Performances, staged readings and audience-participation multi-media offerings of Classical and Contemporary Greek literary and dramatic texts promoting dialogue vs. confrontation among peoples: from Homer to Euripides and Aristophanes, to Makriyannis, Cavafy and Kazantzakis, to Penelope Delta, Ritsos, Dido Sotiriou, Loula Anagnostaki, Kiki Dimoula and others.
At its inception three decades ago, EllinikoTheatro
stated as its mission to be a bi-lingual performing arts company, presenting classical and modern Greek and Greek American plays to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Choosing to make its case by illustration, it mounted samples of its intended repertory in an inaugural two-week long festival of staged readings and workshop performances at LaMaMa ETC
in 1980. The sold-out run of THEATRICA
set EllinikoTheatro on a firm foundation and established its yet unbroken tradition of experimentation, frequency, range and economy, with sparse, mobile yet engaging productions.
In this context, dramatic readings of old and new theatre works, and of literary texts, have reigned supreme during our 36 year history, and are at the core of our current and future repertory, offering audiences worldwide the opportunity to experience a wide range of established works, while inviting them to participate in the development of new ones. ‘Theatre with the people rather than for the people’
may be our defining motto, along with our unswerving commitment to pro-active cultural diplomacy.
Current and in-development productions of Cavafy - Poet Of The City
, Birth Of A Nation, Smyrne
, Lyrodia, Praise Singer, Diogenes, Song Of The Revolution, Tale Without Title, Capodistria, and Song Of The Dead Brother
are examples of this kind of literary/theatrical exercise—enhanced as they are with live music, dance, text projection and digital effects, and often enriched with the active involvement of hundreds of participants of all ages and backgrounds.
In the foreseeable future we look forward to partnering with likely minded organizations worldwide and establishing laboratories where spirited artists and audiences can examine old and new Greek and Greek-inspired theatre works, with license to experiment and to fail, to investigate and develop, themselves and their craft. In addition, we anticipate the continued privilege of working with The Readers Of Homer,
exploring with them ever expanding frontiers in the deeply satisfying exercise of participatory public reading of the great works of poetry, prose and drama that constitute our shared world heritage.