i open my palm.i called a space. - 42'
The project focuses on the choreographer’s research about the physical and emotional limits of a solo performer. Here, the movement creates parallel conditions, evoking the constant transition between the sound and the visual environment. The body exists in space as a material, using different textures and dynamics; sometimes in harmony with the architecture and sometimes in contrast. The beholder exists equally in the space, having responsibility and an active relation with the details of the action. The movement is unilateral, with lack of response, starting from one point and heading to another, yet never reaching an end. The acceptance or rejection of this state of mind, together with the absence of message, equals incitement to madness.
Choreography/Performance: Elena Antoniou
Directing/ Dramaturgy: Polys Peslikas
Music/Sound Installation: Stavros Gasparatos
Photos/Video: Stelios Kallinikou
Project Manager: Argyris Argyrou
The performance was funded by Terpsichore (2016), a choreographic research program initiated and sponsored by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus.
Never Been Missed - 10'
Two bodies welcome a transparent energy that discreetly makes its way into the space. The concealed presence, that has never been missed, initiates an unfamiliar movement journey, awakening withdrawn painful memories while testing physical limits. The research embraces the writings of: Franco Bifo Berardi: The Soul at Work. From alienation to autonomy, Avery F. Gordon: Ghostly Matters. Haunting and the sociological imagination and Miltos Sahtouris: The Orange Tree.
Performance: Alexia Nicolaou, Panayiotis Tofi
Music composition: Emiddio Vasquez
Voice/Narration: Melissa Garcia Carro
Costumes: Rea Olympiou
Mentor: Bush Hartshorn
Special thanks: Viky Kalla, Philipos Evangelou
10' - 10'
The fact that I’m taking part in the Cyprus Contemporary Dance Platform is quite unexpected. I’m not a “normal”dancer (according to its standards), but I’m very happy to be part of the festival. As it is officially the first time I participate as a choreographer, I have ten minutes. I will do my best to communicate, within this timeframe my sense of alertness about the times we currently live in, as well as my need to enter into a dialogue with the Platform itself. I have a lot of questions about my role as an artist or the role of Art in general, especially the role of this “incomprehensible” dance - as my dad calls it.
Choreography/ Dramaturgy: Eleana Alexandrou
Performers: Fotis Nikolaou, Eleana Alexandrou
Sound design and performance: Panos Bartzis
Lighting design: Alexander Jotovic
She/LL - 10'
She/LL reveals the physical and emotional struggle of three women who attempt to reach “perfection”. They bear the burden of their incorporated history, which derives from the influences of social coercion, prohibiting any expression of weakness. Their ongoing struggle for flawlessness – in which they are requested to admirably succeed – is their only way to avoid being considered as “vulnerable”. However, in this pursuit of prevention and fear of failure, they are trapped in the unhealthy obsession with perfection.
Choreography: Sevim Akpinar,
Performers: Sevim Akpinar, Liliya Biroğul, Yuliya Meyzin Hermaniuk
Set/ Costumes: Toya Akpinar
Video: Israel Pimenta, Sezin Uluch,
LIGHTING DESIGN: Alexander Jotovic