The Greek Star editor Diane Adam recently sat down with Chicago’s very own Argentine Tango instructor Agape Pappas. Agape’s performances and classes have captivated students and onlookers alike across the United States, Canada and Europe. We talked about all things Tango and of course her favorite Greek dance.
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For almost 60 years, audiences have turned to WTTW for distinctive programming that informs, inspires, educates, and entertains. WTTW reaches 1.5 million weekly households over a four‐state area, making it the most‐watched public television station in America . Recognized for its award‐winning local and national productions, WTTW is committed to presenting the very best in cultural, nature, science, public affairs, and children’s programming across its four distinct television channels: WTTW11, WTTW Prime, its Spanish‐language channel WTTW V‐me, and WTTW Create, its “how‐to” channel.
LOS ANGELES—The Getty Villa Theater Lab Series returns in early February with sibling-actors Olympia and Apollo Dukakis, as they lead the cast of Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble’s Lysistrata Unbound.
Director Richard Linklater has chosen Pylos, Koroni and Kardamili to film the third part of the franchise, in which Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy play the main roles. Hawke himself had visited Messina in early summer to arrange details about filming the sequel.
Angelos Sikelianos, the youngest of seven children descended from a noble family, was born on the Heptanesian island of Leveas and spent his childhood in a cultivated, Greek-speaking environment. He went on to study law at Athens for a short while, but abandoned his studies to join a theater group in 1902.
His first important work, The Light-Shadowed which has over 2,000 lines was written in early 1907 and privately published in 1909. It is a mixture of free and metrical verse, had an immediate impact and was recognized by critics as an important work. Between 1913 and 1915, he published sonnets and assorted poems – The Song of Calypso, Pan—Thalero—The Mother of Dante – as well as victory songs based on incidents from the Balkan wars or historical landscapes.
Sikelianos met Eva Palmer, an American graduate student in Paris. They married in Bar Harbor in 1907 and moved to Athens in 1909. Her funds assisted Sikelianos with his publications. During that period Sikelianos came in contact with Greek intellectuals. He travelled all over Greece absorbing its monuments and art; studying classical literature by himself, the Orphic writing, Aeschylus, and Pindar and preparing the ambitious synthesis of Hellenist and personal spiritualism.
In 1933, Eva left Sikelianos and went back to the United States to raise more money. She was cut off in America by World War II and even accepted Sikelianos’s relationship with another woman ANNA KARAMANI whom he married in 1940. Eva returned to Greece in 1952, died and was interred at Delphi.
During the German occupation, Sikelianos became a source of inspiration to the Greek people especially through his speech and poems he recited at the funeral of Kostis Palamas. It was Sikelianos who composed the letter which was spearheaded by
Archbishop Damaskinos to save the lives of Greek Jews by appealing directly to the Germans. There is no similar document of protest against Nazi occupiers during World War II that has come to light in any other European country.
The death of Sikelianos’ sister Penelope inspired another important work, MITIR THEOU in which the central figure symbolized both the Virgin Mary and Greek goddess Demeter, a blending of sources that critics consider typical of his approach to poetry.
EASTER of the GREEKS was a bold attempt to reinterpret the myth of Christianity in narrative verse. He directed his poetry toward the ideal of religious syncretism.
Sikelianos also befriended fellow-writer Nikos Kazantzakis and in 1914 they spent 40 days on Mt. Athos visiting most of the monasteries there and living the life of ascetics. The two writers were kindred spirits, but also very different in their respective view of life. Together, however, they shared the mutual concern of attempting to refine and elevate the human spirit through artistic pursuits.
Sikelianos was a Greek lyric poet and playright and wrote on national history, religious symbolism and universal harmony. He was the first twentieth century Greek poet being a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature. He died in Athens after accidentally ingesting Lyson after having requested Nujol, a medicine, in 1951.
He is generally recognized as the most important Greek poet between Cavafy and Seferis.
In honor of the memory of Angelos and Eva Sikelianos, the European Cultural Centre of Delphi bought and restored their house in Delphi, which is today the Museum of Delphic Festivals.
Στἀ βρἀχια τοϋ ἒρμοu ἀκρογιαλιου καἰ στἧς τραχιἀς χαλικωσιἆς
τό μεσημερι ὄμοιο πηγἠ, δἰπλα ἀπὀ κύμα σμάραγδο,
τρέμοντας ὄλο ἀνάβρα΄. . .
Γαλάζια τριἠρη στὀ βυθὀν άνάμεσα σὀ ἐαρινους αφρούς,
καἱ της Κινέτας, μέσα μου κατάβαθος άναστασμός,
πεύκα καί σκίνα.
(Translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip
Over rocks on the deserted shore,
over the burning heat
of harsh pebbles,
beside the emerald waves, noon, like a fountain,
Salamis a blue trireme deep in the sea,
in spring’s spindrift;
the pines and mastic trees of Kineta a deep breath
I drew inside me.
Sources: Wikipedia; Poetry Criticism;
Encyclopedia of Modern Greek Literature.
WINS ROUND 1 IN FACE OFF: Naperville, IL native J. Anthony Kosar is competing in season four of the SyFy channel reality series “Face Off” and swept the competition in round one of the season premiere on January 15. The series pits special effects and illustration artists against one another to see who can come up with the best masks, monsters, superheroes, and more. Visit Anthony’s business site at KosartEffects.com.
The Voices of Hellenism Literary Journal is a new literary and cultural journal that preserves history and Modern Greek literature in a creative way by bridging the gap between Modern Greek academia and Greek communities across the world. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, it is expected that the journal will be circulated among Greeks, Greek-Americans, Philhellenes, and those interested in Greek literature and culture across the world.
CHIKLIS PROFILED IN TRIBUNE: Famous actor Michael Chiklis, fresh off his role as the antagonist in this Summer’s blockbuster Batman flick “The Dark Knight Rises,” was profiled by the Chicago Tribune on December 6. In addition to upcoming film roles and projects, we learned he has his own film production company and plays in a band “The Michael Chiklis Band,” with a new single recently released called “The Connection.”
CHICAGO,—Fans, friends and supporters of Thodos Dance Chicago, the contemporary dance company founded 21 years ago by Melissa Thodos, highly regarded in Chicago and internationally for its unique perform/create/educate mission, will kick up their heels at Thodos Dance Chicago's 21st Anniversary Gala 21 Club, Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Street and Michigan Avenue, Chicago.
New York Jets’ quarterback, Tim Tebow, once said, “Success comes in a lot of ways, but it doesn’t come with money and it doesn’t come with fame. It comes from having a meaning in your life, doing what you love and being passionate about what you do. That’s having a life of success. When you have the ability to do what you love, love what you do and have the ability to impact people. That’s having a life of success. That’s what having a life of meaning is.” A person who is worthy of this inspirational quote is Markos Papadatos.
When I first embarked on producing a documentary eight years ago, I never would have imagined the memories I would stir. My film chronicles child refugees of the Greek Civil War, of which my father, uncles and aunts are among. I quickly discovered this story is more than a family story. It is a story of children of ALL wars--torn by bloodshed, forced to leave their homeland, culture and families behind, and not knowing if they would survive.
The Modern Greek Studies of the Modern Greek Studies of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Urbana, Illinois 61801 is proud to announce the film "El Greco" to be shown on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Lucy Ellis Lounge, FLB. 6:00 – 8:00pm Lucy Ellis Lounge, FLB.
A rare collection of letters written by Georgios Karaiskakis, the revolutionary hero and a top general in Greece's 1821 war of independence against Ottoman rule, is being put up for auction by the P. Vergos auction house next week on Wednesday, November 21.