International Festival Kypria 2015 opens September 2

International Festival Kypria 2015 opens September 2

The International Festival Kypria 2015 opens on September 2 and will run until October 9, with a thrilling spectacle that combines Opera, Acrobatics and Mime Theater.

The festival will be launched by Valentina Shuklina`s STABAT MATER. The music is original and the lyrics are the exact text of “Stabat Mater Dolorosa”, a hymn that meditates on the suffering of Virgin Mary during Christ’s crucifixion. Performances will take place in Nicosia and Limassol.

The second event is entitled “The violin music of Cyprus meets the West” by Philokallia Ensemble, a Czech Republic – Cyprus production. Performances will be held in Nicosia, Paphos and Larnaca.

DECADANCE 2015 New Edition will be performed by Batsheva Dance Ensemble of Israel and Choreography by Ohad Naharin. Deca Dance is a celebration of the 10 years of Naharin’s work with Batsheva Dance Company. Highlighting many facets of his repertoire, Naharin reconstructs his oeuvre by taking sections of existing works and reorganizing them into a new fresh experience. Deca Dance offers the possibility to look at Naharin’s repertoire, from its most extravagant to its most intimate and heartrending. Deca Dance is still evolving to this day. Performances will be held in Nicosia and Limassol.

Limassol and Larnaca will be able to enjoy The “Ermis Michail Quintet”, a multi-national group comprising some of the brightest, emerging jazz artists, performing original compositions by Cypriot guitarist Ermis Michail.

Having as their basis traditional jazz ideology, the quintet is true to exploring new artistic ways of expression and the boundaries of live jazz experience, while maintaining their commitment to serving audiences and musicians.

Next is the visually thrilling and full of trickery production “Broken” by Artistic Director Kevin Finnan.

“Broken” probes our precarious relationship with the earth, luring the audience into a world of shifting perspectives.

Greek actors will also stage Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov under the direction of Lilly Meleme.

Stavros Xarchakos, one of the greatest Greek composers of the golden era of Greek music, has chosen to present this summer a series of his best known songs. Entitled “Mana mou Ellas”, the lyrics of songs that will be performed, were written by renowned song writers and have so much to say about the difficult times we are going through today.

Kypria 2015 continues with Felix Mendelssohn`s MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by the Cyprus Theatre Organisation/Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, direction by Athena Kasiou and Musical Direction by Alkis Baltas.

In this performance, the Arts of Theatre and Music meet. Mendelssohn’s melodically exciting and rhythmically taut music blends with the theatrical text. Through revolutions of love, relationships come to conflict with the games of a spiritual world.

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields from the UK, will also participate in the Kypria with two performances. The renowned Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, one of the world’s premier orchestras, was founded by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 and is famous for its distinctive sound, virtuosity and brilliant interpretations, from the most-beloved classical music up to contemporary repertoire.
The tragedy Erofili Repeat by Georgios Chortatsis will be performed by Omada One/Off from Cyprus, under the direction of Maria Kyriakou wraps up International Kypria Festival.

It is a contemporary adaptation of the classic Cretan renaissance tragedy Erofili by Georgios Chortatsis, an emblematic play in the history of Greek literature.A love story written in verse, which carries a strong social mark.

The performance «Erofili Repeat» aims to re-tell the story through new narratives, directed at a contemporary audience.

“KYPRIA” International Festival, right from its inception in 1993, aimed at presenting Cypriots and visitors alike with a variety of cultural events of the highest possible standard. Having been launched in a period characterised by an almost complete lack of important cultural events, it became the catalyst for the creation of an unprecedented cultural movement which gives audiences a plethora of choices.

The Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture have always been searching for new approaches aiming at the further improvement and upgrade of the Festival with regards to both its conception and further course and also the character of the events hosted in the Festival´s programme, according to the Kypria website.