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Sunday, October 16th is Family Sunday at the Onassis Cultural Center New York

EVERYDAY SUPERHEROES

 

New York, NY (September 29, 2016)—Family Sunday at Onassis: Everyday Superheroes on Sunday, October 16 is a highlight of the Antigone Now Festival.  A day designed for children ages 5-12 and their families, Everyday Superheroes is a free day filled with arts, cultural, and hands-on activities centered on Greek heroes and heroines, exploring how we can learn to become everyday heroes. Family Sunday will feature several performances of a shadow play by renowned Iranian filmmaker Hamid Rahmanian—followed by a discussion with Rahmanian and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Katerina Stefanidi. Other highlights include interactive storytelling, fun crafts, live music with musician Magda Giannikou, and teaching artists who will engage children and families with educational games. The day will close with an upbeat afternoon performance by Soul Steps that both children and adults can enjoy. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire duration of the program.  Family Sunday at Onassis: Everyday Superheroes is curated by Tamar MacKay.

Presented by the Onassis Cultural Center New York and running October 13-16, Antigone Now, the second annual Onassis Festival of Arts and Ideas, explores contemporary interpretations of the ancient Greek myth of Antigone through visual and performing arts, family programs, and digital media, and will feature over 30 free events for audiences of all ages—on site and online.

Following is the Family Sunday at Onassis: Everyday Superheroes schedule for your consideration.  Please contact our public relations team for any questions or additional information.

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16
11 AM–3 PM | ATRIUM & GALLERY

 

MINA’S DREAM

By Hamid Rahmanian
Discussion follows performances with the playwright and 2016 Olympic gold medalist
Katerina Stefanidi; Moderated by Renata Melillo-Townsend
Three sessions: 11:30 AM–12:15 PM / 12:30–1:15 PM / 1:30–2:15 PM | GALLERY

Mina’s Dream is a specially commissioned performance by Hamid Rahmanian, an award-winning Iranian artist based in New York. His fifteen-minute shadow play tells the story of a young girl whose dreams are bigger than her community’s social pressures and decrees. A young actor performs behind a screen that displays shadow puppets and animated characters and objects, representing those who try to keep her from pursuing her dreams. A soundscape of live music, voices and effects create a tension and struggle that the young protagonist must fight against. Designed for children age 5 and up, each performance will be followed by a workshop and question-and-answer session with Hamid Rahmanian and Katerina Stefanidi, a gold medalist in pole vaulting at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Renata Melillo-Townsend, of the New Victory Theater moderates the discussion.

SUPERHERO DRESS-UP STATION

With Lauren Adler
11 AM–3 PM | ATRIUM
Featuring props and costumes from Greek myths and fun drop-in crafts!

SUPERHEROES ON THE GO

With Michelle Angelosanto
11 AM–3 PM | ATRIUM
Collect materials for your own craft creation, or grab our activity book to take home—because we know heroes can be busy.

MY HERO STANDS FOR…

11 AM–3 PM | ATRIUM
Contribute to our public art installation by telling us what your ideal heroes would stand for.

SUPERHERO CHALLENGES

With Efi Latifi, Andrew Siebengartner, and Panayotis League
11 AM–3 PM | ATRIUM
Do you have what it takes to be a superhero? Our in-house heroes will test your abilities with special challenges that include finding your way out of Daedalus’s labyrinth, or breaking into an Orpheus-worthy song.  Complete three tasks and win a prize! Though the best prize, as any superhero will tell you, is a job well done. All of our teaching artists speak both Greek and English.

INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING WITH ELIZABETH SIMMONS

11 – 11:25 AM | ATRIUM
Actor-educator Elizabeth Simmons leads an interactive performance that tells the story of Penelope from the Odyssey, with references to Antigone.

MOVEMENT WITH MEREDITH AKINS

12 – 12:25 PM | ATRIUM
Dancer and choreographer Meredith Akins leads a movement program in which children can physicalize Greek heroes and heroines such as the Amazons, Atalanta, Antigone, Heracles, and Theseus, and then develop their own heroes and heroines.

THE HERO’S SONG WITH MAGDA GIANNIKOU

1 – 1:45 PM | ATRIUM
Join Magda Giannikou, Andres Rotmistrovsky, and Panayotis League for an interactive musical performance. Create your own musical instrument, sing songs from all over the world, become part of the performance, and be your own hero!

STAND UP AND DANCE!
With Soul Steps

2 – 2:45 PM | ATRIUM
Prepare to move in this high-energy, interactive, nonstop dance explosion of powerful stomps, accented claps, and Zeus-like, thunderous, syncopated beats enjoyable for the entire family.

A full schedule of the Antigone Now Festival events and a complete list of participants is available at onassisfestivalny.org.

All Festival events at the Onassis Cultural Center New York are free and open to the public; reservations, required for some events, are available at onassisfestivalny.org

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About the ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTER NEW YORK

The Onassis Cultural Center New York explores Greek culture from antiquity to today, through a diverse program of exhibitions, events, and online engagement for audiences of all ages and interests. All programs and exhibitions—from scholarly to those designed for families, novices, and experts—are presented free of charge to make the experience accessible to all.

About the ONASSIS FOUNDATION USA

The Onassis Foundation USA, an affiliate of the parent Foundation in Greece, is committed to the promotion of Greek culture. By cooperating with educational and cultural institutions in Greece and throughout the Americas, the Onassis Foundation USA promotes cultural relations. The mission of the Onassis Foundation USA is realized through two major initiatives, one cultural and educational for the general public through its Onassis Cultural Center New York, and one academic, the University Seminar Program, that places eminent scholars from all over the world in universities in North and Latin America for seminars and courses on topics related to Hellenic civilization. To learn more about the Foundation and the Onassis Cultural Center New York, please visit: www.onassisusa.org.

Onassis Cultural Center New York
Olympic Tower, 645 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10022
www.onassisusa.org

For more information, please contact:

Bruce Mason
Festival Publicist
Bruce.A.Mason@gmail.com
917-541-9014

Maria Galanou
Public and Media Relations Manager
mgalanou@onassisusa.org
917-732-7167 direct
212-486-4448 x113

Eleanor  Goldhar
Director of Communications and Marketing
egoldhar@onassisusa.org
917 732 7166 direct line
212 486 4448  x112