Screening: How did a raven end up in the belly of a whale? - Εικόνα

On Sunday June 27, 2021, at 21:00, the Greek National Opera’s Educational & Social Activities, in partnership with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), present a special screening of the show How did a raven end up in the belly of a whale? at the Great Lawn of the Stavros Niarchos Park, to give our friends of all ages the opportunity to enjoy the musical fairy tale on a giant screen. Entry to the event is free, and subject to all applicable National Public Health Organization safety measures. 

How did a raven end up in the belly of a whale?

A musical fairy tale for nine voices and a chamber ensemble performed by educators and students from eight schools in the Region of Attica. 

The GNO’s Educational & Social Activities introduce their new pilot program of interdisciplinary art and educational events entitled How did a raven end up in the belly of the whale?

It is the artistic result of the educational program of the same name that ran during the current academic year in collaboration with eight primary schools in the Region of Attica. Making use of contemporary, innovative tools, the program brought ten educators and dozens of students in contact with the world of Musical Theater, as it is nowadays served by the Greek National Opera. 

More than 130 performers, children and adults alike, take part in the musical performance How did a raven end up in the belly of the whale?, which is based on a traditional myth of the Inuit tribe (the Eskimo people of Alaska, Greenland and Canada). Traditional polyphonic songs, sounds of nature and contemporary musical idioms come together to comprise a fascinating musical fairy tale that converses with the art of animation, culminating in a unique viewing and listening experience. The performance’s artistic curation and music direction is by Dimitra Trypani, with the fairy tale adapted to music by Ismini Gyftaki-Beck.

The show consists of two separate works, which intertwine to create a fully-rounded musical fairy tale. The first, which served as the inspiration and the perfect framework for the show, is Ismini Gyftaki-Beck’s The raven and the whale, a contemporary musical fairy tale for nine voices and a small chamber ensemble. The second, a musical theater piece created by Dimitra Trypani to complement the former, is a sequence of polyphonic treatments of six traditional songs from Greece and abroad. 

Duration: 75'

Sunday 27/06 | 21:00

Entry is free.

* Viewers are advised to bring mosquito-repellent, as well as a throw or blanket to spread on the ground.

For your own safety and in compliance with the measures for maintaining distances as defined by the Hellenic National Public Health Organization, we have designed a special layout at the Great Lawn, with signs indicating the spots where 2 people or families of up to 4 people may sit.

The use of face mask and social distancing measures are mandatory in indoor and outdoor areas of the SNFCC, in accordance with Hellenic National Public Health Organization regulations.

There will be no waiting list. According to the protection measures against COVID-19, on the occasion of the exceedance of the Great Lawn’s visitors maximum capacity, the film screening will be cancelled. Thank you in advance for your understanding.


Adaptation - Coordination manager - Music direction: Dimitra Trypani
Video / animation: Giorgos Nikopoulos
Musical fairy tale composition: Ismini Beck
Folk songs editing: Dimitra Trypani
Body & vocal percussion training – Percussion; Antonis Vasiliadis
Stage performance: Nikos Ziaziaris
Vocal and chorus training: Sofia Ketetzian
Ensemble conducting techniques – Répétiteur: Aliki Siousti
With the participation of a musical ensemble and a polyphonic ensemble of soloists

Lead Donor of the GNO Learning & Participation Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Production sponsor: John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation



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Sunday 20/06, 21:00

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