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Travel Through Theatre at Athens International Airport

29.9.2022

The National Theatre of Greece and Athens International Airport are once again partnering, this time to present Travel Through Theatre, an exhibition that will be held from 12 September 2022 to 31 March 2023.

The new exhibition highlights how the arts bring the world together, transcending every kind of border. Since its earliest inception, the theatre has constantly made us aware that we are all passengers on a single planet, the great globe itself.

On the Arrivals level, a theatrical map invites passengers and visitors to the airport to explore a world without borders and countries, an open world that brings people and cultures together. This map, although by no means exhaustive, features influential authors from around the world, who we can learn more about through QR codes with details of their life and work, photographs of National Theatre of Greece productions of their plays, and quotations from their writing.

Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to see Moliere’s costume from a production of Mikhail Bulgakov’s play of the same name directed by Stathis Livathinos on the Main Stage in 2020. The costume was designed by Eleni Manolopoulou and worn by Stamatis Fasoulis, who played Moliere.  

The National Theatre of Greece was the first cultural body to partner with Athens International Airport. The partnership began with events and ground-breaking initiatives.

  • In 2011, to mark the tenth anniversary of Athens International, the NTG performed a version of Sophocles’ Antigone for young people in the Departures area.
  • In 2018, it staged part of the children’s play Momo, by Michael Ende, as part of Fly Me To The Moon, the airport’s cultural programme.
  • In 2019, Athens International and the NTG again joined forces for the exhibition Destinations, on the Departures level, a journey through time and space based on photographs of historic National Theatre of Greece productions. 

 

Travel Through Theatre

Dates: 12 September 2022- 31 March 2023

Venue: Art & Culture, Arrivals Level (Exit 1)

Free entrance

 

TRAVEL THROUGH THEATRE

Theatre unites people. It recognises no restrictions, and has no borders or geographical, political or economic limitations. It erases the distances of time and space – and even of language. A play is the fastest way of discovering new worlds, eras, and cultures. Even when everything had to stop temporarily, art continued to take us on journeys and connect us with one another.

Travel Through Theatre is an exhibition about the dramatists who bring us together, from antiquity to the present day. It is a tour of the lives and works of writers whose endless flights of the imagination dissolve every frontier, because culture is not the preserve of a select few – it belongs to all of us. Art reminds us that we are all passengers on a single planet, the great globe itself as Shakespeare called it, on a journey that will continue as long as humankind exists.  Since the birth of the theatre, the greatest writers have always raised fundamental questions about life.

Regardless of where they were born and what language they wrote in, they speak to all of us. We present a theatre map (by no means exhaustive) of influential playwrights who constantly show us a world outside our window and encourage us to look beyond the narrow confines of the here and now.

We begin our journey in Athens, the birthplace of Western theatre twenty-five centuries ago, and more specifically at Athens International Airport, in a project that is true to a vision shared by Athens International and the National Theatre of Greece: an open world that unites people and cultures every day.

Dr. Irene Moundraki

Curator, Head of Repertoire, National Theatre of Greece

 

CONTRIBUTORS

 

FOR THE NATIONAL THEATRE OF GREECE      FOR ATHENS INTERNATIONAL                                                                                  AIRPORT

 

CURATOR:                                                       SUPERVISION - COORDINATION:
Irene Moundraki                                               Chara-Helene Mitsotakis
                                                                         Head Public Relations & Culture

COORDINATION
Maria Karananou

NETWORKING LIAISON – COMMUNICATION OFFICER
Sassa Papachristopoulou

EXHIBITION DESIGN
Re-two Design

DRAMATURGS
Aspasia-Maria Alexiou, Eftichia Charalambaki, Georgia Polichronidou, Eva Saraga, Vivi Spathoula

COOPERATION
Eri Kyrgia

COOPERATION IN PHOTOGRAPHIC SELECTION
Evi Aggelopoulou

COOPERATION IN COSTUME SELECTION
Evi Chlouveraki

QR CODES
Gravity, Custom Web

ENGLISH TRANSLATION
Paul Edwards

TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Plan B

DIGITAL PRINTS
Apolyto Creative Spot

The photographs accessible through the QR codes are from the National Theatre of Greece archive.

Latest updated: 03/10/2022

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