As the spotlight shines bright on Pafos, and crowds from near and far descend on the seaside town to watch all sorts of performances as part of the European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017 programme of events, there are some fantastic shows to look forward to in the months to come. But what are some of the most exciting performances of all (barring the sold-out performance by the Berlin Philharmonic)? My Cyprus Insider fills you some upcoming highlights to delight you!
1. Lysistrata: 12th & 13th May
A rather different version of Aristophanes’ comedy, this will see 12 young actors from Cyprus, Brazil and Nigeria join forces, accompanied by the sound of a four-member ensemble from Germany, directed by Brian Michaels. Bringing the special Aion Archaeological Site to life, prepare to see it lit in all its glory especially for the event for the very first time.
Where? House of Aion Archaeological Site. 8.30pm. Tickets: 10€
2. One Touch of Venus and More, Ute Lemper: 20th May
A performance dedicated to the passion of love and life, starring the distinguished German singer and actress, Ute Lemper. The concert will feature ballads and songs with orchestral parts from the “The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny” and “The Threepenny Opera” by Kurt Weil and Bertolt Brecht respectively. The great singer will be accompanied by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, in a performance conducted by Yiorgos Kountouris.
Where? Pafos Castle Square. 8.30pm. Tickets: 20€, 30€
3. Compagnie Retouramont, Aerial Dancers: 25th June
The Pafos Medieval Castle will take on a rather different persona when this dance group from France performs high in the air, using movement, lights and sound to transform the exterior of the centuries-old castle, the location for which this show has been specifically designed.
credit: Gilles Dufour
Where? Paphos Castle Square, 8.30pm. Free.
4. Trojan Women: 7th & 8th July
The Ancient Odeon will take audiences back in time with an international production of The Trojan Women by Euripides. The world-renowned Greek theatre director, Theodoros Terzopoulos, and renowned set designer, Jannis Kounellis, collaborates with artists from around the world, bringing together actors and actresses from divided cities in Cyprus, Bosnia and Palestine to act out the tragedy of the women of Troy following its defeat and destruction.
Where? Pafos Ancient Odeon, 8.30pm. Tickets: 20€, 15€ (students, unemployed, pensioners)
5. Luz Casal in concert: 29th July
Prepare for the warm and soulful voice of this Spanish diva in a unique concert by the Pafos Castle. Often hailed the ‘Diva of the Iberian’, she’ll be presenting a unique musical journey to delight the senses, joined by an orchestra of great soloists, singing songs that celebrate life and love (including the legendary ‘Piensa en mi’ and ‘Un Ano de Amor’), alongside bolero, tango and flamenco melodies.
Where? Pafos Castle Square, 8:30pm. Tickets: 20€, 30€
6. Second Life, Eleftheria Arvanitaki: 4th August
The well-known Greek singer, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, will be giving unique poetry performance set to music under the starry night sky by the magical Aphrodite’s Rock, filled with dynamism and passion in each and every verse.
Where? Aphrodite’s Rock. 10pm. Tickets: 20€, 25€
7. Weddings and Funerals, Goran Bregovic: 5th August
Another one of the absolute highlights of Pafos 2017, Goran Bregovic will be arriving with his orchestra to work their magic in an al fresco performance, by the stunning Aphrodite’s Rock. Expect brilliant orchestra sounds, with strong influences of Balkan tradition – brass instruments, the traditional Bulgarian polyphonies, electric guitar, traditional percussions, string instruments – and even, influences from Orthodox and Roman Catholic hymns and Muslim prayers.
Credit: Nebojsa Babic
Where? Aphrodite’s Rock. 10pm. Tickets: 20€, 30€
8. P. Cavafy by Marguerite Yourcenar: 11th August
British actress, Charlotte Rampling, Greek-French actor, Polydoros Vogiatzis and guitarist, Varvara Gyra, will take to the stage at the stunning Ancient Odeon to present the literary encounter of the Greek poet Cavafy (1863-1933) and French novelist Marguerite Yourcenar (1903- 1987), edited by Jean-Claude Feugnet. Prepare for themes of love and death, loneliness, existentialism and physical deterioration.
Where? Pafos Ancient Odeon. 8.30pm. Tickets: 20€, 15€ (students, unemployed, pensioners)
9. Cassandra, Comédie de Genève: 16th September
A production by the Comédie de Genève, based on the work of Christa Wolf’s, the opera documents the last hour before Cassandra falls into the hands of the Achaeans, defeated by gods and people. Director Hervé Loichemol highlights the strength of his heroine, while composer Michael Jarrell dresses the performance with symphonic orchestra music and other unexpected sounds. Fanny Ardant exquisitely interprets the tragic figure of Cassandra, confirming her reputation as one of the greatest actresses of French theatre. The show will feature the Commandaria Orchestra, under the direction of Francis Guy.
Where? Pafos Castle Square, 8.30pm. Tickets: 20€, 30€
10. Alkinoos Ioannides – Κarine Polwart, 22 September
Greek Cypriot composer and singer, Alkinoos Ioannides shares the stage with the Scottish Karine Polwart, bridging Cypriot, Greek and Celtic sounds together in one inspiring concert alongside the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Where? Pafos Castle Square, 8.30pm. Tickets: 20€, 15€ (students, unemployed, pensioners)