Play: [CANCELED] Abandon the Citizens (USA Debut)

Thu, December 13, 2012 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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We regret that that the creators have had to cancel this performance.

A performance based on the 1922 testimonies of Greek refugees of Asia Minor. Created and performed by Aktina Stathaki and Tina Yotopoulou and Produced by Between the Seas

On the 90 year anniversary of the Fire of Izmir, this performance highlights a fascinating and little known part of modern history: the tragic end of the Greco-Turkish war, the expulsion of the Greek population from the Asia Minor coast and the destruction of one of the most cosmopolitan cities of the time. Using rare archival material, the performance brings on stage the powerful, poetic language of the survivors in their own words and asks the question: how can the trauma of history be staged, remembered and overcome?

Tickets: $15 General Admission | $10 Students, Seniors & Alwan Members

Tickets available at the door.Doors open at 6:30pm



Aktina Stathaki was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She graduated with honors from the National Theater of Greece where sheworked with directors Nikos Kornilios, Lydia Koniordou, Stathis Livathinos and Nikita Milivojevic. In 2002 she moved to Toronto where she pursued a PhD in Drama at the University of Toronto while working as an actor and director with AfriCan theater Ensemble, Robert Gill theater, Artword Theater and Trey Anthony productions. After moving to NYC in 2010 she founded Between the Seas Festival of Mediterranean performing arts with the aim to promote contemporary Mediterranean culture, encourage cultural exchange between NYC and the Mediterranean and open the dialogue on theregion's identity and history. She frequently writes on theater and her critical essays have been published and presented in journals and conferences worldwide. She is currently an editor for Contemporary Performance Network and a Time Warner Foundation Fellow of 2012-2014 Lab at Women's Project Theater NYC. Upcoming projects include a residency at La Guardia Performing arts center's Lab to work on a new adaptation of Albert Camus' The Stranger.

Tina Yotopoulou was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She graduated with honors in 2001 from the Drama School of the National Theatre of Northern Greece. Her New York City training includes the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and Anne Bogart’s SITI Company (Suzuki Method & Viewpoints Technique). She is also a graduate of the PANTEIO University in Athens with a degree in Cultural Anthropology and Social Policy. Tina has studied music, classical and contemporary singing both in Athens and in NYC. She has attended numerous seminars, in both acting and dancing with important directors and teachers: among them are Lilo Baur, Abel Solares,Marcos Martinez, Valery Fokin. Tina has worked as an actress in Greece for the past 10 years, including with the National Theatre, the National Theatre ofNorthern Greece, the Railway-Theatre “The Train at Rouf”, the New Theatre of Thessaloniki and the Theatre Company“ODC”. Her collaborators include directors Andrei Serban, Dimitris Mavrikios, Elli Papakonstantinou, Nikaiti Kondouri,Victor Arditti, Esther Andre Gonzalez, Yorgos Michailides, Tatiana Lygari, Isidoros Sideris, Vassilis Nikolaides, YannisIordanides, Efi Theodorou. In 2011 she co-founded in Athens the theater-dance company “Lo de Elli” with European Tango Champion Elli Karadimouwhere Tina serves as production manager and performer.

Last updated: 2012-12-04 11:38:55

Aktina Stathaki
Aktina Stathaki
Tina Yotopoulou
Tina Yotopoulou

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