Invited to put up a piece in Nicosia, Cyprus as part of the Performance and Live Art Platform curated by Yiota Demetriou, I decided to expand HOMEBIRTH and devise a second performance. I invited artists Stephanie Merulla and cellist/performer Tatiana Judyka to join the project.
Drawing on the first performance, we further explore the process of restoration through the body. In Paphos, we collected found objects: stone, salt, palette, water jug, and flowers. With these objects we explore bathing as an act of renewal. We further connect the theme of travel/technology to moving through states of transformation both physically and psychically. In ancient Greece the menstrual cycle is referred to as the “wandering uterus” and so the piece started to take on questions about the living womb as the source of drifting and its effect on female psychology, specifically the gift of prophecy. Imitation and reproduction became important themes as we reflected upon the restored mosaics in the house of Orpheus, Aion, and Theseus in Paphos Archeological Park
Choreography is inspired by reproduction; it is both cyclic and ritualistic. We embody and offer up the qualities of the island to our audience (ex: sea salted water drink). Through embodied choreography we begin to weave a culture founded on reiteration. The set up is such that performer and audience begin to emulate each other, blurring the line between them. In the beginning we lie like restored mosaics with an audience taking photos of us on display before them. Throughout the piece, audience and performer expand upon yet another culture of replicas.
Performed at The Point Center of Contemporary Art
Performance and Live Art Platform Nicosia, Cyprus
Creators: Alexandra R Draghici, Tatiana Judyka, Stephanie Merulla
Directed by Alexandra R Draghici