Abandon the Citizens with Aktina Stathaki

DEC 10, 2013 | 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1218: Segal Theatre


December 10, 2013: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM







With the opportunity of the 90 year anniversary of the Fire of Izmir, the 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? It will be performed in Greek with English supertitles.

Aktina Stathaki is a graduate of the National Theater of Greece and holds a PhD in Drama from the University of Toronto. She has worked as an actor with the National Greek theater, AfriCan theater Ensemble, Robert Gill theater, Artword Theater and trey anthony productions as well as a freelance director and producer. She is the founder and artistic director of Between the Seas Festival of Mediterranean Perfoming arts in NYC (www.betweentheseas.org). She frequently writes on theater and her critical essays have been published and presented in journals and conferences worldwide. Most recently she worked as Associate Producer for the North American Premiere of JACKIE by Nobel Laureate Elfriede Jelinek at City Center. She is currently a Time Warner Foundation Fellow of 2012-2014 Lab at Women's Project Theater NYC (www.womensproject.org).

Aslı Iğsız is Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.  Iğsız earned her B.A. from Boğaziçi University, Turkey (1993).  She earned an M.A. in French Literature at Hacettepe University, Turkey (1996); an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2000); and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan (2007). Her current book project, Human Ruins: Dynamics of Multiculturalism and Greco-Turkish Memory Zones in Contemporary Turkey, undertakes a multidisciplinary approach and explores cultural memory and representation and politics of “multiculturalism” in post-1980 military coup era Turkey, with a special focus on Greco-Turkish shared heritage and the culture of “minority.”

Free to the public but you must make reservations online. Please show up before 6:50 or your spot will be given away.