Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Θέατρο Σκιών στο Λονδίνο

Την Τετάρτη 25 Ιουνίου 2014, στις 6.00 μ.μ., θα δοθεί παράσταση Καραγκιόζη στο Αμφιθέατρο του Πανεπιστημίου SOAS του Λονδίνου (SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG).

Η σχετική ανακοίνωση αναφέρει τα εξής:

The Karagiozis’ shadow theatre was known in Greece before the Greek Revolution of 1821 but officially, Brachalis was the player who presented it (1840 - 1850). As a spectacle was full of foul language and Turkish elements. The performances of Brachalis were full of foul words too and dirty gestures. That’s why Brachalis used to set up his stage in neighbourhood cafes and his audience was only men who in the interval were throwing him some money.

From 1900 until 1940 the art of Shadow Theatre really was in its prime. During the German occupation in Greece, Karagiozis’ spectacle passed a period of “crisis” but the shadow players succeeded to keep this theatre alive. When the coloured cinematograph arrived in Greece, the art of Karagiozis was about to be vanished but because of Eugenios Spatharis’, (who has been considered the most famous and best Greek shadow player in the world), hard and painful tries, the popular hero survived and came back as a winner.

Nowadays Karagiozis’ tradition is going on and the young shadow players are giving performances successfully. The audience, kids, young and old people, enjoy watching this kind of theatre, and this is a good reason for all of us to keep it deeply in our hearts and always alive. The Greek shadow theatre is a precious inheritance of our civilization and its protagonist, our hero, Karagiozis is the “mirror of the Greek heart”.

Kyriakos Gouventas, violin
Stelios Katsatsidis, accordion

Also to include a violin orchestra performance given by Kyriakos Gouventas’ violin class.

Event Format
18:00 - doors open
18:45 - pre-concert talk “The role of Karagiozis in Greek Culture”, given by Alexandros Koustas

Organised by the Rebetiko Carnival 2014. The peformance will be in the Greek language, however a synopsis of the story will be given in English before the performance.

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