The World Mysteries: The Mysteries of Eleusis
Presented by Brooklyn Academy of Music Majestic Theater, Next Wave Festival.
A traveller from a distant and futuristic world is transported to the ancient times revealing certain cultures of our world.
As the treveller journeys through time, he weaves the cultures. The performance in devided into five parts, The Purification, The Myth, The Initiation, The Illumination and Divinity.
The production is inspired by the Mysteries that took place in the ancient Greece at the city of Eleusis thousands of years ago. Through the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone, Persephone's abduction by Hades, and her subsequent return to reunite with her mother, the performance is a journey of the soul from its life in the physical form on Earth to its passage from the regions of Underworld, in order to receive new life and come in contact with the Higher Spheres and the Devine: a contact that takes different forms in different cultures but whose truth is common for all humanity.
Conceived, Written and Directed by: Vasilios Calitsis
Co-written by: Tasos Roussos.
Assistant director: Angeliki Kassola
Music: Vasilios Calitsis,Yorgos Boudouvis
Movement Originator: Apostolia Papadamaki
Costume Designer: Mary McFadden
Set Designer: Merope Vachlioti
Sound Designers: Bruce Odland, Mark McCoin
Sound Innovator, Engineer, Creative Mix and Edit: Agis Gyftopoulos
Lighting Designer: Matthew Frey
Assistant lighting designer: Miriam Crowe
Creative writing: JuliAnaki
Insrumental Music: Yorgos Boudouvis
Creative designer: Maria Kassola
Artist, Design, Masks: Thoma Kiki
Stage manager: Peggy Samuels.
Producing team: Christopher G. Kikis, Yannis Katsoulis.
Mystagogue (voice over): Irene Worth
Hierophant (voice over): Vasilios Calitsis
Torchbearer: Paolo Proietti
Hades: Rene Schubert
Demeter's icon: Carmen Dell'Orefice
Persephone: Lola Greco
High priestess: Apostolia Papadamaki
Priestess: Muriel Louveau
Ancient initiate/Hermes: Antonis Frangakis
Future initiate: Gregory Stamoulis
Iambe: Irene Tsotra
Dwarf: Manos Pantelides
Demophon/Iacchos: Timos Supprian-Katsoulis
Pristesses: Irene Tsotra, Lia Haraki, Ermira Goro, Patricia Lazou, Katerina Drakopoulou, Natasa Marmataki,
Vera Kitna, Maria Wiener, Nektaria Giannoudaki
Noh theater performers: Akira Matsui, Richard Emmert.
Chinese opera performers from Contemporary Legend Theatre, Taiwan: Wei Hai-Ming, Wu Hsing-Kuo.
Kathakali performers from the Kathakali Centre, India: Kariyattil Soman (dancer), Thenethobi Balasundaran (percussionist). Artistic consultant, Kamblloore Kottayil Gopalakrishnan.
Flamenco performer: Lola Greco.
Music performer: Alexandros.
Recorded Voices: Tasis Christogiannopoulos, Margharita Syngeniotou, Irene Fotinaki, Dimitris Sigalos, Giannis Christopoulos, Nikos Stefanou, Eleni Karavoussi, Athena Kafetzi, Maria Kassola, Apostolia Papadamaki, Murel Louveau
Conductor of Children's Choir: Nikos Vassiliou
Make-up Design Team: Lazaro Arias, Luiz Marcano, Maira Gullin, Margaret Grodecka
Hair Design Team: Paolo Divalde, Eva Gobs, Christina Conroy
Costume Design Assistans: Agassi Nakhapetian, Sowon Moon
Production Manager: Jennifer Folb
Public Relations: Livet Reichard
Publicity, Administration: Daryl Richarson
Assistant Stage Manager: Angelica Suarez, Patricia Fox
General Managment: PrimeArt Ltd / Greece
Associate Producer: Vasilios Ducas
Senior Advisor: Howard Klein, Howard Klein and Associates