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.

Birth Of A Nation: The Makriyannis Memoirs

Yannis Simonides presents excerpts from the memoirs of General Makriyannis, the legendary military leader who at a young age emerged as a key general of the Greek Revolutionary army, and later as one of the founders of the Modern Greek State and a formidable politician. Makriyannis learned to read and write expressly in order to produce this extraordinary document of the period during and after the Greek War of Independence. On the basis of his Memoirs, his only opus, he has come to be regarded as one of the most important Greek literary figures of the last three centuries.

The performance is accompanied by recorded ‘kleftika tragoudia’   and a power-point presentation of images of the Revolution.

“Simonides’ dramatization is hair-raising because he seems to channel the authentic Roumeliot dialect of Makriyannis but also that of many characters he brings to life, such as Gouras, Karaiskakis, Kolokotronis, the Bavarian courtier Heindeck and the French admiral Derigny.”

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