A unique dance and theatre piece is coming to Pallas Theatre this week blending classical music with spoken word and history with art. Created by Greek-born choreographer Andromachi Dimitriadou Lindahl with her dance company Asomates Dynameis, the performance on Wednesday and Thursday will also feature live music by the Fusionia Quartet as they chronicle abandoned cities, lost homes and unspoken goodbyes.
Letters of three Jewish mothers to their sons from the ghetto of Thessaloniki are the inspiration behind the performance titled Is It True You Will Always Wait For Me? Letters that are part of Leon Saltiel’s book Don’t Forget Me from Sarina Saltiel to her son Maurice Saltiel about having to leave her hometown behind during the extermination of the Jewish community of Thessaloniki in 1943.
“Over the time span of only some months,” say the organisers, “with gradual restrictions, and finally a complete imprisonment in the ghetto – about 50,000 of the city’s Jewish inhabitants were dispatched with the ‘trains of death’ to the Nazi extermination camps. This piece aims to give a human face and a voice to those who perished.”
With the generous permission and guidance of Eleni Saltiel, wife of Maurice Saltiel, Andromachi and her team have been able to use extracts from the letters his mother sent to him and through her vivid and loving letters, the performance aims to trace her tragic and hazardous path. The piece will include narration of the letters while dancers and musicians on stage bring them to life. Given its framework, Is It True You Will Always Wait For Me? is supported by the Embassy of Israel in the context of the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Cyprus.
Is It True You Will Always Wait For Me?
Dance-theatre performance by Andromachi Dimitriadou Lindhal and her dance company Asomates Dynameis and the Fusionia Quartet. November 25-26. Pallas Theatre, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €10. Tickets from www.soldoutticketbox.com