From the 'Bacchae'

2006-2007 National Theatre of Northern Greece
From the 'Bacchae' - Euripides
Repeat: Thessaloniki, Municipal Garden Theatre (Theatro Kipou), 02/07/2008
Opening: Vouthrotos, Albania, 19/07/2007

'Every three years, the residents of a village in Thrace gather in a particular place to enact the myth of the Bacchae. They put together a performance with the simple means that they have at their disposal and with everything that time has transferred regarding the worship of Dionysus. Each one of them plays a part in the ritual, in the play, and all of them together constitute a company of active participants in this story of conflict between Dionysus and the young disclaimer of this celebration, Pentheus. Accompanied by wine and live music, through popular and traditional customs, the unity of circular dances, symposiums and, naturally, the interpretation of a role, the village company meets, celebrates and communes Dionysus, participating in a collective experience of initiation, ecstasy and passage. The countering forces of life that keep them bound to a restricted daily routine, settle in the joy of the celebration, the blissfulness of the spree, the catharsis of the theatrical act. The agony, the moral perspective, the earthly feelings cease to exist and the 'I'm alive' obtains its true dimension. And then, even fleetingly, the mystery of life is revealed. The initiates unite with the godly and experience fullness. The minute sample that we, the unversed, take from the wine, the love and the art of theatre, gifts of the god Dionysus, lights in the darkness of our soles.' Tassos Ratzos (Director)

Playwright: Euripides
Director: Tassos Ratzos
Stage instructor: Nikitas Tsakiroglou
Translation: Giorgos Heimonas
Choreography: Konstantinos Gerardos
Lighting: Yannis Toumbas
Assistant Director: Korina Haritou
Assistant Director: Savvas Katirtzidis
Assistant Choreographer: Eleni Gkioura
Dramaturgy Consultant: Dimitra Mitta
Traditional dances instruction: Giorgos Lykessas
35 performances - 20.308 spectators
Vouthrotos, Albania (19/07/2007)
Quarry Theatre of Chelidonopetra, Maroneia, Thrace (11/08/2007)
Bitola, F.Y.R.O.M. (24/08/2007)
Vassiliko Theatre (18/10/2007 - 28/10/2007)
Vassiliko Theatre (11/04/2008)
Thessaloniki, Municipal Garden Theatre (Theatro Kipou) (02/07/2008 - 04/07/2008)
Rakovo Theatre, Sohos (12/07/2008)
Grevena, Kastraki Municipal Theatre (16/07/2008)
Ancient Theatre of Dion (19/07/2008)
“Melina Merkouri” Vrahon Theatre, Vyronas, Athens (23/07/2008)
Athens, Attiko Alsos (24/07/2008)
Garden Theatre, Papagou, Athens (25/07/2008)
Technological Park of Lavrio (27/07/2008)
Roman Oden, Patra (29/07/2008)
Ancient Theatre of Argos (30/07/2008)
Tripoli, St George Theatre (01/08/2008)
Summer Municipal Theatre of Volos (03/08/2008)
Fthiotida, Ipati baths, Hora-Orfeas Cinema (05/08/2008)
Archaeological Park, Amfipoli (07/08/2008)
Open Theatre, Giannitsa (20/08/2008)
Museum of Natural History, Axioupoli, Kilkis (22/08/2008)
Sykies, 'Manos Katrakis' Open Theatre (29/08/2008)
Village of Eirini, Mikra, Thessaloniki (31/08/2008)
Makarios III Amphitheatre (School of Blind), Nicosia, Cyprus (19/09/2008 - 20/09/2008)
International Festival of Theatre Butrinti 2000
Merkouria- Municipality of Sykies
Open Theatre Festival
Olympus Festival
Festival of the Municipality of Vyronas “In the Shadows of the Rocks”
Athens Festival
Patras Festival
Oiti Festival
Amphipoli Festival
12th Europe Theatre Prize
The Word of Dionysus, 1st Festival in Maronia
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