"Burt Turrido: An Opera" Nature Theater of Oklahoma

From 15 June to 16 June 2022 · ATHENS

Venue Details

Peiraios 260

Peiraios 260 - H Building

Peiraios 260 kai Polykratoys

The subversive duo of Nature Theater of Oklahoma (Kelly Copper and Pavol Liška) returns to the Athens Epidaurus Festival to present an international co-production of prestigious organizations, including the Festival, four years after The Pursuit of Happiness (2018) that introduced them to the Greek audiences. Their new performance, presented at Peiraios 260, is a country opera that hilariously deconstructs contemporary American pop culture.

Burt Turrido: An Opera is set in a post-apocalyptic world. Very few people have survived due to a series of climate disasters and genocides. Borrowing references from iconic works of the opera world repertoire such as The Flying Dutchman, this Kafkaesque, dystopian, and hysterically funny tragicomedy of Nature Theater of Oklahoma, which premiered in 2021, effortlessly fuses highbrow and lowbrow elements, eschewing strict genre conventions.

Written and directed by Kelly Copper, Pavol Liška
Music: Robert M. Johanson
Set and lighting design: Luka Curk
Costume design: Anna Sünkel
Dramaturg Künstlerhaus Mousonturm: Marcus Dross
Dramaturg Schauspiel Frankfurt: Katja Herlemann
Production manager Künstlerhaus Mousonturm: Anne Kleiner
Sound design: Leon Curk, Daniel Groß
Set and props technician: Hanna Marlene Schnell
Assistant to the set designer: Nastja Miheljak

Cast: Gabel Eiben, Anne Gridley, Robert M. Johanson, Bence Mezei, Kadence Neill

Production Nature Theater of Oklahoma (New York City - US), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt - DE), Schauspiel Frankfurt (Frankfurt - DE) • Co-production Arctic Arts Festival (Harstad - NO), Athens Epidaurus Festival (Athens - GR), Espoo City Theatre (Espoo - FI), HAU Hebbel Am Ufer (Berlin - DE), Kampnagel (Hamburg - DE), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna - AT), Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zürich - CH), Noorderzon Festival of Performing Arts & Society (Groningen - NL)

Management and Distribution: Something Great (Berlin - DE)
Commissioned by the Frankfurter Positionen 2021, an initiative of BHF-Bank Stiftung

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Adolf und Luisa Haeuser-Stiftung für Kunst und Kulturpflege, as part of the project series UNLIMITED II, promoting exemplary positions in the contemporary performing arts.

Duration 3 hours 30 minutes (with interval)
With Greek and English surtitles.

As part of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2022. A country opera that hilariously deconstructs contemporary American pop culture. Written and directed by Kelly Copper, Pavol Liška.

Ticket Details

VIP 30€ • Zone Α΄ 20€/ Students/ 65+/ Artist Unions 16€ • Zone Β΄ 15€/ Students/ 65+/ Artist Unions 12€ • Unemployed/ Art School Students 5€


From 15 June to 16 June 2022

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Athens International Film Festival 2023


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