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Τετάρτη, 20 Μαΐου 2015

ΠΡΕΜΙΕΡΑ ΤΟΥ "ΑΝΑΚΥΚΛΩΝΟΝΤΑΣ ΤΗ ΜΗΔΕΙΑ" ΣΤΟ LOS ANGELES GREEK FESTIVAL


Σκηνή από το "Ανακυκλώνοντας τη Μήδεια"
Το αριστούργημα του Αστέρη Κούτουλα "Ανακυκλώνοντας τη Μήδεια", που περιγράφει αριστοτεχνικά την μαχόμενη Ελλάδα της κρίσης, "παντρεύοντας" την Όπερα, το Μπαλέτο και τη Τραγωδία σε ένα έργο ντυμένο με τη συγκλονιστική μουσική του Μίκη Θεοδωράκη και τη παρουσία του μπροστά στα ΜΑΤ στις 12-2-2012, παρουσιάζεται για πρώτη φορά στο Los Angeles Greek Festival στις 4 Ιουνίου, τιμώντας παράλληλα τα 90 χρόνια του Μίκη Θεοδωράκη φέτος!

Λάβαμε το παρακάτω μήνυμα και το προωθούμε!

Οι συντελεστές του Θεοδωρακισμού



RECYCLING MEDEA  
 Music by Mikis Theodorakis - Choreography by Renato Zanella - Directed by Asteris Kutulas
LA PREMIERE INVITATION!

Dear friends, film and music lovers,

The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival will host a screening of our hybrid opera-ballet-documentary-fiction-political-essay film RECYCLING MEDEA (2014) based on the music of legendary Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis.

WHERE:
EPYPTIAN THEATER (Spielberg Theatre)
6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, (323) 461-2020 

WHEN:
Thursday, June 4th, 7:30pm

After the screening will follow a Q&A session with the film director Asteris Kutulas (Berlin).

We kindly ask you to watch this very unique and emotional film with an extraordinary yet unexpected music by Mikis Theodorakis - celebrating his 90th birthday this year.

Press releases on "Recycling Medea": www.recycling-medea.com/en/press
Website & trailer: www.recycling-medea.com/en
Please forward this e-mail to your friends, artists, journalists, film and music lovers in Los Angeles. Dont miss this surprising movie!
Looking forward to see you in our screening!
Peace, 

The Recycling Medea Team 



About the film

The cinematic poem RECYCLING MEDEA turns the Greek tragedy of Medea into an apt metaphor of the country’s current crisis. Based on the intensely dramatic and exceptionally emphatic opera Medea by composer Mikis Theodorakis as well as Renato Zanella’s no less expressive ballet choreography, danced by exceptional prima ballerina Maria Kousouni, Asteris Kutulas spins surprising links between the choreographies of stage and street where, on Athens’ Syndagma Square, police and young protesters find themselves embroiled in bitter battle. The dynamics of sound and shifting celluloid layers transform RECYCLING MEDEA into a “visually stunning collage” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) that throws a spotlight on the dark reality of a society in decline.


Composer’s statement

From the beginning, the tragic element in music has exerted a stronger spell on me than any other. It certainly suits my character. So, for me it seemed only natural to turn to ancient drama – initially, as a lover of this artistic genre, and later also as a composer. I started to write theatre and film scores for ancient tragedies and later proceeded to explore lyrical tragedy, i. e. in my operas.

When Renato Zanella came across the music of my lyrical tragedy “Medea”, he decided to base his corresponding ballet choreography on this score. Finally, Asteris Kutulas came along to create an entirely new work of art, itself based on the elements mentioned above. However, Kutulas did not simply create a filmic document of the ballet, but decided to transform these elements into something entirely new, thus lending the result a deeply social and political dimension.
He made a film with a very contemporary message: Despite the tragedy Greece has been forced to face by the criminal international economic system, the country still stands, although deeply wounded. Euripides’ Medea screams – expressed by Maria Kousouni in dance and vocalised by singer Emilia Titarenko – because betrayal drives her to the most terrible crime imaginable: the brutal slaughter of her own children. Today’s Greece comes together in the infernal screams on the country’s streets and squares because – as a victim of ruthless actors within and
those attacking Greece from without – it, too, finds itself driven to the most terrible crime: killing the future of its own children.
I think we are dealing with a true work of art, one that prompts us take responsibility. A work that doubles as an anthem for the struggle of the people and nations to achieve freedom and true independence.

Mikis Theodorakis 


Director’s statement
I wanted to shoot a filmic poem, a monumental, unusual and very emotional music „video clip“ to highlight a desperate woman’s – and radicalized youth’s – yearning for freedom, both sold down the river, both at war with their own society.
Medea, Jason, Bella and Anne Frank, composer and protestor-extraordinaire, Theodorakis, the choreographer Renato Zanella, the cameraman, the dancers and the rebelling, hooded teenagers hurtling stones at advancing police – they all become (in)voluntary actors in this complex tragedy spanning the ages. 
Asteris Kutulas



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