CULTURE

‘Blue Bird’ engages all ages

Belgian writer and Nobel Prize winner Maurice Maeterlinck’s «Blue Bird,» a musical dream full of colors and images and a journey into the world of knowledge, opened recently at the National Theater’s Katina Paxinou Stage, a production of the Children’s Stage. For kids and adults The play appeals to both children and grownups. It is a dreamy fantasy which uses video art, animation and film aesthetics. Maeterlinck, one of the major representatives of symbolism in theater, describes Christmas Eve at the home of two poor children and their journey through the search for and discovery of life’s lost values and daily gifts. Costis Megapanos translated and adapted the play, and also wrote the lyrics of the show’s songs. The sets were designed by Giorgos Georgiou and the costumes by Savvas Paschalidis. The music was written by Dimitris Marangopoulos, the choreographies are by Dimitris Papazoglou and the lights are arranged by Dionyssis Efthymiopoulos. «Blue Bird» features a number of characters, some of which are played, in alternation, by Olga Politou, Dimitris Aronis, Christela Gizeli, Dimitris Marizas, Mina Heimona, Sotiris Tzevelekos, Vicky Marangaki, Maria Aliferi and Niki Sereti. As Megapanos pointed out, «Maeterlinck himself refused to analyse his work, so we should just let ourselves enjoy the magic of the fairy tale.» National Theater Children’s Stage, 48 Panepistimiou, tel 210.330.1881.