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Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus

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Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus

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26–27 February 2021
5–7 March 2021

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2021

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Actors Amalia Moutoussi, Konstantinos Avarikiotis, mezzo-soprano Anna Pangalou and musicians Katerina Konstantourou and Christos Liatsos narrate the tale of Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound, by the composer and sound dramatist Dimitris Kamarotos.

“Dimitris Kamarotos’ latest work engages in dialogue with the present moment in time, and the peculiarities of our lives in the midst of a pandemic. It is a multidisciplinary feature, conceived to be filmed and broadcast live, and indeed over multiple performances. It is not a film, nor is it a show captured on film; it is a live event designed from its inception to reach its audience through a computer or television screen. In Prometheus Bound, the first of the mythical heroes advocates, through his example, for the imperative of insubordination and resistance against the autocracy of authority, when what’s at stake is survival itself. At the dawn of time, Prometheus stood up against the highest power, the will of Zeus, and paid a heavy price to give mankind the gift of fire. The two actors assume the roles of all of the drama’s characters, with Anna Pangalou as the Chorus. Finding themselves under confinement for an indeterminate length of time, they are compelled to narrate all the wonderful and terrible things they know. To indicate clearly which character they are playing at any given time, they use the technique of ‘audio masks’. The entire tragedy (in a new translation by Nikos A. Panagiotopoulos) functions as the musical score, the actors’ speech as music made of words, and their voices as musical instruments. Around them, the musicians supervise and support them. The space of the old reading room of the National Library imbues the performers’ experience with a special kind of gravity. They tell the story as a living testament: those who were there before them have left their mark. There are books, video projection equipment, objects, handwritten pages from the manuscript, notes they made themselves and notes left behind by those who passed through in the past.”

(Edited description from organiser’s website)

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