Program


Η Μεγάλη Χίμαιρα
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Η Μεγάλη Χίμαιρα

13-17/5,
POREIA THEATRE,
M. KARAGATSIS

The phenomenal production The Great Chimera by M. Karagatsis, which has not stopped being sold-out since its very first show in 2014, has been attended by more than 100.000 spectators, has been critically acclaimed and honoured with the highest and most prestigious theatre awards in Greece, finally arrives in Cyprus, for a short performance run exclusively at Rialto Theatre in Limassol (all performances are surtitled in English).

The Great Chimera belongs to M. Karagatsis’ trilogy of novels, that explore how foreigners fare on the rough and dramatic land that is Greece; full of conflicts between its ancient traditions and its war‐torn modern history. In this powerful and epic 20th century erotic melodrama, Marina, the main character, a French woman passionate about classical Greek culture, moves to Greece after having fallen in love and married a Greek ship-owner, carrying her deep psychological traumas with her. Greece, this sensual, fatally alluring place, will drag Marina into a passionate vortex with no way out, leading her to self-destruction. Karagatsis creates a bourgeois drama with deep ideological quests about Greek identity and the relation between Ancient and Modern Greece and the West. Within the canvas of a love-story in the form of an Ibsenian triangle, the perceptions of life, tragedy, realism, romantic reverie and, sometimes, paradox are intertwined. In a production, in which theatre interplays with cinema, human relationships in all their difficulty, passions and acts become snapshots of reality and fragments of a dream.

The Great Chimera is a co-production of the Poreia Theatre and the Athens and Epidaurus Festival (2014), conceived and directed by Dimitri Tarlow, the grandson of the eminent novelist M. Karagatsis and artistic director of Poreia Theatre.

Cast
Marina: Alexandra Aidini
Yiannis: Maximos Moumouris
Minas: Dimitris Mothoneos
Reizena: Sofia Seirli
Lilly - Kalliopi - Vietnamese whore: Irene Fanarioti
Anna, Marina’s daughter: Manio Tarlow
Annezio: Rasmi Tsopela
A Stranger: Dimitri Tarlow

Creative Team
Stage Adaptation: Stratis Pashalis
Direction: Dimitri Tarlow
Set and Costume design: Eleni Manolopoulou
Original music: Katerina Polemi
Lighting Design: AlekosAnastasiou
Movement: Zoe Chatziantoniou
Film Direction: Christos Dimas

Αll performances are surtitled in English

Duration: 150'

Tickets: €25 / 20