September 25, 2018
Latest News
Entertainment

Nero's riveting story set to enthrall theater enthusiasts at Merida festival

Merida, Spain, Jul 11 (efe-epa).- Nero, a play that uses stark visuals to tell the story of power and art, politics, ambition and madness, was set to open to the public on Wednesday at the ongoing Merida Classic Theatre International festival at the Roman Theatre in Merida in southeastern Spain.

At a dress rehearsal on Tuesday evening, Spanish actors Raul Arevalo and Itziar Miranda brought to life the characters of the play, directed by Eduardo Galan, an epa-efe journalist reports.

Nero - the emperor who allegedly burnt down Rome to rebuild it - is one of the most contradictory and complex characters in history.

He was a lover of art and culture, as well as a despot and a tyrant who murdered some of his closest relatives, including his mother, half-brother and first wife.

According to the director, he re-imagined the historical drama through a modern structure, including flashbacks and simultaneous scenes with various spaces ranging from the palace or the Roman theatre of Naples to the catacombs.

He hoped the play would remind the audience of the famous film starring Robert Taylor, Peter Ustinov and Deborah Kerr.

"A whole host of historical and fictional characters pass through the play, for example Petronius, Marcus Vinicius, Agrippina, Saint Paul, Lygia, Poppaea, Tigellinus or Sporus," he said in a note on the festival's website.

The play would be performed for 5 days, between Jul. 11 until Jul. 15. and is one of the highlights of the festival, which is in its 64th edition this year.

The Mérida International Classical Theatre Festival is the oldest classical theatre festival held in Spain and performances are held annually during the months of July and August at the Roman Theatre of Mérida, the oldest working theatre in the world.

News history
New exhibition celebrating art from Oceania to open in London

London, Sep 25 (efe-epa).- A new exhibition celebrating art from the region of Oceania will soon open its doors in the United Kingdom's capital London,...

Chinese calligraphy class in Hong Kong sets world record for participants

Hong Kong, China, Sep 25 (efe-epa).- Thousands of young people Tuesday gathered in Hong Kong's Asia World Expo convention center and made history for the...

Instagram founders step down from company

Washington DC, Sep 24 (efe-epa).- Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger on Monday announced that they were stepping down from the company that...

Children rescued from Thai cave to travel to Argentina for Youth Olympics

Bangkok, Sep 25 (efe-epa).- Twelve children and their coach who were rescued from a cave in northern Thailand will travel to Argentina at the beginning of...

Libraries need professional staff, head of int'l librarians group says

Rio de Janeiro, Sep 24 (efe-epa).- Libraries are motors for social change, but they need professional staff with increasing awareness of the changing...

Photographer Graciela Iturbide looks at 1970s Panama in new show

Panama City, Sep 24 (EFE).- Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide's black-and-white images of Panama City in the 1970s have opened a window onto the past...

"Pajaros de verano" "Zama" lead nominations for Mexico's Fenix awards

Mexico City, Sep 24 (efe-epa).- The Colombian film "Pajaros de verano" and Argentina's "Zama" are the favorites at the fifth Fenix Ibero-American Film...

Stradivarius violin

Montreaux (Switzerland), Sep 24.- (epa-efe).- Fabrizio von Arx, a Swiss-Italian violinist on Monday posed in Montreaux with a unique and legendary...

Colombia's Morat says it's all about the band, next album

Montevideo, Sep 24 (efe-epa).- Colombian band Morat, which will take the stage Monday for the first time in South America's southernmost capital city,...

Julieta Serrano wins Spanish National Theater Award

Madrid, 24, Sep (EFE).- Julieta Serrano was on Monday awarded the prestigious National Theater Award by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, which comes with a...

UK's Tate Britain presents exhibition showcasing Turner Prize finalists' art

London, Sep 24 (efe-epa).- The Tate Britain on Monday presented a new exhibition showcasing works of art by this year's four Turner Prize nominees.

Endangered elephant calf dies at conservation center in Aceh

Sare, Indonesia, Sep 24 (efe-epa).- An endangered elephant calf, which was rescued in May after it was caught in a trap in an Indonesian forest, died on...

Montserrat Caballé admitted into Barcelona hospital due to health issue

Barcelona, Sep 24 (efe-epa).- Spanish opera singer, Montserrat Caballé, was admitted on Monday into the hospital due to a long-running health issue, a...

China's penchant for entertainment embraces games of all eras, types

Beijing, Sep 24 (efe-epa).- Games in China - whether played on the street or in other locations - have been an important part of the culture for thousands...

Indonesian youth survives 48 days adrift in floating fish trap

Jakarta, Sep 24 (efe-epa).- An Indonesian youth survived 48 days adrift at sea in a floating fish trap, before he was rescued by a cargo vessel more than...

Croatian town promotes self as destination for tourists with dogs

Crikvenica, Croatia, Sep 23 (efe-epa).- About 50 dogs paraded on Sunday on the main beach in Crikvenica, Croatia, in an event designed to promote the small...

Munich's Oktoberfest begins second day with traditional parade

Munich (Germany), Sep 23 (efe-epa).- Bavarian beer aficionados in traditional garb took part in musical marches and joined each other for a stein or two on...

Techno Parade blasts music through central Paris

Paris, Sep 22 (efe-epa).- Crowds of electronic music fans packed the banks of the River Seine in Paris on Saturday for the annual Techno Parade, which...

Belorussian snails glide to glory in village competition

Novoe Pole (Belarus), Sep 22 (efe-epa).- Residents of a village not far from the Belorussian capital put an escargatoire of snails head to head in a slow...

Merrymakers in Bavarian garb rush for seats at Munich's famous Oktoberfest

Munich (Germany), Sep 22 (efe-epa).- Thirsty revelers clad in traditional Bavarian garb raced through the entrance of Munich's world-renowned Oktoberfest...

Tapatour teaches Mexico to make rice as it's done in Castile and Leon

Mexico City, Sep 21 (efe-epa).- A rice dish that is traditional in the Spanish region of Castile and Leon was presented Friday in Mexico by Tapatour, a...

Jalisco folk ballet promotes respect for sexual diversity in Mexico

By Mariana Gonzalez

First-of-its-kind urban street art venue opens in Brussels

Brussels, Sep 21 (efe-epa).- A Belgium-based non-profit on Friday inaugurated a first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary arts space designed to exclusively house...

Spain's parliament should appoint president of EFE agency, not government

Madrid, Sep 21 (efe-epa).- The president of Spain's international news agency EFE on Friday said that a new law should be passed enabling the country's...

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.