CYPRUS CHOREOGRAPHY PLATFORM
7.11 - SATURDAY
Fantasy has one dreadful quality, it can disappear without a trace and leave you helplessly confronted with a nude reality.
About the Sexy Yuppies
This is what dancers sound like when they want to form a band.
Alexis, Eleana and Arianna have been collaborating in Lia’s works for many years. Lia and Sakari met the last two years and have been improvising with music. That is how Lia was introduced to the bass guitar and the two formed a duo band called Mute Spring. The duo welcomed the other collaborators into the process. Alexis is primarily a musician but Eleana and Arianna got involved with the instruments for the sake of the piece. Tonight the Sexy Yuppies are having their debut, let’s hope it won’t be a disaster…
Direction, choreography: Lia Haraki
Dramaturgy, band coordination: Sakari Laurila
Performers, creative contributors: Alexis Vassiliou (synthesizer), Arianna Marcoulides (ukulele), Eleana Alexandrou (guitar), Lia Haraki (bass), Sakari Laurila (drums)
Song: Expensive από τους Mute Spring by Mute Spring (Lia Haraki, Sakari Laurila) & I love life by Arianna Marcoulides
Lights: Alexander Jotovic
Technical manager: Yiangos Hadjiyiannis
Thanks to ‘Epilogi’ Cultural Movement for their support
Running time: 30’
TOO MUCH, TOO LONG
I am the unit that is wide-open. I am an entity you can see. I am the unit you can see. Look at me. I am an entity you can see. I am. I am an entity, I am an entity, I am an entity. I am not an entity. I am a unit that is wide-open. I am unique. I am a unique unit that is wide-open. Look at me. I don’t belong to any group. I will never do. I am an entity.
Maria Kasapi was born in Nicosia and she began dancing when she was five. She took classes in contemporary dance, ballet, modern dance, tap dance, theatre and vocal classes. She studied Dance at the University of Nicosia from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, and at the same time she was a member of the Creative Masters dance group. She collaborated with choreographers such as Lia Charaki, Ariana Economou , Alexis Vassiliou and Kiki Economou. As a choreographer and performer she participated in the festivals: No Body, Interspace, Summer Festival, Visibility, Paralliles at Nicosia Dance Stage and at 19th Contemporary Platform. She participated in competitions with the groups: Creative Masters, Dem special, Creative Mega Masters in the competitions Ηip Hop international Adult (1st place), Hip Hop International Adult (2nd place), Hip Hop International Mega Crew (1st place), Hip Hop International Arizona, Turn it up (1st place).
Choreographer: Maria Kasapi
Dancers: Emily Cutler, Yiannis Economides, Maria Tofini
Music: Christos Ioannou
Costume designer: Antonia Antoniou
Photographer: Dimitris Pastella
Running time: 15’
The idea was born out of the unprecedented conditions we were experiencing and related concerns, during the restrictive measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic: the primary needs of living communication with others, the end of confidence, the need for hope, the observation of change and the liberation of nature from human greed. The original design of the show was born out of the obstacles of the compulsory co-existence, of the compulsory confinement, with the body and the mind in a complete shift from the habit. The relationship with nature led us to the basic idea, the motif of the show.
“How might it happen that we too could be independent, bearing the beautiful joy of indifference, of religious tolerance, beyond everything, within everything that is inside us - alone, united, unfettered, incomparable, non-competitive, uncontrolled, without minding about others’ expectations and demands.” [Orestis, Yiannis Ritsos]
Ivi Hadjivassiliou graduated from Athens National School of Dance. In 2013 she worked as assistant choreographer for Anton Lashky (Slovakia) and Penny Diamantopoulou for Panorama, which she performed at Herodus Atticus and in New York as a member of the Hellenic Dance Company. She collaborated and performed with Fotis Nikolaou, Amfidromo Chorotheatro, Asomates Dynameis, Artittude, Milena Ugren Koulas and Lambros Lambrou. She choreographed Atrapos (Work in Progress - Residency) Atrapos (complete work) and Sarlo. In 2019 she co-founded Vert School of Dance with Haris Marathefti.
Concept: Ivi Hadjivassiliou & Dimitris Spyrou
Choreography: Ivi Hadjivassiliou
Music Composition: Dimitris Spyrou
Performers : Ivi Hadjivassiliou & Dimitris Spyrou
Running time: 12’
A choreographic work in which the performer’s body is considered a medium as well as a live archive. The movement result has been created through an ‘excavation’ of incidents, events and moments from the choreographer’s past, that have formed solid memories. Writings from personal diaries form an important part of the research, of which fragments are incorporated in the final work.
Panayiotis Tofi is a Trinity Laban graduate, holding a First Class BA in Contemporary Dance and a Diploma in Dance studies. His works have been presented in Cyprus, Greece and the U.K. He has collaborated as a movement director and choreographer in more than 20 theatrical performances during the past four years, working with several directors, amongst which Heinz-Uwe Haus, Demetris Baslam, Panagiotis Larkou, Paris Erotokritou, Melita Couta and Harry Kafkarides, Maria Karolidou and others. In 2018, he received the ‘Artist of the Year Award’ by Cyprus Theatre Organisation for his artistic versatility, imaginativeness and boldness towards experimentation. Based on his choreographic research and movement vocabulary he has led workshops in Nicosia, Stockholm and Naples.
Concept, research, choreography, performance: Panayiotis Tofi
Music Composition: Marios Takoushis (Cello Solos: Jakub Otčenášek)
Text: Panayiotis Tofi
Voice, Narration: Vasiliki Kipreou
Costume Design: Rea Olympiou
Lighting Design: Panagiotis Manousis
Photography: Theodora Iacovou
Running time: 20’