Alexandros Vardaxoglou, Dafin Antoniadou & Constantine Skourlis
Dance - 2020
Vanishing Point initiates creators and audiences into a world that sits on the border between imagination and dark reality. The stage is turned into a mirror of existence, through which the deepest of fears are refracted, with images drawn from the human condition itself. “Dismembered and incomplete at the edges of life” as the two choreographers put it, the human body seems to be both a destination reached and unreachably distant at the same time.
As the piece progresses, a humanoid being wakes from the depths of some agonizing memory or an otherworldly future. As it struggles to split into two separate entities, we are left to wonder if the phenomenon is science fiction or some nightmare made reality.
Taking endless transformations and the plasticity of bodies as its vehicle, this work by Dafin Antoniadou, Alexandros Vardaxoglou and Constantine Skourlis places us within the eternal struggle of forces that act on each other in contradictory and yet connective ways: the irresistible desire for union, that serves as a reminder of every symbiotic relationship that seeks to ‘birth’ a new form of life, and the violent separation from the Other, that signifies our dual nature that – though seemingly a given – opens itself up every so often to the unknown with a view to attaining totality.
Antoniadou and Vardaxoglou’s first on-stage partnership draws its inspiration from both the visual arts and from film, and these are incorporated as clear references in the work’s atmosphere and soundscape, the latter of which has been composed for the piece by Constantine Skourlis and Stephan Richter.
Please find a recent performance of Vanishing Point here as well as the 2020 premiere here.
Constantine Skourlis, Alexandros Vardaxoglou, Daphin Antoniadou
Choreography & Performance
Alexandros Vardaxoglou, Daphin Antoniadou
Original Music Score
Constantine Skourlis, Stephen Richter
Lights Design and Operation
Bedouin Records & Res Ratio Network
ONASSIS STEGI 'Outward Turn Program'
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About the Artists
Alexandros Vardaxoglou (1986) is a dancer, actor and choreographer who graduated from the ‘Modern Times’ theatre school and the State School of Dance in Greece. Vardaxoglou received his postgraduate degree in Acting at RADA and has collaborated with several dance companies and choreographers in Greece and abroad, such as Andonis Foniadakis, Marianna Kavallieratos, Christos Papadopoulos and Johannes Wieland. Most recently he created ‘Vanishing Point’ with fellow choreographer Dafin Antoniadou which premiered at the New Choreographers Festival 7 at Onassis Cultural Centre. He also choreographed the movie ‘Brutalia’ by Manolis Mavris. As an actor in cinema and theatre, Vardaxoglou has worked with acclaimed directors for films such as ‘Interruption’, which premiered in Venice Film Festival in 2015 and ‘Third Kind’, which premiered in Cannes Film Festival in 2018. He was awarded the Best Male Newcomer award at the Athens International Film Festival.
Dafin Antoniadou is a freelance choreographer, performer and dancer based in Athens, who graduated from the Greek National School of Dance. Antoniadou uses the human body, light, and sound as her tools to explore the limits of the human condition. Her first choreographic work, ‘Matter’ (2017) was a collaboration with composer Constantine Skourlis and artist Stathis Doganis. In 2018 she presented ‘Fos’ in the context of Onassis Cultural Centre’s Borderline Festival. In 2019 she performed in Efi Birba’s performance piece ‘Don Quixote, 2nd Book, chapter 23’ and choreographed Rafika Chawise’s ‘Europeana’, produced jointly by the Greek National Opera and Ibsen Awards. Her choreographic co-creation ‘Vanishing Point’ (2020) premiered at Onassis Cultural Centre’s New Choreographers Festival 7. The work is the result of her collaboration with dancer and choreographer Alexandros Vardaxoglou and composer Constantine Skourlis, and was selected for the Aerowaves Twenty22. Antoniadou was awarded the ARTWORKS fellowship by SNFCC (Athens) in recognition of her artistic skills and qualifications.
Constantine Skourlis is an artist from Athens, Greece, who uses sound, film and the human body as his main tools for evoking apocalyptic images that are both violent and transcendental. His work expands through diverse medias; music, choreography, cinema, theatre and fashion. Constantine’s work has been featured and performed all over the world in different contexts such as festivals, museums, galleries, nightclubs and theatres, including BOZAR, Greek National Opera, BERGHAIN, Institut Francais, ONASSIS STEGI, Alserkal Avenue, MEGARON: Athens Concert Hall, Theater Rotterdam. His critically acclaimed music albums HADES (2017) and ETERNAL RECURRENCE (2020) were released on Bedouin Records, a label that he co-curates alongside Salem Rashid. His critically acclaimed music albums HADES (2017) and ETERNAL RECURRENCE (2020) were released on Bedouin Records, a label that he co-curates alongside Salem Rashid.
Past & Upcoming Performances
Tanz Platz, SKC Novi Sad - Novi Sad, Serbia
WHAT NEXT Festival, Dance Limerick - Limerick, Ireland
Festival Pays de Danses, Theatre de Liège - Liège, Belgium
Dance Waves Festival - Nicosia, Cyprus
Once Dance Week - Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Theatre Rotterdam - Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Onassis Stegi - Athens, Greece
Traveling & Technical specifications
Duration: 20-25 minutes
Number of people traveling: 5 persons
Cargo (set transportation): no cargo needed
Stage dimensions: width 8m, depth 10m, height 4m
please find the full technical specifications here