Cacti Greek National Opera
CACTI by the Greek National Opera. Photo: A Simopoulos

CACTI by the Greek National Opera

Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
When: 3 - 6 May 2018
Why Go: Contemporary dance accompanied by string quartet

A choreography piece exploring the resolute discipline and steely will of contemporary dancers, as they embark on a journey into the unexplored heart of dance. Presented as a parody, Cacti is an affectionate, pointed and often hilarious deconstruction of the affectations of dance by the outstanding Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman, known for his rapid pace, witty humour and clever transformations. He collaborates with the Greek National Opera’s Corps De Ballet for the first time.

Cacti Greek National Opera Athens

CACTI by the Greek National Opera. Photo: A Simopoulos

Sixteen dancers stand trapped in oversized Scrabble tiles. As the string quartet plays and texts are read out, the dancers run, fall, writhe and try to escape their invisible prisons. This popular production has been staged around the world with great success in Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, the USA, to name a few.

To be performed with the Greek National Opera’s principal dancers, soloists, demi-soloists and Corps de Ballet.

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Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartet no. 9, in C major, op. 59, no. 3. Collectively put together, improvised and composed by Tonta Schmidt von Altenstadt, David Marks, Saskia Viersen, Artur Trajko and Jan Koch / musical coordinator.

Symphony in D Minor, “Death and the Maiden” IV Presto, arranged and orchestrated by Andy Stein from Franz Schubert’s String Quartet D. 810.


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