Zorba the Greek: The ballet


The book:

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.




The film:

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.


The ballet!!!                                                                                                                                  

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



Related post: 

Theodorakis’ and Kazantzakis’ “Zorbas” was born in Kolindros, Greece


Links to sources                                                                                                                    



The music is  available on Google Play: Zorbas Ballet Suite 

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


About "The Music of Mikis Theodorakis"

The blog "The Music of Mikis Theodorakis" started in 2010. The not-for-profit activities of the initiator were and are to collect, create and publish information about the MUSIC of the Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis via YouTube, Google+, Twitter, and this blog. Sources for this information are utterly strictly related with Mikis Theodorakis' Music only. The icon is a bouzouki. It is Greece's national symbol for freedom. During the Regime of the Colonels (Military Junta, 1967-1974) the bouzouki was forbidden. Mikis Theodorakis used this authentic Greek instrument in almost all his compositions, and Greeks were listening to Theodorakis's music in the underground scene, during the Military Junta time.
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