A documentary-concert on migration
Xenitia follows the footsteps of the latest wave of Greek migrants throughout Europe.
Right now, Greece is experiencing the third exodus in a hundred years’ time, caused by a financial crisis which has had worse effects on the country than the Great Depression on the United States in the ’30. Since 2008, 1 out of 50 Greeks has left the country.
Therefore, the old notion of xenitia is now more actual than ever. It is a cocktail of homesickness, nostalgia and frustration: feelings that have been expressed in countless melodies. In the traditional, often melancholic songs of xenitia, the listener finds an outlet for these emotions, being far away from home.
Eightteen Greek migrants, who had to move to Amsterdam or Berlin because of the crisis, were interviewed about their views on belonging, the sense of home and personal path. Their voices are now being carried out in this ‘documentary-concert’, together with an up-to-date interpretation of the traditional songs of xenitia. An innovative approach, in which music and interviews merge into a compelling unity, that honours the challenges every migrant faces.
After a strict selection process, Xenitia got financed by the Dutch Ministry of Culture, as part of the Europe by People festival on the occasion of the Dutch presidency of the EU in 2016.
Afterwards, the program went on an European tour, which led them to venues in Germany, Greece, the Netherlands and Belgium. At ClassicalNEXT 2017, the head of music of the British Council called this production “the sort of program we need after Trump and Brexit.”
Note: we kindly request to save your applause for the very end of the performance.
Percussion: Evi Filippou
Harp: Andrea Voets
Singer-Songwriter: Katerina Fotinaki
Film & Dramaturgy: Fabio Dondero & Chiara Somajnli