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The Istanbul Women’s Museum is organizing a series of events in cooperation with other organizations in Germany and Poland to mark the 1211th anniversary of Kassia, who is considered the first female composer in the world whose works have come down to us. today.
Presenting the celebration program “KASSIA & THE NEW ISTANBUL COVENT / OPERA-TION” to its audience, the Museum briefly declares:
“We hear your voice”
“Kassia: beautiful, intelligent, educated – and so emancipated that she dared to contradict the emperor Theophilus of Constantinople showing a theological sense during the” wedding show “organized for him in 823. When in 843 Kassia was 33 years old , she founded a monastery, which she chaired until her death in 865. 300 years before Hildegard von Bingen, she composed hymns which are still sung in the Eastern Church today.
âAlthough biographical data is hardly available and only a portion of her writings have survived, her personality is particularly evident in her non-liturgical poems. These poems suggest that Kassia was a highly educated and intellectually gifted woman. writing a poem where each line begins with “I hate” cannot have been a shy person.
She knew how to express her thoughts to demonstrate her position. At a time and in a society that tried to silence women, Kassia refused to be silent. As a result, in her writings we have a unique female voice that has spanned the ages.
“From Turkey, Germany and Poland, a women’s museum, a theater company, a composer with his orchestra, a women’s initiative and the departments of graphic design, animation and art history of two universities and many people gathered to celebrate Kassia’s 1211th anniversary.
âWe hear Kassia’s voice and carry it into the present so that women’s voices will grow louder across borders. As a hymnographer, Kassia is generally celebrated for her piety and deep expression of religious devotion. . We believe that she deserves to be remembered in all her personality: as a composer, poet, philosopher, activist, networker, activist, innovator, even feminist. In dialogue with Kassia, we want to talk about our lives, of our political and social interference for a self-determined life, and to encourage and empower each other.
“Our project is a meeting through music, dance, tales, poems, illustrations, graphics, animations. This variety opens up the space to express our dreams and our life projects for a just society and makes feminist debate visible beyond borders Especially in a year from now when Turkey has announced its withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention and a similar approach is being discussed in Poland, such communication is imperative and important.
âFinally, the planned project includes several firsts: for the first time since her death, Kassia’s birthday will be celebrated; the first opera in honor of Kassia is being composed; the first videos and graphics are created which reinterpret his secular poems as works of art; professional actors will perform his poems in historic (Byzantine) places, the performance will be available as a documentary; and for the first time, researchers on Kassia will meet for an academic exchange. “
October 21 20.00 (CEST) ON TALKING & BEING. WOMEN’S LANGUAGE SPACES – Host: kainkollektiv, Bochum – German / Turkish / Polish simultaneous translation provided –Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WQcCBP5WQV-3kD3UKWo3hg
October 23 4:30 p.m. (CEST) KASSIA REVISITED, RESEARCHERS ON THE POEM AND MUSIC OF KASSIA – Host: Istanbul Women’s Museum – English / Turkish / Polish simultaneous translation provided – Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WlniNxmES4GMWrsLoF9row
7:30 p.m. (CEST) ACT LIKE YOU CARE – Talk with Sasha Waltz, Burak Ãzdemir, YeÅim GÃ¼rer Oymak Host: kainkollektiv & friends, Bochum – English / Turkish / Polish simultaneous translation provided Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gUmfbf1OTfmJVP6UPIXBoQ -https: //us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gUmfbf1OTfmJVP6UPIXBoQ
October 24 2:00 p.m. (CEST) IN SEARCH OF KASSIA – POEMS OF PROTEST YESTERDAY AND TODAY – Host: Istanbul Women’s Museum – English / Turkish / Polish simultaneous translation provided – Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2eCLR17tSWKlm0jx88lqtg
(EMK / SD)