"SOLO FOR YANNIS"
Premiere: February 14th 2008
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Main Stage
Following questions by Alonzo King initiated the process of this piece that was developed in dialogue with Alonzo King:
What have you felt the most alive and what did that feel like?
What do you want to accomplish before you die?
When the body dies, what happens?
Big questions for a small solo. Tomi Paasonen's and Yannis Adoniou's dialogue with Alonzo King embarked them to reflect on the essence of pure presence. By breaking down habbits of learnt movement patterns, abandoning the security of technique and ridding the performing body of affectations of society, their starting point was an attempt to surrender the body to a state of listening. Through tools of sensory deprivation, the hightened state of awareness allowes the body to reveal unaffected shapes, guided by natural movement dynamics, to explore molecular choreography.