Tzeni Argyriou's ANΩNYMO is back on the road. The critically acclaimed dance piece will have its German premiere at KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen in Hannover on May 14 and 15. Taking its cue from folk traditions in which dance was a collective experience, ANΩNYMO confronts the audience with the social detachment of our time.
Concept and Choreography:
Pavlina Andriopoulou, Hermes Malkotsis, Dimitra Mertzani, Ioanna Paraskeuopoulou, Stavroula Siamou, Dimitrios Sotiriou, Athanasia Stamatopoulou, Adonis Vais
Miguel Angel Melgares
Pepe Garcia Rodriguez
Lighting Adaptation & Engineer
Choreography and Production Assistant:
Production & Touring Management:
Saturday 14 May at 19:30 and Sunday 15 May at 18:00
KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, Orangerie
free entry, here
ANΩNYMO draws from traditional folk dances from all over the world to articulate the social disconnect that has become all too familiar to many in recent times. The result is a celebration of human connection through shared joy and collective dance.
The piece's choreographic approach takes the form of a physical ceremony, a contemporary ritual that recalls the power of bodies dancing together. In this way, the piece invites the audience back to a time when art did not bear a creator’s name, but was a practice that brought people closer and maintained social cohesion – the earliest rituals of initiation and participation.
The first dances did not belong to anybody because they belonged to everybody. Someone made the first move, another picked it up and step by step the different components formed a pattern. From one body to the next, dances moved through the centuries, accompanying every human ritual: weddings, death, war, peace.
Tzeni Argyriou (1977, Greece) is an independent choreographer and media artist. She is a graduate of the State School of Dance, Athens (1995-98), a scholar of the A. Onassis Foundation (New York, 1999-2003) and the artistic director and funding member of amorphy.org (2003-Today), a non-profit company which supports the creation of interdisciplinary and hybrid performing art.
For more than 15 years her interest has been to engage the performing arts with new technologies and other artistic genres, generating choreographic artworks, multimedia performances and installations, as well as in situ actions based on local history and community. Most recently, she was commissioned to choreograph the launch video for the Dior 2022 Cruise Collection.