Both deeply self-critical and censorious about the state of public affairs, Dionysis Savvopoulos is clearly anxious as far as the country’s future is concerned. At the same time, the popular singer-songwriter is making a series of stage appearances in aid of the Arsakeio Schools scholarship program. He is scheduled to appear at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall tonight and tomorrow. On the program is his own take on Aristophanes’ “Acharnians” and “Plutus,” performed in concert form.
The artist first emerged into the limelight 35 years ago, satirizing the post-dictatorship rhetoric and effectively nettling political parties’ youth organizations.
“Dikaiopolis [the protagonist in ‘The Acharnians’] puts his head on the butcher’s block in an effort to give the dizzy and confused people new direction,” Savvopoulos told Kathimerini. “He is a clown and a populist, but if only we had such a populist today, somebody who could comfort us while putting his own neck on the line in order to restore our society and democracy.”
How did we reach this sorry state of affairs?
The negative international environment fused with our own post-dictatorship mess, especially after the 1980s. Andreas Papandreou freed us but failed to put the country on a production-oriented path.