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Eleusis2023, “Clock Tower Voices” is online

Clock Tower Voices Clock Tower Voices Photo by Pantelis Laddas | LDSPRO

Coloring the Clock, the monumental landmark of the city that dominates the hill of the Archaeological Site of Elefsina, the Clock Tower Voices hosted in their third edition, on Sunday, November 21, 2021, a great interpreter of Greek texts, Lydia Koniordou.

The special performance is part of a series of original sound performances, interpretations of landmark texts of Greek literature by distinguished artists, which mark the Mystery 2 | Clock Tower Voces 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture and it is screen free of charge from Tuesday 22 February at 18.00 p.m. on the official YouTube channel of 2023 ELEUSIS.

In a separate recitation visible from the pedestrian street of Nikolaidou Street, the artist with excessive sensitivity, breathed life into the masterpiece poem of Angelos Sikelianos Iera Odos, as well as excerpts from his Eleusinian Testament, revealing the context of Farazi, aspects of the history but also of the mythology of the poet’s favorite city, Elefsina and the emblematic road that leads to it.

As symbols are not possible, except where life, whether secret or manifest, is conceived in its highest inner duration.” 

The connection of Sikelianos with Eleusis began at a young age when the poet had a vision of a procession of hierophants heading towards the sanctuary of Demeter while he was standing on the slopes of Mount Egaleo. His emotional and ideological ties with the city were consolidated years later, through his regular visits to literary meetings and dinners organized by Georgios Domestichos and his wife Amalia. Also indicative of his connection with the city was his choice to perform his wedding with Anna Karamani, the fruit of their scandalous love, in the small altar of the sacred temple of Elefsina, Agelastos Petra (Mourning Rock).

Angelos Sikelianos wrote the Sacred Way in 1935, ascribing mythology to Elefsina, just as this place had attributed mythology to the poet’s own work. On the road leading from Athens to Elefsina, following the ancient processions of Elefsinians, the poet speaks of man’s redemption from oppression and pain, through the “symbolic event.” He uses his own characteristic language to send a comforting message of resurrection and triumph of life, regarding the desolation and enslavement that led human beings, through their folly, to subjugate Mother Earth, the symbol of motherhood and love. Sikelianos’ Sacred Way is a poem-vision on the day of salvation and redemption, when the human soul will be reconciled with the eternal laws of life and nature.

In November and December 1935, Angelos Sikelianos composed four lectures, the Elefsinian Testament, and presented them at a spot among the pines on the Sacred Way and at the Telestḗrio of the Archaeological Site of Eleusis. His lectures are notable for their volume and their evocativeness, highlighting the city as a universal symbol against authoritarianism, as a sacred place of reunion with Nature and Mother Earth, while revealing the poet’s intense interest in the Elefsinian Mysteries. The Elefsinian Testament was published in 1936 in the magazine Nea Grammata (New Letters). 

“What, now the times are ripe: and time, which haunts everything, melts the silence of the ages like snow.” Elefsina, November 2021. The place of worship of a goddess-Mother. The circle of life. Time—itself. Silent, ever-moving, all-taming time. The present. 86 years later. The words of the poet are heard again in their rightful place, Elefsina. 

ORDINARY MYSTERIES | Mystery 2 | “Clock Tower Voices”

The action “Clock Tower Voices” started in October 2020 with Kariofillia Karampeti bringing to life Persephone by Yiannis Ritsos, directed by Michail Marmarinos, and continued in May 2021, with Giannis Vogiatzis performing excerpts from the revolutionary text of the Hellenic Nomarchy by Anonymous the Greek, directed by Viktor Adrittis. 

The Clock Tower Voices, an action that has now acquired a character of regular periodicity, have the ultimate goal of becoming a permanent reoccurring celebration for the city. The activation of the landmark of the Clock, both symbolically and literally, places the action at the heart of Elefsina, while the pedestrian walkway next to the archaeological site functions as a place of public meeting for residents and visitors, the spectators of the action.

 

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