Anestis Azas

The Republic of Baklava

Following a string of sold-out performances in Greece and abroad, including Sarajevo (MESS International Theatre Festival – Best Actor Award to George Katsis), Skopje (MOT Festival) and Zurich (Kurtheater Baden), The Republic of Baklava, an Athens Epidaurus Festival 2021 commission as part of the 1821 Bicentennial tribute, returns to the Festival for only two performances.

Anestis Azas’ performance is set in modern-day Greece, halfway between fiction and documentary, even though its plot is fictional. Featuring a mixed couple, a Turkish man and a Greek woman, who decide to found their own nation-state, with their home and private business as their headquarters, the production theatrically renegotiates tensions that have been active since the Greek Revolution. Through a number of hilarious situations, the heroes are confronted with the contradictions of contemporary Greek society, the problem of national identity and the utopian reality of a future, universal, digital nation, taking us along for the ride.

grape Greek Agora of Performance is an exciting new initiative by the Athens Epidaurus Festival aiming to establish a platform for Greek artists to communicate with the international Theatre and Dance scene, giving them the opportunity to present their works to representatives and artistic directors of international festivals and cultural institutions abroad. The platform presents 14 new productions in two periods: 3 – 8 July & 18 – 22 July.

grape is open to the general public and is part of the main artistic programme of the Athens Epidaurus Festival. The performances included are also scheduled on dates outside the duration of the platform.

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