AP PHOTOS: Ancient Greek Theatres Come Back to Existence in pandemic

Crickets. Birds. Bats. Action!

Live festivals and events have been largely canceled in Greece this summer on account of this coronavirus pandemic. However, the Culture Ministry let the Epidaurus Theater in southern Greece along with the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens to sponsor performances under strict security guidelines.

“Just 45 percent of the chairs are occupied, the refreshments regions are closed, there’s absolutely no intermission, and tickets are issued electronically,” explained Maria Panagiotopoulou, spokeswoman for its cultural organization which coordinated the events.

“We generally have 80 performances in the summertime. This year, it is only 17. … We kept altering the programs. We planned for a September start, then we had been worried that all events may be canceled. We ended up with something in the center. It would have become the very first summer with no functionality in 65 decades.”

Acts from overseas were off-limits on account of the pandemic, along with the artists that were scheduled were taught to not give encores. Stewards wearing gloves and plastic visors keep audiences aside because they clamber up the steep rock amphitheater measures to locate their seats.

Only 4,500 of the normal 10,000 chairs have been made available at Epidaurus Theatre, a honeycomb-colored stone place using a shallow, half-funnel shape which enables voices and music in the point to be discovered all 55 pops upward.

Inspired by pine-covered mountains of the southern Peloponnese area, audiences can also hear the sounds of birds and crickets in addition to the protests of people that were locked from the theater for coming too late.

“There’s a sense of harmony here. It is a sacred place,” Koutra mentioned from behind a face mask because she left the theater along with her parents.

“Culture can’t standstill. We must participate and keep it moving,” she explained.