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Friday, April 1

Uprooting Medea Presentation
4:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Shivaike Shah
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and Global Hub along with Department of Classics
Maja Konitzer
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The Uprooting Medea presentation will introduce Khameleon Productions' Medea project and discuss the development and adaptation of our work since its original conception in Oxford. Khameleon's Medea questions the pertinent topics of race, belonging and identity, centring themes which are already prevalent in Euripides’s ancient drama. The presentation will explore the creative practice of elevating global-majority artists through multimedia forms including theatre, film, music and poetry. The presentation will give an insight into the upcoming short film project (to be released later in 2022), featuring excerpts and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage to bring to life Khameleon's vision for Medea.

British Indian film and theatre producer Shivaike Shah will introduce the Medea Project, describing its development and adaptation..

About the speaker: Shivaike Shah is a British Indian producer who has worked in fashion, theatre and film, and recently finished production on a major Netflix feature film. After graduating in English from University College, Oxford University, in 2019, he founded Khameleon Productions in March 2020. He has since been awarded support from across the UK and the US to build the project and company, and is the creator and host of the Khameleon Classics podcast.

Khameleon Productions, co-sponsored by the Brown Arts Institute, presents the Uprooting Medea tour. The company, founded in 2020, will share their all-global majority project at 30 institutions from February to May 2022. Commencing at Brown, they will visit classes, lead workshops and participate in roundtable conversations. The four-month tour, curated and produced by BAI Visiting Artist Shivaike Shah, will commence at Brown as part of their inaugural Interrogating the Classics Series and will continue across 12 states, visiting 30 of the nation’s leading colleges and universities. Khameleon will visit classes, work with students in script workshops and participate in roundtable conversations with students and staff around multiple topics related to the project. Khameleon Productions was founded in 2020, based on a production company built at Oxford University where Francesca Amewudah-Rivers originally adapted the play. Their Medea reimagines Euripides’s Greek tragedy with an all-global majority cast and crew, and features original compositions, movement and spoken word commissioned by the company.