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TALES OF A BEAR «The squirrel that made a forest disappear»

6th Online festival «The Bear and the Baritone on Other Planets»

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The 6th Online Festival of the Greek National Opera, curated by Giorgos Koumendakis, premieres on GNO TV in the Christmas holiday season and takes children –and not only– on three unique journeys into the world of imagination. Tales of a Bear premieres on 23 December, Bridget Planet on 27 December and The Baritone’s Shoes on 3 January. GNO TV is part of a new strand of programming of the Greek National Opera made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [www.SNF.org] to enhance the Greek National Opera’s artistic outreach.

A squirrel, the darkness-woman and a walking tree meet up in an original music fairy tale about diversity. Stop motion animation and contemporary music create a magic forest of sounds and images, inspired by Sofia Gubaidulina’s work Musical Toys (1969).

Where is the darkest place in the world? Perhaps there, where we hide our hatred, our fear and anger. In the fairy tale “The squirrel who made a forest disappear” the central figure, the Squirrel, is found trapped in exactly this place. He is all alone. His only companion is Darkness, a woman wrapped up in a strange tree that walks. There he comes face to face with the animosity, the fear and the anger aroused in him by the creatures that are different than him. That is, more or less, every creature there is. It is completely his fault that he is there, since he pressed the mysterious red button that makes any being he doesn’t like disappear. The annoying woodpecker with the big nose, the inferior mouse who dares to spread rumours that the two of them are related, the loudmouth wolf, the silly butterflies, the centenarian tortoise from Kathmandu who speaks a broken language, the boring ants and many other forest creatures. He knew very well that all it takes to make them disappear is the pressing of one button. And he did press it. In other words, the Squirrel preferred to be all alone than to share the forest with animals that were different than him. Only that things didn’t go exactly as expected. Because this way, without him realising it, he chose nothingness. And one can never know what hides in nothingness. Will Darkness really manage to teach the Squirrel that diversity makes the world more beautiful?

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Creative team – Cast

Music curation (musical collage, improvisation), piano, keyboard, mechanical-clockwork toys: Ann-Kristin Sofroniou
Original story, libretto, English translation: Andriana Minou
Illustration, animation: Christina Spanou
Narration, singing, vocal improvisation: Maria Katrivesi
Sound recording, editing: Kostas Bokos – Studio 19

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