Compositor Phillip Tsalachouris' opus “Unseated
Requiem for the poetess Anna Akhmatova” revives the story of an iconic
and ever so relevant today woman of world history, the Russian poetess
of the same name.
In the “Standing Requiem”, artists and spectators stand for the duration of the happening in honor of the poetess who stood in line for 17 months in front of Leningrad's prison, where the Stalin regime held her son, in order to punish her for her beliefs.
Akhmatova’s life began in pre-revolution Russia, and her work was
made around 1910, and stroke to demonstrate that women were equal to
men. Her work is permeated by the unharnessed sensuality of a liberated
woman. The General secretary of the Comm-intern characterized her as
“half nun and half whore.” As a matter of fact it is rumored that
Stalin's daughter adored her, hence his relentless blackmail and
ruthless hunt of her.
The image of the poetess standing in line was to become the symbol of an era. This tragic element is what Philippos Tsalachouris' oevre attempts to bring into evidence by highlighting the word “Standing”. A requiem which is based less on her poetry than on Akhmatova's stance towards the difficulties and obstacles that shaped her life.
Phillippos Tsalachouris, one of the most prolific compositors of his generation, whose works have been presented in many European countries, Asia and the United States, transfigures the intensely personal narrative of Akhmatova's poetry into an experience common to all of us.
- After the beginning of the performance, the entrance is allowed only in case of pause or break
- The entrance is allowed to children 12 years old and over
Pre-registration is required. Electronic pre-registration for the event will start on 11/6 at 11.00