Heidi Trautmann

226 - Memory in the Dead Zone by Alev Adil

Unfortunately I was not able to attend but I would like to repeat here Johann Pillai's words on the event:


Sidestreets presented a performance on April 1

Memory in the Dead Zone

by Alev Adil


Moving between different pasts, between Cyprus and a host of unnamed cities, Memory in the Dead Zone  is both a multimedia retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and  autobiographical  performance which explores memory and the performance of becoming Cypriot through  poetry, myth, home movies, photographs,  remembered songs, the imagined spaces of Cyprus and the digital detritus of the 21st century. Memory becomes opaque while as the performance makes a story about the mediated evidence that summons memory, the faded images, the home movies marked by multiple translations from super 8 film to video to DVD, remixed pop songs and fragments of film.


Alev Adil, described by reviewers as “a multi-cultural poet of exceptional originality” gave an animated and expressive performance of her poems and prose-poems in English, accompanied by slides reflecting their explorations of personal and Cypriot identities and mythologies, and a commentary in Turkish and English. Based in London at the University of Greenwich, where she is head of the Department of Communication and Creative Arts, she is widely published in literary and critical journals, and has performed at venues from the British Museum to Radio 4 and Channel 4 television. Her poetry has been described as “fractured narratives of love, loss, longing, exile and collision,” and her collection “Venus Infers” as “both a passport and a trip to new and unimagined communities.” 



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