Happiness in life presupposes a risk. But do we take the risk in order to be happy? What will happen, if you follow five dancers who do not fear plunging with great speed into the void, in pursuit of happiness?
Ioanna Portolou’s new work focuses on risk. Her approach, though, does not explore so much the physical aspects of the notion, but rather the cost entailed in subjective risk, in conquering or losing what is important to each one.
She positions herself on that fine dividing line, where the body is freed from fears and resistances, loses control, and opens itself to what remains secret, repressed, and untold. Five performers take as their starting point a musical universe that flirts with the excess and lightness of the 1980s, chasing the fleeting aspect of happiness, carefree fun, and the sense of sharing with others this unexpected joy without censorship.
Happiness in life presupposes a risk. But do we take the risk in order to be happy? On the one hand, there is intense fear of exposure, of a ‘plunge in the void’. On the other, there is the rare sense of freedom when we are called to take a risk, to chase our dream. The choreographer creates an imaginary space, through which each one feels safe enough to offer an unknown and unique version of oneself.
Choreography: Ioanna Portolou
Dramaturgy: Ioanna Portolou and the dancers
Dancers: Ioanna Apostolou, Nikoletta Karmiri, Cecil Mikroutsikou, Yiannis Nikolaidis, Ilias Hatzigeorgiou
Music Dramaturgy: Antonis Palaskas
Sets, Costumes: Ioanna Tsami
Lighting: Tasos Palaioroutas
Assistant Choreographer: Danae Giannakopoulou
Assistant to the Set & Costume Designer: Ifigenia Ntaountaki
Photography: Myrto Apostolidou
Rehearsal documentation: Grigoris Panopoulos / makeyourownfilms (Camera, Editing)
Performance documentation: Vagelis Margaritis (Camera), Aristotelis Papakonstantinou (Camera, Editing)
Translations: Danae Kapranou
Accounting: Christina Geradamou, Georgios Papadopoulos
Legal Counselling: Katerina Chatzianastasiadou
Costume Construction: ARGIS
Production Co-ordination, Communication: Yorgos Katsonis
Production Manager: Manolis Sardis / PRO4
Assistant Production Manager: Christina Polychroniadou
Special thanks to Eirini Bramou, Charles Corley, Christiana Galanopoulou, Natassa Kladeutira, Ivan Sebastiani
15-18 January 2018
Onassis Cultural Centre–Athens
107 Syngrou Avenue, Greece
Produced by Onassis Cultural Centre–Athens
Supported by Hellenic Republic - Ministry of Culture & Sports
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