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April 2013 – July 2013
Robert Wilson's Video Portraits are presented from April to July at the Exhibition Hall of Onassis Cultural Centre.
Robert Wilson is one of the rare artists who works across artistic media without being buoyed by one method of making. The process of creation transcends a single medium and instead finds outlet within the archetype of an opera, the architecture of a building, the stains in a watercolor drawing, the design of a chair, the choreography of a dance, the rhythm of a sonnet, or the multiple dynamics revealed in a Video Portrait.
By incorporating a multitude of creative elements; lighting, costume, make up, choreography, gesture, text, voice, set design, and narrative – the video portraits act as a complete synthesis of all the media in the realm of Wilson’s art making. The canvas or High Definition (HD) screen is one thing, blending the environmental and spatial aspects of a stage with a new sensibility for Wilson’s direction. The medium is HD video but the form blurs time-based cinematography with the frozen moment of still photography. As in the layering nature of Wilson’s creative process, the video portraits infuse references found in painting, sculpture, design, architecture, dance, theater, photography, television, film and contemporary culture. The final result on the HD monitor resembles a photograph, but on closer inspection reveals Wilson’s highly developed theatrical language in conjunction with the startling clarity and precision of HD video.
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Lehár’s popular Viennese operetta The Merry Widow will be presented at the GNO in May 2013, following its phenomenal success last year.
It is among the operettas which have been presented to great acclaim at the world’s leading opera houses. The Viennese waltzes, light prose, sweet, nostalgic melodies and frolicsome story of the beautiful, wealthy widow are the elements that have endeared this operetta to such a wide audience.
This production bears the signature of Dimitris Lignadis, a director who has presented some of the most interesting performances of recent years in Athens. Lignadis has illuminated the story of the young, beautiful and rich widow Hanna Glawari with a romantic yet buoyant spirit. In early 20th century Paris, in an atmosphere of vibrancy and optimism, the wealthy widow tries to find the right man. As the director himself notes: “… So I left my Merry Widow to her own melody! And wherever I intervened, I did so in order for her to sing better and her melody to be heard by as many as possible! And all that remains is to thank her for taking me by the hand and walking me in forgotten lyrical gardens, filled with love-struck statues and delightful flowers”.
29 May 2013 – 22 September 2013
The living museum of Greek dance, since 1953, Dora Stratou Greek Dances Theatre, performs daily shows in its 860-seat garden theatre, located on Philopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis.
A company of 75 dancers, musicians and folk singers and a collection of over 2,000 village-made costumes, with jewels and other works of folk art worn on stage, travel you to an authentic journey to the unknown, yet wonderful world of Greek Traditional Dance.
While most folk dance troupes around the world have learned their dances from dance masters or choreographers, this ensemble has built up its repertoire by inviting groups of villagers to perform on stage. As each village was presented, the troupe's dancers learned the dances by dancing with the villagers. These original appearances were filmed and serve today as a reference to check whether dances are still executed in the genuine style.
08 February 2013 – 05 May 2013
Museum Alex Mylona presents this spring the exhibition Franz West: The Viennese Friend.
The exhibition includes artworks of Franz West, Herbert Brandl, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Peter Kogler, Mariella Simoni, Octavian Trauttmansdorff, Otto Zitko, Heimo Zobernig...
Alex Mylona's Museum is located at 5 Agion Asomaton street, just one minute walking from the O&B Athens Boutique Hotel.
06 April 2012 – 28 April 2013
All antiquities recovered in 1900-1901 and 1976 from the legendary shipwreck off the islet of Antikythera, south of the Peloponnese, are presented for the first time in a temporary exhibition from April 2012 and for a year at the National Archaeological Museum.
The recovery of the shipwreck itself was the first major underwater archaeological expedition. It was undertaken by sponge divers, with the assistance of the Greek Royal Navy (1900-1901). Correspondence, press, photographs and films will document the story of its discovery and recovery and the methods used. The second underwater research was carried out in 1976 by the Greek Archaeological service and J.-Y. Cousteau’s oceonographic “Calypso”.
The wreck is dated aproximately in 60-50 BC, though its cargo from the 4th to the 1st century BC. The study of the cargo will deal with the circulation and trade in the East Mediterranean from the point of view of the aesthetic taste of the rising Roman elite in the end of the Hellenistic Era and the Rome’s democratic period.
A bouquet of Fine Arts events is presented in Athens & Epidaurus by the Greek Festival 2012.
Music, Theatre, Dance and Visual Art events are taking place through the whole summer in the major Art Venues of Athens, such as the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Megaron the Athens Concert Hall, Technopolis Gazi, Onassis Cultural Center, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the National Museum of Contemporary Art and more...
Great actors are performing classical and modern plays at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus.
01 October 2012 – 30 September 2013
The Foundation of the Hellenic World's exhibition on the development of mathematics and mathematical thought in the ancient Greek world, a period in which the foundations of science were established, attempts to demonstrate one of the most important aspects of ancient Greek culture.
The exhibition spans the whole period of Greek mathematics from the 6th century BC to the 4th century AD, and covers the most important events and people in the history of Greek mathematics.
Furthermore, the exhibition sets out the cultural framework of Greek mathematical thinking, from the Hellenic cities of Asia Minor and southern Italy to Classical Athens and the Alexandria of the Hellenistic Period.