CULTURE

An event organized by Highlights focuses on alternative theater

A house in Exarchia in which the poet Napoleon Lapathiotis (1888-1944) spent much of his life in the first part of the 20th century, and where he committed suicide in 1944, is the venue for a one-day event that focuses on alternative locales for theater performances. «Theater: The Itinerant Art,» as the event is titled, has been organized by Highlights magazine – a bimonthly cultural review – to coincide with its current No 33 issue which includes a special feature on «alternative theater» in Greece. The idiosyncratic personality of Lapathiotis is taken as a symbolic analogy to unconventional ways of presenting theater. The event, which begins tomorrow at 1 p.m. (23 Koundouriotou, Exarchia), will include a happening inspired by the life and poetry of Lapathiotis and staged by the theater troupe Ohi Paizoume. The protagonists are Gina Thliveri and Christos Kanellopoulos. The director is Giorgos Sahinis, who staged another play on Lapathiotis at the same venue two years ago. The event will include a discussion among members of theater troupes that have worked in alternative venues. Among the participants are: Pericles Moustakis, actor and artistic director of the Askisi Theater Association, Nikos Hadjipappas, artistic director of the Helix Street Theater, and actor and director Yiannis Sarakatsanis, artistic director of the group Ab Ovo. Entrance is free. Tomorrow’s event is one of the diverse cultural projects that Highlights organizes each year. A regular event is the Panhellenic Press Media Conference, which will be held this year in Thessaloniki in late May to coincide with the International Book Festival. Next week, Highlights will participate in a TEAM meeting to be held in Thessaloniki. TEAM is a network of transdisciplinary European arts magazines of which Highlights is an active member.