‘The Small World, the Great!’
A Tribute to the Poet Odysseus Elytis.
With music by George Couroupos
Presented under the auspices of the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos.
TICKETS TO BE RELEASED: 1st of September (for members of the British Library) – 8th of September for general audience (limited availability)
The poetry of Odysseus Elytis (1911–1996) is lyrical, bold and expressive, capturing the ‘small and great’ spirit of the Greek landscape and its timeless values of innocence, justice and love. In awarding him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1979, the Academy declared that Elytis’ poetry ‘depicts with sensual strength and intellectual clear sightedness, modern man’s struggle for freedom and creativity’. The poet responded that he wished his award to honour the long tradition of Greek poetry, ever since the time of Homer.
At this special event Elytis’ words are brought alive in readings and song, with music by the outstanding Greek composer George Couroupos, written to accompany a new multilingual anthology of his poetry and prose (Ikaros Publishing 2016), and performed by a live piano quartet. Presented in Greek and English.
Voices: Tassis Christoyannis, Theodora Baka
Recitation: Ioulita Iliopoulou and guests
Piano: Thanassis Apostolopoulos
Violin: Kostas Panagiotidis
Viola: Ilias Sdoukos
Cello: Lefki Kolovou
Introduction by Dr Polina Tambakaki.
Organisation by Ark4Art in co-operation with the Embassy of Greece and with the generous support of John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation. This event is part of London Hellenic Festival.
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The British Library,
96 Euston Road,
London NW1 2DB