Intercity Festival to honor contemporary Greek theater

The Greek capital and its contemporary theatrical production is being honored this year at the Intercity Festival in Florence. One of the most prominent theater festivals in Italy, it is always dedicated to artistic expression in a foreign city. As the festival turns 15 this year, it is being organized, under the auspices of the Italian State, by Florence’s Teatro Della Limonaia and the Greek Cultural Olympiad. According to the organizers, Intercity Athens 2002 is dedicated to the Greek capital, because apart from its strong links to a glorious past, the city currently features 200 theaters together with a plethora of young writers of fiction, poetry and theater. The festival’s numerous events – including performances, workshops, screenings and public talks – kick off today and run to October 23. Representing Greece, either through their work or by their presence, are Iakovos Kambanellis, Michalis Cacoyannis, Loula Anagnostaki, Pavlos Matesis, Xenia Kalogeropoulou, Dimitris Dimitriadis, Sofia Dionysopoulou, Thodoros Terzopoulos, Michalis Marmarinos and Thomas Moschopoulos, among others. Tonight, the festival opens with a tribute to Michalis Cacoyannis, with screenings of «The Trojan Women,» «Electra,» Iphigenia» and «Zorba the Greek,» while «Stella» will be shown on October 14. The Italian version of Michalis Marmarinos’s «National Anthem» – which he composed with the aid of Silvia Calamai – goes onstage tomorrow, and will be featured daily until October 14. Furthermore, plays by Sofia Dionysopoulou, Dimitris Dimitriadis and Xenia Kalogeropoulou are also going on stage, translated into Italian, while workshops will be conducted by Thodoros Terzopoulos, Thomas Moschopoulos, Dimitris Dimitriadis, Sofia Dionysopoulou, Xenia Kalogeropoulou and Iakovos Kambanellis. A discussion on contemporary Greek theater, a talk on myths and poetry featuring works by Ritsos and Cavafy, a talk by Pavlos Matesis on his work, and a conference of young critics will complete this year’s Intercity Festival.

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