UPDATE: HFC-Odessa had a wonderful turnout both days, for the opening and for the lecture by Valentina Silantieva the next day.
May 21 and 22, 16:00 both days.
Hellenic Foundation for Culture – Odessa
May 21: The exhibition about Kostis Palamas opens with a program of poetry and music. Students from Odessa University, who are studying Greek, will read selected poems by Palamas in Greek and in Russian. Students from the Odessa Music School N3 will perform the Olympic Hymn, and soprano Aglaïa Polychronidou will sing Palamas poems that have been set to music, accompanied by piano.
May 22: Valentina Silantieva, professor of literature and director of the foreign literature department at the University of Odessa, will give a lecture entitled “The work of Kostis Palamas in the European Tradition.”
Modern Greek dramaturgy was shaped by various factors. The struggle to establish the popular language (the demotic) in literature, translations of foreign classic and modern authors in a vivid, working language and the attempts of Greek playwrights to face and expose contemporary reality, either under the guise of comedy and satire, or under the new conditions of social drama, are the elements from which contemporary Greek drama has emerged. Comedy of manners, satirical revue and realistically expressed social drama have been the forms favoured by contemporary authors. Greek Comedy in its various forms as well as works aiming at social realism and pshychological drama succeeded in presenting a wealth of popular characters, a critique of situations and behaviour typical of the Greek bourgeoisie and a satire of political actuality.
Works originating from the 19th century were impressively staged anew during the 20th century, such as Vyzantios’ Babylonia, Chourmouzis’ comedies and Dimitrios Koromilas’ comic idylls. The scene of bourgeois drama was further enhanced with works by Grigorios Xenopoulos, Pantelis Horn and Spyros Melas. The 19th century Vasilikos by Antonios Matesis continues to be performed today in contrast to the works of Yiannis Kambysis. Continue reading Aspects of Modern Greek Drama→