Cherchez La Femme

2013-2014, 2014-2015 National Theatre of Northern Greece
Cherchez La Femme - Stratis Paschalis
Repeat: Lazaristes Monastery - Sokratis Karantinos Stage, 07/11/2014
Opening: Florina, 30/08/2014

The performance Cherchez La Femme, guided by the great songs of Vassilis Tsitsanis for the woman, introduces the viewers to the universe of the great folk singer. The play revolves around a central dramatic frame, with characters and events –imagined but also based on Tsitsanis’ own words (texts and interviews)– but also the events and on faces of his own biography, without falling into the trap of naturalism; on the contrary, he uses this material to built a dream plot full of mystery, realism and bizarre twists. Cherchez La Femme, reveals for the first time to a wider audience the story behind the composition of a legendary song, “Archontissa”, as it was testified by the great composer.

Cherchez La Femme is an interactive music and dance event, which has as its central them the presence of woman in the songs of Tsitsanis. The woman, who sometimes seems like an enchanting creature that rouses imagination and other times seems like a destructive intervention of fate, plays the lead role in the work of the great folk composer.

Next to the theatrical part, the music of Tsitsanis is the protagonist of the play: an orchestra of virtuosos and a big cast that is comprised of thirty actors, musicians and dancers that intervene in the drama, performing the top songs of the composer that are dedicated to the woman. All artists contribute actively to the spectacle, playing music, singing and dancing. Renowned folk singers join forces with them on stage, along with the rich manpower of the actors of the NTNG, bringing to the fore new people that emerged through last year’s great success, With Musical Treats, With Voices. Thus the performance aspires to encapsulate the timeless mark of Tsitsanis’ music – not only the authentic folk sound and the overall zeitgeist, but also its impact on today’s youth.

Playwright: Stratis Paschalis
Director: Sofia Spyratou
Choreography: Sofia Spyratou
Orchestration: Kostas Vomvolos
Music supervision: Kostas Vomvolos
Music Instruction: Lia Vissi
Lighting: Giorgos Tellos
Assistant Director: Giorgos Vourdamis-Mavrogennis
Assistant Director: Stelios Hatziadamidis
88 performances - 32.379 spectators
Florina (30/08/2014)
Lazaristes Monastery - Sokratis Karantinos Stage (07/11/2014 - 29/03/2015)
Prespes Festival
"Cherchez La Femme" was written especially for the National Theatre of Northern Greece.

Premiere at Vassiliki, St. Achillius island, Prespa Lake
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