EllinikoTheatro is an international performing arts organization based in New York and Athens. Since its inception in 1979, it has sought to serve as an innovative carrier of cultural diplomacy, expanding the temporal, spatial and social boundaries of Hellenic Theatre.

Cavafy: Poet of the City

A Theatrical Reading / Performance by Yannis Simonides

In the tradition of Julie Harris’s THE BELLE OF AMHERST (Emily Dickinson) and Pat Carroll’s GERTRUDE STEIN, CAVAFY is a solo piece based on the life and work of Alexandrine poet Constantine P. Cavafy (1863-1933).

The work intends to bring to life a man who is considered to be one of the most important poets of the 20th century. By paying homage to the theatricality of Cavafy’s voice and gesture, his private universe and public persona, Simonides attempts to arrive at the moments of the poet’s inspiration, to peer at the workings of his lifelong struggle with adversity and of his ultimate liberation, and to sculpt these findings on stage in a manner that may shock the audience into a recognition of humanity’s possible redemption through the power of love, art, irony and the pleasures of learning.

The performance is accompanied by music of the time and by images of Alexandria and Cavafy’s life.