Author: Aktina Stathaki (Greece)

Interview: the Arab-Hebrew Theater of Jaffa

  On the occasion of their USA premiere of EYES, a theatrical-musical journey based on the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish, this weekend at Between the Seas Festival, we are discussing with Lily Ovadiah, member of the Jaffa Theater – The Arab-Hebrew Theatre Center. Excerpts from an interview to Flavia Zaganelli Tell us more about the performance you are bringing at Between the Seas Festival. How wa...

In Performance: Redshift (NYC)

A Liontamer. A Host. A Supervisor. A Minutes-Taker. A Queen. Born out of the world of the circus REDSHIFT is a dark and sadistic story of a parasitosis in all of its stages. From the infection and incubation to the hatching and the parasite’s final emergence, this new play by one of Europe’s most prominent playwrights, is a disturbing allegory of power, subjugation and the emergence of...

In Performance: I TRY by A. Papatheodorou (New York)

 I TRY : a performance on Athens and politics by Anastasia Papatheodorou  A city that is experiencing cultural and political upheavals requires new ways of living and thinking. Through a filmic tour along the streets of contemporary Athens, we are confronted with an open dramaturgy searching for those transformations along the urban landscape. Do people change their ways of walking? Do places chan...

Interview: JACKIE by Elfriede Jelinek (NYC)

    It is rare that NYC audiences get a chance to experience the intricate, idiosyncratic writing of Austrian Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek – best known from M. Haneke’s film The Piano Teacher. This March the Women’s Project Theater is bringing the North American premiere of Jelinek’s JACKIE,  “an intensely theatrical dissection of Jackie Kennedy Onassis a...

First Person: Alarme (Athens, Greece)

  Alarme, currently playing in the historic Attis Theater in Athens, is a devised performance inspired by the correspondence between Queen Elizabeth and Mary Stuart. It is “a highly visual creation of artistic virtuosity, a sarcastic look at power”, according to the play’s publicity blurb. The director Theodoros Terzopoulos is renowned in Greece and abroad for his systematic method of p...

In Performance: Minassa, Platform for today’s Arab Theater (Beirut, Lebanon)

“The much debated concept of the audience’s participation in the theatrical act must be reversed. It is the artists who must take part in the act of the spectator, question theater, put themselves in the auditorium and become in turn citizens faced with the image transmitted by the stage. This is the invitation (and the provocation) that Minassa proposes to those who will participate&#...

Opportunities: The Onassis Cultural Center in Athens (Greece)

The new Onassis Cultural Center in Athens (opened in 2010) is emerging as one of Greece’s largest and most respected cultural establishments with an eclectic programming of local and international artists, lectures, and educational programs on the arts, media as well as topics of a more sociological/historical interest. According to their mission statement the center aims at “hosting e...

Interview: Lina Abiad (Beirut, Lebanon)

A couple of weeks ago, acclaimed Lebanese director Lina Abiad was in New York City to present her new work I.D. as part of Between the Seas Festival of Mediterranean Performing Arts. Written by Amahl Khouri, I.D. is a one-woman show dealing with the questions and realities of transgendered people in Lebanon. Poetic, hillarious, political and very human, the play is still a work in progress for the...

Opportunities: Open Call for Portal 9, Journal Of Critical Writing About The City (Beirut, Lebanon)

*Portal 9*, a new Arabic-English journal of stories and critical writing about the city, seeks proposals for its spring 2013 issue, “The Square.” Deadline: September 1, 2012 portal9journal.org *Portal 9* is a journal of stories and critical writing about urbanism and the city. By focusing on a unique theme, each issue blends creative writing, photography, and personal essays with acade...

Featured: The Athens-Epidaurus Festival (Greece)

The Athens-Epidaurus Festival in Greece, founded in 1955, has grown into a major cultural force in Europe since 2006 when the visionary Artistic Director Yorgos Loukos took the leadership ( a good overview of the festival’s history is available here). Loukos has developed an international, predominantly Eurocentric, programming that regularly includes names such as the Shaubune, Sasha Waltz,...