Premiere in July 2021 at Athens & Epidaurus Festival
«Now each one boldly marches on, into the meadow’s flowery lap,
and each one stamps the ground – we joke, make fun, we mock»
When they immerse into a comical underworld, where everything seems unpredictable and feels lighthearted, people in Frogs dance and sing, as acrobats along a thin rope. Poetry becomes the purpose and the means to please mind and soul, while Aristophane’s lyricism eliminates the fear in a city in crisis. In his play he revisits the notion of game, denounces the political irresponsibility, and restores the love for discourse and freedom of thought in the Athenian citizens.
Following the rules of a scenic game, composing the music of an endless festive litany and diving into the sweetness of a simple life, the stage becomes an ethereal dreamscape. People there challenge gravity, rise into the air, play with the boundaries of music and imagination, and walk gracefully at dusk singing about the grace of life.
Translated by: Nikos A. Panagiotopoulos | Stage direction: Argyro Chioti | Set design: Eva Manidaki | Music: Jan Van de Engel | Costume design: Angelos Mentis | Lighting design: Tasos Palaioroutas | Physical coaching – Acrobatics: Manοuk Karyotakis | Assistant to the director: Katerina Kotsou | Assistant to the set designer: Anna Zoulia | Assistant to the costume designer: Aella Tsilikopoulou |
On stage (in order of appearance): Evi Saoulidou (Xanthias), Maria Kechagioglou (Dionysus), Michalis Valasoglou (Heracles), Manοuk Κaryotakis (Corpse), Efthimis Theou (Charon, Aeacus, Pluto), Georgina Chryskioti (Maid, First Hostess), Chara Kotsali (Second Hostess), Dimitra Vlagopoulou (Servant), Akyllas Karazisis (Euripides), Νikos Chatzopoulos (Aeschylus), Antonis Miriagos (Coryphaeus) | Chorus of Frogs and Initiates: Georgina Chryskioti, Manuk Karyotakis, Chara Kotsali, Spyros Mastoras, Antonis Miriagos, Efthimis Theou, Michalis Valasoglou, Dimitra Vlagopoulou
Photos: Geli Kalampaka
Executive producer: Maria Dourou / VASISTAS