Nick Knight’s Greek odyssey for Onassis Cultural Centre

The clash of King Pentheus and Dionysus in Euripides’ extraordinary Bacchae takes the Onassis Cultural Centre’s stage in a new performance directed by Aris Mpiniaris, who sees in the play a raging ode to the split human psyche, logic and instinct.

A fan of on-stage interaction between music and drama and a dedicated scholar of ancient tragedy, the director dares couple the subversive power of rock to the violent tragedy of the Bacchae in a production which sets out to work all our senses up into a frenzy.

Mpiniaris finds in Bacchae a call for societies to move on, noting how “Pentheus ends up being ripped limb from limb because of his avowed and continued defiance of the god. Still, at the same time, the Dionysian life-giving, life-bearing force, the innate power of the nature of things, is never simply going to retire into the background. It is how we, as a society, choose to align ourselves with this life force that will determine our ultimate convergence or inevitable demise.”

The performance features music by Victor Kouloumpis and Panos Sardelis, and an ensemble cast including Giorgos Gallos, Anna Kalaitzidou, Karyofyllia Karabeti, Christos Loulis, Amalia Bennett, Aris Biniaris, Evi Saoulidou, Konstantinos Sevdalis, Onisiforos Onisiforou, and Charis Charalambous.

As Bacchae explores the bestial power inherent in Dionysus, the God of theatre, lust and ritual madness the renowned photographer Nick Knight continues his collaborative relationship between SHOWstudio and the Onassis Cultural Centre.

Nick Knight presents a series of images exploring the raw animal nature in Biniaris’s production, juxtaposing the human and the carnal whilst greek drama takes centre stage in fashion and culture alike.

Earlier this year the acclaimed British photographer, Nick Knight, talked with the Director of Culture of the Onassis Foundation, Afroditi Panagiotakou, about life, his spectacular career, his personal choices and the new collaboration of his award-winning SHOWstudio with the OCC.

The beginning of this collaboration was the photo-shooting of Lena Kitsopoulou’s Antigone – Lonely Planet.

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