The European Capital of Culture Pafos2017 is doing its best to build bridges between cultures and this month it seems the organisers have really outdone themselves as they have managed to get actress Charlotte Rampling to come to our island for the first time.
Rampling will be part of the performance dedicated to Greek poet Constantinos Cavafy and French novelist Marguerite Yourcenar and will recite Cavafy’s poetry in French. The actress will be joined, on Saturday at the Markideio Theatre, by Greek-French actor Polydoros Vogiatzis (who will recite Cavafy’s poetry in its original Greek) and guitarist Varvara Gyra who will add a musical note. This literary encounter between the two authors will be performed in a unique setting, that will be sure to make the night one never to forget.
Cavafy’s poetry is renowned across the world, with images and emotions that are still relevant to this day. Its translation – Yourcenar translated it into French – into several languages reflects the true power and significance of its worldwide acknowledgment.
Yourcenar’s texts, imbued with her female genius and great sensitivity, highlight in a unique way both known and unknown aspects of Cavafy’s poetry, with an emphasis on love and death, solitude, the political dimension, existential and physical decline.
Rampling made her film debut in 1966 with Georgy Girl, which brought her instant fame, and was later distinguished for her roles in a large number of films including The Dammed, The Night Porter, Farewell My Lovely and Stardust Memories. In the last 50 years she has played in more than 100 films and TV series.
The idea of presenting the two creators in this performance, with a focus on Cavafy’s work, highlights his poetry’s power and meaning.
Marguerite Yourcenar – C.P. Cavafy with Charlotte Rampling
Performance by the British actress, Greek-French actor Polydoros Vogiatzis and guitarist Varvara Gyra. November 18. Paphos Ancient Odeon, Paphos. 8.30pm. €15/20. In French with Greek and English surtitles. Tel: 26-955166