OPENING CEREMONY Saturday 28 January 7pm Aarhus Jazz Orchestra Concert Clemens Choir The Choir of the Music Lyceum of Pafos Pafos Municipality Philharmonic Band 28th October Square, Paphos The opening ceremony of the European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017 showcases the history, the multiculturalism and the modern culture of Pafos, as an integral part of wider European culture. The ceremony was designed and produced by a creative team of Cypriot artists and intellectuals, working with Walk the Plank. Inspired by the myth of Pafos, it has at its heart, the founding myth of Pygmalion, the Artist and his creation; Galatea. The celebratory performance seeks to portray the core concepts of the Open Air Factory, such as creativity, originality, artistic excellence, multiculturalism and diversity, as well as the hope for a unified country. Young people, children and volunteers from all over Cyprus will join a professional cast, from all over the island. Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot musicians and singers will sing in unison with a Danish choir and the Jazz Orchestra from Aarhus, our partner Capital of Culture. As Pygmalion invokes the spirit of Aphrodite, to breathe life into the statue he has carved, light and fire will illuminate the sky above our newly restored city centre.
Original compositions, as well as adaptations of music, choreographies and projections brought to life by actors, dancers and hundreds of children who illuminate the moment of Pafos’ birth and mark the opening of the European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017.
Artistic Direction: Liz Pugh Creative Producer: John Wassell Text composition / dramatisation: Efi Kyprianidou Direction: Neoklis Neokleous Music composition, supervision and coordination: Christina Athinodorou Set: Giorgos Papadopoulos Choreography/Teaching: Ido Τadmor Assistant Choreographer/Teacher: Jhonathan Hay Soutchy Costume Design: Miranta Theodoridou Visual Environment Design/3D Mapping: Vera Papastavrou, Kyriakos Kousoulidis Lighting Designer: Stephen Page Presenter: Antonia Philippou Participating: Aarhus Jazz Orchestra – Conductor: Lars Moller Concert Clemens Choir – Teacher: Carsten Seyer Hansen The Choir of the Music Lyceum of Pafos – Teacher: Isavella Christofidou Pafos Municipality Philharmonic Band – Conductor: Zacharias Evangelou Participating Dancers: Eleni Nikolaou, Stefanos Constantinou, Valeria Ntrapella, Mikaella Michael, Christiana Ploutarchou, Eleni Petrou, Elias Schinas, Eftychia Charalambous, Michalis Schinas, Ben Bach, Ygal Jerome Tsur, Neta Heinic and the students of Dance Schools of Pafos coordinated by the Dance Culture Pafos. Participants live on stage or recorded on the soundtracks: Andreas Tselepos, Filonila Chistoforou, Neoklis Neokleous (Actors) Marios Andreou, Maria Andreou and Umut Albayrak (Singers) Savvas Christodoulou (Flute) The children Kyriakos Anastasiou, Ermina Kalogirou and Lena Charalambous (song) Children from the Theatre Institute of Pafos. Children from Primary Schools of Pafos Recordings of actors-singers: Suite 16 Recording Studio. Sound engineer: Efthivoulos Theocharous. Sound mixing: Andreas Georgallis - City Studios. Mastering: Lowland Mastering U.K./ Nigel Palmer Sound Design: Melvyn Coote Tickets: Free entrance, no reservation required.. Information: Tel: 26932017, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.pafos2017.eu