“Zorba” Ballet National Opera – Panathenaic Stadium 29/6/2014
The Greek National Opera Ballet makes its first appearance at the Kallimarmaro Stadium, with Zorba by Mikis Theodorakis, a classical work – milestone of modern Greek culture that is renowned throughout the world.
The literary hero in Nikos Kazantzakis’ novel Life and Times of Alexis Zorbas is brought to life by the dancers of the GNO Ballet troupe at the unique Kallimarmaro Stadium through Lorca Massine’s grandiose classical choreography.
This impressive spectacle is about the imperishable strength of the Greek soul, about the hero-symbol of a distinctive Greece, where the unrestrained momentum of his temperament is transformed through Mikis Theodorakis’ Dionysian music that has journeyed as a synonym of Greece to every corner of the globe.
The hero that was spawned by Kazantzakis’ pen is amongst us, to once again speak to us about the power of life and to extinguish his joy and pain in dance.
Starts at 21.00
Conductor: Elias Voudouris
Choreography – Libretto: Lorca Massine
Αrtistic supervision: Renato Zanella
Sets: Sophia Pantouvaki
Costume diligence: Chryssanthi Psaropoulou
Lighting: Yannis Theodoridis
Chorus master: Agathangelos Georgakatos
Special appearance: Maria Farantouri
Zorbas: Stratos Papanoussis
John: Danilo Zeka
Marina: Maria Kousouni
Manolios: Aleksandar Neskov
Ortance: Stavroula Kaburakis
With the participation of the Orchestra, the Chorus, Principal Dancers, Soloists, Coryphées and Corps de ballet of the GNO