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*used to add the meaning "not", "lacking", or "the opposite of" before adjectives, adverbs, verbs, and nouns (Cambridge Dictionary, https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/un) ____________________________________________
The goddess of love in all known polytheistic religions is associated not only with the aggravation of carnal intercourse but also with the suffering she may bring. Ilias from the outset has created his drag persona Aphrodite HGW (the Hellenic Goddess of the World) based on the aforementioned fact, always aiming at the deconstruction of the patriarchal religious theophobic society. Thus, in the present work, through the ritual performed by the goddess of love herself, the attempt is made to debunk seropositivity by placing it on its real foundations.

The performance moves among two pillars:                  1) The ritual: body movement based on depictions of the most famous polytheistic goddesses of love (Anat, Aphrodite, Innana, Isis, Itzpapalotl) and the goddess’s libation underlining the message U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable).
2) Parallel images: Images projected within the project based on the data we hold on one hand about medical developments on HIV and on the other for countries where people living with HIV are denied entry; as well as in those countries that punish homosexuality with severe penalties or even death.

Unfortunately even though HIV is not just about MSM (men who have sex with men), to the majority of global public opinion, this connection is inevitable. This is underscored by the fact that in most countries where there is a ban on people living with HIV, they are countries where homosexuality is punishable by death.

MARGARET

MARGARET


Can the victim become a predator?

Can the wound become a weapon?

Can despair become madness?


A dark monologue which deals with issues of power and power enforcement. Issues which, based on heartbreak, are gradually acquiring a wider social context. What is gender, what love, what power and how can redemption be achieved?

A monologue-based performance of “Miss Margarida's Way” by Roberto Athayde, which combines the drag performance with the art of drama.



Contributors:


From Wednesday the 20th of February 2019 @ Faust Bar Theatre


Director
:  Efi Sismanidou

Performer: Aphrodite HGW

Stage design / Costumes: Ilias

Photographs: Giannis Boziaris

Light design: Thodoris Margaritis

Hair design + backstage/onstage assistance:
Idomeneas Michalodimitrakis

Make-up: Cathy Jones

Make-up assistant: Lexi Rose

Production: HGW std. Supporting queer arts

We would like also to thank Spiti Yoga  and George Androulakis for their support, as well as Photoharrie, Vasiliki Rorri and Thomas Niandoka.