Cyprus’ Rhymes of Love

Time
20:00
Pafos Cyprus
Μοναστήρι της Παναγίας του Σίντη, Κελοκέδαρα/Πενταλιά

About

Theatrical Adaptation of epic narrative poems from Cypriot folk poets that sing the joys and pains of love.

The performance was developed through the need to study deeply, understand and promote in a theatrical way Cyprus’ folk poetry and traditional music and the ways that these can be connected. A series of narrative love poems are re-approached both theatrically and musically and presented for the first time on stage bringing forward to the public the actual existence of these texts and the beauty of Cyprus’ folk poetry. The performance develops further the actual way these narrative poems reached the public as the folk poet used to travel to places where people would gather like festivals or other religious gatherings and he would sing his poem. Presenting these poems on stage is very important due to the oral form of the cypriot dialect. Through this performance we inivite you to join us for a unique theatrical experience to find out about the stories of Erotonikis and Kontoulla, Christofis and Eftyhia, Androniki, Aishie and Giorkos.

What are Cypriot Epic Narrative Poems ?
Cypriot Epic Poems are long, narrative poems that are written in political verse. Political verses are verses of fifteen syllables. The verses rhyme and are written in the cypriot dialect. There is a great amount of these narrative poems in Cyprus and they are considered to be the most important written recourses we have for the cypriot dialect reflecting information about the language, the history of Cyprus and other sociological and political information.
The current project ‘Cyprus’ Rhymes of Love’ will be also presented in Cyprus on the 30th of July as part of the artistic events of the European Cultural Capital Paphos 2017.

Director:
Chryso Charalambous

Featuring:

Elena Hadjiafxendi (narration, vocals)
Michalis Kouloumis (violin),
Thodoris Ziarkas (double bass)
Giannis Koutis (oud)

Time
20:00
St Ethelburga's Centre
78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG

About

A series of narrative love poems are re-approached both theatrically and musically and presented for the first time on stage bringing forward to the public the actual existence of these texts and the beauty of Cyprus’ folk poetry. The performance was developed through the need to study deeply, understand and promote in a theatrical way Cyprus’ folk poetry and traditional music and the ways that these can be connected. It develops further the actual way these narrative poems reached the public as the folk poet used to travel to places where people would gather like festivals or other religious gatherings and he would sing his poem. Presenting these poems on stage is very important due to the oral form of the Cypriot dialect. Through this performance we invite you to join us for a theatrical experience where the vernacular takes centre stage and find out about the stories of Erotonikis and Kontoulla, Christofis and Eftyhia, Androniki, Aishie and Giorkos.

Featuring:
Elena Hadjiafxendi (narration, vocals)
Michalis Kouloumis (violin),
Thodoris Ziarkas (double bass)
Nikos Ziarkas (lute)

Direction:

Chryso Charalambous