Mystery_13  I_LEFT Asia Minor


The site-specific walking performance, starring the residents of Upper Elefsina,
descendants of the Asia Minor refugees from the historic Synikismos area,
returns on Friday, November 11, and Saturday, November 12,
as part of the action Mystery_56  3rd Culture 2030 Meeting

Direction: Yolanda Markopoulou

Watch the video here

With English surtitles | Free Admission 

Mystery_13  I_LEFT Asia Minor,the site-specific performance by 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture that was attended by more than 1,000 people in just six days last September, returns to Synikismos in Upper Elefsina on Friday, November 11, and Saturday, November 12, with free admission, as part of the action Mystery_56  3rd Culture 2030 Meeting.

Mystery_13  I_LEFT Asia Minor, directed by Yolanda Markopoulou, is a moving chronicle, starring the residents of Upper Elefsina—the descendants of Asia Minor refugees from the historic area of Synikismos—that was presented for the first time at the 2019 Synikismos Festival. It is the tiny refugee houses and the dead-end alleys that bear witness to the memories of the destructive uprooting, while the reminiscence of personal experiences composes the nexus of the performance. By intertwining fiction and a documentary approach, the personal testament of the individual becomes the collective history for the community. Participants and audience relive the experiences of the locals listening to a radio, a television, discovering long forgotten images and entering old yards filled with memories. A live transmission, 100 years old, silently maintains their everlasting legacy entrusted to future generations. 

Behind the flaking walls, the abandoned terraces and the new-builds, a hidden facet of the story is revealed and articulated for the first time. The cross-pollination and interweaving of narration and reconstruction are mediated through performance, video projections and live music. Different forms of creative expression interact to generate this special performance milieu.

Concept & Direction: Yolanda Markopoulou

Dramaturgy: Ioanna Valsamidou
Collaboration in Dramaturgy: Thanos Tsakalidis
Video Design: Erato Tzavara & Yolanda Markopoulou

Music Composition: dorόs
Costume Design: Paris Mexis
Research: The Group
Technical Direction: Nikos Charalambidis
Production Direction: Vicky Strataki
Performance Photographs: Elina Giounanli
Production: POLYPLANITY Productions

Performers: Ifigeneia Karamitrou, Thanos Tsakalidis

Live Music: dorόs – Nikolas Angelopoulos (lute, lavta), Dimitris Brendas (clarinet, ney, kaval), Alexis Nonis (darbuka, bendir, stamna, cajon, kalimba), Nikos Skafidas (violin), Christos Syngelos (oud)

With the participation of the following members of the Asia Minor Association of Elefsina: Grigoris Asimakopoulos, Voula Gemela-Kalaskani, Georgia GIagtzoglou-Antoniadou, Marina Daskalou, Froso Karakitsou, Maria Lioura, Maritsa Michailou, Periklis Michailos, Kaiti Saritzioti, Vaso Sfika, Vaggelis Tsakiroglou, Evgenia Tsolaki and the late Archondo Gemela-Marouga

With the support of the Eleusis Museum of Asia Minor and mind the fact.

Days: Friday, November 11, and Saturday, November 12

Ώρα έναρξης: 19.00   Meeting place: History and Folklore Museum of the Asia Minor Association of Elefsina (13 Lampsakou Str.)    

With English surtitles

Free admission

Watch the video here

More information: &  +30 2105562001

A few words about Mystery_56  3rd Culture 2030 Meeting

Mystery _56  3rd Culture 2030 Meeting is an international meeting dedicated to cultural professionals with invited speakers from 13 countries, which will take place between November 10 and 13 at the Elefsina-West Attica Labor Center (EKEDA), the X- Bowling Art Center and 7 more venues around Elefsina.An important legacy program of 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture, it is a 4-day celebration dedicated to Arts and Culture, open to all, and a unique networking opportunity, with the participation of international theorists, artists and cultural professionals, from Lebanon to Denmark, as well as representatives of local government and residents and visitors of the city. Pre-reservation is required (here) due to the limited number of available spots. For more information, click here.

Free transportation from Athens to Elefsina and vice versa. Reservations here.

2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture


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Access to Elefsina   

Just 21km from the center of Athens, one of the most important sacred cities of antiquity, the city of the Eleusinian Mysteries and birthplace of Aeschylus, Elefsina is the fourth European Capital of Culture hosted in Greece. You can access Elefsina in the following ways:

Via car or motorcycle via Attiki Odos or Athinon Avenue, just a 25-minute drive from the Athens city center.           
Via bus (lines 845 and 871 from Piraeus, line 876 from the “Agia Marina” metro station and line 878 from Acharnai).      
Via the suburban railway (Magoula Station and then bus line 863).
Via KTEL (intercity public transport bus service -> line Megara – Nea Peramos – Eleusis; starting point at Asomaton Square, Thission).