CULTURE

‘Three Sisters’ opens tonight

“Every time I stage classic plays I try to give another perspective, otherwise there is no point. I suppose I have Chekhov’s support – he used to say we should always look for new interpretations and he did that…» Russian director Nikita Milivoyevic, well known by now to the Greek public for his pioneering and daring productions (with the National Theater, the State Theater of Northern Greece, the Theatro tou Notou and others) is back. His latest work, Chekhov’s «Three Sisters,» opens at the Katia Dandoulaki Theater tonight and features a large cast of acclaimed Greek actors. The production is dedicated to the centenary of Chekhov’s death, on July 2 1904. «Although in the beginning I did not feel that way, now (after many collaborations) I feel very happy to be back in Greece working,» said Milivoyevic at a recent press conference. «The reception has been positive whenever I have staged Chekhov plays. His material is very hard. It is appealing because it is relevant. Chekhov’s work contains all the models which at all times we try to solve,» he added. «Actors feel good when they are working in a familiar environment,» he said referring to the way he works with actors. «If you provoke them, something new stirs inside them.» «What struck us was the tender way with which, when we improvised – which is a painful moment for all actors, revealing themselves – Nikita would ask us to all step outside so that the actor he was working with would feel more at ease,» said Katia Dandoulaki, who plays the part of Masha. The remaining parts are played by Angelos Antonopoulos, Aris Lembessopoulos, Stelios Mainas, Themis Bazaka, Mania Papadimitriou, Yiannis Fertis and others. The translation is by Marios Ploritis, the sets by Giorgos Gavalas and the costumes by Claire Braiswell. The music is by Dimitris Kamarotos.