«THREE SONGS FOR OPHELIA»
IN ATTIS THEATRE
ON APRIL 5, 6
"Three songs for Ophelia" is a music performance composed by Panagiotis Velianitis. Panagiotis Velianitis is renowned at the field of contemporary avant- garde music and close collaborator of the director Theodoros Terzopoulos since 1991. He has composed the music for many performances of Attis Theatre («Bacchae», «Perses», «Oedipus Rex», «Heracles enraged», «Mauser», «Alarme» etc).
In «Three songs for Ophelia» the poetry of three upmost poets of 20th century, K.P. Kavafis, Arseni Tarkofski and Heiner Muller, is transformed into a music performance and is interpeted by the internationally leading russian singer Natalia Pschenitschnikova. Natalia Pschenitschnikova is highly acclaimed for her interpretations in works of contemporary music avant-garde composers, like Giacinto Scelsi and John Cage.
The confinement and the suicidal obsessions emerge in the poem "Walls" by Konstantinos Kavafis.
The conflict of eroticism and creativity with the fatalistic acceptance of the destiny emerge in the poem «The first dates" by Arseni Tarkofski.
Finally, the ultimate liberation through death is the subject of «Ophelia» at the 2nd and 5th part of «Hamletmachine» by Heiner Muller.
Those three ontological themes inspired the composer to create three songs for the soprano Natalia Pschenitschnikova. Each poem is interpreted in its original language (greek, russian and german), in order to maintain the style, the ethics and the prosody.
Particular (recorded) sounds- animal roars, war sirens and sounds of machines - are combind with purely electronical sounds, creating a sonic environment in constant interaction with the human voice. The sound elaboration is live through the interactive application Opticoacoustic Reactor, wich was created by the composer in MAX/MSP & Jitter environment. Moreover, Panagiotis Velianitis is one of the first greek composers working with digital music technology, like the UPIC system by Iannis Xenakis.
Theodoros Terzopoulos supervises the performance, while the costume of Natalia Pschenitschnikova is designed by LOUKIA.
Idea - Music: Panagiotis Velianitis
Interpretation: Natalia Pschenitschnikova
Directing supervision: Theodoros Terzopoulos
Dates and times of performances:
Friday April 5th, at 21.00
Saturday April 6th, at 21.00.
Duration: 50 λεπτά
"THREE SONGS FOR OPHELIA"