« Alexandre The Great Rock Opera », est une pièce musico-théâtrale du compositeur et metteur en scène Constantin Athirides. La pièce est en anglais, avec des surtitres traduits en langue francaise. Elle a une durée de deux heures et quinze minutes et se compose d’un orchestre de 8 à 10 musiciens et un casting de 26 à 28 acteurs, danseurs et chanteurs. Cet comédie musicale a comme but de transmettre au public la magie, le rêve et la nature humaine d’Alexandre le Grand, avec une musique contemporaine.

L’histoire commence à Samothrace, un an avant la naissance d’Alexandre, où pendant les cérémonies religieuses nommées Kaviria, sa mère Olympias et le roi de Macédoine, Philippe, se rencontrent. suis le parcours de sa vie et se termine 34 ans plus tard avec la mort d’Alexandre à Babylone. Mais qui était vraiment l’homme qui a changé le cours de l’histoire et a influencé la civilisation de millions de personnes? Que savons-nous vraiment de sa vie?

Les premier spectacles, produits par le Théâtre National de la Grèce du Nord, ont été présentés au Théâtre Royal de Thessalonique à guichets fermés et en suite au Palais de la Musique d’Athènes (Megaro Mousikis) et a été saluée par un succès public remarquable. Les producteurs et tous les contributeurs du spectacle présentent une production divertissante de haute qualité artistique, centrée sur un grand personnage mythique de l’histoire mondial qui a influencé le patrimoine culturel de par le monde, qui a comme ambition d’amener le public à l’accueillir avec enthousiasme.

CONSTANTINE ATHIRIDES

ahtiridis-kostasConstantine Athirides was born and raised in Thessaloniki by a family who shared a special love for music. At the age of six he began to take piano lessons from the maestro of the State Orchestra of Northern Greece, Georgios Thimis. During his early adolescence, rock music won him over and for the next two decades he participated in numerous musical bands. During the 70’s he acted regularly in school and student productions in Greece and England.

In 1976-1980 he attended seminars on acting and kinesiology in London, in parallel with his studies in Applied Economics. On his return in Greece in 1983, he became one of the founders of the Anatolia Alumni Drama Club, back then, the largest semi-professional drama group in Thessaloniki and participated in numerous plays, taking the opportunity to indulge in his two great passions: music and theater.

Between 1987 and 1996 he directed a number of ambitious productions:
Tommy (Royal Theatre, Thessaloniki, 1990)
Cats (Garden Theatre, Thessaloniki, 1992)
Tartuffe (Garden Theatre, Thessaloniki, 1994)
Jesus Christ Superstar (Garden Theatre, Thessaloniki, 1995)

He has taught kinesiology and translated theatrical plays from both the classical and contemporary repertoire (Molliere, Mamet).

As a member of the group “Gaia”, he has worked as a composer with the singer and lyricist Georgia Velivasaki.

In 2012 he first produced and directed a first version of his rock opera “Alexander” to a libretto by Penny Turner.
In October 2014 in collaboration with a team of historians and lyricists headed by Alexandra Charanis, Constantine Athirides presents his new play “Alexander The Great. Rock Opera” produced by the National Theatre of Northern Greece.

D i s c o g r a p h y :

  • 1998 cd Κrata Gera (participation)
  • 2003 cd Sexual Instinct
  • 2004 cd Sunnefa
  • 2006 cd Se tono ble méditerranée
  • 2008 cd Vradino Deltio
  • 2009 cd Gaia/Action St
  • 2011 cd Το Μikro Mustiko Tis Zois
  • 2012, cd Κaterina Gogou/Pano Kato i Patision (participation)
  • 2012 cd Alexander Rock Opera
  • 2015 cd Alexander The Great Rock Opera (selected tracks)

ALEXANDRA CHARANIS

alexandra-charanisAlexandra Charanis was born in New Jersey. She first came to Greece at age 14 when her father, Peter Charanis, Byzantine Historian, received a Guggenheim travel grant, and she fell in love with the country and its history.

She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and then the University of Michigan, with a Masters in Art History and a minor in Ancient History. She worked with the Smithsonian Institute Mosaic Project in Tunisia for six months, and then returned to Greece where in 1970 she began teaching at Anatolia College, Thessaloniki, Greece. While at Anatolia, she worked with the Drama Club and other theatrical activities, including writing short scenes for student performances.

She has recently retired and continues to live in Thessaloniki, spending the summer months on her father’s home island of Lemnos.

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