Thursday, April 3, 2014

Global Greek Yannis Simonides takes 'Socrates Now' Downunder: a MUST SEE!

Socrates Now is in New Zealand at last!
Yannis Simonides portrayal of one of Greece's most famous philosophers, Socrates, is a masterpiece!

Take a seat in the court of ancient Athens as Socrates goes on trial for his life. 

Hear the godfather of philosophy face his accusers with his trademark wit, cutting logic, and the courage of his ideals. 

Consider his arguments on virtue, justice, politics, civic duty, love of life and hope in death, and make your own judgment.

Engage in the post-performance "Socratic" discussion and opportunity to discuss your verdict with the actor.

Think.   Question.   Change. 

Socrates Now brings to life one of history's most famous trials, as reported by the great man's faithful student Plato, in the timeless classic The Apology of Socrates. 

Socrates does not apologise to his accusers, he defends himself with humour and wisdom-against false charges of not believing in the gods of the state and corrupting the Athenian youth, and against a guilty verdict and sentence to death.

Emmy Award winner Yannis Simonides channels the eccentric and magnetic personality of Socrates and offers a profoundly social, political, but above all human work which captivates the audience with its immediacy and simplicity.

The wisdom of the Ancient Greek philosopher is, in an ever-changing world, and in the search for a life of meaning, more relevant now than ever before.

As this amazing one-man act continues to captivate audiences in Greece and around the world year after year, Yannis Simonides brings his Elliniko Theatro to New Zealand after his successful and highly commended performances around Australia.

You can always see it close to home in Athens, but if you can't, we highly recommend you see it whenever it comes to a theatre near you, wherever in the world you are! 

 Yannis Simonides
A consummate actor,
A superb Socrates, 
a unique and mesmerising performance,
a chance in a lifetime! 

Don't miss it!

Greek New Zealand Film Maker Vicky Yiannoutsos,
one of the people who helped make it happen, 
 standing proudly in front of the Socrates Now New Zealand Tour poster.
When Vicky saw Socrates Now in Athens,
she made it her mission to get it to New Zealand ... and with a bit of help, she succeeded!

Don't miss your chance to see this unique performance if you are in New Zealand.

Scheduled Performances (in English)

 James Cabaret (Greek Community Hall)
5th April 8 pm
7th April 1 pm 

 Palmerston North
 Massey University
9th April 12.30 pm

Concert Chamber
 12th April 8pm 

Selwyn College
 14th April 11 am

 Check out the Socrates Now website 
and book your seats now!

Yannis Simonides

Born in Constantinople and raised in Athens, Yannis is a Yale Drama School trained actor/writer and Emmy winning producer. 

He was professor and chair of the NYU Tisch Drama Department, producer of GOTelecom and director of Hellenic Public Radio in New York. He is the founder and director of the Greek Theater Foundation (Elliniko Theatro) of the U.S.A. and Greece, now in its 35th successful year. 

His performance work ranges from Euripides to Shakespeare to pieces adapted from the writings of Cavafy, Makriyannis, and Gogol. Among his patrons are the National Endowment for the Arts, The Greek Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs, The A. S. Onassis, Time Warner and Mobil Foundation.

Yannis has embodied the role of the great philosopher for Socrates Now  in 300 performances at theatres, festivals, schools, organisations and universities, in 15 countries. He has staged marathon audience-participation Readings- Celebrations of the Iliad and Odyssey at the Library of Alexandria, the Dahesh Museum and the 92nd Street Y in New York, and in Troy, Chios, Kos, Delos, Pylos, Malta, Sicily and Ithaca, at the Getty Villa in Malibu, at the Halles de Schaerbeek in Brussels and at the Hellenic Centre in London for the 2012 Olympic Games.

In 2009 Yannis Simonides was honoured by the city of Athens as Ambassador of Hellenism for his lifelong service to Greek culture worldwide. 

In 2012 he was invited to speak at TEDx ACADEMY  and in 2013 performed for the Ecumenical Patriarchate. 


I cannot teach anybody anything. 

I can only make them think.


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