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Experience Agapi & Other Kinds of Love by renowned Greek-Australian poet and rapper Luka Lesson. Accompanied by cinematic scores and hip-hop numbers composed by Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s James Humberstone, this soulful performance will ignite your heart.

Agapi & Other Kinds of Love tells the story of Socrates and his mysterious lover, Diotima. Inspired by his heritage, Luka takes the audience on a journey from ancient to modern-day Athens and shows us how love prevails despite the trials and tribulations of the ages.

8–9.30pm
Cost: $55 adult, $50 concession, $45 Museum Friends (plus Eventbrite booking fee)
Recommended for mature audiences 
Purchase your ticket before 31 January 2022 to receive one free ticket to our Ancient Greeks exhibition.

Luka Lesson

Luka Lesson is a rapper, poet and educator of Greek heritage from Australia. Luka is a former Australian Poetry Slam Champion, has performed his own work with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and has his lyrics studied across universities and schools globally. Luka has toured with Akala (UK), Lowkey (UK) and Dr Cornel West (USA). He has released two of his own collections of poetry and two full-length albums of musical works. Luka is currently working on two long-form projects: Agapi & Other Kinds of Love, based on Plato's Symposium and Odysseus, a retelling of Homer's The Odyssey.

Agapi & Other Kinds of Love

In Agapi & Other Kinds of Love, Luka Lesson draws on his Greek-Australian heritage to search unflinchingly for the meanings of love of Ancient Greece. Based on the philosopher Socrates' original speech found in 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).

Luka's reputation as one of Australia's best storytellers is tested 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 and the Parthenon's steps as the lovers teach us the deeper meanings of love. Equal parts rap concert, poetic musical and classical history lesson Agapi & Other Kinds of Love shows us how love prevails despite the trials and tribulations of the ages.

Music

Agapi & Other Kinds of Love shifts between cinematic scores and traditional Greek samples played over low-fi hip-hop beats borne from the Athenian underground. Musical composition written by James Humberstone from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, with contributions from musicians Greta Kelly, Ella Fence and Avishai Barnatan.

Credits

Studio photos: Sam Clarke
Created by The Future Ancients
Creator, Writer, Co-Director, Lead Performer: Luka Lesson
Producer: Vyvienne Abla
Co-Director: Sam Foster
Composer: James Humberstone
Musician and vocalist: Greta Kelly
Musician and vocalist: Ella Fence
Originally commissioned by La Boite Theatre + Bleach Festival

Acknowledgement

Proudly supported by Molonglo

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