National Opera of Greece in cooperation with Animasyros will present the first part of an animation opera on Thursday September 22 at the Apollo Theatre on the island of Syros.

The opera is based on excerpts of the opera “The Child and the Spells” composed by Maurice Ravel and poet Colette. The opera with choreographer George Balanchine made its premiere in 1925 at the Opera of Monte Carlo and afterwards in all the greatest theatres of the world and at the Greek National Opera in 1980.

The International Animation Festival + Agora of the island of Syros is the largest festival and market of its kind in Greece and one of the 20 most important globally. It started in 2008 and it is annually held in the capital of Cyclades, the neoclassical town of Hermoupolis. The festival comprises screenings, tributes to international animation festivals, artists and studios, media literacy activities for children, youngsters and adults, parties and tons of parallel events. This year, Animasyros launches the Agora animation market section, aiming at becoming a hub of creative professional networking, targeting the development of synergies among animation professionals.

The events take place at the imposing Apollo Theatre, the Hermoupolis Cultural Centre, the University of the Aegean premises, the central Miaouli Square and elsewhere.

Every year a series of media literacy activites is held enhancing the participation of children, youngster and adults, professionals and amateurs, who participate in the creation of moving images, optic toys, and animation films.

It is the second time that the National Opera and Animasyros join their forces to make an animation movie, their first attempt was a ‘reading’ of pieces of Johann Strauss’ operette “The bat”.

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