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How does dance ‘heed’ the world and how does it facilitate our shift from per-ception to con-ception?

How does dance capture rhythm as it relates to time, repetition, movement and pause? How does tempo fit in with the extemporaneous? And to what extent does dance embody the ‘noise’ – the non-sensical voice of the random?

What does digital reality sound like and how does it reverberate in the ‘real’ world through our physical bodies?

Is memory auditory or somatic? What triggers it and what determines its syntactic structure when expressed?

Building on the main theme and premises of its previous, 10th anniversary edition, which focused on the multidimensional co-formation of the contemporary, ARC 11 tunes in to the ‘noise’ produced by dance as it constructs its own language, rhythms, tonalities, and volumes. It tunes in to the articulation of movement and calls upon us to comprehend the new dimensions that result from such polyphony.

evil unicorns*
based on a false story | PREMIERE

“A lie that everybody believes is no different than the truth. It has exactly the same consequences…”

Premiering at ARC11, the second piece created by the duet kóka&panú and staged in collaboration with Tasos Karachalios draws its inspiration from the world of the finite human senses as well as the virtual, digital, intermediary reality which emerges in the worlds of the internet, advertising and fake news. The stage transforms into a recording device of events based on movement, sound, images. Traces of the past are shaped into memories which are being fundamentally altered, adapted to the need for survival.

Three people stumble between past and present, the fictional and the real, the known and the uncanny, the material and the metaphysical; they use the radical memory of the body in order to recapture truth and its poetics.

*evil unicorns is a term some Google engineers once coined to denote unverified posts on obscure topics, full of lies, that pop up from time to time on the web and find their way into Google’s search results.

Concept: kóka&panú
Created & performed by: Konstandina Efthimiadou (kóka), Panagiotis Manouilidis (panú), Tasos Karachalios
Music: Panú
Text: kóka&panú, Kostas Vrachnos
Lighting design & construction: Dimitra Aloutzanidou
Set design & costumes: kóka&panú
Video: Nefeli Papaioannou
Photos: Nickolas Chryssos
Sound engineer: Federico Bustamante
Sound mixing and mastering: Leonidas Beilis, Polytropon
Production: kóka&panú

Supported by Baumstrasse and Akropoditi Dance Centre
Supported by Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Hellenic Republic

Ministry of Culture and Sports

Duration: 40′

Afterwords | PREMIERE

With her new work “Afterwords,” Sofia Mavragani organizes a concert of bodies, a performance of ‘vocal dance’. She explores the intersections between dance, theater and music, where the human body is a tool and the common ground. The linguistic experience returns to a paradoxical afterworld, the primal source of sound and movement, and from there to the basis provided by breath and vibration. Guided by the pulsation of the body, the process of representation returns to its most basic vocabulary and reminds us of the playful and universally recognized nature of body communication. Language thus recovers its ‘soft’ characteristics and opens up to new possibilities of connection, understanding, coexistence.

“Afterwords” completes the trilogy initiated by Mavragani’s two previous works, “Speechless” and “Lady R.,” in which the choreographer investigates language through the immersion of speech and its musicality within the form of a dance performance.

Concept / Choreography: Sofia Mavragani
Performers / Co-creators: Chara Kotsali, Giorgos Kotsifakis, Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, Christos Strinopoulos
Original music composition / Voices Instumentation: Martha Mavroidi
Dramaturgy advisor: Paraskevi Tektonidou
Costumes: Fingersix
Make up artist: Katianna Hatzilouizou
Lighting: Vasilis Klotsotiras
Artistic Collaborator / Vocal Training: Alessio Castellacci
Photography: Margarita Nikitaki
Graphic design: Dimitris Politis
Production: FINGERSIX

With the support of neimënster

Supported by Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Hellenic Republic

Ministry of Culture and Sports

Duration: 40′

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