Municipal Theatre of Piraeus, Yard
Photo © Kostis Kallivretakis
After great anticipation, Androniki Marathaki and her team will present their multifaceted project HOLY PURPLE this weekend, at the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus. HOLY PURPLE explores the relations between movements – between dimensions of the body, between performers and even between the performance and the audience. The dance performance ‘hiding in holy purple’ can be attended on Friday and Saturday, after which the same space will be transformed into the installation ‘turning in holy purple’ on Sunday.
Research, choreography, artistic direction:
Research and performance:
Candy Karra & Loukiani Papadaki
Sound composition and programming:
Website visual curation:
Video and photos:
Alekos Bourelias & Christos Bourelias
Feldenkrais Method guidance:
Nick Strauss Klein-feldenkraisproject
Friday Sep 24 & Saturday Sep 25
and Sunday Sep 26
Municipal Theatre of Piraeus, Yard
Free, of charge, reservations necessary
In its essence, HOLY PURPLE is a work of movement on moving ground. Literally and figuratively, the PURPLE is a disputed space, a field where it is impossible to identify where, when and how we might find balance and stability.
For the dance performance ‘hiding in holy purple’, the choreographer emphasizes relationships – not things. She investigates the boundaries of a dance performance and processes conditions in which rationality meets corporeality. To do so, she focuses on the nature of her two female dancers, and lays out a journey of five stages for them. Their relationship is constantly forced to invent a momentary coordination – at times they are isolated, at others they will have an emptiness between them and sometimes they will be in conflict. These relations reflect dispositions and motions that emerge within various points of the body.
After two days of dance performances, the same space is opened to the audience as an interactive installation, under the title ‘turning in holy purple’. Two participants at a time will share the moving platform for 20 minutes, changing its inclination according to the way they shift their weight. How does their relationship unfold? What will drive their next step? The way the participants manage and process their weight depends on instant decisions that are revealed before our eyes. As they learn to appreciate the responsibility of simply being, freeing themselves through their relation with the other, they will discover different dimensions of their body, and their relation to space and time. No matter what, achieving a successful relationship with a random partner is inevitable, and is a necessity for a healthier future, even for a 20-minute one.
Together with her collaborators, Androniki Marathaki began the journey to create this project while she was processing the fluidity of this year’s circumstances. Last April, the group shared the final stage of rehearsals for ‘hiding in the local purple’ in the public space of Kypseli municipal market, while the final performance was on hold.
During the lockdown and in between the rehearsals and the possibility of a performance, the group found threads for possible dialogues in the public space. It was then that the first round of the installation ‘turning in holy purple’
sparkled, by inviting eight people from different backgrounds from
the artistic field to negotiate their weight on the platform, as well as their ‘weight’ of opinion in dialogues with the members of the group. Simultaneously, the audience interacted from a safe distance through the digital constellation of the project, ‘gardening the holy purple’, by leaving their voice recordings online.
‘Holy Purple’ is a part of the project ‘It's not about if you will love me tomorrow’ and has received funding from the Ministry of Culture and Sports for 2020-2021 for the production of the project and the choreographic research.