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The Ancient Greeks created and used Myths about their gods, goddesses, heroes, heroines, and mythological creatures as part of their religion, and in effort to explain the origins of the world, and teach moral values. These accounts were initially disseminated in an oral-poetic tradition and have been passed on to us primarily from Greek literature, going as far back as Homer with his "Iliad" and "Odyssey" epics.

Crete and the Minoan civilisation (3600 BC - 1200 BC) have had their fair share of Myths based on the island, from the Birth of Zeus, to his conquest of Europa and many more.

ONE actors bring you two Myths based on the palace of Knossos nearby:

Slaying of the Minotaur
King Minos' stepson was born a man but with a head of a bull and feasted on human flesh and blood. The King imprisoned the Minotaur in the Labyrinth, built by Daedalus the Athenian, in such a way that the happless beast could not escape - but nor could his prey.
Athens was forced by Minos to send 6 young men and 6 young women every year to feed the Minotaur. Theseus, the young Athenian prince, decided to take the place of one of the six young men, intending to slain the Minotaur and rescue the others.
Ariadne, Minos' beautiful daughter, fell in love with Theseus (or Jason, according to the BBC's "Atlantis" series) and asked Daedalus how she could help the young prince...

Daedalus and Icarus
When Minos found out that Daedalus helped Theseus, he resolved to never allow Daedalus and his son Icarus return to Athens again. As the sea crossings were controlled by the Minoan fleet, the only way to leave the island was to fly... But was this possible? 
Daedalus was a marvelous engineer indeed and found a way to do this, with eagles' feathers and bees' wax...
But what of the guard constantly watching him?...   And will they make it across the sea?...

Both Myths are combined into one 50-minute play, suitable for children and adults alike.
They are delivered in English by ONE member-actors and supported with French, German, Italian and Russian subtitles, projected on either side of the stage. 

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