Dramatized 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 live and recorded ‘kleftika tragoudia’ (folk songs of the era) and by images of the Revolutionary War.

 

A daylong audience-participation rendering of the entire Memoirs is in development.

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Actor /director: Yannis Simonides

Composers /musicians: Kyriakos Kalaitzidis & Kostas Papagiannidis

Set /costume /images: Anna Vichos

Projections /stage management: Elena P. Ntosa

English translation: Vassilis P. Koukis & Yannis Simonides