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’) 

  

The new performance by Lia Haraki is a tragic comedy focusing on the pitching 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? 

Despite everything, there is still light at the end of the tunnel: funeral rituals one can already plan while still alive, a special must-have survival kit and the switching to a nutritious diet of vegan ambelopoulia. All the above to the sound of 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: Avgi Savvidou 

Guest artist: Aleksandra Borys 

Photographer: Pavlos Vryonides 

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: Philippos Trepas 

Production: Μenta Αrt Εvents 

Tickets: € 25 / 20 

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

fri 20:30 (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 19:00 (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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16 1984 Ι THOC New Stage 

wed 20:30 (90’) 

 

George Orwell’s prophetic tale in a daring adaptation for stage by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan. A harsh yet extremely truthful manifesto against totalitarianism, a dystopian masterpiece on constructing a reality, misrepresenting the past, controlling and freezing consciousness. A staggering text that is still relevant to our days, seventy-two years after it was first published. 

 

The main character, Winston Smith, lives in the dark world of Oceania, and struggles, by every means possible, to remain sane despite the suffocating surveillance regime of the Big Brother, which strictly forbids people from thinking. Against this backdrop, he falls in love with Julia and cannot help but commit more and more Thoughtcrimes. Winston Smith thinks, remembers, imagines, and hopes. He longs for a world without the Big Brother. However, any attempt to escape is futile. 

 

Translated by: Katerina Evangelatou 

Directed by: Leandros Taliotis 

Costume and set design: Lakis Genethlis 

Music: Andreas Moustoukis 

Movement: Drosos Skotis 

Video art: Anna Fotiadou 

Lighting design: Stavros Tartaris 

Assistant director: Theodora Andreou 

 

Cast: Vasilis Vasilakis, Andreas Daniel, Margarita Zachariou, Antria Zeniou, Marina Mandri, Alexandros Parisis, Eleni Sidera, Drosos Skotis, Andreas Tselepos. 

In Greek 

 

Tickets: €12 /6 

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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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