Dance Throughout the Year aims to adjoin the Cyprus Contemporary Dance Platform by enriching the festival’s programme with works that were presented during 2017 in Cyprus and therefore support and promote, alongside with the Platform, the artistic work of the creators.
Since 2016, Dance House Lemesos collaborates with Blast Collective for the project “Blast from the past: Α retrospective to the future”, within the frame of the programme Dance Throughout The Year.
In the framework of the project Blast from the Past: A retrospective to the future
Curated by Blast Collective / blastcollective.org
Lia Haraki and Christodoulos Panayiotou remember their first collaboration, “Evergreen” (2003) in dialogue with Dimitris Chimonas. They revisit the work with a different perspective, and they invite us to have a “backstage” sneak pick on a performance that still remains current.
From the programme of 2003: “Topography. They say that a forest lives inside my house. Once, my house used to live in a forest. Our moving away from nature seems to be significant and nostalgia is characterized by the paradox of replacement. The verb “lose”: undeniably accompanies (perhaps even determines) the history of humanity. Singing birds know this well.
I abandon the houses and other buildings of our geometrical certainty. I am often drawn to the sensitive voices of dinosaurs. I am transported into forgotten historical and geographical landscapes. I create a forest – bibelot. I enter a parenthesis. Beauty kills us out of love.
Theatre is, after all, a primitive virus with the intelligence to mutate and adapt. On the contrary, theatrical space is characterized by a specific dynamic, which is architectonically determined (hardly flexible). The “microspace” of the stage desperately wants to function like the “macrospace” of our reality. The “virtual” nature of the video might allow for this modification to happen. My body is now becoming a storage space for classifies knowledge and detail.”
Choreography-performance: Lia Haraki
Director-Set design-Costumes design-Text: Christodoulos Panayiotou
Video (study-execution): Christina Olympiou
Costumes: Rena Perdiki
Lighting design: Panayiotis Manousis
Appearing: Alexander Michael
Music: John Dowland (Flow my tears), Henry Purcell (The plaint/Fairy Queen), Tobias Hume (Captain Humes Pavan)
The ancient expression “Aposkotison me’’,Diogenis, 410-323 BC indicates “Take me out of darkness’’. The three performers are presenting three different generations (grandmother, mother, daughter), with their experiences and advices that pass through generation to generation.
Dancers/Performers: Maria Theodorou, Ioanna Theodorou, Maria Kasapi
Photographer: Christos Kasapis
Dance and performance artist Elena Antoniou presents the long durational performance “In Situ”. After performing for 9 days, for a total of 56 hours at the Neues Museum in Berlin and the Archaeological Museum of the Lemesos District, the artist introduces her work involving the human/ creator in a space disassociated to the museum. Placed on a plinth for 6 hours the artist operates on the creation of a live exhibit at “here now”, whereby the body and the human presence is elevated to an everlasting artefact. The presence of the beholder activates the transition between the sound and visual environment while the long duration of her presence in the space evokes a transformation of roles and relationships, as the context and content of the act is being constantly redefined.
Concept/ Performance: Elena Antoniou
Sound Composition: Stavros Gasparatos
Photographer: Stelios Kallinikou
Special thanks to the sculptor Yiannis Yiannis, Georgios Makridis and to Polys Peslikas.
We need to survive every day and how we do it in relation to living in close proximity with other humans brings out our animalistic/bestial side. How have we really changed as a species from when we first broke off and evolved into homo sapiens? How has our prefrontal cortex really helped to evolve and change us for the better?
Arianna Marcoulides was a resident artist at Dance House Lemesos in 2015 where she created the work “In Another’s Shoes” and in 2017 where she created the piece “The Nature of the Beast”. Both residencies reside within the framework of the programme Moving the New created by Dance House Lemesos.
Performer/Dance maker: Arianna Marcoulides
Collaborator/Sound Designer: Panos Bartzis
Photographer: Pavlos Vrionides
Does being constantly busy or declaring we are constantly busy symbolizes something? Is “being busy” related to our self-worth? Is it a status symbol? Playing with both abstraction and narration the new work of Evie Demetriou questions the consequences of being busy on the body and the self.
Choreography/ Performance: Evie Demetriou
Advisor: Tabea Martin
Lighting Designer: Alexander Jotovic
Styling: Kristia Michaelidou
Voice Coach: Cathryn Robson
Music: “For Teda” Olafur Arnalds, “Spanish Flea” Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
Photography: Michael Papamichael
Production: En drasi 2017
Supported by Dance House Lemesos
Thanks to Emily Papaloizou, Marios Ioannou, Louiza Papaloizou, Antis Iakovou
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