GREEK NATIONAL OPERA / ATHENS
Memories of a Little GirlThe ongoing three-year tribute to Mikis Theodorakis continues at the GNO Alternative Stage with a production based equally on music and the spoken word, which nostalgically palpates the border where personal memory touches collective history and life overlaps with art.
Based on the songs of Mikis Theodorakis and the autobiographical writings of his daughter, Margarita Theodorakis, Memories of a Little Girl juxtaposes the remembrances of a young woman growing up with her parents and grandparents from Asia Minor in the refugee neighbourhood of Nea Smyrni, Athens -punctuated by narrations about the “lost fatherland” as well as the horrible torture of the political prison of Makronisos, the nightly raids of their home by the Army during the military dictatorship, imprisonment and exile- to the momentous music of her legendary father.
Established soloist Panayotis Petrakis performs songs from the whole expressive gamut of Mikis Theodorakis’ production, bridging the popular and the lyrical modes; he is accompanied idiomatically by The Deserters, a small breakaway ensemble from the famous Mikis Theodorakis Orchestra. Concurrently, Margarita Theodorakis reads her own texts describing her exciting childhood, accompanied by rare projected photos from the family archive of an inexhaustible composer.