Europa a Lampedusa

Europa a Lampedusa

19:30 Europa a Lampedusa (George Square Lecture Theatre)

Written and directed by Carlo Pirozzi
Assistant Director Ida Casilli
Time: 7.30pm. Performed in Italian and in English.
George Square Lecture Theatre, University of Edinburgh, George Square, Edinburgh.
Organized by the Italian Department – University of Edinburgh.

[Admission: Adults £5, Kids & Unemployed Free]
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Italian Studies is delighted to present a new play performed, in Italian and English, by students from European languages, University of Edinburgh. The play brings us to the island of Lampedusa, where a migrant woman, called Europa, has just arrived after a long and terrifying journey. The story interweaves mysteriously with the Classical myth of the abduction of Europa, Phoenician princess who bestowed her name on the continent. The connection creates a narrative short circuit that opens up to a heated discussion about the meaning of this myth of origins, as well as about what it means to be European today and the current refugee crisis. A dance performance interrupts the discussion and tries to re-imagine the long journey through the Mediterranean to Lampedusa. Back to the island, real stories from migrants are told.

The play is part of the Europa Project: Tradition as Transformation, coordinated by Davide Messina, Italian Studies, University of Edinburgh:
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Together with students from European languages, the play involves students from ECA Animation Department, Modern Dance Society –coordinated by artists Carolina Ravalioli and Gabriele Colferai–, and Edinburgh Studio Opera. It also includes a collaboration with Alaa Alshaikh Sulaiman, teaching fellow in Islamic and Middle Eastern Study, the Palestinian film director Razan Madhoon, a poet Marjorie Lotfi Gill.

Viaggio#4 © Photo by Jacopo Di Cera

The photo is part of Di Cera’s Until the End of the Sea, a photographic project focusing on the migrants’ ‘boat cemetery’ on the island of Lampedusa.