TZENI ARGYRIOU - RENCONTRES CHOREGRAPHIQUES (PARIS) | June 5-6, 2018
Concept & Choreography
Miguel Angel Melgares
Scenography & Visual Concept
Original Music & Sound Design
Pepe Garcia Rodriguez
Research for the embodiment of social and digital media
Choreographer & Production Assistant
Production Design / Executive Producer
June 5-6, 21:00
"ANΩNYMO" travels in Paris for its French Premiere, after four successful performances at the Main Stage of the OCC in Athens, Greece. Tzeni Argyriou accompanied by an exceptional team of performers and contributors invite the French audience to unplug themselves and to reconnect through this intense joined physical experience!
ANΩNYMO looks back to a time when art wasn't something created by particular, named individuals, but a practice which brought people—and kept communities—together. It immerses itself in dances and modes of expression, which are rooted in human contact, holding, group cohesion and shared joy. It observes our lives through collective body memory, the experience of passing traditional dances on and their complete transformation into a contemporary movement idiom. It is the representation of a dance which, though it has creators, insists on defining itself as "anonymous" as it seeks its roots in rites of initiation and participation.
Over the last decade I have generated a body of choreographic work that focuses on the integration of Performing and Media Arts. A constant obsession on my creative process has been to find means that question the struggles of a society dominated by media. In these projects, the presence of the performers’ body has usually functioned as a device that explores and inhabits a constructed digital reality.
After this technological saturation, I feel the urge to return to the “analogy of the body.” The artistic force that moves thisproject comes from the need to redefine ways of connecting with people beyond digital communication, to rediscover the connective power of the physical bodies, and to use dance as a collective catalyzer. As cultural form, dance connects us through a physical experience, being far away from the digital culture that seems to be splitting us apart.
ΑΝΩΝΥΜΟ’s choreographic approach takes the form of a physical ceremony, a contemporary ritual that recalls the power of bodies dancing together. Taking traditional dance forms as a source of inspiration, we have transcended the formal movements, patterns and rhythms, to focus on the collective encounter of a shared experience.
Performed by: Hermes Malkotsis, Dimitra Mertzani, Konstantinos Papanikolaou, Ioanna Paraskeuopoulou, Stavroula Siamou, Nancy Stamatopoulou, Dimitris Sotiriou
ANΩNYMO premiered in MAy 2018 in Athens, Greece, credited to:
Produced & Commissioned by: Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens
Co-produced by: Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis
Co-produced by: Kalamata International Dance Festival (July 17, 2018)