Alexander the Great: Between Dreams and Imagination

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A choice of three performances. Alexander in words, music and images.

This event takes place at the British Library.

Join us in the grandeur of the British Library as we journey through words, live music and images into the world of Alexander the Great through the dreams of the philosopher Aristotle.

The Library is delighted to present the first three performances of Alexander the Great: Between Dreams and Imagination, inspired by a modern epic poem by Stamatis Filippoulis.

Readings by a cast of leading actors are accompanied by original music by Stamatis Spanoudakis, one of the most prominent Greek composers of his generation, and by rich imagery directed by Paul Benney, among Britain's most acclaimed portrait artists.

Alexander the Great’s persona transcends cultures, faiths, and races. He appears as a prophet of God in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic texts: he is inspired as a hero, even a god, whether battling mythical foxes, meeting the Amazons or making the journey to the Underworld.

Alexander is hungry for knowledge as he travels ever onwards to new places, even to ‘the end of the earth’. In his world, wisdom and greatness are acquired from other cultures and through initiative and bravery.

The performance is framed around the dreams of the philosopher Aristotle, who pushes his pupil Alexander, and the audience, in and out of fantasy worlds that challenge his thinking as a leader.

Multiple characters come forward, showing that it is not just bravery and martial prowess that matter in character, but moral integrity, intelligence and compassion.

In dreams, fantasy meets reality in the seas of the unconscious.

In addition to tickets for the performance only, tickets including access to the British Library exhibition Alexander the Great; the Making of a Myth (from 18.15 – 19.40) may also be purchased.

Poem: Stamatis Filippoulis
Translation: Anthony Stevens
Editor/Director/Producer: Elizabeth Filippouli
Script Support: Di Sherlock
Composer: Stamatis Spanoudakis
Actors: include Mimi Denissi
Visuals: Paul Benney
This event will not be live-streamed.

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Name: Alexander the Great: Between Dreams and Imagination
Where: Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: From £8 – £16
Concessions available
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546
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