Andrei: Requiem in eight scenes
Available for on-demand streaming until 30 April 2024
The new work by Dimitra Trypani on GNO TV
Andrei: Requiem in eight scenes, a new work by Dimitra Trypani comes on GNO TV. It is a singular, contemporary funeral liturgy for the great filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, an artist who rendered thoughts and feelings with images of unparalleled beauty and intellectual vigour. The libretto, written by Pantelis Boukalas, enters into discourse with the German text of the Lutheran Requiem Mass, and with fragments of dialogue drawn from the seven feature films made by the Russian artist.
Andrei is classified as a "sound performance" as, according to the composer Dimitra Trypani, it is sound -namely, text and music strictly interconnected through the score- that serves as the overarching narrative mode. Within Trypani's composition, major roles are played by chromatic heterophonic and polyphonic structures, polystylistic approaches, and body percussion. Additionally, the incorporated polyglottal elements and dialogue snippets drawn from Tarkovsky's films are inserted into the overall liturgical text by means of collage techniques.
Commissioned by the Greek National Opera, the work is articulated in eight parts: an introductory scene followed by another seven that correspond to the seven sections of the German Requiem Mass text and, moreover, to the seven feature films Tarkovsky made during the course of his short life.
Eighteen acclaimed actors, dancers, and musicians will perform an equal number of on-stage Andrei variants, real-life persons, or key imaginary characters drawn from his seven films. Iro Bezou, Irini Bilini-Moraiti, Valia Karagiorga, Giorgos Kasavetis, Marianna Kavallieratos, Dimitra Kokkinopoulou, Nandia Kontogeorgi, Hara Kotsali, Christina Maxouri, Giorgos Nikopoulos, Alexandros Psihramis, Kalliopi Simou, Fotis Siotas, Aliki Siousti, Christos Thanos, Savina Yannatou, Fanis Zachopoulos, and Nikos Ziaziaris all articulate the work's poetic, cinematic, and musical utterances, either as lone individuals or as a unified "choral" ensemble.
Recorded in the GNO Stavros Niarchos Hall at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on 28 September 2022. Subtitles are available in Greek and English.
Concept, composition, music instruction, director, conductor Dimitra Trypani
Original libretto Pantelis Boukalas
Sets Elena Stavropoulou
Costumes Nikos Kokkalis
Lighting Valentina Tamiolaki
Choreography, movement Ermira Goro
Sound designer Kostas Bokos
With (in alphabetical order): Iro Bezou, Irini Bilini-Moraiti, Valia Karagiorga, Giorgos Kasavetis, Marianna Kavallieratos, Dimitra Kokkinopoulou, Nandia Kontogeorgi, Hara Kotsali, Christina Maxouri, Giorgos Nikopoulos, Alexandros Psihramis, Kalliopi Simou, Fotis Siotas, Aliki Siousti, Christos Thanos, Savina Yannatou, Fanis Zachopoulos, Nikos Ziaziaris
Ilya Algaer (double bass)
Antonis Vassiliadis (percussion)
Athina Giatra (viola)
Dimitris Kountouras (recorders)
Alexis Mastichiadis (continuo organ)
Phaedon Miliadis (violin)
Gogo Xagara (harp)
Panagiotis Tziotis (violin)
Dimitris Travlos (cello)
With a 5-euro ticket, viewers can enjoy this production from the comfort of their homes at tv.nationalopera.gr/en, at any time they choose, on their computer, ipad, TV or mobile phones. The ticket offers the possibility to access the performance for an unlimited number of times over the course of a 30-day period starting from the first streaming.
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