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Stavros Niarchos Hall

Dance with my own shadow

Manos Hadjidakis
  • 09, 10, 16, 17, 24 Nov 2019
  • 01 Dec 2019

Greek National Opera - Stavros Niarchos Hall
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Manos Hadjidakis Cycle

Starts at: 20.00 (Sundays: 18.30) | clock

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The first production of the Greek National Opera Ballet for 2019/20 signals one of the greatest challenges for Konstantinos Rigos. The GNO Ballet director realizes one of his greatest artistic dreams and choreographs four major works of Manos Hadjidakis -The C.N.S. cycle, Captain Michalis, The accursed serpent, Gioconda's smile- in one single performance, as part of the Manos Hadjidakis three-year cycle.

Few composers have defined the Greek musical landscape and modern Greek culture as much as Manos Hadjidakis. At the same time, his quests and influences have led him to many and diversified paths. It wouldn't be an overstatement to say that the fruits of his creative seed can be found in the four cardinal points of the horizon. This is the landscape that inspired Konstantinos Rigos' new choreography, through which he shall make a journey across the four cardinal points of Hadjidakis' work by incorporating an equal number of emblematic works into a single performance with interlocking parts. Four rooms, four directions. The C.N.S. cycle is the north, the abstract landscape of the «deserted beach», death's wasteland. Captain Michalis is the south, with the Mediterranean, dry landscape, the wind that romantically caresses people's bodies, and the unrealistically over-sized Kazantzakis-man figure. The accursed serpent is the east, a land of shadows and fairy tales, where the old and the new co-exist devouring one another. Gioconda's smile is the west, a study by the composer on the history of Western music, but also an exercise of personal compositional discipline. 

Each point of the horizon is also a room, each cardinal direction is contained within an interior space, where dancing becomes one with the music. 


*As part of the "One for One" programme: With the purchase of one ticket of 35,00€, 30,00€ & 20,00€ it will be possible to buy one more ticket at the price of 2€ for children and teenagers between the ages of 6 and 18. The programme is valid for all the dates of the performaces.
The "One for One" programme is supported by the organization "Friends & Patrons SNFCC" ( with the kind sponsorship of:

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Choreography, set
Konstantinos Rigos

Lukas Karytinos

Deux Hommes 

Christos Tziogkas

Associate architect
Mary Tsagari

Vasilis Kehagias

Manos Hadjidakis Cycle artistic curator
George Hadjidakis

Πρωταγωνιστές Παράστασης

Soloist: Dionysios Sourbis (baritone)
Piano: Thodoris Tzovanakis

With a music ensemble and the GNO Principal dancers, Soloists, Demi-Soloists and Corps de Ballet

Ticket prices: 15, 20, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 70 euros
Children, students: 12 euros
Limited visibility seats: 10 euros

*Limited number of tickets of 2 euros, as part of the "One for One" programme.

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