Cyprus Choreography Platform 2019
The Cyprus Choreography Platform returned renewed, with a new program and new ideas.
13 established and younger choreographers collaborate with a large number of artists - dancers, set designers, musicians, light designers etc. - aiming at a more complete and original presence.
Away from strict forms, highlighting the expressive dance in various ways and modern forms, the performers show the evolution of contemporary dance in our country.
DAY 1 - Friday 1.11.2019
“cold shiny screens” - 25'
Through the cold, shiny screens of the devices we are so attached to, reality is morphed into a grotesque cheeriness as users look to bump up their ratings and reputation and where “sameness” gets rid of emotional and physical pain and eradicates individualism and free will.
concept/choreography/direction: Suzana Phialas
performance/co-creation: Rania Glymitsa, Elena Gavriel, Julia Brendle, Alexia Perdikaki
additional performers: Eleftheria Sokratous, Maria Alexandrou
mentoring: Pavlos Kountouriotis, Rodia Vomvolou
lighting: Suzana Phialas in collaboration with Panayiotis Manousis
photo: Pavlos Vrionides
Who Am I - 15’
The two women, dominated by the idea of perfection, project an external, false image to gain the necessary attention, acceptance, and love. They adopt a competitive self, thinking that this is how they should be and how they should move in order to be acceptable.
But this slowly fades and eventually they accept and just love what is around them and most importantly, what is inside them, thereby allowing their True Self to flourish.
Music: Theodoros Marouf
Photo: Pablo Picasso - Portrait of Jaquieline
Vision Q Aneesha Michael
into the roots... - 15’
A time to change, a time to remove the many layers of burdens that life places upon us. First the wind, she comes and goes with a power that strips us of our dignity. Naked we float as light as falling feather, dancing to the music of life. Our heart cannot help it's self, but return us to the cradle of life. Only there do we find the power to be born again, wielding the sword of our truth, cutting through the web of ego. Now we have an empty space. What will we fill it with? It is a time to reveal our spirituality.
Choreography/ Performer: Aneesha Michael
Composer/ Musician: Vasilios Firippis
Dramaturgist/ Mentor: Bush Hartshorn
Photographer: Kyriakos Kadis
Special thanks to Susan Papa
Something might happen potentially more beautiful
The certainty of chances - 25’
Harry Koushos, in his new piece for two dancers is inspired by the music of the experimentalist composers of the 70’s, such as John Cage, Steve Reich, Cornelius Cardew, Terry Riley and Gavin Bryar. Koushos has created a movement pattern with a well-defined structure that although repetitive, allows dancers the freedom to define their relation with space, time and the rhythm. These “cracks” in the structure create “accidental” meetings, different attempts of communication between the two bodies on stage, composing each time a new narrative in real time before the audience. The control of the result is passed on from the choreographer to the performers, the strict structure is deconstructed, opening up the possibility for something to happen, something potentially more beautiful than anything.
Choreography: Harry Koushos
Dramaturgy: Eleni Moleski
Dancers: Emi Korfia, Harry Koushos
Music: Marina Xafolidi
Photo: Odysseas I. Konstantinou
DAY 2 - Saturday 2.11.2019
Chorotheatro Omada Pende, Chloe Melidou
Επί Των Υδάτων - 30’
Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward pathway had been lost.
Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say
What was this forest savage, rough, and stern,
Which in the very thought renews the fear.
So bitter is it, death is little more;
I cannot well repeat how there I entered,
So full was I of slumber at the moment
In which I had abandoned the true way.
And even as he, who, with distressful breath,
Forth issued from the sea upon the shore,
Turns to the water perilous and gazes;
So did my soul, that still was fleeing onward,
Turn itself back to re-behold the pass
Which never yet a living person left.
Literature Network, Dante Alighieri, Inferno, Canto I
Choreography: Chloe Melidou
Performers: Magda Argiridou, Marie Georgiou, Marion Efstathiou, Vicky Calla, Evi Karsera, Natalie Tsigi.
Music editing: Dimitris Zachariou
Set: Hardy Hanneman
i-human - 15’
“A couple, two mobiles and a relationship… A relationship between a person and their mobile phone and not between a person with another person. Wondering, how “close” is your relationship with your mobile? Do you really know where to stop? Do you have a little “mobile” in your everyday life, or a little everyday life in your mobile?
However, above all, just remember it is a lie that can tell the truth.”
Voicemail - 10’
This solo performed by the choreographer aims to explore the challenge of age-led physicality of a contemporary dancer situated in the body of a young dancer. Inspired by narrative stemming from personal voicemail archives the work aims to establish the identity of the performer who will negotiate the balance between abstract, conceptual experimentation and technical virtuosity that defines the current contemporary dance scene needs. The work aims to create an abstract atmosphere allowing the audience freedom to interpret the work.
Deeply rooted in physical exploration, this work will be enhanced by the work of the visual artist Christina Papakyriakou whose live projection of lighting will shape the space. The multimedia nature of the work aims to create a complete sensory experience for the audience.
Hire me, please - 15’
Audition as a condition. As a physical and psychological state. As an evolutionary process. As brutality. As a relationship of authority. As a statement. As an obstacle. As a prerequisite. As a "journey". As a journey. As a verdict. As a depreciation of personality. As a retrospect. As a role-playing game. As a rejection. As an exploration of boundaries. As a total availability.
One year after the first part of the Hire Me Please trilogy was presented, Panos Malactos infiltrates and is again exposed to the auditioning condition, through which he, as a “new” dancer, is "obliged" to pass. Using the material of the first part of the trilogy, the dancer and choreographer renegotiates, deepens, and broadens his conceptual references: Hire Me Please 0002 moves shamelessly to the limits of a sarcastic dance performance.
Amfidromo Chorotheatro, Elena Christodoulidou
We_men - 25’
What do we see? What do we recognize? What have we been told? What did they hide from us? How many Men and Women fit in the same body. Women, combining one scene next to the other, unexpected encounters, swapping speed, spontaneous acts. Love, sexuality, maternity, life struggle, social injustice, immigration, refugee, survival, loss, loneliness, reconnection, serenity. Women… the Beauty that seems unnecessary for Men’s world: Persecuted, worried, victimized.
Choreography: Elena Christodoulidou
Dancers: Stephanie Papadopoulou, Nicole Yiannaka , Christiana Eftychiou
Music: Charis Sophocleous
Costumes: Rea Olympiou
Video: Klitsa Antoniou
Lighting design: Alex Jotovic
DAY 3 - Sunday 3.11.2019
through me, THEM-- 20’
A choreographic piece that has been created having as a point of departure the movement response of women, submitted through one-minute videos after an open call. Participants were asked to share, their unique, personal experience in regard to male dominance, loss, and isolation through bodily movement. The movement material received has been put together and has been edited towards the creation of an integrated piece, performed by the male choreographer, considering that his body is a means contributing towards the communication of female struggle in social context, at current times.
Concept, research, choreography, performance: Panayiotis Tofi
Videos submitted by: Sandra Adiarte (DE), Jodi Ann Nicholson (UK), Maria Bamiha (CY), Safiye Bağkur (CY), Mine Çelik (CY), Areti Chourdaki (FR), Gülperi Doğaner (CY), Çisem Eray (CY), Maria Erotokritou (CY), Bridget Finn (UK), Sonay Gardıyanoğlu (CY), Düriye Gökçebağ (CY), Figen Gürgöze (CY), Panayiota Κapnisi (CY), Pembe Külah (CY), Marianna Mouchsiadou (CY), Jana Otčenášková (CZ), Mürüde Özenen (CY), Natasa Panayi (CY), Kristýna Sedláčková Weiserová (CZ), Nandia Theocharidou (CY), Gizem Topönder (CY), Marilena Ttofi (CY), Eda Türmen (CY), Sevya Türmen (CY), Huri Yontucu (CY).
Music composition: Jakub Otčenášek, Antonis Antoniou
Costume and stage design: Rea Olympiou - George Yiannou
Lighting design: Panagiotis Manousis
Photography: Theodora Iacovou
Anthi Antoniadou, Bori Choi, Stavros Stavrou, Elena Andreou
Asomates Dynameis, Andromachi Dimitriadou Lindahl
Duet / One - 15’
Body memory 2. One
A reflection on identity, femininity and time.
A body is carrying, is supporting, is balancing, is handling, is invading or is invaded by another body. By alternating moments of independence and interdependence/duality, the two bodies create an organism of its own, which is in a constant process of development. The two bodies are meeting and separating in a symbiotic flux which recalls early memories, and invites us to reflect and open up to a new understanding of how we regard desire, necessity, and our connection to the world.
Choreography/dramaturgy Andromachi Dimitriadou Lindahl
Music composition Konstantina Polychronopoulou
Light design Aleksandar Jotovic
Dance / co-creation Christina Eutychiou, Fouli Stylianidou.
NoFilterNeeded - 15’
#NoFilterNeeded is a common phrase used by social media users i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, when posting an image online that hasn’t been enhanced by any filters and is perceived to be perfect the way it is.
We are constantly bombarded by images that represent a reality far from the one we actually experience.
We feel the need to state what is real and what is artificial. We impress upon the viewer that in that moment we are ‘unfiltered’, however far from the truth this may be.
#NoFilterNeeded explores what truly lies beneath the surface of a beautifully constructed image.
Α big thank you to everyone who made this performance possible, my collaborators, the Dance House Limassol and Maya Mina for the rehearsal space, and my family for the support.
Concept/ choreography / performance: Konstantina Skalionta
Associated artist: Laura Elias
Sound composition: Ronen Kozokaro
Lighting Design: Panagiotis Manousakis
Photography: Artemis Evlogimenou
Mentors: Pavlos Kountouriotis and Caroline Salem
.pelma.Lia Haraki (18+)
Humping - 30’
The piece is an erotic ritual.
Three individuals connect sensually enjoying each other's presence. The choreographer takes the instinct of reproduction as a driving force and focuses specifically on the qualities of compassionate intimacy and care, in an attempt to present a humane dimension to the erotic act. The sensual nature of the human body has been mistreated and misunderstood by different industries like the pornographic where it is often abusively exploited, as well as in several religious ideologies where it is often stigmatized as “dirty” and forbidden. The piece suggests a different side to human sexual interaction by highlighting vulnerable sensitivity and caring coexistence. In ‘Humping’ spectators have the opportunity to zoom into one of the most meaningful uses of the human body as it reaches out to become together.
Concept, choreography: Lia Haraki
Performance/movement: Andreas Kentis, Georgia Andreou, Melina Sofokleous
Sound: Yiannis Christofides
Visual design and Promotional image: PASHIAS
Lights: Alexander Jotovic
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