The 60th Epidaurus Festival kicked off on Saturday with an aim to bring a breath of fresh air and optimism to Greek and foreign audiences.
The festival, dedicated to ancient Greek drama, opened with Euripides’ Helen directed by 26-year-old Greek Dimitris Karantzas who works with a group of young actors.
“I am very excited regarding this collaboration with a cast of young actors. If you don’t find understanding and complicity, there is no point to the work of a director,” Karantzas said during a press conference shortly before the opening.
Along with Karantzas, young director Ektoras Ligizos will also make his debut at Epidaurus Theater with Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound on July 12.
The ancient Greek theater in Epidaurus, situated within the archaeological site of the Sanctuary of Asclepius, in the Argolis prefecture of the Peloponnese, has a 10,000 capacity and hosts the festival every Saturday in July and August.
For the first time in the festival’s history, performances at the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus are presented with English subtitles, making it easier for foreigners and tourists to understand the mystic atmosphere of ancient Greek drama.