Greek National Opera presented La Traviata at Koropi
La traviata is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It is based on La dame aux Camélias (1852), a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils. The title La traviata means literally The Fallen Woman, or perhaps more figuratively, The Woman Who Goes Astray. It was originally entitled Violetta, after the main character.
Piave and Verdi wanted to follow Dumas in giving the opera a contemporary setting, but the authorities at La Fenice insisted that it be set in the past, "c. 1700". It was not until the 1880s that the composer and librettist's original wishes were carried out and "realistic" productions were staged.
Photos are from the Greek's National Opera performance at an open theater in a village outside Athens. (04.07.2012)
These photos are from two summer photo exhibitions:
Totem Legs and Utopia
METApolis photo group presented a photo exhibition with the title "Ουτοπία - Utopia". Duration: 22/06/2012 – 1/07/2012
A few word in Greek about the concept: "Μία «Ουτοπία» πάντα συνδέεται έντονα με μια αισιόδοξη, ιδεαλιστική, σχεδόν αδύνατη και ανέφικτη τελειότητα που όμως οδηγεί ιστορικά στο δυνατό και στο εφικτό. Θα μπορούσε να είναι ευτοπία ή δυστοπία, αλλά η δική μας είναι «Ουτοπία» (ου+τόπος) γιατί φεύγοντας από τη γεωγραφική και χρονική πραγματικότητα που δεν μας καλύπτει, δημιουργούμε τη δική μας, την «Ουτοπία» της Τέχνης με μόνες σταθερές το Φως και τη Φωτογραφική μας Μηχανή. Εκεί όπου ο καλλιτέχνης εξαφανίζεται μέσα από το δημιούργημά του, αφομοιώνεται σε μια εμμονή, σε μια μικρογραφία του σύγχρονου αστικού τοπίου, σε μια φθαρμένη υλικότητα που μεταβάλλεται κάθε στιγμή σε κάτι νέο."
by Vangelis Rassias
The photographer Vangelis Rassias presents the photography exhibition “Totem legs” with 23 black white selected artworks at the MCF Bar | Resto as well as at its open air space on the 3rd floor.
Totem for the primeval animistic societies used to be the symbol of a sacred cult. Female legs have been characterized as cults in every culture. This devotion has been expressed to the outmost in the cultures of the West, where legs – Totem have marked the Western Civilization for centuries.
The exhibition will be open until October 31st 2012
Tutti Frutti was an exhibition which had been developed whilst on residency with Snehta in Kypseli.
Experiencing Athens as a massive bowl of fruit, Mann attempted to focus on the satsuma seeds as opposed to the entirety of the display, exploring the details of direct encounters and local happenings.
Viewing conversations, situations and objects with the same regards to physical materials, Mann was interested in the inherent qualities within such things and aimed to recontextualise and rearranged their properties with a light-hearted and playful aesthetic.
Slipping between video, sculpture and performance, and often involving Mann herself, the works yield a diaristic enthusiasm for the ever prevailing quirks of daily life, present despite economic difficulties.
Featuring the slippy floors of The Byzantine Museum, instigating happenings amongst Kipseli's community and involving intriguing neighbourhood aesthetics, the works in 'Tutti Frutti' aimed to provide a celebratory broth of both historical and current local ingredients.
Snehta Residency is based in an urban apartment in Kypseli where the selected artists live, create and exhibit their work. The residency in collaboration with the artists, deduces and cultivates experimental and daring practices through specific artistic proposals.
At the same time the artists are asked to sharpen their sense of Athens’s current situation in order to create works that actively incorporate an internal reading of the city, a tool they use throughout their creative Athenian practice.
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He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the band The Smiths. The band was highly successful in the United Kingdom but broke up in 1987, and Morrissey began a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart on ten occasions.
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Morrissey is currently undertaking a 2012 tour, which started in South America and continued through Asia and North America. Over summer, Morrissey will play concerts in Belgium, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Portugal, England, and Scotland. In Fall, Morrissey will be playing 35 concerts in United States.