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Iakovos Kambanelis or Kampanellis (Greek: Ιάκωβος Καμπανέλλης) (December 2, 1922 - March 29, 2011) was a Greek poet, playwright, lyricist, and novelist.[1] Born 2 December 1922 in Hora in the island of Naxos, Kambanelis appears as one of the most prominent Greek artists of the 20th century. As a survivor of the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp, he authored a Mauthausen cantata[1] with music by Mikis Theodorakis[2].

Iakovos Kampanellis

He also authored at least 12 films and he directed two of them. In addition, he was known as a verse writer and for his membership at the board of the Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece (MIET – Morfotiko Idryma Ethnikis Trapezis), along with some of the most prominent Greek artists [3]. Iakovos Kambanelis was rushed at hospital on February 4, 2011 due to complications of his long-term kidney failure.[2]


Year Transliteration Title Performed at
1950 Choros pano sta stachya Χορός πάνω στα στάχυα Ad. Lemos Company
1955–56 Evdomi imera tis dimourgias Έβδομη μέρα της δημιουργίας
Seventh Day of Creation"
National Theatre, 2nd stage
1957 Aftos kai to panteloni tou Αυτός και το παντελόνι του
That Person and His Pants
Vassilis Diamantopoulos
1957 Kryfi zoi/Krifi zoi Κρυφή ζωή Secret Life Vas. Diamantopoulos
1957–58 I Avli ton Thavmaton Αυλή των Θαυμάτων
The Backyard of Miracles
Art Theatre
1958–59 I ilikia tis nihtas Η ηλικία της νύχτας Art Theatre
1959 O Gorillas ke i Ortansia Ο Γορίλας και η Ορτανσία E. Vertis Theatrical Company
1959–60 Paramythi choris onoma Παραμύθι χωρίς Όνομα
An Unnamed Tale
New Vas. Diamantopoulos Theatre
1963–64 Geitonia ton angelon Γειτονιά των αγγέλων
Neighborhoood of Angels
Karezis Company
1966–67 Viva Aspasia Βίβα Ασπασία Karezis Company
1966–67 Odissea yirise spiti Οδυσσέα γύρισε σπίτι
Ulysses come home
Art Theatre
1970–71 Apikia ton timorimenon Αποικία των τιμωρημένων Rialdis Experimental Theatre
1971–72 Aspasia Ασπασία Karezis-Kazakou Company
1972–73 To megalo mas tsirko Το μεγάλο μας τσίρκο
Our Large Circus
Karezis-Kazakou Theatre
1974 To kouki kai to revythi Το κουκί και το ρεβύθι
The Cookie and the Pasta
Karezis-Kazakou Theatre
1975 O echthros (ehthros) Laos Ο εχθρός λαός
The Rival People
Karezis-Kazakos Company
1976–77 Prossopa yia violi ke orhistra Πρόσωπα για βιολί και ορχήστρα
Principes For Violin And Orchestra
Art Theatre
1978–79 Ta tessera podia tou trapeziou Τα τέσσερα πόδια του τραπεζιού
Four Legs of the Table
Art Theatre
1981 O babas o polemos Ο μπαμπάς ο πόλεμος Art Theatre
1988 O aoratos Thiasos Ο αόρατος Θίασος
The Unseen Company
National Theatre

He also wrote several scenarios on cinematographic films including:

Stella directed by Kakogiannis
O Drakos (The Dragon) directed by Koundouros
Arpagi tis Persefonis (The Rape of Persephone) directed by Grigoriou
To kanoni kai t'aïdoni directed by himself and Giorgos Kampanellis

He also written a book known as Mauthausen.

He also translated works and acted in Austria, Bulgaria, England, Germany, Hungary, Romania and Sweden.

He was educated as a journalist in newspapers Eleftheria (1963–65), Anendotos (1965–66) and since 1975 (Nea). He has been a member of the Greek Theatrical Writers' Company.


^ Work of playwright Iakovos Kambanellis presented at Holocaust Museum in Washington
^ Στην εντατική ο Ιάκωβος Καμπανέλλης

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