Day 2 / 11.11.2023 / Saturday
What a perfect world 13’
This piece takes place in two worlds: the real world and the artificial one. In our fast-developing world, where technology has enormously improved the quality of our lives and facilitated our way of living, it has at the same time isolated people and alienated the individual.
This piece explores the danger of the temporary pleasure we create in a world that does not exist, constructing experiences, emotions and encounters that are all technological illusions, instead of investing in real-life experiences and emotions.
Choreographer: Olga Markari
Dancer: Daniel Agudo Gallardo
Video: Miłosz Budzyński
Olga Markari studied Dance at Nadina’s Loizidou ballet school, at Rudra Bejart School in Switzerland, and at the Conservatorio de Danza de Madrid Maria de Avila in Spain. In 2015 she became a dancer with the De Dutch Junior Dance Division, and in 2017 she joined Wroclaw Ballet. In 2021 she became a demi-soloist with Opera Nova in Poland and, in 2022, she was promoted to soloist. Olga is also a qualified dance teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, a certified yoga instructor and she is currently attending a master’s in Cultural Policy and Development. Some of her choreographic works include: Peirasmos for Opera Nova in Poland, BElong and Patient no8 for Wroclaw ballet, Two or Less together with Daniel Agudo Gallardo, premiered at Semperoper Theatre, and more.
a dance for the end of the world 22’
It’s the end of the world and I’m dancing in a basement / I walk the streets at dawn / everyone is a friend on a Sunday morning / it’s the end of the world and I can’t wait / I expect nothing / less than everything / it’s the end of the world and I haven’t managed to finish a single book / I’m still texting / it’s the end of the world and I’m getting nowhere / safe / or even familiar / it’s the end of the world and I still don't know how to dance / I’m free at last / it’s the end of the world / and the beginning of our lives.
It’s the end of the world
but not for us.
Choreography: Diamanto Hadjizacharia
Performance: Areti Chourdaki, Elina Karacosta, Julie Charalambidou
Assistant Choreographer: Marita Anastasi
Original Music Composition: Marcos Shukuroglou
Lighting Design: Panayiotis Manousis
Photos: Andreas Nikolaou
Diamanto Hadjizacharia (Limassol, 1997) graduated as a contemporary dancer from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London and as a choreographer from Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD). As a performer, she collaborated with choreographers Hofesh Shechter, Hagit Yakira and James Finnemore. Some of her mentors were Sabina Holzer (AT), Patricia Apergi (GR), Pavlos Kountouriotis (NL), Mary Nunan (IE) and Dara Milovanovic (CY). Her artistic practice challenges conventional approaches to art-making in an attempt to explore and redefine its boundaries. Choreographic works of hers have been presented at festivals in Greece (Eleusis 2023 European Capital of Culture, ARC FOR DANCE 2022), Austria, the UK and Cyprus. She is currently a student in the Master’s programme Performance Practices at ArtEZ University of the Arts.
Bubble Consumer 15’
An endless battle for the most expensive, the most “golden”, the most popular, the shiniest, the most brilliant object that will gradually alter man’s moral boundaries and values. Is there any room for him to resist, to save himself? Will he be able to turn his gaze to those things that matter or will he be a lost man?
“Man, if he is properly educated, will become the gentlest and tamest creature, but if he does not receive proper education, he becomes the wildest animal in nature.” Plato
Choreographer: Ioannis Economides
Dancers: Anna Nicolaou, Ioannis Economides
Music Composer: Mike Nicolaou
Costume Designer: Sosanna Tomazou
Set Designer: Sosanna Tomazou
Text: Ioannis Economides
Photographer: Constantinos Tsiakkas
Trailer: Constantinos Tsiakkas
Choreographer’s Advisor: Fotis Nicolaou
Mentoring: Christos Polymenakos
Lights: Panagiotis Manousis
Ioannis Economides was born in Nicosia in 1995. He graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Upper Second Class Honor). In 2016 he received his master’s degree from Laban, London. During his studies, he worked with Gemma Harisson, Hagit Yakira and Hofesh Shechter. As a dancer he has collaborated with Patricia Apergi / Aerites Dance Company (Greece), Kader Attou / The Roots (France), Fotis Nikolaou / X-it Dance Theater Group (Greece), Aliki Kazouri / Xoreftes, Elena Christodoulidou / Amphidromo Dance Theater (Cyprus), Machi Dimitriadou Lindal / Incorporeal Forces (Cyprus), Marina Pogiatzi / MITRA (Cyprus) et al. He was a member of the Transitions dance group in London where he collaborated with renowned choreographers and presented their work in Malta, England, Wales, Scotland and Cyprus. He also performed in India, Greece, Italy and France with other Companies. In 2017 he choreographed and performed his solo Ανdream at Dance Waves Festival (Cyprus). In 2022 he choreographed and performed his own piece Resistraw with Anna Nicolaou at Rhodes Dance Festival in Greece and Dare Dance Festival in Cyprus.
Mon Otage 20'
A boy, born in a land of light, erroneously fails to realise the existence of other people while growing up. Years later, when coming across with the meaning of the word ‘alone’, he decides, in a rather surreal and peculiar way, to claim and secure the long-delayed attention, care and love he has been missing. Mon Otage, as a work based on autobiographical fiction, explores unfulfilled promises of affection and acceptance between men, within various types of relationships, in an altered reality. The result derives through a progressive, co-creative process between the choreographer/performer and the composer/musician.
Concept, Choreography, Performance: Panayiotis Tofi
Live Music Composition: Andreas Economides
Text: Panayiotis Tofi
French Translation: Popi Kontolemi
Costume Design: Rea Olympiou
Lighting Design: Panagiotis Manousis
Photography: Theodora Iacovou
Special thanks to: Crisanto Alonso Arias Benavides
Lyrics from the song Poussière by Laura Cahen are included in the performance.
Panayiotis Tofi is a Trinity Laban graduate, holding a First Class BA in Contemporary Dance (2014) and a Diploma in Dance Studies (2011). His latest choreographic works include Body of Mine (2023), Excavated Anatomies (2020), Through me, THEM— (2019), Never Been Missed (2017), some of which have been presented in Cyprus, Greece and the UK. He has been collaborating as a movement director and choreographer for theatrical productions during the last seven years, alongside acclaimed directors, amongst which: Yiannis Paraskevopoulos, Heinz-Uwe Haus, Demetris Baslam, Aliki Danezi Knütsen, Paris Erotokritou, Kostas Silvestros, Panagiotis Larkou, Maria Ioli Karolidou. In 2018, he received the ‘Creator of the Year’ Award by the Cyprus Theatre Organisation for his artistic versatility, imaginativeness and boldness towards experimentation. Based on his choreographic knowledge, research and movement vocabulary he has led workshops of improvisation, composition and contemporary techniques in Cyprus, Greece, Sweden and Italy.