The Athens and Epidaurus Festival 2018 programme was announced by artistic director, Vangelis Theodoropoulos in a press conference held at the National Museum of Contemporary Art.

This year’s programme was finalised earlier than usual, giving all participants more time for preparation and rehearsals, more effective cooperation with local and international media and communicate the forthcoming events both in Greece and abroad. The 2018 programme is tighter and more focused (87 performances for 127 in 2017). According to the artistic director this was a conscious decision aiming to enhance each venue’s distinct identity.

Photo by Evi Fylaktou

The Opening to the City section in Athens and Piraeus is back this year, with new site-specific events and performances, most of them with free admission, encouraging audience participation and diversity.

Internationally acclaimed artists, classical and modern drama, great orchestras, a wide range of dance productions, a new cooperation with Athens Conservatoire and a tribute to one of the greatest Greek playwrights after WWII, the recently departed Loula Anagnostaki are all part of the 2018 programme.

Special mention is due to Marlene Monteiro Freitas, returning to the Festival after her Athens debut last year, having recently received the Silver Lion for Dance at the Venice Biennale.

Some of the performances scheduled for the 2018 Festival:

Odeon of Herodes Atticus
• Greek National Opera: Nabucco, by Giuseppe Verdi, 1, 3, 6 & 8 June
• Il Pomo d’Oro – Maxim Emelyanychev: The Handel Mythology, 12 June
• Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and friends: New Worlds, 19 June
• ERT National Symphony Orchestra: Fête de la Musique, 21 June
• Cyprus Theatre Organisation – Aris Biniaris: The Persians, by Aeschylus, 1 July
• Calexico: Live at Acropolis, 3 July
• Emilios Chilakis – Manolis Dounias: Antigone, by Sophocles, 11 July
• Greek Film Archive: Dafnis and Chloe (1931), by Orestis Laskos, 16 July
• Greek National Opera: Carmen, by Georges Bizet, 27, 28, 29 and 31 July

Peiraios 260
• Dimitris Kourtakis: Failing to Levitate in My Studio, 1 – 6 June
• Thomas Moschopoulos: Fahrenheit 451, 8 – 10 June
• Yannis Moschos: The City, 10 – 12 June (A Tribute to Loula Anagnostaki)
• Violet Louise: Strange Tales, by Edgar Allan Poe, 26 – 28 June
• Elephas Τiliensis: Ulysses, by James Joyce, 1-3 July

International Productions
-Athens Concert Hall
• Toneelgroep Amsterdam – Ivo van Hove: After the Rehearsal – Persona,1 – 3 June
• Julien Gosselin: 1993, by Aurélien Bellanger, 7 & 8 June
-Peiraios 260
• Nature Theater of Oklahoma – EnKnapGroup: Pursuit of Happiness (USA, 2017), 7 & 8 June
• Novosibirsk State Academic Drama Theatre – Timofey Kulyabin: The Three Sisters, by Anton Chekhov (Russia, 2015), 15 & 16 June

• Kostas Tsianos: The Acharnians, by Aristophanes, 29 & 30 June
• Cezarus Graužinis: Agamemnon, by Aeschylus, 6 & 7 July
• National Theatre of Greece – Thanos Papakonstantinou: Electra, by Sophocles, 20 & 21 July
• Vangelis Theodoropoulos: Thesmophoriazusae, by Aristophanes, 27 & 28 July
• National Theatre of Northern Greece – Yannis Anastasakis: Orestes, by Euripides, 3 & 4 August
• Kostas Filippoglou: The Frogs, by Aristophanes,10 & 11 August
• Yannis Kokkos: Oedipus at Colonus, by Sophocles,17 & 18 August

It should be noted that in addition to the performances held at the two theatres of Epidaurus, which will come with English surtitles, this year there will be English surtitles for all Greek productions. Furthermore, for the first time there will be Greek surtitles for the hearing impaired.

For the full programme of Athens and Epidaurus Festival 2018 visit the Festival’s official website.

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