The ancient Greeks would have had us believe that love comes in many guises: eros, philia, philautia, pragma, ludus and – of course – agape. And, in the week following Valentine’s Day, our local creatives have risen to the challenge of ensuring all six are represented in a diversity of performances, screenings, musical numbers and even a book launch! Here are four lovely events that are sure to fan the flames of passion…
The week begins at the Rialto Theatre in Limassol with a performance based on a play by the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature Isaac Bashevis Singer. Entitled Late Love – you’re forgiven if you suspect this may be about waiting around for your wife to find her handbag/keys/lipstick; it’s not! – the play takes a look at the love that can occur, unexpectedly, in later life. Billed as “a touching and amazing story about a lonely man, Harry Bendiner, who has lived a difficult life full of endless losses”. But wait! Things are about to improve for our aged gentleman: appearing on his doorstep out of the blue, an “amazing woman ignites his heart with the fire of passionate and reconciling love; Harry’s life becomes filled with meaning and faith, and without fear he is ready to meet the new day and to finish what he has not had time to do before”. Performed in Russian by the legendary Moscow Drama Theatre, Late Love (or Na MaloyBronnoy) is a tragicomedy that is thought-provoking and humorous in equal measure.
The following day, Tuesday 16, brings a screening of Les Liaisons Dangereuses by the National Theatre Live. Taking place in Nicosia (in THOC’s New Theatre) and Limassol (at the Rialto) simultaneously, this is a tale of the darker side of love – and lust. In 1782 Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalised the world, depicting former paramours the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont competing in games of seduction and revenge. Today, Josie Rourke’s adaption of the novel stays true to the original story, as Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cecile de Volanges before her wedding night. “While these merciless aristocrats toy with others’ hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed,” the synopsis suggests… Definitely one for those who like to dabble in danger!
Wednesday sees the Pharos Arts Foundation presenting the aptly-named Erato Piano Trio at The Shoe Factory in Nicosia. Rapidly establishing their reputation as one of the UK’s leading young ensembles, this trio comprises violinist Yuri Kalnits, cellist Julia Morneweg and pianist Jose Menor in a partnership that represents “stylistic versatility, virtuosity, attention to intimate detail, quest for beauty of sound and an immaculate sense of balance”, according to media reviews. Appearing in Cyprus for one night only, the trio will present an accomplished repertoire that includes Haydn’s Piano Trio in C major, Schnittke’s Piano Trio and Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 2 in C major, Op.87. The ideal event for those who are as passionate about music as the three players themselves.
Our last ‘lovely’ event of the week is as unusual as it is exciting: a book launch. For ardent bilbiophiles, the launch of the poetry collection Carmine Lullabies is a fantastic chance to indulge in a work that is “unmistakably nocturnal: with crystallised morsels of sensuality, nightmarish truths and vignettes of tranquilising calm. With unexpected moments of dark humour, epigrammatic poem endings, Carmine Lullabies strives to trigger strong emotions in its reader.” Its author, Marilena Zackheos, is an accomplished writer (her work having appeared in literary journals in Cyprus and abroad) and an active member of both the Literary Agency Cyprus and Whirling Words – a project for women writers in Cyprus and for women writers with a connection to the island. So the opportunity to get one’s hands on a signed copy of her latest work (as well as listen to “an unapologetic performance of her poetry”) will no doubt impassion every lover of language.
Play, screening, concert or book launch – why not prolong the mood of love this week and take in at least one of what promise to be truly passionate events?
Late Love takes
At the Rialto Theatre, Limassol on February 15, at 7pm. For more information and bookings [email protected] or call 77777745. Tickets cost €40 / €35.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
THOC New Theatre Building, Nicosia and the Rialto Theatre, Limassol on February 16 at 8.30pm. For more information and bookings [email protected] or call 22864300 (Nicosia) / [email protected] or call 77777745 (Limassol). Tickets cost €10 / €7. Both performances will be subtitled in both English and Greek.
Erato Piano Trio
At the Shoe factory in Nicosia on February 17 at 8.30pm. For more information and bookings visit www.pharosartsfoundation.org or call 96 669003. Tickets cost €15 / €10
Presentation of the poetry collection takes place at the Prozac café on February 20 at 8pm. For more information email [email protected] or call 70077707