The Dream Series-Night Vigil at the Onassis Cultural Center (sgt.gr)
Experiential sleep performance for the audience.
The choreographer and performance artist Apostolia Papadamaki, in collaboration with the composer Trifon Koutsourelis, create an experiential performance with and for the audience that lasts 12 h.
The audience arrives at the venue with their personal items prepared for a sleepover but not only, each one bringing one personal dream, anonymous, typed on an A4 page. All the dreams are placed in envelopes inside a box to be used later on.
Apostolia Papadamaki welcomes them at the foyer and introduces them to the secrets of performance art. The audience learns how to use tools such as peripheral vision, theater action, perception of time and space, following or leading. Then everybody follows a “secret path” to the backstage door, creating a line, walking meditatively in single file in silence. As the audience enters the stage, the curtain is closed. They enter the “womb” of the theater, the place where all dreams come true, the “memory bank” of the theater. The stage is the place that has experienced all kinds of performances, has welcomed all kinds of performers. In this experiential performance, the theater represents a living entity and among other things aims to broaden the audience’s perception about what staged arts and the venue itself is.
The audience is called to form a circle and to choose their personal “home” for the night. A Mattress. Each one puts their personal belongings there. Improvisation starts as the lights and music call for actions and emotions.
After 20 min of playfulness and creativity, the choreographer gently brings everybody to the proscenium. The curtain opens and the audience sees the auditorium gradually lit, with the music reaching a peak. The theater itself, through Apostolia’s voice, calls the audience to take a seat.
The theater is awake, a performance starts with no actors, no dancers, but only the stage elements. Lights and music move into a choreography absent of bodies where imagination rises, creating unbelievable images and stories. Yes, the theater is alive and it can bring us into a transcendental state of mind.
Apostolia calls the audience to step up to the stage again and prepare to sleep. The music changes, everybody is lying on their mattresses. Apostolia picks up the first envelope and reads the first dream; she continues reading dreams all through the night. Some people are listening, others are sleeping, while several are in this “in-between” state of mind.
The morning awakening comes from the special sounds and lights, and the morning coffee is accompanied by a discussion and exchange of views!
The Dream Series marks the relationship between Man and darkness and light, performance action and sleep, theatrical act and imagination.
SOUND - MUSIC / Note by the composer Trifon Koutsourelis
The role of sound and music, sometimes accompanying and sometimes primary, is mainly characterized by evocative and initiatory properties. Trifon Koutsourelis created a peculiar three-part cluster of abstract soundscapes, multidimensional sound events and specially processed pulses adapted to the three main parts of the project.
First, an introduction and presentation of the atmosphere of this peculiar night vigil after an active participation in a mingling space with light and sound, and finally an initiatory guidance to the depths of the subconscious.
In the third part, while participants sleep, two channels pulses are used (binaural beats) and specially designed beats, to stimulate and coordinate brain waves at certain frequencies and consistent with their sleep cycles.
Music Composition during 8 hours.