UNDER – hidden voices

11 December 2014

Semion Theater presents the performance "UNDER – hidden voices" on Thursday, December 11, at 9:30 p.m. The performance will be on every Thursday, at the central stage of the theater until the end of April.

"UNDER" is a play that focuses on immigration and the way that societies treat immigrants and refugees that become part of them. The performance sheds light to the conditions – dire in many cases – under which immigrants leave their homes in search of a better future. It depicts their lives as undocumented immigrants, the lack of respect, the indifference and violence in which they live.

The original play is based on real stories and interviews of undocumented immigrants and refugees that have come to Greece. Some of those interviews – stripped of any personally identifiable information – came from the archives of NGOs that help undocumented immigrants and refugees, including Doctors without Borders and Agalia in Lesvos. The original material has been shaped into a theater play with the help of young Greek playwrights Vassiliki Petsa, Natalia Kasou, Christos Chrisopoulos and Christos Aggelakos, who generously accepted the invitation of Semion Theater to work on a collaborative performance on immigration.

The goal of the performance "UNDER-hidden voices" is to talk about the hardship of immigration, the dangers trafficked people face as they leave their countries, and the inhuman conditions they have to deal with in their new homes – with their own "hidden" voice.

Under the auspices of the Athens municipality, Semion Theater will present parts of the play as street events in public spaces around the city, in an effort to raise awareness among the wider public.

Director: Nikos Diamantis
Actors: Elena Arvaniti, Stavros Giannakopoulos, Christos Skourtas, Mikes Glykas, Arash Hamentian.

The performance is supported by the Athens Municipality and the U.S. Embassy in Athens.

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