Aphrodite's Refugees

By MonTra Performance

Created by Monica Dionysiou with Visual art by Aaron Young

Resilience in the face of indifference; 4 refugees illustrate their flight from a war-torn home. Storytelling and live art come together and paint a picture that is hilarious, heartbreaking and (mostly) true
Adult language,Violence
The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16 and up
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Aphrodite's Refugees 08/03 10:00 PM Rarig Center Xperimental $3.00

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Monica Dionysiou
I am human. You are also (probably) human. As humans we have all experienced the fulfillment of joy, the emptiness of loneliness and the terror of the unknown; being human is more complex than it seems and it is often the hidden or silenced aspects of our humanity which links us together. Through non-linear story telling and crafted theatricality I strive to embody larger-than-life characters and experiences. I strive to create stimulating environments which reflect the simplicity and beauty of what it means to be human at the core. 
Aaron Young
Aaron Young is a multi-media visual and performing artist and a 2008 graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with a BFA in Fine Art. His work has been exhibited in national and international galleries, as well as being featured in various publications. With a wide variety of styles and mediums, his works include illustration, fine art painting, portraiture, graphic design, photography, video installation, interactive media, and film. Aaron’s work can also be found under the name Chaos Signal Art & Media, @chaossignal.
Elizabeth Horab
Performance Director/Marketing assist
Elizabeth Horab is a theatre-maker who moved to the Twin Cities two years ago when she brought her show When She Became Me to the 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Since then she has been writing a new play, and working with Connections Radio on AM950 as a co-host and associate producer. She's thrilled to be supporting MontraPerformance on this awesome production.
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Creator, Monica Dionysiou comes from a family of refugees. This is their story.


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Animation, performance and live art come together to paint a dream like picture that is hilarious, heartbreaking and (mostly) true. Aphrodite’s Refugees is a story about survival and resilience in the face of indifference.  As the Greek gods play a high stakes card game, 4 refugees describe fleeing from their war-torn home, the Island of Cyprus, aka: Aphrodite’s Island.


Co-creator Monica Dionysiou developed the humanizing stories from interviews with her direct family members, who became refugees in 1974 during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. As the characters recall youthful memories and frightening escapes, visual artist Aaron Young paints a landscape of memories behind them. 


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