Celebrating the Hellenic Museum’s 10th Anniversary

In celebration of the Hellenic Museum's 10th Anniversary and due to popular demand, and subsequent to the sold out fundraiser Gala Dinner, Greek superstar Yannis Kotsiras and his band will take to the stage for an additional performance. The concert will take place at 4pm on Sunday May 7 at Melbourne’s iconic Plaza Ballroom. All proceeds from this event will go to supporting the Hellenic Museum’s exhibitions program. We hope you will join us in celebrating this milestone.


Hydra: Songs and Tales of Bohemia

After sell out shows in 2015 and 2016, Hydra: Songs and Tales of Bohemia is back by popular demand with two more performances set for March 2017 with additional tribute to Leonard Cohen

Hydra: Songs and Tales of Bohemia weaves music, song, documentary footage and narrative to recreate the Zeitgeist of the Greek island of Hydra in the 1960s. From Leonard Cohen to Allen Ginsberg, Sidney Nolan to Peter Finch, artists gravitated around the glamorous Australian literary couple George Johnston and Charmian Clift on this tiny Aegean island in a time of rebellion, romance and creativity.

Through the songs of Leonard Cohen, Australian artists Chris Fatouros and Spiros Falieros will recreate the period across two more nights at the inaugural MPavilion, Hellenic Museum courtyard. A bar and the Psistaria will be open, serving Greek food and drinks throughout the night.

Performance dates:
Saturday 11 March – 6.30pm gates open for an 8.00pm start
Sunday 12 March – 6.30pm gates open for a 8.00pm start.


Heroes of the Past & Present

A collage of moments from Ancient Greek tragedy, paralleled with events of our times.

Running for a strictly limited season Stathis Grapsas directs a powerful exploration of heroism through time, honouring people and stories of courage from the past through to the present. Having been introduced to actor Alex Litsoudis (of Fusion Theatre Company) during the Greek film festival in 2014 Grapsas met up with Litsoudis and they brainstormed a possible collaboration with each other and another two members of Fusion Theatre Company, Andy McKinnon and Katrina Welsby. For full details on the cast and crew please go here.

‘Heroes of the Past & Presnet’ is a collage of moments in Ancient Greek Tragedy which are paralleled with events of our times. All three actors take on key moments in greek tragedy and then performa  parallel based on current events and people. The simularities are uncanny and demonstrates the harsh reality of how art and life together can become the key to a long overdue awakening within us.

Tickets are available now.

Heroes

A hero can be defined as someone who goes beyond themselves or exceeds their supposed limitations for the benefit of others and/or to develop themselves further. This experience will remain with them and help them udnerstand themselves in perspective of the world they live in.

Apart from the material taken from the Greek tragedies and the current people referenced in the performance, all three actors can also be called heroes.

The Persian Messenger

The tragic poet Aeschylus described the loss of the Persian army with such empathy that he moved the Greek audience with the loss of the enemy.

Malala Yousafzai

There was a brief moment before Malala was shot by the Taliban. The strength and courage that she had to raise her hand can still be felt today.

Aylan Kurdi

Aylan was three years old when his body washed up on a Turkish shore. There had been many like him before and many more will follow. Will we ever learn?

Iphigenia

When people reach a moment of total clarity and purpose, they are rarely understood by those around them.

Refugee reporter- Kebrat

The island of Lampedusa has seen many refugee trageies in their attempts to cross to Europe, Tehre is a distinct difference between reporting and surviving such a tragedy.

Ajax

This soldier with a conscience tries to understand his symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in this mdoern day adaption.