VOICES UNHEARD—THE SYRIA: TROJAN WOMEN SUMMIT
Re-interpreted by a group of women forced to flee their homes in Syria who now live as refugees in Amman, Syria: The Trojan Women weaves the individual experiences of these women in a 21st-century conflict into Euripides’ 2500 year-old text. After premiering in December 2013 in Amman, Jordan to international acclaim, Georgetown was scheduled to host these extraordinary women (Sept. 18-20), under the direction of leading Syrian director Omar Abu Saada, in their first North American performances.
Despite many months of constant efforts and extraordinary advocacy on the women's behalf from a wide range of top officials, ambassadors, and legal experts, the US Bureau of Consular Affairs in Amman has denied the visa applications of the women performers under section 214b of the Immigrant and Nationality Act, failure to demonstrate non-immigrant intent (despite the women's deep ties to their children and young families in Amman).
This one-time event on Sept. 19 will include high-quality recorded excerpts and behind-the-scenes documentary footage from the process; live discussion with the women (via live-stream from Amman) and with other members of the project's artistic team, including leading Syrian director Omar Abu Saada; and discussion with a range of leading policy experts and artists about the political realities in the region and the role of art as a humanizing force.
The performance is in Arabic with English supertitles.
THE LABORATORY FOR GLOBAL PERFORMANCE AND POLITICS AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, AN INITIATIVE OF THE THEATER & PERFORMANCE STUDIES PROGRAM AND SCHOOL OF FOREIGN SERVICE
This event is part of the Myriad Voices Festival, which over two years brings together artists whose work engages with Syria, the Sudan, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt, the U.S and more, with scholars, policymakers, faculty, and students across the disciplines. Myriad Voices is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP); Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement Grants Program, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. The festival is also presented in collaboration with the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Bridges of Understanding, and the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies.
Friday, September 19, 2014 at 7:30pm
Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre
37th and O St., N.W., Washington