For many Paphos is the capital of their hearts and for the rest of us it has been the European Capital of Culture for the past year. It has proven to us and the rest of Europe that music and art really has no barriers and that, given the chance, people from different backgrounds can work together for a common goal.
To mark the end of the year-old affair, the world premiere of the theatrical adaption of Pagkosmion Asma (Universal Song) will be presented on Friday and Saturday at the Markideio Theatre.
The theatrical adaptation of the work by the poet, intellectual and former Mayor of Paphos Christodoulos Galatopoulos (1902-1953) is a poetic reinterpretation of the myth of Prometheus. It is composed and based on the works of Dante and Milton, and extends to all the corners of the Earth: from the ancient Hellenistic world to the mythology of Peru and the Incas, from Japan to the native Americans and the Scandinavian myths.
According to the Pafos2017 website “this transforming, truly poetic work constitutes a modern tragedy with allegoric references to the political situation of Cyprus during the colonial period, while contributing a very important new text to Cypriot and modern Greek theatre, with a quality equal to that of the works of Angelos Sikelianos and Nikos Kazantzakis which have enriched modern Greek literature.”
Pagkosmion Asma (Universal Song)
A dramatisation of the life of Christodoulos Galatopoulos, one of the visionary mayors of Paphos in the 1930s. December 15-16. Markideio, Paphos. 8.30pm. €10. Tel: 26-932571