Greece, France cel­e­brate their cul­tural ties

Events mark Greek EU ro­tat­ing pres­i­dency

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY CHRISTINA SANOUDOU

Come­die-Fran­caise, France’s na­tional the­ater, will visit Athens for the first time in half a cen­tury to stage Jean Anouilh’s “Antigone,” in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned di­rec­tor Lu­dovic La­garde will work to­gether with Greece’s Na­tional The­ater, while the Athens State Orches­tra will per­form works by con­tem­po­rary French com­posers .

Th­ese are some of the events listed un­der the Greece-France Al­liance 2014, a bi­lat­eral cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram or­ga­nized by the French In­sti­tute and the coun­try’s em­bassy in Athens on the oc­ca­sion of Greece’s six-month pres­i­dency of the Euro­pean Union, which started on Jan­uary 1.

About 100 shows, ex­hi­bi­tions, con­certs, dis­cus­sions, con­fer­ences and fes­ti­vals will be held in cities across Greece and France over the next six months. The aim is to high­light the ties be­tween the two coun­tries and pro­mote Greek con­tem­po­rary art to the world. The pro­gram is be­ing held un­der the aegis of the two coun­tries’ for­eign min­istries and with the sup­port of the Stavros Niar­chos Foun­da­tion.

The open­ing con­cert, a trib­ute to artists Seraphine Louis and Camille Claude by Magda Mau­ro­gianni, Christina Gian­nakopoulou and Charles Zouganelis, took place at the Theocharakis Foun­da­tion on Jan­uary 16, while the same sec­tion fur­ther in­cludes tributes to Jean Cocteau (Jan­uary 30), Claude De­bussy and Mau­rice Ravel (Fe­bru­ary 6), and con­certs by Quatuor Tana (Fe­bru­ary 13) and the Paxos En­sem­ble (Fe­bru­ary 20).

Politi­cians and academics will dis­cuss the fu­ture of Europe at the Athens Con­cert Hall on Fe­bru­ary 6 and 7 in an event or­ga­nized by Le Nou­vel Ob­ser­va­teur and Kathimerini news­pa­per. The same sec­tion in­cludes a lec­ture by Jac­ques Ranciere (Jan­uary 30) as well as a se­ries of lec­tures or­ga­nized by Col­lege de France (as of Fe­bru­ary 4). Renowned as­tro­physi­cist Hu­bert Reeves will par­tic­i­pate in “geo-meet­ings” (Fe­bru­ary 27) while Lou­vre di­rec­tor Jean-Luc Martinez will de­liver a lec­ture on the Nike of Samoth­race, un­der con­ser­va­tion treat­ment un­til sum­mer 2014, at the au­di­to­rium of the French In­sti­tute (June 3).

A num­ber of plays will be staged in Greece and France through June 2014. Come­die-Fran­caise will stage “Antigone” di­rected by Marc Paquien at the Athens Con­cert Hall (April 2627) while Jean-Rene Le­moine will stage his “Iphi­ge­nie” (Iphi­ge­nia), star­ring Lena Pa­paligoura with the Apo Mich­a­nis The­ater. The Na­tional The­ater will co­op­er­ate with Lu­dovic La­garde on Bernard-Marie Koltes’s “Quay West,” which will be staged in Greece and France (as of June 5), and Paul Claudel’s “Le Soulier de Satin” (The Satin Slip­per), di­rected by Efi Theodorou. Both fea­ture on the pro­gram of the Athens Fes­ti­val in the sum­mer. In ad­di­tion, the state or­ches­tras of Athens and Thes­sa­loniki have pre­pared col­lab­o­ra­tions and tributes to French di­rec­tors.

“Werther,” an opera by Jules Massenet con­ducted by Ilias Voudouris and di­rected by Spy­ros Evan­ge­latos, will re­turn to the Greek Na­tional Opera’s Olym­pion The­ater (April 11), Yan­nick Bo­quin will stage his bal­let “Chopin in Love” at the same venue (May 10) and a trib­ute to Melina Mer­couri will be held at the Greek Film Ar­chive (March 1-9).

to nov­el­ist Mar­cel Proust on March 8 is one of some 100 events, in­clud­ing shows, ex­hi­bi­tions, con­certs and dis­cus­sions, to be held across Greece and France over the next sixth months. The events are or­ga­nized by the French In­sti­tute and the coun­try’s em­bassy in Athens on the oc­ca­sion of Greece’s six-month Euro­pean Union pres­i­dency.

ex­plor­ing the work of Bel­gian mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary artist Jan Fabre will be screened as part of this year’s Athens Video Dance Project sched­uled to take place at the School of Fine Arts in Athens on Fe­bru­ary 1923. The doc­u­men­tary, ‘Jan Fabre: The Man Who Mea­sures the Clouds,’ was de­vel­oped by Caro­line Haer­tel and Mir­jana Momirovic in 2003.

A trib­ute

A film

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