CULTURE

Aeschylia festival kicks off in city of Elefsina

A one-day conference on «Choreography in Ancient Drama» and a Greek National Theater production of Aeschylus’ «Persians» will mark the beginning of this year’s Aeschylia 2006 festival on Sunday. The festival, which is held annually in honor of the great Greek tragedian, also includes numerous theatrical performances, music concerts, film screenings and art exhibitions. It is held in the southern Attica region of Elefsina and runs to September 16. At 5 p.m. on Sunday, the Leonidas Kanellopoulos conference center will host the discussion on the presence of choreography in ancient drama. Speakers include ancient drama translator Costas Georgousopoulos (who signs as K.H. Myris), as well as choreographers Maria Kynigou, Constantinos Rigos and Sofia Spyratou, among many others. On the same evening, the National Theater will stage «The Persians,» in a production directed by Lydia Koniordou, and an exhibition by the European Architecture Students Assembly – an interactive event on the city of Elefsina – will open. The event will run until September 9. Other highlights at the Aeschylia 2006 include concerts by the young Greek rock-pop band Locomondo (August 30) and a group show with the Kitrina Podilata band and other artists participating with their own material. On September 4, there will be a screening of Filippos Koutsaftis’s award-winning documentary «The Mourning Rock,» in which the filmmaker and lighting director takes a look at the history of Elefsina from antiquity to the present, making a poignant statement on the depreciation of the area by heavy industry. On the same day there will also be a late-night dance/theater performance titled «To Oneself. Hymn to Demeter» by the Syn-Ergasia dance group. Events will end on September 16 with a concert by the Mikis Theodorakis Orchestra. Information is available on tel 210.554.8997 and 210.553.7304.