1 WED 20:30 (90’)
The Voracious – Dimitris Psathas | Satiriko Theatre
A poignant play written by Greek humourist and playwright Dimitris Psathas, The Voracious encapsulates one of the fiercer passions of human nature: greed.
Christos Chrysafis is a poor and hungry young man. His struggle to survive forces him to work for entrepreneur Michalis Kapantais, willing to receive only food as remuneration. When he falls in love and takes for wife the entrepreneur’s daughter, Lena, he instantly falls in love with his father-in-law’s money too. Money and luxuries gradually become an obsession for Christos, who seeks more and more material things, greater responsibilities, higher administrative positions, political power… Nothing can stop him from becoming transformed into a ravenous beast.
Set in the ‘60s yet approached in a contemporary way, with subtle references to the current-day sociopolitical reality, the performance highlights the relevance of the play to the modern world, while satirizing the passions of human nature, the power of money and the thirst of the human being for power. Driven by humour, smart dialogue and the play’s familiar and high-spirited characters, The Voracious reflects the modern society and man’s moral decay.
Directing/Music supervision: Marianna Kafkaridou
Set/Costume design: Lakis Genethlis
Lighting design: Vikentios Christianidis
Assistant director: Marialena Papadopoulou
Assistant set designer: Μικαέλλα Κάσινου
Photos: Christos Avraamidis
Cast: Elena Efstathiou, Andreas Rozou, Vasilis Michael, Spyros Georgiou, Charis Aristidou, Skevi Andreou, Georgia Nikolaou, Nikolas Kourouzidis, Estella Tembrioti, Michalis Anayiotos, Yiorgos Achilleos.
Tickets: €15 / 12
2 THU 20:30 (80’)
Premiere 3 I Cyprus Symphony Orchestra
In this stylistically rich concert, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Yiorgos Kountouris, will perform works of the French musical romanticism.
The programme will open with the energetic overture from La vie parisienne, one of the most popular operettas by Jacques Offenbach. In the featured concerto, the outstanding Lithuanian cellist Robertas Grod will interpret Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto no. 1, which increased the composer’s popularity amongst French musical circles. The concert will conclude with George Bizet’s masterful First Symphony, a tribute to his teacher, Charles Gounod.
Jacques Offenbach: La vie parisienne: Overture
Camille Saint-Saëns: Cello concerto no. 1 in A minor, op. 33
Georges Bizet: Symphony no. 1 in C major
Robertas Grod: cello
Cyprus Symphony Orchestra
Premium: €18/14 Ι Stalls: €13/10 Ι Balcony: €8/6
4 SAT 20:30 (100’)
Christos Thiveos, Panagiotis Margaris
Christos Thiveos and Panagiotis Margaris meet on Rialto’s stage to tell their lyrical stories in their own unique way.
When dusk falls, in mystic places, Christos Thiveos and Panagiotis Margaris create dreams, journeys and tales that begin and end where the soul desires.
C.Thiveos’ distinctive voice becomes intertwined with P.Margaris’ virtuosity, presenting an inventive programme that stirs powerful emotions.
Tickets: € 20 / 15
7 TUE 20:30 (120’)
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde | Anemona Theatre
Anemona Theatre celebrates its 20th anniversary with The Picture of Dorian Gray adapted for stage by Greek author and playwright Rozita Sokou. The play was the first to be presented by Anemona Theatre 17 years ago, an emblematic moment in the theatre’s history.
Dorian Grey is the favourite subject of Basil Hallward, an idealist painter who has just finished painting a portrait of him. While admiring it together with his cynical friend, lord Henry Wotton, Dorian wishes for the picture to age instead of him so that he may remain eternally young. His wish becomes true!
The devastating influence of lord Henry who teaches him that only external beauty and thirst for pleasure are to be ravished, absolve Dorian Grey of any compassion and humanity. Soon enough, he surpasses his mentor and begins, now free from moral barriers, to explore the darkest paths of debauchery, where evilness becomes a synonym of freedom of thought, and everyone else becomes a pawn of his insatiable thirst. Yet the portrait, which constantly reflects a real image of his soul, proves that what he would rather deny, actually exists.
Directing: Andreas Tilemachou
Set design: Andreas Tilemachou
Costumes: THEODORA (Theodora Petrou)
Lighting design: Vasilis Petinaris
Assistant set designer: Monica Hadjivassiliou
Music supervision: Andreas Tilemachou
Cast: Andreas Tilemachou, Marinos Xenofontos, Petros Petrou, Elia Ioannidou, Fani Sokratous, Nikolas Petrou, Yianna Lefkati.
9 THU 20:30 (75’)
Seven brothers are waiting
Spyros Papavassiliou, Christoforos Frantzis
A personal documentary illustrating the life of Kyriakos Frantzis, a 1974 missing person, through the eyes of his brothers and fellow soldiers who remember the last day he was seen in the 1974 Turkish invasion.
The film describes the daily life of Kyriakos and his family in Pelendri village, up to the last time he was seen when his order was forced to retreat from Pachyammos, Kyrenia. Through a human gaze, the documentary attempts to shed light on Kyriakos’ existence, as well as on the suffering of his loved ones.
Despite drawing inspiration from Kyriakos Frantzis, the film also highlights the common suffering of the families of missing persons across Cyprus.
Directing, DOP, Editing: Spyros Papavasiliou & Christoforos Frantzis
Music: Achilleas Ioannou. In Greek.
10 FRI 20:30 (80’)
Starlight 4 –Great Performers I Cyprus Symphony Orchestra
The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and its artistic director Günter Neuhold are thrilled to share the stage with the rapidly rising violin star Stephen Waarts, to present late romantic masterpieces.
Stephen Waarts’ innate and poetic musical voice has established him as a firm favourite with audiences. Waarts has performed in prestigious concerts halls and festivals in Europe and the US with renowned orchestras and conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Marin Alsop, Constantinos Carydis, Nicholas McGegan. During the 2022/23 season, Waarts is making his debuts with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin with Stephanie Childress, and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir András Schiff. In 2022, Alpha Classics released Waarts’ first concerto recording: Mozart Violin Concerto No.1 with the Camerata Schweiz under Howard Griffiths. Waarts is the winner of numerous prizes and awards including the International Classical Music Awards Orchestra Award by the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra in 2019 and the first prize at the 2014 Menuhin Competition.
Stephen Waarts will interpret the highly virtuosic violin concerto of Jean Sibelius and the concert will close with Johannes Brahms’ melodious, full of emotional contrasts, Second Symphony.
Zone A: €25/18 I Zone B: €20/15 I Zone C: €17/12
14 TUE 20:30 (80’)
Α Jazz Night at Rialto I Irenaeos Koullouras Trio and Guests
A jazz concert performed by talented musicians and acclaimed representatives of the world jazz stage.
Cypriot double-bass player Irenaeos Koullouras presents on Rialto’s stage his latest Piano Trio, with Christos Yerolatsitis on the piano, and Stelios Xydias on the drums.
The trio will also be joined by top soloists Gilad Atzmon on the saxophone and Amos Hoffman on the guitar. The climax of the concert will come with the appearance of two distinct voices and special guests, Tali Atzmon and Ioanna Troullidou.
Gilad Atzmon: Saxophone
Amos Hoffman: Guitar
Christos Yerolatsitis: Piano
Irenaeos Koullouras: Double bass
Stelios Xydias: Drums
Tali Atzmon: Voice
Ioanna Troullidou: Voice
Tickets: € 12 / 10
16 THU 20:30 (90’)
Steel Magnolias – Robert Harling | Satiriko Theatre
Steel Magnolias is a study on friendship outweighing loneliness and the human need for support and communication. Through this black comedy of twists and turns, Robert Harling gives his female characters a fierce and witty dialogue, full of empathy and compassion.
Six women in a beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, end of the ‘80s. Truvy Jones, the owner of the salon, which is also a refuge for women, hires young Annelle Dupuy-Desoto, trying to unlock her secrets. The first client then appears: it is Clairee Belcher, the town mayor’s widow, who has just left the memorial ceremony dedicated to her deceased husband, willfully giving her place to young Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie, a bride-to-be on this very day.
The day is dedicated to the beauty care of the future bride, but also that of her mother, M’lynn Eatenton. Amidst a cheerful atmosphere of anticipation and anxiety for the wedding, young Shelby suffers a diabetic attack; yet she must not jeopardize her health since she is pregnant. The delightful news upset her mother who obsesses about the imminent risks. The setting builds up to a climax when flamboyant Boudreaux arrives.
Directing: Emilios Charalambides
Set design: Sosana Tomazou
Costumes: Eleni Tzirkalli
Lighting design: Karolina Spyrou
Music composition and soundscape: Dimitris Zachariou
Cast: Despina Bebedeli (Ousier Boudreaux), Annita Santorinaiou (Clairee Belcher), Popi Avraam (M’Lynn Eatenton), Sofia Kalli (Tuvy Jones), Myrsini Christodoulou (Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie) and Pambina Georgiou (Annelle Dupuy-Desoto).
Tickets: €15 / 12
17 FRI 20:30 (50’)
Machines in Lasting Motion - The Island Club
The Island Club, in collaboration with the Rialto Theatre and Light Cone, presents Machines in Lasting Motion, a screening of early 20th-century avant-garde films by Germaine Dulac, Ralph Steiner, Henri Chomette, Oswell Blakeston and Francis Bruguière. Through experimentations with light and movement, the works jointly explore the expressive potential of industrial technologies and machinery, drawing intricate parallels between the mechanical and the human.
The screening will be accompanied by live performances by Ichomagnetic Thoughts (Antonia Kattou and Stelios Antoniou), Kristia Michael and Pandelis Diamantides, who will be presenting original music in response to the films.
Programme curation: Androula Kafa
Films selected in dialogue with Miguel Armas, courtesy of Light Cone
Tickets: €10 / 5
19 SUN 20:30 (75’)
Mome Piaf – A tribute to Edith Piaf | Alliance Française de Limassol
A tribute to iconic French chanteuse, Edith Piaf, the tiny and delicate singer known as the “Little Sparrow”, who rose to prominence for her fiercely sensitive performance and deeply dramatic and expressive voice as the most representative singer of the French ‘chanson intime’ and ‘variété’. To this date, Edith Piaf’s music has been arranged by numerous artists and singers.
Alliance Française de Limassol pays tribute to Edith Piaf by presenting a repertoire of modern arrangements by Stavros Dritsas, through the exquisite voice of Vakia Stavrou and the participation of nine acclaimed Cypriot musicians. Songs such as La Vie en Rose, Rien de Rien, Padam Padam, L'accordeoniste will take the audience on a journey to Paris of the ‘50s and the romantic atmosphere of this uniquely nostalgic period.
Tickets: € 15 /10
24 - 26 FRI–SUN
Psychoanalysis and Cinema
The Cyprus Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, the Lab for Animation Research of Cyprus University of Technology and the Rialto Theatre host a tribute to ‘Psychoanalysis and Cinema’ aspiring to create a new framework in Cyprus, in which the form of cinema is analysing itself and psychoanalysis is being self-created. The event investigates the parallel reality created by psychoanalysis and cinema in order to process the complex conflicts encapsulated in the reality we know.
The organisers aspire to introduce the idea of an alternative way of viewing a film, which combines the art of cinema with the psychoanalytic theory and practice as a means of recognizing the unconscious language that expresses and defines us, while introducing a new pioneering approach for film events in Cyprus.
Four feature films and four short films will be screened and analysed by panels consisting of psychoanalysts and film theorists. A discussion with the audience will follow. A HAIKU workshop will complement the event, held by Blend the Space creativity centre.
15.30-18.30 Films screening and discussion
19.00-21.30 Film screening and discussion
15.00-18.00 Film screening and discussion
18.00-21.00 Film screening and discussion
18.30-21.30 Film screening and discussion
The films will be analysed by:
Nicos Synnos, Christos Panayiotou, Yiannis Christidis
Anna Ioannou: Psychologist-Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
Kassiani Feleki: Psychiatrist-Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
Yiannis Papadopoulos: Psychiatrist-Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
Constantinos Argianas: Art historian, lecturer (CUT).
Tickets: € 5 (10 for 3 days)
26 SUN 11:00 (90’)
MARIA VARNAKKIDOU, CONSTANTINA ANDREOU
This interactive soundwalk around and across Heroes’ Square is dedicated to those people who lived it, are currently living it and who will experience it in the future.
Curated by Maria Varnakkidou and Konstantina Andreou.
Tickets: € 5
28, 29 TUE, WED 20:30 (90’) ON STAGE
Mouthpiece – Kieran Hurley | Ferefono Theatre Group (15+)
A play by award-winning author Kieran Hurley, presented by Ferefono Theatre Group, for the first time in the Greek language. Directed by Maria Kyriakou and translated by Marios Constandinou.
Cast: Melanie Steliou and Andreas Daniel.
Edinburgh. A random encounter. Two completely different people. Declan inspires Libby to start writing again. Libby gives Declan hope. Declan tells Libby his story. Libby gives a voice to Declan. And what happens next…
Set & costume design: Constandina Andreou
Music: Panos Bartzis
Lighting design: Vasilis Petinaris
Photographer: Demetris Loutsios
Tickets: €15 / 12
31 FRI 20:30 (60’)
Memoirs of a Miner
Compania Flamenca Filippa
A dance-theatre performance inspired by Pantelis Varnava's book, which retrieves from the bowels of the earth the struggle of the Cypriot miners as they emerge with their pitch-black, unrecognizable faces, through sweat and blood, back into the light. Their cry mingles with that of the Andalusian workers of Spain who sing along "the struggle for survival".
Director, choreographer: Philippa Stylianoude
Dancers: Loizos Konstantinou, Skevi Serena, Philippa Stylianoude
Acting, narration: Christos Kyriakou (Palodias) & Evi Panikou
Music composer: Demetris Spyrou
Production: Compania Flamenca Filippa
Tickets: €15 / 12