Portraying the tragicomic identity confusion of the islanders, Yiasemin Collective brings the issue to the fore by introducing the traditional Cypriot lucky game, known as “kazandi”. Featuring a multicultural character, Kazandi is constantly on the move, shifting from one place to another, yet managing to be ever-present. A hilarious play that investigates the concepts of game, luck and identity.
The research, which began in August 2020, brings together interviews from kazandi owners and players, and investigates the existence of the game over time, as well as people’s memory of it. What memories do people have involving this lucky game? In what ways have the conditions and experiences of people changed over time? How important are the concepts of origin, identity and to what extent do these define us?
Concept: Natalia Panayiotou
Research/Text/Directing/Performance: Natalia Panayiotou, Annie Sofokleous, Despina Chrysanthou
Thinking partner: Evita Ioannou
Sound design: Marios Mina
Voices/Music: Dimitris Mesimeris, Abnormals rap crew, Afroditi Dermata, Marinos Romeos Kalotychos
Stage creations: Touton, Anemone, The Rose Factory
Where Rialto Theatre, Limassol
When Friday, April 2 at 8pm
Tickets: €12/10 tel 77777745
In the Cypriot dialect.