Theatrum Vitae (Theatre of Life), an innovative international cultural platform headquartered in Cyprus – dedicated to humanitarian values and multi-faceted creative educational projects – recently celebrated its launch with its first inspiring show for distinguished Cypriot and international guests at the magical Palaepafos Museum in the historic village of Kouklia.
‘The Path of Aphrodite’ launch gave guests a fantastic taste of what’s to come this summer, as Theatrum Vitae prepares to attract international culture-loving audiences to the legendary birthplace of the Goddess of Love and Beauty, Petra Tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Rock), for repeat performances in July 2019.
Set to run for five nights, Theatrum Vitae aims to attract nearly 25,000 international guests, leaving a positive tribute to Goddess Aphrodite and transmitting a unique message of harmony and peace. Aphrodite’s story will be told through music, theatre, and dance, with stunning sets and sound systems, drawing on the expertise of local talents and a world-renowned creative team.
Theatrum Vitae was founded by Cyprus-based international architect, Rafael Porzycki, and international musician and producer, Olga Balakleets, and is designed to transcend borders and unite people around the world. Intent on promoting essential humanitarian values and exploring the progress of human civilisation, the cultural platform brings together international teams of established and emerging creative talents to create specially designed shows in major landmarks around the world. The cultural platform also comprises coordination teams in Greece, Italy, London and the USA, enjoying the guidance and patronage of leading cultural advisers and a committee of international ambassadors.
At the recent launch event, the audience enjoyed several artistic presentations which provided an exciting glimpse of The Path of Aphrodite show and paid the tribute to the Goddess. The presentations, as well as a powerful dramatic narration by Paola Hadjilambri, were accompanied by cutting-edge contemporary light and laser designs and other special visual effects.
The launch programme included Theatrum Vitae’s ballet choreographed by the award-winning, Xenia Wiest, featuring international ballet star and Royal Ballet principal, Ivan Putrov, and internationally acclaimed English National Ballet Principal, Begona Cao. A musical ‘Hymn of Theatrum Vitae’ was also performed by the Theatrum Vitae Orchestra featuring high calibre Cypriot and international musicians – including UK-American star Neve – and Orphean Singers conducted by Yiannis Hadjilouizou. Dancecyprus’ prize-winning Congo-Cypriot dancer, Maria Gerasimou, also stunned the audience with her choreographic dedication to the Goddess, complemented by technological designs and effects.
The summer performances will be transmitted worldwide, aiming to promote Cyprus and its unique cultural heritage across the globe, while further developing the country’s image as a unique tourism destination.