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"Alexander the Great".

PRESS RELEASE 13/11/2014

"Alexander the Great": After Thessaloniki's triumph,

setting a new appointment at the Athens Concert Hall!

The schedule for the tour in Australia, USA, Canada, Great Britain

and Germany has been underway

alexanderrockopera.gr

Unprecedented moments have been experienced at the National Theatre of Northern Greece during the performances of "Alexander the Great. Rock Opera" written and directed by Kostas Athirides along with the collaboration of the artistic director of NTNG Mr. Giannis Vouros in stage direction. Having pioneering as a linchpin, this certain attempt -which brought a brand new artistic genre on the stage of the Royal Theatre of Thessaloniki (Vassiliko Theatre), and spotlighted a lot of young collaborators from Thessaloniki who indicated the fresh character of NTNG- left the audience astonished, after the nine sold out performances, giving the collaborators a warm applause even during the performance.

The fact that the opening of the show concurred with the great archaeological discoveries in the area of Amphipolis and the public discussions that followed it, enhanced the interest of the audience towards "Alexander the Great. Rock Opera", which approaches along with its modern style and music, the stardust, the vision and the human nature of Alexander.

"I am extremely satisfied because NTNG keeps innovating in practice with this spectacular multi-performance, during which, dancing performers, theme song executants and role players converse live on stage, bringing up extremely strong emotions to its audience. I feel pleased because the spectators responded more than a lot, indicating this fact with their huge participation, their warm applause and positive comments. We are looking forward to introduce the performance to the international audience, as well as, to bring forth the Greek culture through the personality of Alexander the Great, who even today still attracts the global interest", signifies the artistic director of NTNG and stage co-director of the certain performance, Mr. Giannis Vouros.

The powerful stage performing by young actors, the astonishing music score by Kostas Athirides, the choreography by Aspa Foutsi, the complete and historically documented text written by the director of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki Ms. P. Veleni, the concise sets by Giannis Metjikof, the more than two hundred costumes by Ioanna Timotheadou, the virtual video environment by Stathis Mitsios which amazed the audience during the performance, the stage lighting by Lefteris Pavlopoulos, as well as, the pioneering stage direction signed by the artistic director Giannis Vouros and Kostas Athyridis,  constitute several elements which make this performance to be characterized as a unique super show.

The part of Alexander the Great performed by Dimitris Tiktopoulos, Olympiada performed by Charicleia Hatzisavvidou, King Fillip performed by Thomas Bliagoftis, Aristotle performed by Thodoris Voutsikakis, the narrator performed by Georgia Velivassaki, the Nurse performed by Roula Manissanou, along with the rest 35 actors, singers and dancers, along with the ten membered music orchestra under the conducting by Kostas Tzounis, gave incarnation to the acting parts and have been deified by the audience in all the performances.

It's worthy to indicate that the two admission free performances given by NTNG for social purposes, that is, for the unemployed, disabled persons and multi-child families, took place in an entirely full venue, fully reaching the initial intentions.

“It has been a quite enterprising play selection which was soundly justified. The audience truly embraced our artistic proposal, however, this initial action constitutes only the starting point of our adventure. On behalf of the board of directors of the National Theatre of Northern Greece, I'd wish to give many contents to the audience for their participation, as well as, to the mass media professionals for their endorsement. The adventure has just begun though. It relates to an actual peripety, as well as, a comer expedition or even a challenging campaign, which ought to interest all the inhabitants of the city and also to chance of a great concern from the municipal authorities, the public services, and the progressive businessmen as well. It is quite necessary the state authorities to be part of it also. We have already pursued high standards and at the end of this journey we have to make it along successfully", signifies the president of NTNG Ms. Meni Lyssaridou.

On the internet site alexanderrockopera.gr which has been constructed for the support of the international tour of the performance "Alexander the Great. Rock Opera", one can also find indicative comments by the audience, as well as, the first reviews which have been written on this certain show by NTNG.

MEDIA REVIEWS

The many-membered and extremely sensational musical production by the National Theatre of Northern Greece "brings back" again Alexander. It gives a lesson of ethos, bravery, faith, hope, social values and culture.

mediasoup.gr, Vassilis Mpouziotis

Thrilled about "Alexander the Great". Enthusiastic climax at the ending. The audience stands up on their feet and with a protracted applause salutes both performers and contributors.

"Democracy" newspaper / “Dimokratia” newspaper, Maria Mathiopoulou

Alexander the Great still rocks. Thirty performers, dancers and singers, two hundred and fifty costumes, ten musicians, rock music and minimal sets. Alexander the Great Rock Opera, this year's huge bet, by the National Theatre of Northern Greece.

popaganda.gr, Georgia Dodou

The choices of the contributors and the ideas on directing by Giannis Vouros and Konstantinos Athyridis, appoint clear that they don't repeat the beaten track anymore, and this is unexceptionably a pioneering act.

parallaximag.gr, Lia Karabatea

We saw performers, dancers and singers on stage, with well drilled and flexible bodies, with excellent voices also, who don't have anything to envy from similar performers of foreign musicals and rock operas.

exostispress.gr, Ioanna Lioutsia

With a glamorous production NTNG begins its journey from Thessaloniki to the world.

in.gr

"Alexander the Great" gets ready to conquer the world again, with NTNG as a medium.

Editors Newspaper / Efimerida ton Syntakton

This show could stand at ease in Broadway, as well as, in every other venues of the world, without any changes or supplementations.

nostos-music, Lefteris Kongalidis

The viewer leaves fascinated by the two and a half hours that lasted the trip valuable pages of our history, in the communion of communication between the sensible world and the world of ideas, the coupling effect of so many forms of art

Daily Press (Kavala), Paul Lemontzis

PRODUCTION TEAM

Music: Cοnstantine Athirides

Lyrics: Alexandra Charanis

Direction: Giannis Vouros, Cοnstantine Athirides

Sets: Giannis Metzikof

Costumes: Ioanna Timotheadou

Choreography: Aspa Foutsi

Lighting: Lefteris Pavlopoulos

Video Art: Stathis Mitsios

Music Director: Kostas Tzounis

Music Arrangements: Cοnstantine Athirides, Kostas Tzounis

Directors’ Assistants: Aspa Foutsi, Delina Vasiliadi

Set & Costumes Designer Assistant: Iris Tsagalidou

Production: Ilias Kotopoulos, Vicky Alexaki

Stage Manager: Vicky Alexaki

Sound Design: Cue Productions/ Giannis Mavridis, Dimitris Vasiliadis

Working of the texts of the production were:

Play Design:

Cοnstantine Athirides, Alexandra Charanis

Historical Consultant: Polyxeni Adam-Veleni

Additional Texts:

Eleftheria Gazeti, Phoebe Holland, Georgia Velivasaki

Supertitle translation: Georgia Velivasaki

We would like to thank Evi Sarmi for her invaluable help in making this production a reality.

CAST

Dimitris Tiktopoulos - Alexander

Thomas Vliagoftis - Philip/Soldier/Chorus

Hariklia Hatsisavvidou - Olympias

Georgia Velivasaki - Kaveri Kalash Narrator

Thodoris Voutsikakis - Aristotle/Coenus

Roula Manissanou - Lanice/Egyptian Priestess

Nikias Fontaras - Hephaestion/Chorus

Dimitris Tsilinikos - Cleitus/Chorus

Giorgos Fokas - Ptolemy/Chorus

Dinos Psychogios - Philotas/Chorus

Apollon Drikoudis - Perdikkas/Chorus

Haris Doulkas - Seleucus/Chorus

Vanessa Fotakidou - Roxanne/Maidservant/Chorus

Asteris Peltekis - Aristandrer/Architect/Chorus

Dimitris Kyanidis - Messenger/Corinthian/Priest/Chorus

Konstantinos Mylonas - Messenger/Corinthian/ Merchant/Priest/Chorus

Nikos Nikolaidis - Diogenes/Merchant/Priest/Chorus

Arsenios Gavriilidis - Messenger/Corinthian/Priest/Chorus

Nikos Kapelios - Soothsayer/ Guard/Chorus

Chrysa Ioannidou - Darius’s wife/Maidservant/Chorus

Elisavet-Maria Kotini - Drypetis/Maidservant/Chorus

Areti Valavanopoulou - Stateira/Maidservant/Chorus

Nonika Malkoutzi - Merchant/Maidservant/Chorus

Panos Zois - Pranichus/ Officer/Chorus

Rhiannon Morgan - Bucephalus/Maidservant/Chorus

Anastasia Kostopoulou - Thais/Maidservant/Chorus

Melina Dupre - Maidservant/Chorus

Stavriana Papadaki - Thais/Maidservant/Chorus

MUSICIANS

Nikos Vafidis - drums

Giannis Vlachopoulos - guitars

Iason Yeremtzes - percussion

Andeas Ziakas - guitars

Diamantis Karagiannakidis – synthesizer / programming

Dimitris Lappas - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, oud, bouzouki

Michalis Piperkos - wind instruments

Despina Skentou - violin

Kostas Tzounis - bass

Fivos Flikas - piano/synthesizer

The performance “Alexander the Great” is made possible under the auspices of:

Ministry of Culture and Sport

Ministry of Macedonia and Thrace

Helexpo-Thessaloniki International Fair

Greek National Tourism Office

Hellenic-Australian Business Council

Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO (and the Commissions of the countries where more shows will be programmed)

With the support of:

Alexander the Great International Institution

Media Sponsors

MEGA TV, NERIT, PROTO PROGRAMA, TRITO PROGRAMA, KOSMOS NERIT

NOVA CINEMA, NOVA LIFE, TV100, FM100, MAKEDONIA TV

RADIO THESSALONIKI 94,5, EROTIKOS 94,8, 1055 ROCK, FOCUS FM 103,6

REAL NEWS, REAL.GR, REAL FM 107,1, MAKEDONIA, MAKEDONIA THS KYRIAKIS, EPILOGES.GR, AGELIOFOROS, AGELIOFOROS THS KYRIAKIS, AGELIOFOROS.GR

MEDIASOUP.GR., ONLYTHEATER.GR, PROTAGON.GR, PARALLAXIMAG.GR, IN2LIFE.GR

CULTURENOW.GR, MONOPOLI.GR, THESTIVAL.GR, UR.GR,

GLOW, SOUL, EXOSTISPRESS.GR, BISCOTTO, BISCOTTO.GR, IQ MAGAZINE, MYCAMPUS.GR, FILM NOUAR, AYLAIA, TΗΕSSALONIKICITYGUIDE.GR, INFOKIDS,GR,  PAROYSIAZW.GR

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