Cyprus Contemporary Dance Platform 2018

7 dance performances by established and upcoming choreographers in the annual contemporary dance celebration.

The Platform’s institution is a Cultural Services organization of the Ministry of Education and Culture and the RIALTO Theatre, which offers the stage to contemporary dance performers in order to create and be expressed through this art, which meets important growth in our country the recent years.

The Dance Platform is taking place on a yearly basis – each March – and is dealing with new contemporary dance creations, of non-commercial type, which have not yet been presented in Cyprus or abroad. Via a relevant procedure the responsible Committee selects the groups that will be presented, among the leader groups of contemporary dance in Cyprus, who applied for participation.

Important celebrities of the International contemporary dance scene are being invited at the Festival, exchanging views with the performers and the audience, thus contributing to a bigger fermentation regarding dance issues; at the same time, they are occasionally selecting and inviting performances in order to be presented at events or festivals abroad.

Apart from its main program at the RIALTO Theatre, the Platform includes a variety of parallel events, performances and discussions and various locations in town, which give a complete comprehensive look with regards to contemporary dance in Cyprus.

The selection of performances, for representing Cyprus at the European Dance Festival, also takes place at this Festival.

DAY 1 - Friday 2.3.2018

Chrorotheatro Omada Pende / Roula Kleovoulou

humanland 20’

 

I heard telephones, opera house, favorite melodies. I saw boys, toys, electric irons and TVs. My brain hurt like a warehouse. It had no room to spare. I had to cram so many things. To store everything in there. And all the fat-skinny people, and all the tall-short people. And all the nobody people, and all the somebody people. I never thought I’d need so many people… David Bowie 5 years
 
“Social media” they say… Perhaps the most anti-social movement that has ever existed. Connecting everyone they say… Yes, socializing without a voice, without eye contact, behind screens and keyboards. Einstein saw this coming: “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction”. Human contact has always been a challenge to humanity; technology has just made the problem bigger… ROULA KLEOVOULOU
 
CHOREOGRAPHY: ROULA KLEOVOULOU
DANCERS: ARIANNA MARKOULIDES AND MILENA UGREN KOULAS
DRAMATURGY: CHLOE MELIDOU
TANGO INSTRUCTOR: AGGELIKI AGATHOKLEOUS
MUSIC: ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK BY CHRIS CHARALAMBIDES – SOUNDSCAPE STUDIOS
www.soundscape-studios.com
COSTUMES: ARIANNA MARKOULIDES
MAKE-UP: PANAYIOTIS HADJIFLOURENTZOU
LIGHTING DESIGN: PANAYIOTIS MANOUSIS
PHOTO CREDIT: PAVLOS VRIONIDIS
Special thanks to Marie Georgiou and the Pranayama Studio

Panayiotis Tofi

Not To Hold 10’

 

Two bodies surrender to a personal journey of quest and redemption, during which unfulfilled experiences from the past merge with future desires. The growing spatial tension, along with the material absence of bodies, brought to the present through the sense of touch, are combined with alterations of movement quality, intention and meaning.
Writings of Susan Leigh Foster, Alice Rayner and Louise Glück have been part of the research.
 
CONCEPT/RESEARCH/CHOREOGRAPHY: PANAYIOTIS TOFI
PERFORMANCE: ALEXIA NICOLAOU, PANAYIOTIS TOFI
SOUND: EXTRACTS FROM THE MUSIC WORKS OF ERIC HOLM AND GIDGE
COSTUME DESIGN: REA OLYMPIOU
LIGHTING DESIGN: PANAGIOTIS MANOUSIS
PROMOTION PHOTOGRAPHY: STAVROS STAVROU, PANAYIOTIS TOFI
Special thanks to Viky Kalla

Fouli Stylianidou

Whispers 17’

 

Have you ever wondered whether you ever forced yourself to stay tied up on things or situations only because it was easier for you to handle? Αlthough deep inside, you knew it was not? Have you ever found the strength to let go, to say “no” and leave? How many times have you concealed your thoughts while facing an unfair situation? Or how many times did you clench your fist to control yourself? Perhaps you have not had the courage to speak or react to it?
 
I believe, deep inside, we all know the road to happiness. But many of us act against our own instincts, fearing the social consequences, which are so powerful that make us wonder whether we did make those decisions consciously.
 
CHOREOGRAPHER: FOULI STYLIANIDOU
DANCERS: LOIZOS CONSTANTINOU, FOULI STYLIANIDOU
LIGHTING DESIGN: ALEKSANDAR JOTOVIC

Sevim Akpinar

VENTURE 10’

 

Creating an ever-changing physical environment, the three bodies find themselves in a constant state of mobility and transformation that mark new beginnings and a search for refuge. How does the space shape the body that moves with it and how is the body inscribed by this constant journeying? It is the whole idea of re-inventing her engagement with the landscape she traverses by constantly relocating to the “unfamiliar” where a sense of belonging and orientation is to be found. In a reality in which life considers highly what is transitory rather than permanent, the work challenges the notions of fixity, rootedness and stability. Instead, we witness bodies that are constructive and empowered to transform through restless searching and endless journeying. What is the final destination for all of these ‘things’?
 
CHOREOGRAPHER: SEVIM AKPINAR
DANCERS: TOYA AKPINAR, LILIYA BIROGUL, SEVIM AKPINAR
VIDEOGRAPHER: ISRAEL PIMENTA
MUSICIAN: STATHIS DAFALIAS
VOICE & NARRATION: FERHAT ATIK
SET DESIGNER: UGUR BAHCECI
COSTUME DESIGNER: SINEM ERTANER
LIGHTING DESIGN: ALEKSANDAR JOTOVIC
PHOTOGRAPHER: BARLAS SAHINOGLU
MENTORING: MAFALDA DEVILLE

DAY 2 - Saturday 3.3.2018

.pelma.Lia Ha / Lia Haraki

NLE (Near Life Experience) 20’

 

Death is the ultimate theatrical act since it is the be-all and end-all of transformation.
 
CONCEPT / CHOREOGRAPHY / TEXT SELECTION: LIA HARAKI
PERFORMANCE: RANIA GLIMITSA
MUSIC COMPOSITION / SOUND DESIGN: STELIOS ANTONIOU
SCENOGRAPHY: YIORGOS YIANNOU
CAMERA / EDITING / PICTURE: SAVVAS BALTZIS
LIGHTING DESIGN: ALEKSANDAR JOTOVIC
TECHNICAL MANAGER: YIANGOS HADJIYIANNIS
With the support of Dance House Lemesos

Transfiguratio / Alexia Nicolaou

The Unfit 10’

 

You try to join and fit. You try to understand. You know that the way you live your life was decided by others. You felt psychological and physical violence but you preferred silence. You didn’t choose to live in a patriarchal society. But now you have to fit in. You have lost yourself, forgot who you are. You have no identity, no ideologies; you belong nowhere…
 
The Unfit is a solo on women’s oppression and the curbing of ideologies and values. The society must identify with mismatched large clothes, where the body must find its way to fit in.
 
CHOREOGRAPHER: ALEXIA NICOLAOU
DRAMATURGY - DIRECTING, LIGHTING DESIGN: PANAYIOTIS MANOUSIS
COSTUMES: CONSTANTINA ANDREOU
SONG: CHRIS REA ‘’WHEN WILL I BE FREE’’
PHOTOGRAPHER: PANAYIOTIS TOFI
Special Thanks: Kalla Dancing Studio, Vicky Kalla

Julia Anna Brendle

Am I here Yet 20’

 

“We are all just actors trying to control and manage our public image, we act based on how others might see us.”
Erving Goffman
 
CONCEPT/IDEA: JULIA BRENDLE
CHOREOGRAPHY: JULIA BRENDLE IN COLLABORATION WITH THE PERFORMERS
PERFORMANCE: ARIANNA MARKOULIDOU, ELISABETH KINDLER-ABALI, VIKY KALLA, MICHAIL KRIEMPARDIS, PANAYIOTIS TOFI
MUSIC/SOUND: ANDREAS RODOSTHENOUS
DRAMATURGY: MARIOS KONSTANTINOU
LIGHTING DESIGN: ALEKSANDAR JOTOVIC

DANCE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Parallel events Cyprus Contemporary Dance Platform 2018

2.3.2018 Friday

18:00 - 22:00

PROJECT BLAST FROM THE PAST

@Heroes Square Monument

Lia Haraki and Christodoulos Panayiotou / Evergreen

18:00 - 22:00 VIDEO

@Rialto foyer & Dance House Lemesos

Maria Kasapi / Aposkotison me

3.3.2018 Saturday 

18:00 - 22:00  

PROJECT BLAST FROM THE PAST @Heroes Square Monument

Lia Haraki and Christodoulos Panayiotou – Evergreen

 

18:00 - 22:00 VIDEO

@Rialto foyer & Dance House Lemesos

Maria Kasapi / Aposkotison me

 

15:00 – 20:30

@Rialto Theatre

Elena Antoniou / In Situ

 

19:00

@Dance House Lemesos

Arianna Marcoulides / The Nature of the Beast 19’

 

19:30

@Dance House Lemesos

Evie Demetriou / When it Turns Red 28’

4.3.2018 -  Sunday
 
11:00 – 13:00
@Dance House Lemesos
Brunch Discussion:
Contemporary Dance Platform
The Day After