2019 is the YEAR OF EROTOKRITOS.
Dimitris Maramis’s modern Erotokritos based on the original masterpiece of Vitsentzos Kornaros, with the Vamos Ensemble, is presented on Sunday, 12th May, 21.00
at the Mikis Theodorakis Theatre in Chania. (Old Customs Office, in the old harbor of Chania.)
Entrance to the show is free. Entrance tickets will be provided by Petrakis Bookstore.
Interpreters: Thodoris Voutsikakis, Ioanna Forti, Eleni Dimopoulou, Kostis Mavrogenis.
Erotokritos by Dimitris Maramis is presented in form of a modern Greek musical. In 2017 it was presented in sold out performances on the Alternative Stage at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and at the Herodion, at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall in 2018, and this year the Erotokritos Year 2019 was inaugurated at the Cultural and Convention Center of Heraklion Crete, in collaboration with the National Opera.
The musical approach by Dimitris Maramis received overwhelming reviews by an enthusiastic public, wherever it was performed, either on stage or in the concert version.
In the Erotokritos Year 2019, the project is presented by the Vamos Ensemble as a new concert orchestra for this unique concert in Chania.
The talented performers Thodoris Voutsikakis (Erotokritos), Eleni Dimopoulou (Aretousa), Ioanna Forti (Paramana), Kostis Mavrogenis (Rigas), together with the Vamos Ensemble present this unique, immortal masterpiece of the Cretan Renaissance.
The Vamos Ensemble is a musical ensemble – a small symphony orchestra composed of sixteen musicians residing in Crete. They first appeared five years ago and have as a base the village of Vamos in Chania.
EROTOKRITOS constitutes a classic example of Greek Renaissance literature and is considered one as the most important works of Cretan literature. It remains a popular work to this day, largely due to the music that accompanies it when it is publicly recited. A particular type of rhyming used in the traditional Mantinades was also the one used in Erotokritos.
EROTOKRITOS was composed by Vitsentzos Kornaros in the 17th century in Crete.
The romance consists of 10.012 fifteen-syllable rhymed verses, the last twelve of which refer to the poet himself. It was written in Cretan dialect.
Its central theme is the love between Erotokritos and Aretousa. Other themes revolve around the basic theme, such as honour, friendship, bravery and courage.
Source: Cultural Centre Chania