Yiorgos Depastas  

Directed by: Avra Sidiropoulou 

Set design: Yiorgos Tenentes 

Costume design: Lydia Mandridou 

Music: Vanias Apergis  

Movement: Panayiotis Tofi 

Video Art: Artemis Tzavra-Bulloch 

Lighting design: Stavros Tartaris 

Assistant director: Maria Hadjistylli 

 

Cast: George Anagiotos, Fotis Apostolidis, Christina Konstantinou, Panos Makris, Georgina Tatsis, Konstantinos Tsitsios, Medea Hanna, Myrsini Christodoulou 

 

Tickets: €12/6  

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3 Beytna* I OMAR RAJEH | MAQAMAT  

fri 20:30 (75’) 

 

Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival 2022 opens with an inventive performance by prominent choreographer from Lebanon, Omar Rajeh. 

Four choreographers and four musicians coming from Lebanon, Japan, Palestine, Belgium, and Togo are meeting on stage over a banquet of food. They are coming from different continents, cultures, and countries. They have different artistic experiences with different backgrounds and ideas. What connects them is their profession. They talk, drink, laugh, dance, and eat together. 

The simplicity of this meeting would be a starting point to a more complex choreographic and conceptual performance structure. Beytna is a simple invitation to the home of the other, health, happiness, pleasure, compassion, and friendship. It is an invitation to the artist's profession and choreographic construction, as much as it is to the forms and situations of the past. 

 

Concept and choreography: Omar Rajeh  

Choreographed by: Koen Augustijnen, Omar Rajeh, Anani Sanouvi, Moonsuk Choi  

Musicians: Ziad Ahmadic, Samir Nasr Eddine, Oussama Abdel Fattah, Joss Turnbull

Performers: Koen Augustijnen, Anani Sanouvi, Yi-Chi Lee, Omar Rajeh

Percussion: Youssef Hbeisch  

Voice: Nohad Rajeh Scenography  

Costumes: Mia Habis  

Technicians: Christian François, Philippe Balzé

Sound Engineer: Jean-Christophe Batut  

Lighting design: Victor Duran Manzano  

Graphic design & video animation: Joe Elias/Nimslabs 

Photo credits: D. Matvejev | Jean Philipse 

 

Tickets: € 8 

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5 Animale*I FRANCESCA FOSCARINI  
sun 20:30 (40’) 

 

The solo master piece from Italy (Danza&Danza prize 2018) was presented at La Biennale Venezia 2018, and it is inspired by the painter Antonio Ligabue and his extraordinary visions of the natural world. Animale brings to the stage, in the words of John Berger, a frightfully indifferent nature, made of energy and combat, that exists without promising anything, where life’s first need is shelter, its first prayer an appeal for protection, its first sign of life pain. It is in this desolate context that we find beauty, and the discovery is sudden, unpredictable.  

“Francesca Foscarini has created, with Animale, a small masterpiece of choreography. She uses the French dancer to fashion a powerful map of signs both physical and poetic, to evoke worlds both human and animal (“nature is… fearsomely indifferent” to quote John Berger) in a continuous symbiotic metamorphosis, in order to get closer to knowing the animal world.” Giuseppe Distefano, Artribune 

 

Choreography: Francesca Foscarini  

Dramaturgy: Cosimo Lopalco  

Performed by: Romain Guion 

 

Tickets: € 8 

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6 LANDSCAPE *I ELENA ANTONIOU 16+  

mon 20:30 (50’) 

 

In this solo performance, Elena Antoniou unapologetically demonstrates herself in order to highlight the personal experience as a collective landscape. She overexposes the female body with pleasure and extends the limit of spectacle by skillfully and intentionally inviting the gaze of the spectators.

 

In LANDSCAPE, Antoniou creates the space and the environment for the political body to exist as deeply traumatized, yet superficially sexual. 

 

Conceived, choreographed and performed by: Elena Antoniou 

Music/Sound design: Stavros Gasparatos  

Art Direction: Christos Kyriakides  

Dramaturgy: Odysseas I. Konstantinou 

Lighting design: Vasilis Petinaris  

Photo: Stelios Kallinikou  

Graphics: Nikos Stephou  

Project coordinator: Loukia Vassiliou 

 

Tickets: € 8 

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8 Romeo, Romeo, Romeo* | JOSHUA MONTEN 

On Stage  wed 20:30 (60’) 

Dance is a mating ritual. Even today, in the age of online dating apps, dance continues to play a central role in how many of us find a mate.

 

This dance production from Switzerland for four Romeos (one of whom is performed by a woman) explores the idea of dance as a thrillingly up close and personal form of courtship.

 

Each spectator can slip into the role of Juliet and witness the dancers’ struggles to impress: with their artistry, charm, athleticism and, at times, nothing more than naked desperation.  

Choreography: Joshua Monten 

Performers: Léna Bagutti, David Pallant, Konstantinos Kranidiotis, Jack Wignall  

Lighting: Luz González 

 

Tickets: € 8 

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11 Q&A*I RACHEL ERDOS  

On Stage sat 11:00 (50’) 

 

Would you like to be famous?  

When did you last sing to yourself? 

To someone else? 

What is your most terrible memory?  

How close and warm is your family? 

4 dancers... 36 questions... 

 

Between a talk show and a Sunday confession, Q&A from Israel shares intimate moments from the performers’ lives and creates more like a sharing than a traditional performance. Ultimately, we are all looking for connections with other people and this work offers an opportunity to break down our barriers and boundaries towards other people.  

 

Choreography: Rachel Erdos 

Performers: Matan David, Tomer Giat, Shay Haramaty, Ori Lenkinski 

 

Tickets: € 8 

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12 Layaz*I EDITTA BRAUN COMPANY 

sun 20:30 (50’) 

 

How can a young woman find her own self under the many veiling and protective layers that surround her?

 

From Austria, a play about identity, freedom, the "other" that is inherent in us - and about female complicité across generational and cultural boundaries. 

Choreography: Editta Braun 

Performers: Cat Jimenez, Editta Braun 

Composer: Thierry Zaboitzeff 

 

Tickets: € 8 

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15 45* I POLISH DANCE THEATRE  
wed 20:30 (45’) 

 

45 shows the story of young dancers talking about - in a symbolic dimension - the subject of a collective, merged with teamwork, as well as a common, conscious decision to choose art as a way of life.

 

The creators want to show the present being of the oldest dance theatre in Poland. The idea of 45 is to go beyond the traditional form of the choreographer's and composer's correlation. The travel appears as the theme of the performance - a journey as a sign of theatre, as a search, as a choreographic composition and an interactive invitation for the viewer in the site-specific space. 

 

The performance was co-organized by the Institute of Music and Dance within the framework of the Choreographic Commissions 2019 Programme. 

 

Choreography: Jacek Przybyłowicz 

Performers: Evelyn Blue, Kacper Bożek, Julia Hałka, Agnieszka Jachym, Patryk Jarczok, Jerzy Kaźmierczak, Zbigniew Kocięba, Katarzyna Kulmińska, Dominik Kupka, Daniel Michna, Katarzyna Rzetelska, Sandra Szatan, Emily Wong-Adryańczyk 

 

Tickets: € 8 

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19 ΣΑΚΡΑ I ΑΛΕΞΗΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΙΟΥ On Stage 

sun 15:00 20:30 (40‘)  18+  

 

In his new work, Alexis Vassiliou continues the research that he started with the short film EGKATA in 2020, on the origins of language, human emotions and embodied experiences. During ΣΑΚΡΑ seven performers will be attempting to generate and, therefore, perform the basic operations of breath, sound and movement.  

 

Concept/Direction/Choreography: Alexis Vassiliou (in collaboration with the performers) 

Dramaturgical advice: Louiza Papaloizou 

Lighting design: Vasilis Petinaris 

Graphic design: Philippos Vasileiadis 

Μain sponsor: Cultural Services YPPAN  

Please note that the performance contains full frontal-nudity and the performers will be in close proximity to the audience members'

Tickets: €15 /10  

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22 Free At Last* I DANAE & DIONYSIOS 
wed 20:30 (50') 

Mystical imagery; dark atmosphere; Greek tradition deconstructed and linked with the present.

 

An original choreography inspired by the legendary Dance of Zalongo. Danae & Dionysios from Greece carry the emotionally charged ‘last dance’ onto the stage, conveying the movement towards the brink of the abyss. Bodies turn into earth, nourishing in turn what once nourished them. From the ground to the sky; from the roots to the blooming flowers; from the end to the beginning; from the beginning to the end: the endless cycle of life, death, and rebirth. 

 

Choreography: Danae & Dionysios 

Performers: Ioulia Zacharaki, Irο Daskalaki, Emmanouela Pechynaki, Danae Dimitriadi  

Original Music: Constantine Skourlis 

Lighting design: Jorg Schellekens 

Light adaptation: Lampros Papoulias, Vangelis Mountrichas  

Costume design: Danae Grimopoulou 

Cello: Konstantinos Chinis  

Vocals: Maira Milolidaki  

Loom Weaving:  Loomigans 

 

Free At Last was originally produced in 2019 by Theater Rotterdam, Stichting Droom en Daad, RIDCC and Big Story Productions. 

 

Original Cast: Pauline de Laet, Livia Petillo, Ioulia Zacharaki, Danae Dimitriadi 

 

Tickets: € 8 

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24 Portraits in otherness*   

fri 20:30 (55’) 

 

Portraits in Otherness is a project that promotes artists who carry multiple identities and whose works dance on the borders of the worlds we know and those we imagine. Originally conceptualized and curated by internationally renowned choreographer and dancer Akram Khan and his creative producer Farooq Chaudhry in 2017, Portraits in Otherness transfers a legacy built on values of international collaboration, creative diversity and artistic hybridity to a new generation of dance artists. The programme consists of two solo works created by highly charismatic and distinctive early-career artists: Dickson Mbi and Joy Alpuerto Ritter. 

 

BABAE by JOY ALPUERTO RITTER  (30’) 

 

A solo work inspired by the "masterpiece of strangeness”, Mary Wigman’s Witch Dance. Raised and classically trained in Germany, Joy Alpuerto Ritter examines inherited vocabularies, reconfiguring what it means to summon the power and mystical practices of woman as witch. Combining her roots in Philippine folk dance, classical training and vocabulary of hip hop and voguing, BABAE is a one-woman interplay between the animalistic and sensual qualities of ritual and power. 

  

Choreographer/Dancer: Joy Alpuerto Ritter 

Composer: Vicenzo Lamagna 

Lighting Design: Arne Schmitt / Joy Alpuerto Ritter 

Costume Design: Lan Behrendt DYAO 

Artistic Assistant: Lukas Steltner 

 

DUENDE by DICKSON MBI (25’) 

Developed over one year, Duende represents a significant milestone in Dickson Mbi’s artistic journey. This twenty-minute solo with an original score by Roger Goula intuitively brings together memories from Dickson’s ancestral African heritage, his elite popping skills and his training in contemporary dance. A journey, a memory, a reflection, a ritual and a personal narrative, Dickson’s Duende is a revelation of the soul, breaking the habit of concealing what makes us who we are and finding the confidence to put our soul, its history, and our feelings on display. Dickson Mbi creates an otherworldly fairy tale that brings to life the emotions revealed in these moments of light. 

  

Choreographer, Dancer: Dickson Mbi 

Composer: Roger Goula 

Lighting Design: Fabiana Piccioli 

 

Tickets: € 8  

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25 Hybrid Movements by Joy Alpuerto Ritter

sat 09:00 - 10:30

​The workshop will include improvisation and the dancers will be working on different ideas and body positions, aiming to develop their creativity and personal expressive qualities. It will be centred around the waving technique, rhythmic and ground exercises. Body rhythm and musicality will be also explored. ​

 

Joy Alpuerto Ritter was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. In her youth she was trained at the Ballettschule Armin Krain and learned Philippine Folk Dance in the cultural dance group led by her mother. Since 2013 she has been a dancer and rehearsal director of the Akram Khan Company. She continues her touring life all around the world, as a performer and presenting her own work. As a teacher, Joy has been giving workshops internationally (Romania, Germany, Italy, Austria, China etc), focusing on choreography and improvisation. Her dance language is mixed between urban dance, folk and contemporary dance and concepts.

Workshop with Dickson Mbi

11:00 - 12:30

Dickson Mbi is a world-renowned dancer in the hip hop dance community for his popping skills, integral to his work today. Through this workshop, he shares his practice and experience working with leading artists Basement Jaxx, Shallama, Robbie Williams, Corinne Bailey- Rae, Black Eyed Peas, Russell Maliphant and Boy Blue Entertainment. Contemporary dance, martial arts and popping techniques, with a particular focus on improvisation, release, floor work, partner work, and performance techniques shape his workshop. Starting with a warm-up, Dickson will lead the participants through his solo work, performed as part of Portraits in Otherness.

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Rialto Summer Cinema

 

13 Druk / Another Round Ι Thomas Vinterberg Ι wed 21:00

117’, Denmark, 2020

 

A group of teachers, and four close friends, decide to drink during working hours and maintain a light level of intoxication throughout the day. Their purpose is to prove that a slightly higher blood alcohol content opens the mind to the outside world, makes problems seem smaller, and increases creativity.

 

An experiment that will prove to be extremely successful for some, but not so much for others.

 

Screenplay: Thomas Vinterberg, Tobias Lindholm

Directing: Thomas Vinterberg

Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Lars Ranthe, Magnus Millang, Maria Bonnevie, Susse Wold

 

Awards:

Best International Feature Film, Academy Awards, 2021.

Best Foreign Film Award, Bafta & César Awards, 2021.

Best Film Award, European Film Awards, 2020.

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16 Petite Maman Ι Céline Sciamma Ι sat 21:00 

72’, France, 2021

 

Eight-year-old Nelly has just lost her beloved grandmother and is helping her parents clean out her house. She explores the country house where her mother, Marion, was raised, and the nearby forest where she built a treehouse. When her mother leaves the house, Nelly meets a young girl her age building a treehouse in the woods. Her name is Marion, just like her mother’s…

 

A beautiful film for all the family that travels the audience to their own childhood. A tribute to imagination and childhood friendship, a film about love and healing wounds.

 

Screenplay: Céline Sciamma

Directing: Céline Sciamma

Cast: Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Nina Meurisse, Stéphane Varupenne.

 

Αwards:

The film premiered at Berlinale 2021 and won several awards at multiple festivals, including at San Sebastian and Stockholm International Film Festivals.  

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18 The Man with the Answers Ι Stelios Kammitsis Ι mon 21:00

85’, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, 2021

 

After his grandmother’s death, Victor, an ex-diving champion in his early 20s, sets off for a road trip in his old dusty car, from Patras to Bavaria. On the boat, he meets Matthias, an adventurous young German. They both head to Bavaria, each for their own reasons. They are both looking for answers to their own questions.

 

An “existential, sensual, revelatory pop road movie towards the Truth”. 

 

Screenplay / Directing: Stelios Kammitsis

Cast: Vasilis Magouliotis, Anton Weil, Stela Fyrogeni


Awards: The film premiered at Queer Screen – Mardi Gras Film Festival and won the Audience Award at Thessaloniki IFF 2021.

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19 Madres Paralelas / Parallel Mothers Ι Pedro Almodovar

tue 21:00  120’, Spain, 2021

 

Two single mothers give birth on the same day. Several months later, and after randomly noticing the characteristics of one of the babies, one of the two women realizes that she is not the baby’s biological mother.

 

Desperately searching for the other woman, she believes that a terrible mistake has been made. 

 

Screenplay, directing: Pedro Almodóvar

Cast: Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Rossy de Palma, Julieta Serrano

Αwards: Best Actress Award (Penélope Cruz) - Venice Film Festival.

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24 Hoy se Arregla el Mundo / Today We Fix the World  

Ariel Winograd Ι sun 21:00  117’, Argentina, 2022

 

David Samaras, known to everyone by his nickname “el Griego” (the Greek), is the producer of the popular talk show “Today we Fix the World”, where supposedly ordinary people settle relationship conflicts with their partners, friends, workmates, parents, and children.

 

His most enduring bond is with his 9-year-old son Benito, the fruit of a brief fling for whom he feels a legal obligation rather than affection. Things get complicated when the boy’s mother reveals to him that Benito is not his son. El Griego decides to tell Benito the truth and help him find his biological father.

 

Screenplay: Mariano Vera

Directing: Ariel Winograd

Cast: Leonardo Sbaraglia, Benjamín Otero, Luis Luque, Charo López, Gabriel Corrado.

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26 Smagen af sult / A Taste of Hunger Ι tue 21:00

100’, Denmark, Sweden, 2021

 

Maggi and Carsten are couple in work and in life. She is an anthropologist who has designed the extraordinary setting of their restaurant that aspires to become Copenhagen’s next best thing. Carsten is the chef. Daring, full of ideas, strict and a perfectionist, he struggles to win the prestigious Michelin star, sacrificing almost everything.

 

A captivating film about ambition and human relationships, backed by the powerful performances of its cast.

 

Screenplay: Christoffer Boe, Tobias Lindholm

Directing: Christoffer Boe

Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Katrine Greis-Rosenthal, Charlie Gustafsson, Dag Malmberg, Nicolas Bro, Flora Augusta, August Vinkel

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17th Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival

 

17 CHORAL CROSSROADS 2022 Ι sun 21:00

 

Choral singers from Europe and the Arab world will unite their voices with choral singers from Cyprus. Together, they will create a joint choir, and will perform an original concert programme that uniquely combines the musical tradition of their countries with songs dedicated to women and life.

 

With the participation of Choirs from Jordan (Nai Choir), Lebanon (Université Saint-Joseph Choir), Greece (University of Macedonia Choir), Cyprus (Epilogi Choirs). 

 

Artistic Direction: Michalis Grigoriou

Conductors: Diana Talhami, Yasmina Sabbah, Michalis Grigoriou. 

Soloist: Polixeni Karakoglou from Greece. 

 

The choirs will sing and interact in different languages from different cultural and musical backgrounds, and will draw on their diversity to present a homogeneous multicultural choir. 

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21 Idaeon Project Ι thu 21:00

 

The project’s musicians dive into the eternal cave of Cretan music drawing out original compositions that derive from the sounds of the Mediterranean Sea, and expand to flamenco, funk, prog rock, stoner and power metal.

 

Idaeon Project is currently completing the recording of their first album of the same title whose exclusively original material reflects an authentic identity and is characterized by a fresh sound, possibly unique in its kind.

 

The performers of Idaeon Project seek to present for the first time their tunes in their finalized arrangements, which will be enriched with live video art especially created for its material. 

 

Vaggelis Gettos: Cretan luth, voice
Hugo Enrique Olivos: drums, percussion
Mimis Sandalis: doublebass 

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22  Blunefé Ι fri 21:00

 

Blunefé is a duet based in Cyprus, formed by Andreas Andreou (oud) and Christos Yerolatsitis (piano) in 2020.

 

The name of the duo comes from the blending of two different musical scenes that each separately has the ability to combine and balance elements from various music genres.

 

A word game between "Blues" and "Künefe" showcases the musicians’ open minds and ability to mix elements from Blues, Jazz and the music traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean region. The band's sound balances between the West and the East, in the same way that sour cheese blends with the sweet sugar syrup found in the well-known Künefe dessert.

 

The repertoire primarily includes original music, composed by the main group members Christos Yerolatsitis (piano) and Andreas Andreou (Oud). 

 

Andreas Andreou: oud
Christos Yerolatsitis: piano 

Nicolas Tryphonos: double bass
Omiros Miltiadous: drums 

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23 RIALTO Residency sat 10:00-12:00
Eleonora Roussou

Playing, singing, improvising!

Discover the world of music-making in a 2-hour workshop with improvisation games and songs. We will make music, sing and improvise.

 

You will be needing: an instrument (wind/percussion), your own voice and playful mood!

 

Free participation.

For kids 8 – 14 years old.

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25 Wanderlust Andria Antoniou & friends Ι mon 21:00

 

A show combining music, dance and storytelling. A creative project investigating the unique ingredients and characteristics of the music identity of various cultures, embracing those elements that unite us all.

 

Wanderlust is a long-term creative project featuring a diverse team of musicians, from different parts of the world.

 

Alongside their own creative arrangements of songs from around the world, the band will also perform a selection of original songs by Andria Antoniou, and music composed by Argentinian composer Roman Gomez from their latest collaboration album titled Encuentro.

 

Andria Antoniou: voice, loop, hand percussion, direction

Andreas Panteli: piano

Andreas Rodosthenous: bass

Rodos Panayiotou: percussion
Michalis Kouloumis: violin

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27 Κalesma Ι wed 21:00

 

Kalesma is a newly established six-member vocal ensemble that focuses on vocal performance and research of Cypriot and Greek folk/traditional music.

 

Moreover, it performs original compositions, aiming at bridging local traditions with contemporary creation.

 

Discourse and references to Cypriot folk poetry acquire a prominent role in the music of Kalesma. 

 

Kalesma’s project The Birdsong introduces soundscapes from the Eastern Mediterranean region, focusing on the Cypriot music and poetry arranged for 6 voices.

 

With Vassilis Philippou, Savvas Lagou, Paris Paraschos, Freideriki Tombazou, Katerina Paraschou and Anastasia Zakinthinou.

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28 Batukinio Percussion Band and Guests Ι thu 21:00

 

Batukinio Percussion Band in collaboration with prominent guest musicians will perform an authentic music show presenting a well-known world music repertoire.

 

Batukinio’s distinctive timbres will add a vibrant hue to the show, impressing the audience with their dynamic stage performance to the rhythms of Samba Batucada and Samba Reggae.

 

The band was formed in 2009 by percussionist Rodos Panayiotou counting, to this date, 40 members. 

 

Rodos Panayiotou: percussions

Evelthon Michaelides: bass

Yiorgos Krasidis: saxophone
Elias Ioannou: trumpet
Marios Papares: saxophone

Andreas Theocharous: tuba
Andria Antoniou: vocals
Members of Batukinio Percussion Band

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