Zorba, Alexis Zorbas, is a famous Greek, who has lived in reality!
“Alexis Zorbas, Zorbas the Greek, whose real name was Georgis, was born in Kolindros in 1867 approximately. He was the son of Photis Zorbas, a rich chief shepherd and landowner, and he had one sister (Katerina) and two brothers (Giannis and Ksenophon). The assertion that Alexis Zorbas, the character in Nikos Kazantzakis’ novel, was born in Kolindros, derives from the facts that the lirerateur G. Anapliotis presents in his play “The real Zorbas and Nikos Kazantzakis” and also from the narration of Zorbas’ daughter, Androniki Kehaef and of others, related to him during his stormy and mysterious life.” (from: Zorbas and Kolindros)
He will live forever, because of the book “Zorba the Greek”: “Βίος και Πολιτεία του Αλέξη Ζορμπά”, “Life and Adventures of Alexis Zorbas”, written in 1946 by the Cretan/Greek writer and philosopher Nikos Kazantzakis. He was born in Heraklion, on February 18, 1883. He passed away on October 26, 1957.
Zorba became even more alive in 1964 with the film “Alexis Zorbas”, better known as “Zorba the Greek” (director Michael Cacoyannis), and when people think about “Zorba” they will have Anthony Quinn in their mind.
In 1988 Mikis Theodorakis composed the music for the ballet Zorba the Greek. The premiere was in Italy, in the Arena di Verona, in 1990. In 1991 the first video, VHS, was released by 2 Entertain video. You can find the premiere in a unique exclusive video after the next information.
Dancers: Vladimir Vassiliev (Zorba), Gheorghe Iancu (John), Luciana Savignano (Marina), Rosanna Garavelli (Madame Hortense), Diego Ciavatti (Yorgos) Choreography and Stage Designer: Lorca Massine
Sophia Michailidou: mezzo-sopraan
Kostas Papadoupolos, Lakis Karnezis: bouzouki
Choir and orchestra from the Arena di Verona
Composer, Conductor and Stage Director: Mikis Theodorakis
Costume Designer: Ferruccio Villagrossi
Director: Luigi Bonori
Links to sources
- Nikos Kazantzakis
- Fine books and Collections
- Playlist with Zorba, the Ballet
- The DVD “Zorba the Greek (Arena di Verona)”
- Anthony Quinn
- Vladimir Vasiliev
- Lorca Massine
- Arena di Verona
- Charles Dutoit
- Montreal Symphony Orchestra
- The film Zorba the Greek on
- Michael Cacoyannis
- Life and Adventures of Alexis Zorbas (the book, written in 1946)
- Zorbas and Kolindros
- Zorbas and Kolindros
You can also buy the new video with the world prèmiere now on DVD! The unique existing video recording of Zorba the Greek ballet by Mikis Theodorakis from the biggest open theater in the world. Recorded live in August 1990 at the Arena di Verona. Directed for video by Luigi Bonori: the ballet “Zorba the Greek” (Price: €24.90) : Domovideo
Post updated: October 29, 2015