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Erotokritos

by Hainides music band (www.hainides.gr), 

ki omos kineitai dance circus collective (www.kiomoskineitai.gr), 

Psarandonis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psarantonis).  

A Greek festival production.Odeon of Herodes Atticus (http://www.greekfestival.gr/gr/event509-xa-nides---ki-omws-kineitai.htm)

Music- dance performance.

A seminal work in the history of Greek literature and of 17th-century Crete, Erotokritos by Vitsentzos Kornaros is possibly the last surviving work referencing the great folk tradition of Greek rhapsodists. Two gurus of Cretan music, the mystic lyre-player Psarantonis and Dimitris Apostolakis of the Hainides band, take on Erotokritos in a mixed-media performance that rallies the talents of acrobats, doffs its cap to medieval folk fetes and introduces the term “singing narration.” The Hainides band, in full growth, is joined by the “ki omos kineitai” group .

Erotokritos is undoubtedly the masterpiece of the Cretan Renaissance, and perhaps the supreme achievement of modern Greek literature. It is a verse romance written around 1600 by Vitsentzos Kornaros (1553-1613). In over 10,000 lines of rhyming fifteen-syllable couplets, the poet relates the trials and tribulations suffered by two young lovers, Erotokritos and Aretousa (daughter of Herakles, the king of Athens).

Caught in their love for one another, their faith and virtue are subjected to various ordeals until they are eventually united in wedlock.

Serenades, gallant deeds, secrets and revelations, jousting, tears, finger-rings, vows of unending love, fatal duels and tournaments all serve to compose the tale of the love-sick hero and his beloved.

It was a tale that enjoyed enormous popularity among its Greek readership and succeeded in making Erotokritos something of a folk hero.

The plot of the poem was hardly original: Kornaros borrowed it from an Italian prose translation of a standard medieval French romance, Paris et Vienne, by Pierre de la Cypède. However, the Cretan poet, in true Renaissance fashion, turned the themes of love and war in the prototype entirely to his own purposes, showing himself to be a skilled storyteller and a sensitive interpreter of the human heart. He arranged the plot into five parts, much like a work for the theatre, and subtly balanced his narrative with dialogues so as to create a rhythm that sustains brilliantly the interest of the reader.

With exemplary internal consistency and focus, he assembles the components of his imaginary world – located in the Greek East and centred on Athens, ‘the throne of virtue and the river of wisdom’ – in unique fashion, while his characters are alive with real feeling and a passionate thirst for life. His portrayals are remarkable for their rich and unaffected expressiveness, their visual power, the extended similes, and rich lyrical treatment of nature by which the subtlest facets of the human soul are explored.

Kornaros does not hesitate to draw on the Greek poetic tradition, particularly the vernacular romances, of which Erotokritos comprises not only the natural development but also the supreme example.  

Concept 

Dimitris Apostolakis (Hainides)

Sougioultzi Ghristina (kiomos kineitai)

Singing Narration 

Psarantonis

Dimitris Apostolakis (Hainides)

Music 

Hainides

Kleon Antoniou

Dimitris Apostolakis

Dimitris Zaharioudakis

Takis Kanellos

Maria Koti

Mihalis Nikopoulos

Thodoris Rellos

Siotas Fotis

Movement 

ki omos kineitai (Christina Sougioultzi, Camilo Bentancor, Ermis Malkotsis) 

Dance – Acrobatics 

Camilo Bentancor

Dimas Vasilis

Antigoni Linardou

Ermis Malkotsis

Christoforos Makatsoris

Ioanna Paraskevopoulou

Christina Sougioultzi

Lighting Design 

Sasa Fistric

Set Design 

Camilo Bentancor

Production

Artys

16 SEP 2019

Erotokritos
Hainides – ki Omos Kineitai
16 September 2019
Outdoor Municipal Amphitheater, Xanthi

15 SEP 2019

Erotokritos
Hainides – ki Omos Kineitai
15 September 2019
Thessaloniki, festival Dassous, National theater

11 SEP 2019

Erotokritos
Hainides – ki Omos Kineitai
11 September 2019
Athens, Asyrmatos, Agios Dimitrios