>> 4, 5, 6 & 7.5.2023
#ANΩNYMO - Tzeni Argyriou
Photo © Stavros Habakis
Tzeni Argyriou is taking ANΩNYMO to the US for a landmark American premiere. The critically acclaimed dance piece will take to the stage at PEAK Performances in Montclair, NJ on May 4, 5, 6 and 7. Taking its cue from Greek traditions in which dance was a collective experience, ANΩNYMO confronts the audience with the social detachment of our time.
Choreography and Concept:
Chara Kotsali, Sotiria
Koutsopetrou, Hermes Malkotsis, Konstantinos Papanikolaou, Stavroula Siamou, Nancy Stamatopoulou, Dimitris Sotiriou
Miguel Angel Melgares
Original Music – Sound Design: Pepe Garcia Rodriguez
Scenography – Visual Concept: Vassilis Gerodimos
Lighting Adaptation, Design & Engineer:
Production Manager/Ex. Producer: Konstantinos Sakkas
Commissioned & Produced by: Onassis Stegi
Rencontres chorégraphiques internationals De Seine
Saint-Denis (FR), Kalamata International Dance Festival (GR)
Duncan Dance Research Center
Onassis Stegi Outward
Touring and Production Management:
When: May 4, 5, 6 & 7
Where: PEAK performances, Montclair, NJ, USA
ANΩNYMO draws from traditional Greek dances 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. The audience is invited 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, a scholar of the A. Onassis Foundation and the artistic director and founding member of amorphy.org, 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 choreographies, multimedia performances and installations, as well as in situ actions based on local history and community.
ANΩNYMO's performance at PEAK is supported by the Onassis Stegi's "Outward Turn" program.