#A USER'S MANUAL
Photo © Pinelopi Gerasimou
On May 13 and 14, Konstantinos Papanikolaou will perform his physical theatre solo ‘A User’s Manual’ at the L’Abri theatre in Geneva. The performance is part of Papanikolaou’s 2022 residency with the Plateforme Grand Luxe, a performing arts network that supports emerging choreographers and other artists.
Concept, Choreography and performer:
Set & Costumes Design:
13 – 14 May 2022
Plateforme Grand Luxe, L’Abri
free entry, here
For this latest piece, Konstantinos Papanikolaou draws material from 19th century etiquette guides, gentlemen’s books and many other sources to examine issues of love, masculinity and social status, which is to say: everything a 21st-century gentleman needs to know.
Traditional user’s manuals have also included (more commonly in the 19th century) a distinct type of text offering young ladies and gentlemen rules and guidance regarding proper etiquette, so that they might rise to meet the particular demands of each and every societal occasion.
In his very own User’s Manual, Papanikolaou asks: What do we have in place of young ladies and gentlemen today? And what might a contemporary such guide include? What representations are we being asked to identify with, in a constant game of validation and rejection? And what relation might these representations bear to the true circumstances of our lives?
Initiated in 2015 and supported by eight partner structures, the Grand Luxe network pursues dance development missions by offering to set up an à la carte support circuit intended for new choreographic creators and their projects. This network is defined as an artistic exchange counter at the service of emerging choreographers wishing to develop new projects.
Konstantinos Papanikolaou is a choreographer and performer who
graduated from the Master’s dance program of Paris XIII. Internationally he has collaborated with Gerard & Kelly, Οlivier Marguerit, and has taken part in Munich, Lyon, and Birmingham’s Biennales. He also performed at Centre Pompidou, Paris; Hellerau, Dresden; The Place, London; and Mercat des Flors, Barcelona. In 2020, he choreographed and performed his solo, ‘Tonight and Every Night’ at the Arc for Dance Festival.