Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 17:51
Maria Hors, an eminent figure of the Lighting Ceremonies of the Olympic Flame, who has significantly contributed to the promotion of the Olympic ideals in our country, passed away at the age of 94. She was born in Piraeus in 1921. She studied at the Koula Pratsika’s Schoold of Dance and later attended dance classes abroad, where she was taught by such top dancers as Harald Kreutzberg, Rosalia Chladek, Mary Wigman, Anna Sokolov and others. At the same time, she studied Archeology at the University of Athens. She organized the class of Rhythmic and Dancing Exercises at the Lyceum Club of Greek Women, where she taught for a very long time. She also taught expressive movement, dance and improvisation at the Drama School of the National Theatre of Greece and at the Drama School of the Athens Conservatory for ten years.
She worked as a permanent choreographer at the National Theatre of Greece for about thirty years. She choreographed many theatrical performances of all kinds, as well as about thirty tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, staged in various ancient theatres such as the theatres of Epidaurus, Dodona and Filippi. Moreover, she choreographed Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and Euripides’ Medea for the Vicenza Festival, Italy, at the famous Teatro Olimpico, with Alexis Minotis as director and Giannis Tsarouchis as stage designer. With these same people as her partners, she choreographed Cherubini’s Medea in Epidaurus.
That same opera was staged in Milan, at La Scala Opera House, again with A. Minotis as director, G. Tsarouchis as stage designer and Maria Callas as the protagonist.
Maria Hors name has been linked to the Olympic Flame for about 70 years. She participated in the team of Koula Pratsika in 1936, as one of the Priestesses of the Lighting of the Olympic Flame. She was the choreographer of the Lighting Ceremony of the Olympic Flame from 1964 until 2006, always doing her utmost in such an important ceremony for Olympism and Greece. Her offer has been honored by the IOC with the Olympic Order, the most important award of the Olympic movement.