Launch of new Theatrum Vitae global cultural platform
‘The Path of Aphrodite’ spectacular inaugural performance
Theatrum Vitae (Theatre of Life), an innovative international cultural platform headquartered in Cyprus, dedicated to humanitarian values and multi-faceted creative educational projects, recently staged the launch of its first inspiring show for distinguished Cypriot and international guests at the magical Palaepafos Museum in the historic village of Kouklia.
‘The Path of Aphrodite’ launch gave guests a taste of what’s to come this summer, as Theatrum Vitae prepares to attract international culture-loving audiences to the legendary birthplace of the Goddess of Love and Beauty, Petra Tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Rock), for repeat performances in July 2019.
In his welcoming speech, read by the Minister of Education and Culture, President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, said : “I wish at the outset to express my appreciation and sincere thanks to Theatrum Vitae, the organisers of this spectacular show, for providing us with the opportunity to witness the story of rich cultural heritage, history and traditions; a tale dedicated to Greek mythology, exploring the path that shaped our future. At the same time, we have the opportunity to experience a unique event which contributes to the reinforcement and promotion of Cyprus as an international centre of high-level cultural events.” The President proceeded to express his clear support for such ambitious projects and initiatives.
Theatrum Vitae was founded by Cyprus-based international architect, Rafael Porzycki, and international musician and producer, Olga Balakleets, and is designed to transcend boarders and unite people around the world. Intent on promoting essential humanitarian values and exploring the progress of human civilisation, the cultural platform brings together international teams of established and emerging creative talents to create specially designed shows in major landmarks around the world.
The cultural platform also comprises coordination teams in Greece, Italy, London and the USA, enjoying the guidance and patronage of leading cultural advisers and a committee of international ambassadors.
At the recent launch event, the audience enjoyed several artistic presentations which provided an exciting glimpse of The Path of Aphrodite show and paid the tribute to the Goddess. The presentations, as well as a powerful dramatic narration by Paola Hadjilambri, were accompanied by cutting – edge contemporary light and laser designs and other special visual effects.
The launch programme included Theatrum Vitae’s ballet choreographed by the award-winning, Xenia Wiest, featuring international ballet star and Royal Ballet principal, Ivan Putrov, and internationally acclaimed English National Ballet Principal, Begona Cao. A musical ‘Hymn of Theatrum Vitae’ was also performed by the Theatrum Vitae Orchestra featuring high calibre Cypriot and international musicians – including UK-American star Neve – and Orphean Singers conducted by Yiannis Hadjilouizou. Dancecyprus’ prize-winning Congo-Cypriot dancer, Maria Gerasimou, also stunned the audience with her choreographic dedication to the Goddess, complimented by technological designs and effects.
Concept Creator and Founder of Theatrum Vitae, Rafael Porzycki says: “Theatrum Vitae explores the evolution of the human mind through a vibrant fusion of the creative arts – a remarkable cultural renaissance that takes us from mythological origins to the dawn of our digital world.” In a speech at the recent launch event, Founder of Theatrum Vitae, Olga Balakleets, added: “Theatrum Vitae is a life in itself, it is a living experience, it is our perception of our cultural roots and of human evolution … let us live Theatrum Vitae, let us immerse ourselves in the creative art it will produce!”
Pafos Mayor, Phedon Phedonos, also warmly addressed the initiative by Theatrum Vitae to organise and present an artistic event of international prestige and standing at the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite. He added: “I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to the organisers, Theatrum Vitae, and wish them every success in this endeavour. I am certain that next July they will offer all of us an artistic event which will bring Pafos to the epicentre of international cultural interest once more, making all of us proud.”
Now gearing up to the highly anticipated summer performances at Petra Tou Romiou — set to run for five nights — Theatrum Vitae aims to attract nearly 25,000 international guests, leaving a positive tribute to Goddess Aphrodite and transmitting a unique message of harmony and peace. Aphrodite’s story will be told through music, theatre, and dance, with stunning sets and sound systems, drawing on the expertise of local talents and a world-renowned creative team.
The performance will be transmitted worldwide, aiming to promote Cyprus and its unique cultural heritage across the globe, while further developing the country’s image as a unique tourism destination and dynamic cultural hub.
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