The Four Seasons of Migration: Birth, Separation, Yearning, Return

The Four Seasons of Migration: Birth, Separation, Yearning, Return

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Mar. 28, 2019
Island Kefalonia/Greece
Deadline Jul. 25, 2019
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The Four Seasons of Migration: Birth, Separation, Yearning, Return


            The Four Seasons of Migration:

               Birth, Separation, Yearning, Return

A metaphor for the migrant experience within the myth.


Master Class, Exhibition and Performance

 Instructed/Curated by Vicky Yiannoutsos.

Dates :  August 25th - 31th 2019


Location:   Island Kefalonia, Greece

Venue : Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture & Ancient sites in Kefalonia.

Opening date for applications: March  28th , 2019

Deadline for applications:         July 25th, 2019

Deadline for completion of submissions/final participations: August 3th, 2019

Eligibility : Stimulated by the richness and wisdom of the Ancient Greek World, this master class will appeal to researchers -creative artists - writers, film makers, poets, actors, story tellers, directors, philosophers, theatre practitioners - seeking deeper meaning and connection in their creative practice.

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Academic support : (Vicky Yiannoutsos)

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A metaphor for the migrant experience within the myth.

“I carry two cultures, two languages, two worlds

I belong to both, I belong to neither

I am Persephone

Destined forever to journey between them”

Vicky Yiannoutsos



In classical terms the Demeter/Persephone myth embodies the cycle of the seasons, the phases of birth and death and the regenerative nature of life. 

As Persephone (abducted by Hades and taken to the underworld) yearns to return to her Mother, the migrant (abducted to the New World) is separated from her across the waters. Daughter and mother yearn for each other. 

When Persephone eats the pomegranate seeds in the Underworld she, like the migrant who partakes of the fruits of New World, is irreversibly changed. Though the Homeland calls, neither can permanently return. Destined to journey between worlds, they are trapped in yearning. The generations that follow inherit through the seeds of music, language, food, dance and story this love of a   distant land across the seas; where the grieving Mother waits, dreaming of the day someone will return.  

On the island of Kefalonia, participants will be invited on a series of individual and group encounters with the landscape, ancient sites,  people, history and stories to stimulate individual and collective responses and projections.

Free to create individually or collaborate on collective projects, artists will have the opportunity to exhibit and perform their work at the Ionion Centre for Arts and Culture.


Masterclass Instructor Vicky Yiannoutsos

Vicky Yiannoutsos is an award-winning director in theatre and film who has worked for 35 years in the film industry as a producer, director, writer and acting coach. She currently runs the Performing and Screen Arts Screen Acting program at UNITEC in Auckland, New Zealand teaching screen acting to actors, writers and directors.



As an NZ born Greek artist, Vicky’s expression of her roots are at the core of many projects, which include writer/director on the internationally screened documentary Visible Passage, writer of the feature film script Kore, and assorted stories and poems. Her multi-media installation exhibition ‘Persephone’s Plight – The Four Seasons of Migration’ was mounted for Moving Image Centre in Auckland, New Zealand in 2010 and in 2012 was invited to the Kefalonia International Arts Festival, in Greece. It’s thematic motif of birth, separation, yearning and return continues to emerge in her work,  as an archetypal template. 





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