CULTURE

Ibsen opens season on Thessaloniki’s experimental stage

Thessaloniki’s Piramatiki Skini Tis Technis, the northern city’s most active private sector experimental theater, has just launched its new season with Henrik Ibsen’s «Ghosts.» The play, which premiered at this year’s Dimitria Festival, is part of a series marking the centennial anniversary of the major Norwegian playwright’s death. «Ghosts» will run until January 7, from Thursdays to Sundays. Nine productions, five of them new, have been included on the theater’s agenda for this season. Three plays are carrying on from last season and one is the project of another theatrical company being hosted by Piramatiki Skini. All nine, according to the theater’s director Nikiforos Papandreou, carry a common theme – crisis. «Everything begins with an extreme moment that will lead to extreme circumstances – crisis in love, marriage, family, conflict between generations, ideologies and values, all with subversive humor that takes the myth out of big words,» said Papandreou. The theater has also just launched a second production, Rainer Lewandowski’s «Today Not Even Hamlet,» a comical commentary on drama and people of the theater. This production, directed by Dimitris Naziris, is being every Wednesday. In January, it will be followed by «Progress» (or «The word progress on my mother’s lips doesn’t ring true»), a play by Romanian Matei Visniec, an important European playwright who is unknown in Greece. Visniec’s play is daring and ruthless, and at the same time offers a poetic look at the consequences of the recent Balkan wars. Also included on the theater’s agenda for the current season is a comedy titled «With Strength from Kifissia» by Dimitris Kehaidis and Eleni Haviara. For further information, call 2310.860.708.