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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 21 February 2015
NEWS 10 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM KIMISIS: the art of falling asleep An artistic blend of ancient and modern spiritual aesthetic ALEXANDRA MANATAKIS Humanity is at a constant vantage point as it moves through the different ages and advances into the future. Constant movement forward means humanity can create new perspectives of modernism; ultimately combining modern and old views to provide a new perspective on the past. This notion is particular apparent in the arts, where placing a retrospective spin on the past means artists can use modern techniques to artistically manifest past events in a different light. This is a skill which has definitely been mastered by Kimisis – Falling Asleep soprano Irene Sarrinikolaou. PHOTO: PETER MATHEW. Constantine Koukias in his contemporary opera installation Kimisis - Falling Asleep. Kimisis is a transcendental fusion of ancient and modern religious aesthetics which casts a modern light on the 'falling asleep' or death and assumption of Mary, Mother of Christ, to heaven. Kimisis is making its Sydney premiere next month as part of the Art Month and Greek Festival, as an installation which exemplifies the brilliant originality for which Koukias and IHOS Music and Opera Company are proudly known for. Koukias has created a theatrical yet haunting depiction of ascension into the afterlife, where the sacred Eastern Orthodox ritual Feast of 'Kismis' is used to inspire Koukias in capturing the moment of transcendence of the immortal soul. Casting a modern light on the assumption of Mary means the installation is filled with unique visual and audio juxtapositions. For the enhancing of audience's aural experience, Koukias com- bines Byzantine and Christian Arabic music and juxtaposes them with electronic sounds. Combining visual and aural aesthetic has the installation's soprano, Irene Sarrinikolaou, singing in Ecclesiastical Greek while performing on a pilates trapeze machine. The overall fusion of modern and ancient theatrical facets to create an atmosphere which ultimately sends Koukias' audience into another realm is quintessential to the avant-garde nature of the installation, and one which appeals to both those who have grown up immersed in an Orthodox belief system and those who haven't. No matter the type of audience, all will be moved by the production effects of Kimisis - Falling Asleep which direct the hu- Modern Anzac Day pin a fusion of remembrance and modern design Local Greek Melburnian Vicky Kanellopoulos has recently soared for contemporary remembrance heights with her modern Anzac pin; a design which combines modern refined textiles and materials, with a purpose to commemorate those of the Anzac Day battle. Kanellopoulos' inspiration is drawn from having friends in the armed forces who have returned from Afghanistan and thus it is something that is very close to her heart. Through combining her personal inspiration and her design, the RMIT honours student wishes to give back to the community. Innovation is the key for Vicky Kanellopoulos and her design, steering it away from the current ‘kitsch’ Anzac poppy brooch, and leading it towards modern textiles. Her contemporary brooch is comprised entirely of sterling silver and powder-coated en- tirely in red. Sterling silver was selected as Kanellopoulos felt the brooches should be made from "precious materials" which "place value not only on the special occasion but in the material as well". Ms Kanellopoulos has been in contact with the Australian War Memorial since November 2013 and, after creating multiple design options, she was told by the organisation that she would only be able to sell a limited range of brooch- es on consignment, because they are a high-end product retailing for $180. Ms Kanellopoulos has also designed an Anzac stickpin inspired by Nelson Mandela. The stickpin stands as a reflection that ultimately noone wins in war - "both sides experience loss of loved ones". In order to make the stick pin, Kanellopoulos must sell 10 poppy brooches in order to further "give back to the community". AGWS workshops available for practitioners working with Greek Australians As part of the Australian Greek Welfare Society's (AGWS) Workshops for Professionals program, interactive workshops are available regarding Culturally Appropriate Care Training for people working with Greek individuals, families or carers. Participants will be given the opportunity to explore awareness, skills and knowledge of cultural competence with an experienced trainer and cross-cultural facilitator. Various helpful topics will be covered, including ethnicity identity and how it may aff service delivery; common attitudes and cultural traits; at- titudes to seeking help and/or services; religion; family and many others. The workshop offered by the AGWS is unique in that its practice focus is based on a Training Needs Analysis from 2013/14 with 79 organisations cross-regionally, and additionally refers to the CALD Effective Engagement Strategy framework for Cross-cultural communication. With a strong focus on selfreflection and group process, courses are available to cater to all levels including beginners, advanced and those wanting a refresher. The cost to participate is $165 per person and includes handouts and other useful materials. Additionally, service providers dealing with people of Greek background and wanting to develop their cultural competency are encouraged to inquire about customised workshops for individuals and groups. For more information, contact AGWS Community Services Project Officer Adonis (Antonios) Maglis on (03) 9388 9998. Custom design seating by award winning architects Elvio Brianese and Peta Hefferna. The design adopts the ‘panopticon prison’ idea, which allows the individual to see all prisoners without the incarcerated being able to know whether they are being watched. PHOTO: PETER MATHEW. man senses to a unique window between the imminent and the transcendent. The 25 minute gallery style installation will take place from 25-28 March at the Verge Gallery, located in the Jane Foss Russell Building, on City Road at the University of Sydney. The installation will be at 6.30 pm, 7.15 pm, 7.45 pm and 8.30 pm each evening. Oakleigh Grammar 2015 leadership induction hosts a community spirit Oakleigh Grammar students take part in this year’s leadership induction. Messages of amicable and cooperative leadership were strong in this year's leadership induction for Oakleigh Grammar held on Friday 6 February, which provided students with informative speeches from members of all levels of the leadership community. The induction involved a whole school assembly and was attended by students, teachers and parents, as well as Hon. Ms Kelly O'Dwyer MP, Mr Angelo Sardellis of the board of management, principal Mr Mark Robertson and head of school and school captains, Victoria Balderanos and Dimitrios Gotsis. Themes that were consistent throughout the induction's leadership speeches included setting good example for co-peers regardless of leadership status, as well as the fair and equal treatment of others in the school community. Federal MP Kelly O'Dwyer spoke to the academic audience about taking advantage of the world class facilities and quality education that Oakleigh has to offer, whilst urging students to use this access to serve the local community in turn. Amongst the leadership speeches, students were provided with an inspirational insight into the academic journey of 2014 VCE High Achiever Johnny Vogiatjis. The high achiever shared with students his story of academic perseverance which earned him results he didn't think were possible just a few years earlier. The 2015 Oakleigh Grammar School leaders can now anticipate a productive school year, with many opportunities to act as leaders and vital team players.
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