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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 16 February 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2019 17 CULTURE Medea mourns in reimagined tragedy A Chania is a place where you can learn in the sun, and make the world a better place too. Soak up the sun and a bit of schooling on Crete D o you want to learn while you travel? There are two worthwhile options on the island of Crete over summer that offer sightseeing and food for thought. UNBOUND PROMETHEUS Unbound Prometheus is an annual summer education programme that takes place in different destinations around Greece. It's back stronger than ever from July 7-14 (Programme 1) and July 14-21 (Programme 2) again with more advanced seminars set to take place in Chania, Crete. Geared towards intellectuals, this year's centrepiece is a master seminar by Professor/ Author Menas Kafatos, titled "The Quantum Universe, Reality and Living". Participants can also choose from two academic bundles presented by experts in their field: Programme 1 (a) mathematical modelling in art and science and (b) corporate finance and strategy; or Programme 2 (a) the science behind the mass media's influences on people and (b) computer and the brain. Accommodation is provided, with lectures set to take place in the hotel where guests will stay. The tuition fee for one seminar is $1300, but going for both is quite the deal at $1500. The tuition fee covers 7-day accommodation, breakfast and transport to field trips. Gifted high school students and adults are encouraged to apply, as are junior faculty members wishing to expand on their research and teaching expertise. Some United States universities have even awarded credit points to students attending the programme. More info at http:// unboundprometheus.com/ ARCHELON – THE SEA TURTLE PROTECTION SOCIETY OF GREECE Since 1983, Archelon has worked to protect sea turtles and their environments. The society offers three different volunteering options in Crete (Rethymnon, Messara, or Chania). Volunteers can study the different options, their variations, and choose the one that best suits them. Their duties are varied and include monitoring of the nesting activity of the loggerhead sea turtle, protection of nests and hatchlings, as well as contributing to public awareness. These projects run from May to September every year. All the data collected by Archelon contributes to the assessment of the state of sea turtles at the local, European, and Mediterranean levels. It is clear that being a volunteer for Archelon is a great way to do good in both practical and scientific terms. Volunteers can pay 350 euros to participate, though prices depend on the volunteering period and include accommodation. Volunteers must have a valid driver's license and speak English. A knowledge of sea turtles is not obligatory, however participants should have the ability of working together in an international group. More info at https://www. archelon.gr/index_eng.php retelling of Medea: Kaddish for the Children shows that Euripides tale of the tragic mother who murdered her children transcends time, culture and religion. The latest adaptation by FCAC and Tashmadada, in association with the Jewish Museum Australia, is presented at the Footscray Community Arts Centre from February 28 – March 9, as part of the International Women's Day program.Stemming from a three-year artistic residency offered by FCAC and a current residency at Jewish Museum Australia, the reimagined work by Euripides tells the tale of one of Western literature's most iconic and tragic figures, Medea, played by Deborah Leiser-Moore. Drawing on the classic Euripides Medea text, the lyrics of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, and the Kaddish - Jewish Mourners Prayer, Deborah dispels the predominantly patriarchal view of Medea as a monstrous witch and presents her drama through a contemporary feminist theatrical lens. After 2,500 years of denial Medea is allowed to mourn for the first time. She finds a voice to recite the Kaddish and express deep grief surrounding the loss of her home, her children and her identity. Meanwhile Richard Moore who's known for his directorship of the Melbourne International Film Festival and the Brisbane Film Festival will return to the stage after 20 years, taking the role of Medea's male counterpart Jason, who betrays her and is condemned to a machine that never stops. "Like many who've come to Australia's shores and sacrificed all, it also becomes a Kaddish for children lost in conflicts. It seems that almost every week now we seem to hear reports that resonate with this story – it's an eternal, universal and unfortunately, very contemporary drama," said Deborah. Following from previous productions The Dead Twin at FCAC and George Town Festival 2017, and KaBooM at George Town Festival 2018, Medea: Kaddish for the Children is performed and produced by Deborah Leiser-Moore and Richard Moore, alongside choreographer Israel Aloni, sound designer Jacques Soddell and vocal coach Susan BamfordCaleo. The married couple of over twenty years will test the fundamental Medean dynamics of love, justice and faith against the parameters of their own relationship. "I realised how dangerous this production could be for our relationship when I walked into the local kitchen shop to buy some props and came out with a large cleaver," said Richard. To witness the artistic collaboration between Richard and Deborah and the re-envisaging of a classic, tickets are on sale on at www.footscrayarts. com/event/m-kaddishfor-the-children Performances take place on Thursday, 28 February, Saturday 2 March at 7.30 pm and Thursday 7 March and Saturday 9 March. Tickets are at $35 (full) and $2 (concession). The Footscray Community Arts Centre is at 45 Moreland Street, Footscray, Melbourne. Deborah Leiser-Moore plays the iconic figure of Medea.
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