The magical mountains in the theater of the New World - Wishevoke

The magical mountains in the theater of the New World

Theater der Neue Welt – Central Stage, from March 1, 2024
Every Friday 9:00 p.m., Saturday 9:15 p.m. and Sunday 6:30 p.m

Elephas tiliensis (Dimitris Agartzidis and Despina Anastasoglou) present for the first time on the modern stage the Theater of the Mountain and the work of Giorgos Kotzioulas, the man who founded the Popular Theater in Epirus, with actors themselves, the rebels of the VIII Division OF THE GREEK POLICE. “The Magic Mountains” tells the story of guerrilla theater during the time of the National Resistance, in which many well-known later actors “starred,” and focuses on the magical moment when utopia took shape.


The popular theater emerged from the needs of the liberation struggle: educating the people about the goals of the struggle, recruiting, free criticism and entertainment. It is worth noting that this theater was one of the few theaters where men, women and children equally participated in a social event. The popular theater arises from the people and is aimed at the people who enjoy seeing themselves in the works.

While Kotzioulas propagates the new ideas and values ​​of the National Resistance, he connects the resistance with the robbery of 1821, but at the same time does not shy away from directly criticizing the guerrillas. Questions surrounding our national identity, its fluidity and our difficulty in coming into contact with the traumas of our modern history, such as those of the occupation and civil war, come to life through Kotzioulas’ work, underscoring its timelessness to this day. The show combines documentary theater with fiction, traditional epirotic songs and songs of the time with folk theater.


The stage of the Theater of the New World is transformed into a mountainside with wild vegetation in Vourgareli on Pindus, where the plays were first performed. The wild nature of the mountains penetrates the interior of the theater and transforms it into a threshold for the viewer’s encounter with mountain theater, which has not yet found a place in modern performance art.

Texts: Giorgos Kotzioulas and the troupe

Direction – Dramaturgy: Dimitris Agartzidis, Despina Anastasoglou

Sets – Costumes: Magdaleni Avgerinou
Lighting design: Nausica Christodoulakos
Movement cutting – Alexander Technique: Despina Anastasoglou

Playwright: Rosy Dounia
Scientific advisor: Panagiotis Michalopoulos
Music, music lessons: Christos Theodorou
First assistant director: Rosy Dounia
Second assistant director: Maria Gioni
Photos: Patroclus Skafidas
Music editing: Dimitris Agartzidis, Despina Anastasoglou
Marketing: Venetia Karapanou
Assistant Set Designer/Costume Designer: Nicole Economidis


You play: Dimitris Agartzidis, Despina Anastasoglou, Markella Giannatou, Aris Laskos, Vicky Katsika
We sincerely thank the family of Kostas Kotzioulas for their kind grant of rights and their undivided help.

On Friday, March 22nd, after the end of the performance, there will be an open discussion with the audience, during which Panagiotis Michalopoulos, assistant professor of the Department of Theater Studies at the Greek Academy of Athens, Sotiria Meletiou, wife of Kostas Kotzioulas and the grandchildren of Authors, George Kotzioulas and Ioanna-Omorfia Kotzioulas.

The “Magical Mountains” show takes place with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture.

Premiere: March 1, 2024, every Friday 9:00 p.m., Saturday 9:15 p.m. and Sunday 6:30 p.m

TICKET PRICES: General entry €18, reduced entry (unemployed, students, disabled, over 65 years) €15

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