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Phoenisses (the music of the performance)

Phoinisses cover


music compositions

Petros Theodorou


heard on this CD were composed and selected by Apostolos Apostolidis from various sources for the needs of the dance / theatre performance. The first verse of the poem «Oedipus» by T. Papathanassopoulos is heard, and the translations used are by T. Roussos, K. Ch. Myris, K. Topouzis

recorded texts

Actor Dimitris Karellis, actress Eleni Fotinaki and Malama Synapidou recorded the texts of the CD

graphics design



Nikos Pandis, Michalis Stathenas, and Panagiotis Moulinos followed with their photos the development of this idea both as a performance and as an independent music composition


»Phoenician Women» would be the widely used original translation of the title of this Euripides’s tragedy. For various reasons, in the English text we preferred to construct a phonema («Phoenisses») based on the sound of every letter of the original title in modern Greek

Birth» sound material includes samples of the voice of the actress Maria Vlachou

In «Hymn» actress Christina Mitsani’ s voice is heard

In «Battle» the cello samples were created with the help of cellist Ioulia Belidou

In «Birth» the chorus screams were created with the voices of Christina Mitsani, Yorgos Gasnakis and Petros Theodorou

In «Birth» and «Duel» part of «Esther the spirit» from Petros Theodorou’s «MUSICA PRACTICA» (CD, 1995, Musica Viva) is used. In this piece physical sounds are produced by musicians: Theodora Gourani (vocals), Vangelis Kondopoulos (bass)


NEA media

recorded and remixed



EDO (1999)

This music is very closely related to the dance / theatre performance “myth fragments: Phoenisses”.

So, for more details and information about their common history, you may visit the relevant link from the sub-menu “dance-theatre works”.

In 1995, Theodorou, composed the music for the theatre performance of the Euripides’s tragedy «Phoenisses», produced by the «Techni» theatre group, and directed by Dimitris Karellis. He had the idea of creating an independent dance / theatre performance which would be based on Euripides’s tragedy and structured with just sound and movement without words.

During the next 4 years he wrote the fully detailed sound – movement perfomance «script». For this purpose he partly co-operated with dancer Efi Tsolakidou.

He completed the musical part extending and developing much further that first version of 1995, transforming it in a stand-alone work which is the composer’s 4rth discography (CD, 1999), produced by EDO in November 1999.

During the same year he co-operated with dancer / choreographer Amalia Strinopoulou working on the pre-existing conceptual core of the complete performance. The final result, entitled «myth fragments: Phoenisses», was presented in «DIMITRIA 1999», one of the most important cultural festivals in Greece.

In «PHOENISSES», the stylistic references, the use of synthesized sound, samples (digitally processed sounds) and overlapping sound layers are pushed to limits. However, they never become an end by itself.

They always serve broader musical and structural ideas which evolve fluently in 11 tracks – images. Theodorou considers this work a definitive turning point in his overall problematics on music technology (a pathway that opened with «ONAR» and went on with «MUSICA PRACTICA»). Furthermore, this work, is a totally idiosyncratic personal perspective on aesthetic and stylistic references to the Greek traditional sound (something that interested him since 1996).

He, himself, considers «PHOENISSES» his most complete and mature work up to the present time. Both musically AND concerning his effort to incorporate other forms of art in his compositional point of view. In such terms, «PHOENISSES», is for sure a very rich and «compact» work.

All of the same the music was structured as Theodorou always wanted: literally in parallel with the concept of a broader dance / theatre performance («myth fragments: Phoenisses»).


Most of the text in the CD booklet is part and variation of the text included at the presentation of the dance / theatre performance.

You may see «myth fragments: Phoenisses», for several details on the music, the performance, the whole concept development, etc.

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