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Minotaur - Friday, April 15th through Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies: Minotaur Written and directed by Izumi Ashizawa

Friday, April 15, 8:00 pm Saturday, April 16, 8:00 pm Sunday, April 17, 2:00 pm Wednesday, April 20, 7:30 pm Thursday, April 21, 7:30 pm Friday, April 22, 8:00 pm Saturday, April 23, 2:00 pm Saturday, April 23, 8:00 pm Robert and Arlene Kogod Theatre

Theseus’s victorious defeat against the half-bull-half-human monster Minotaurus is the stuff of ancient Greek myth, but writer and director Izumi Ashizawa explores the dark side of this legendary hero in Minotaur. Set in the American slaughterhouse industry, this new interpretation of an ancient myth intertwines contemporary immigration issues with original music, masks, Japanese physical acting and puppetry.

Learn more about Theseus, the Minotaur, ancient Greek myth, and the art and literature it has inspired throughout the centuries in the UM Libraries:

  Books: Explore translations of the Minotaur myth and other Greek legends, learn about the myriad of mythological monsters immortalized in classical fiction, and read about Sir Arthur Evans, the archeologist who unearthed the ancient Minoans and other civilizations on the island of Crete

  Fiction, essays, and poetry inspired by the myth of the Minotaur: From French philosopher Albert Camus to Russian postmodernist and science fiction writer Viktor Pelevin, the tale of the Minotaur has inspired authors and poets to explore the many modern-day labyrinths in which we find ourselves

  Film: Excavated by British archeologist Sir Arthur Evans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the island of Crete was home to the ancient Minoans. Explore archaeological sites at Akrotiri, Ayla, Knosses, and the palace of Minos, with its legendary labyrinth

  Recordings of The Minotaur by Elliott Carter: Listen to the ballet by composer Elliott Carter inspired by Theseus's legendary trip into the labyrinth

  Scores: Explore scores of music inspired by the legend of the Minotaur, including the Carter's ballet