Dimitris Mavrikios

He was born in Cairo. He studied literature and theater in Sorbonne and film directing in Rome’s Cinecittà’s State Film School, under Bernard Dort and Roberto Rossellini. For his theses, he directed the feature film The Trojan Women (Troades, 1973). He also directed the feature film L’Amore (1979, Lecce Festival award), as well as the documentaries Polemonta (First Critics Award at the 1975 Thessaloniki International Film Festival), Spinalonga, The Bridges of the Ionian Sea [Ta Gefyria tou Ioniou, Academy of Athens award], Grecia capta (1988) and Aenigma est (1990, Biennale Internationale du Film sur l’ Art award, Paris)). He collaborated with Manos Hadjidakis’ Third Program (Greek State Radio). He became involved with the theater since 1980, after a proposal by Manos Hadjidakis to stage a poetry performance in the Musical August Festival in Heraklion, Crete, in which he also incorporated the screening of films, as he had already done in an opera at the GNO, directed by his teacher Minos Volanakis [Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny/Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny] (GNO, 1977). He also directed, always based on his translations or/and adaptations) the plays: Six Characters Search for an Author [Sei personaggi in cerca d'autore] (State Theater of Northern Greece, 1987 and National Theater, 2003), Romeo and Juliet (National Theater, 1989), Salome (Amore Theater, 1992), The Glass Menagerie (Empros Theater, 1998), Elektra (National Theater of Greece, Epidaurus Ancient Theater, 1998), Τrue West (Art Theater, 2004), Enrico IV (National Theater, 2006), L’Illusion Comique (National Theater of Greece, 2010) and Pope Joan - Looking for Roides’ Heroine [Papisa Ioanna - Anazitontas tin iroida tou Roidi] (Athens Festival, 2014), Suddenly last summer (Theater of Kefallinias Street and Tonight We Improvise [Questa sera si recita a soggetto, National Theater of Greece, 2018). For the GNO he directed the operas Werther (1983/84, where he also translated in verse the libretto) and A Masked Ball [Un ballo in maschera] (2011/12), also surtitling in verse the poetic text. // Last update of the biography: December 2015.