|A man and a woman performing a modern dance. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
"Well, things change: new passions, new threats, new fears.
New consequences, too. Nowadays, we don't think much
about Theseus, the Minotaur, Ariadne on the beach
at Naxos, staring out at theanan coming years.
But people still dance that dance: just common folk,
those criss-cross steps that no one had to teach,
at weddings and wakes, in bars or parks,
as if hope and heart could meet, as if they might
even now, somehow, dance themselves out of the dark.'
Yiannis Ritsos an outstanding Greek poet spent many years in political exile,prisons and sanitoriums. Despite persecution by German Nazi occupation forces for his leftist views, he produced outstanding works of poetry, drama and essays.His 'O Epitaphios' or Funeral Procession (Janaza) was symbolically burnt at the foot of Acropolis for his communist views. He writes with compassion and hope celebrating life. In 1967 he was imprisoned again by Greek junta and banned from publishing till 1972. Despite all the odds he had published 117 works of poetry,drama and essays. Many of his works including 'O Epitaphios' were set to music by Mikis Theodorakis which became immensely popular.