“The Court of Miracles”
On the occasion of 100 years
of the birth of Iakovos Campanellis
11-25 February 2021
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Iakovos Campanellis (1921-2011), the Megaron, in co-production with the cultural organization Lykofos, presents an important musical-theatrical project on the stage of Alexandra Trianti Hall, as part of the cycle Theatre at the Megaron. The “Karolos Koun” award-winning director Christos Sugaris and the internationally acclaimed piano soloist and composer Stefanos Korkolis sign a special version of the most emblematic work of modern Greek theatre, the “Court of Miracles”, in the form of a musical. With them, a cast of outstanding performers.
Gerasimos Evaggelatos writes the lyrics, Marissa Triantafyllidou the dramatic writing, and Fokas Evagelinos the choreography. The sets and costumes are by Eleni Manolopoulou and the lighting is by Alekos Anastasiou.
The exceptional 17-member cast of the performance includes Giorgos Gallos, Alexandros Bourdoumis, Katerina Papoutsaki, Roula Pateraki, Manos Vakousis, Kora Karvouni, Maria Diakopanayiotou and the international mezzo-soprano Irini Karagianni. Together with them, Filareti Komninou and Dimitris Piatas. On the piano and conducting a ten-piece orchestra on stage, Stefanos Korkolis.
Iakovos Campanelli’s “The Court of Miracles” (1957) is a hymn to the perpetual effort of the Greeks to overcome narrow geographical boundaries, to shake off poverty, to face the lack of stability and to take root in a place where they can prosper. In Campanelli’s great ethnography, the characters are swayed by the daily uncertainty of life, which is affected by the unstable climate, the country’s strategic position, its poverty, its unstable private economy. Everything in Greece goes up and down too easily, rolls over, goes away – and, all too often, our only longing is to settle down somewhere, to make sure that “everything will be all right” from now on.
Lykofos – Athens Concert Hall