CDF funds supported the research, creation and presentation of Zeibekika in January 2006. Zeibekika was an-evening-length piece that brought real and imagined Greek ancestral memories to life. Notable research activities included a visit to the Dora Stratou Folk Dancers in Athens, Greece, creating a relationship with the Orpheus Hellenic Dance Troupe in the Chicago suburbs, reading texts on modern Greek history, music listening, and internet and interview-based research on the zembekiko.
Chremos formed an ensemble of nine performers, including Greek-American sax player David Rempis and vocalist Carol Genetti. Dancers of Same Planet Different World company and dance soloist Julieann Graham were asked to join the cast. A warehouse space was secured as a venue for the project, and the space was set up as a “taverna,” with tables and chairs surrounding a round stage built by Jon Pope. Greek snacks and coffee were served by Gold’n’Pear catering. Chris Wooten created a lighting plot. Linda Solotaire provided marketing support. The project was hailed by the Chicago-Sun Times as “a fascinating new hourlong but centuries-deep dance-theater piece exploring her Greek heritage.” The project also placed Asimina in the public eye as a Greek-American, helping her to create new relationships and projects with entities such as the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center, and Greek-American poet/performer Angela Kariotis.
A new version of Zeibekika, called Zeibekika/Paraphrased, was mounted at the Hellenic American Academy in Deerfield, IL in March of 2007.