The English term 'pilgrim' originally comes from the Latin word peregrinus, which means a foreigner, a stranger, someone on a journey, or a temporary resident. It can describe a traveller making a brief journey to a particular place or someone settling for a short or long period in a foreign land. Peregrinatio was the state of being or living abroad.
'Peregrinus' is a site-specific performance/installation, which explores the act of walking, and of being 'abroad', for performer and audience alike.
The audience's journey begins in a van to the performance venue. Along the route, recorded voices speak of real experiences of peregrination and pilgrimage, of heightened senses and a longing for familiarity. Once at the site of the installation, the audience is invited to walk through a structure that echoes a labyrinth, in which they become both spectator and pilgrim. The performer, also part of this journey, appears and disappears, acting as the catalyst for unexpected turns and deviations.
What if the starting point for this journey is refusal? Walking defines a direction but the end point is never achieved. What if the contemporary invitation is not to leave your bed and walk but to pick up your bed and walk? In other words, to take with us in our mobility an anomalous stillness; and to walk alongside our supine, horizontal and impulsive selves. Each new step a fall or a stumble, caught up, recovering, in dance.
Produced by Onassis Cultural Centre Athens (Fast Forward Festival). Supported by Firkin Crane, Laban Theatre, Metal Southend and the Duncan Research Centre for Dance.
Concept, Artistic Direction, Choreography, Performance: Zoi Dimitriou
Set Design, Costume Design: Eva Manidaki
Lighting Design: Eleftheria Deko
Sound Design: CotiK
Dramaturgy: Joe Kelleher
Artistic Consultation: Peter Von Salis
Research, Interviews: Betina Panagiotara, Zoi Dimitriou
Production: Delta Pi Productions and Arts Management
Location Scouting: Dimitris Chalkiadakis
Associate Architect: Efthymios Dougkas
Assistant to Set Designer: Myrto Megaritou
Associate Producer: Lia Prentaki