The Onassis Cultural Centre steps foot to Epidaurus ancient theatre for the first time, with Aristophanes’ utopian comedy “The Birds”, directed by Nikos Karathanos. The performances will be held on August 19 and August 20, 2016.

“The Birds” (414 B.C.) essentially talk about man’s need to fly, to create a new world, to come into contact with his innermost desire.



The play
The play tells the story of two people, Pisthetaerus and Euelpides, who leave their city, Athens, in search of a new one, “soft and plump like a feather mattress, or like the belly of a baby”. They find it in the country of the birds, which they call “Cloudcuckooland”. The birds welcome the two strangers. They give them wings. Together, they work with enthusiasm to build a wall up in the sky to stop the communication between gods and humans. The happiness of this new state is based in this newfound idea. Imagination and reality, human, gods, and animals come together in a world that has the seriousness of a game, the fluidity of a dream, and the sweet melancholy of life.

Ornithes_XatzipaschaliCopyrightNMastorasArtworkBeetrootThe performance
Translation: Giannis Asteris
Direction: Nikos Karathanos
Assistant Director: Marissa Triantafillidou
Adaptation: Nikos Karathanos, Giannis Asteris
Sets – Costumes: Elli Papageorgakopoulou
Music: Aggelos Triantafillou
Lighting Design: Simos Sarketzis
Movement: Amalia Bennett

With: Alexandra Aidini, Aliki Alexandraki, Fotini Baxevani , Konstantinos Bibis, Natassa Bofiliou, Maria Diakopanagiotou, Vasiliki Driva, Galini Hatzipaschali, Nikos Karathanos, Emily Koliandri, Giannis Kotsifas, Ektor Liatsos, Christos Loulis, Grigoria Metheniti, Aggelos Papadimitriou, Foivos Rimenas, Michalis Sarantis, Aris Servetalis, Giannis Sevdikalis, Aggelos Triantafillou

Live music: Marios Dapergolas, Sofia Efkleidou, Dimitris Klonis, Vasilis Panagiotopoulos, Dimitris Tigkas

With English surtitles

Dates: 19-20 August 2016
Location: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
Hours: 21:00
Tickets: 45 € (VIP Zone), 30 € (Zone A), 20 €, 15 € (Zone B, Students), 5 € (Upper Tier, People with disabilities)
Information and bookings: 213 017 8036 | [email protected]

Artwork © beetroot – Photos © Nikolas Mastoras