Friday, 14 September 2012

Mikis Theodorakis- "Don't Cry for Greece". Paris, 1973 and Athens 1974

Mikis Theodorakis singing "Don't cry for Greece" (Την Ρωμιοσύνη μην την κλαις. Music by Mikis Theodorakis, Poetry by Yiannis Ritsos). Theater Olympia, Paris, 1973.

Other Photographs: The crew- Afrodite Manou, Achileas Kostoulis, Petros Pandis and Maria Farantouri) . All photos by Simos Tsapnidis, 1973.

 Don't cry for romiosyne
There where it goes to bend down
With a knife in the bone
With a belt on the neck
Look, it jumps up from the start
And grows stronger and furious
And hits the beast
With a harpoon of the sun.

Minos Argyrakis, was also in the crew of Mikis, "illustrating" the songs, with his art work.
 Minos, made 8 sketches, the inspiration was the the songs of Mikis and the poems of Yiannis Ritsos  "18 Λιανοτράγουδα της πικρής Πατρίδας".

18 lianotragouda tis pikris patridas (18 Short Songs of the Bitter Land, Yiannis Ritsos) is one of the main works, that Mikis wrote in exile.

A memorable live perfomance of "Don't Cry for Greece", captured on film, Songs Of the Fire, directed by Nikos Koundouros, in July 1974,when Mikis returned to Greece-see video. .

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