On Saturday, October 30, the Nicosia International Festival raises the curtain with 21 productions, 26 performances and dozens of artists.
An announcement states that the Nicosia International Festival sets the stage for a new journey full of music, theater, modern dance, tastes and a rich parallel program with interesting activities for young and old and seeks to become for everyone "an ascension of the soul, an antidote to almost two years of inactivity for the people of civilization ".
The 30-day celebration of the Nicosia International Festival includes productions by young and old Cypriots, Greeks and promising artists, premieres of new theatrical and musical performances
According to the announcement, the city center will come to life again and the lights will be on again at the Municipal Theater of Nicosia with productions from Greece and Cyprus with the axis of diversity, acceptance, coexistence, union, equality.
"Our emblem this year is the Venetian medieval walls of Nicosia, this cohesive element of our city that underlines our need to coexist and co-create. "A 'together' so difficult a few months ago, so desirable and achievable now, here at our Festival", the announcement states.
The cycle of this year's event opens and closes with the two most important composers of Greece, the international and world-renowned Manos Hadjidakis and Mikis Theodorakis. The beginning is with the presence of the Ballet of the National Opera in Cyprus and the important production of "Dance with my shadow", with music by Manos Hadjidakis and choreography by Konstantinos Rigos, at 30 (20:30) and 31 (17:00) October 2021 at the Municipal Theater of Nicosia. The tour of the Ballet of the National Opera in Cyprus is realized with the support of the donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (ISN) [www.SNF.org] to strengthen the artistic extroversion of the National Opera.
In "Dance with my shadow" the Director of the Ballet of ELS Konstantinos Rigos choreographs four unique works of the great Manos Hadjidakis for the Ballet of the National Opera.
In the "Circle of the CNS" the raging sea is the scene for loss and pain, in "Captain Michael" the night wet wind of the south "falls on women like a man and on men like a woman", on the Cursed serpent the figure of Karagiozis stands as a symbol of timeless folk art, while in Gioconda's Smile New York becomes the luxurious and noisy background that surrounds the loneliness and despair of modern life.
Manos Hadjidakis has defined the landscape of Greek music and modern Greek culture as few. His quests and influences led him on many different paths. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the fruits of his creative sowing can be found in the four corners of the horizon. Konstantinos Rigos was inspired by this landscape for the choreography, in which he travels to the four points of the horizon of the Hadjidakian work, including an equal number of emblematic works in a modular representation.
Following on November 4, 5, 6 and 7, the presence in Cyprus of the new work of the internationally renowned Greek choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou "Transverse Orientation" which is coming to the Nicosia International Festival for its pan-Hellenic premiere, after its successful performance in , Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris and London.
The 30-day celebration of the Nicosia International Festival includes productions by young and old Cypriots, Greeks and promising artists, premieres of new theatrical and musical performances, a three-day celebration, a party with "Tastes of music" where you will host shops of the city while inside there will be concerts.
The end of the Festival is marked this year by the Mikis Theodorakis Orchestra, wanting the Nicosia International Festival and the Municipality of Nicosia to honor the eternal Greek Mikis. As part of the concert and after a decision of the Municipal Council, Museum Street (street in front of the Municipal Theater of Nicosia) will be renamed Miki Theodoraki Street.