We are the Persians!
Directed by Yolanda Markopoulou
The Station Athens Group
Hussein, Reza, Khalil, Aidim, Reza and Ramzan have arrived to Athens from far away. They are the Persians! Their new station is Athens. How was their journey? What are their everyday battles on a new ground? A documentary theatre performance using as a starting point their personal testimonies and recent events that changed their lives, in a discourse with the Persians of Aeschylus.
Images maintained in our collective memory come alive in this personal odyssey where 6 stories intertwine. The Station Athens Group was created through a 5-year theatre workshop. The group, 6 refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh present a performance that taps into today's major issue of migration.
The first performance took place at the Athens and Epidaurus Festival in June 2015.
The performance is available for international touring. For information please contact us.
Chaljl Ali Zada
Concept - Direction
Set & Costumes Assistant
Tzela Christopoulou, Vicky Strataki
STATION ATHENS Workshop
One of Metaxourgio’s characteristics is its multiculturalism which inspired NGO AMAKA and SYNERGYO to establish a creative workshop of theatre, photography, video and visual arts for young immigrants and refugees, based on art therapy methods. In the past four years, members of the team who are refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh have created their own «Station» at SYNERGY-O.
Throughout the year a class is held on the 3rd floor of SYNERGY-O aiming to present a performance and all the preparation towards its realization. Starting from the journey theme with the performance «Station Athens» in 2011, we moved to here and now by working on the notion of a new «station» with the open rehearsal/performance «We are home» in 2012 and continued with the concept of war and the theatrical performance «We are the Persians!» based on the «Persians» by Aeschylus in 2013 to end up with stories from the past that led to their escape with the performance «I _LEFT». We revisited We are the Persians! in 2015 in order to create a larger-scale performance that premiered at the Athens and Epidaurus Festival last summer.
Workshop Organization: SYNERGY-O, NGΟ ΑΜΑΚΑ