AGAPI AND OTHER KINDS OF LOVE
In Agapi & Other Kinds of Love, Greek-Australian poet Luka Lesson draws on his heritage to search unflinchingly for the meanings of love of Ancient Greece. Based on Plato's The Symposium, Agapi begins with Socrates telling a banquet of friends everything he learned from a mysterious lover named: Diotima. The gods then take the audience on a journey - collapsing time and space to arrive in modern day Athens, where the two reincarnations of the Ancient lovers fall in love (again) in the midst of a riot. Luka's reputation as one of Australia's best storytellers shines as he then takes us on a journey through the kinds of love: Eros, Filia, Filoxenia, Philautia, Storgi, Pragma and the ultimate: Agapi. Self-love, erotic love, familial love and more all collide with statues of Aphrodite, Molotov cocktails and the Parthenon's steps. Equal parts rap concert, poetic musical & classical history lesson, Agapi & Other Kinds of Love shows us how love prevails despite the trials and tribulations of the ages.
80-minute for solo poet/rapper accompanied by 2 musicians | For traditional theatres, quality music venues & outdoor, site specific venues such as an amphitheatre.
Musically the project shifts between three Greek musical styles:
1. Ancient Greek modes, scales, instrumentation and melodies.
2. Modern Greek underground Athenian Hip-hop, known as 'Low Bap'.
3. Sci-Fi soundscapes reminiscent of Greek composer Vangelis (Bladerunner), who recently passed away.
All musical composition written by James Humberstone from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in collaboration with Luka Lesson.
LUKA LESSON BIO:
Luka Lesson is a rapper, poet and educator of Greek heritage from Australia born in Meanjin / Brisbane. Luka is a former Australian Poetry Slam Champion, has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and has his lyrics studied across universities and schools globally. Luka has toured with the likes of Akala (UK), Lowkey (UK) and Dr Cornel West (USA). He has released two of his own collections of poetry, two full-length albums of musical works, and is currently working on two long-from projects: Odysseus, a retelling of Homer's The Odyssey, and Agapi & Other Kinds of Love, based on Plato's Symposium.
ANONYMOUS QUOTES FROM PREMIERE AGAPI SEASON AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA
"This was one of the highest calibre and most transformative live
performances I have attended in my life. I was awestruck at the level of skill
which Luka and his supporting artists displayed. The performance was a
transmission of devotion in motion. It was at least three times as good as I
had hoped - and I'd had high hopes! It is artists like Luka who inspire me with
a remembrance that I am not alone in the strive for excellence, in service of
the greater whole. What an extraordinary, incendiary and soulful evening. It
was all class, from start to finish. My girlfriends felt the same. Thank you!"
"Three performers engagement with audience, incredible skill of female
musicians, edgy cutting edge music, I don't normally like rap but came away
with a new appreciation for this music genre, lead performer was exceptional
"Fabulous words and themes. High production values. Very high level
theatrical production - it was much more than I expected eg set and lighting,
tight direction, Ella Fence was phenomenal and contributed much. No flat
spots or boring bits!!! Congrats to all xx"
"The performance itself was fabulous. Everything about it, the text and music
were brilliant. All the artists were wonderful... meeting Luka at the end for a
book signing was a lovely bonus!"
"What stunned me was the use of contemporary in a traditional storytelling
mode. The best part was the way modern and ancient/traditional influences
collided into a glorious spectacle of story, song, colour and sound. Simply
Created by The Future Ancients
Creator, Writer, Co-Director, Lead Performer: Luka Lesson
Producer: Vyvienne Abla
Co-Director: Sam Foster
Composer: James Humberstone
Musician & Vocalist: Greta Kelly
Musician & Vocalist: Ella Fence
Originally Commissioned by La Boite Theatre + Bleach*
Studio Photos - Sam Clarke