Between The Seas Festival 2017 - INFO
Dates: September 11-17
Location: Baumstrasse: Servion 8, Athens
Tickets: 10 euros (5 euros for unemployed)
Paula Quintana: Pieles
Monday, 11/9 at 20:00
An emotional journey towards reconciliation with the humanity of our feelings. A continual struggle and the appeasing of our emotions. Battles shut in and protected under our Skins, in which the end is not victory but the mere feat of living and letting live against the common necessity to come to conclusions and to achieve. To try to be present in each and every moment, allowing the skins to smell, sweat, bleed, change and feel. Skins is an interesting fusion of contemporary dance, gestural theatre and flamenco which cross each others’ boundaries and limits, making them disappear. www.paulaquintana.com
Presented with the support of Accion Cultural Espanola
Equilibrio Dinamico: Walking and Talking/ Ideas are like Fishing.
Saturday, 16/9 at 20:00
WALKING AND TALKING
Realized during the “Experimental“ choreographic residency with Teatro Pubblico Pugliese, Regione Puglia, Fondi Fesr 2007-2013, Walking and Talking by choreographer Jiri Pokorny, portrays an experience and an inner dialogue with the self. An interpersonal “Monodialogue” that draws on various types of intentions, presenting them in a standardized form… we explore the reasons behind mental health and folly, behind silence in front of danger and the desire to avoid silence, remembrance, and our inner path… We walk and talk as if we were sleeping and dreaming.
IDEAS ARE LIKE FISHING
“The natural motions of the hand were the starting point for the dance piece I wanted to create. These gestures evolve little by little to more complex and intricate dance motions. Besides, I was intrigued by the interview with David Lynch, ‘Ideas are like fish’, which talks about the interaction of consciousness, creativity and meditation. The combination of these elements steered the piece in a certain direction. After exploring David Lynch’s personality I tried to create a particular kind of atmosphere in the piece. By bringing together all these elements with the music I gradually found the red thread.” Choreographer Bert Uyttenhove. www.equilibriodinamico.com
Presented with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute of Athens.
Rachel Erdos: Q&A
Sunday 17/9 at 20:00 (double bill with Barcode)
Would you like to be famous? When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
What is your most terrible memory?
In 1977, psychologist Arthur Aron, together with a group of research colleagues,
published the article “The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness”. In his
research, Aron assembled 36 predefined questions designed for dialogue between two
strangers, so that they gradually become more and more personal. According to the study,
openness to another person and placing our selves in a position of vulnerability develops
strong intimacy that will lead to immediate love.
4 dancers…. 36 questions…. Between a talk show and Sunday confession this work shares real
moments from the performers’ lives and creates an intimate event, more like a sharing than a traditional
Gabrielle Neuhaus: BARCODE- Movement Tactics for the lone bargoer
Sunday 17/9 at 20:00 (double bill with Q&A)
At long last, here is the comprehensive manual that’ll save you when entering a bar, an event where everyone is already seated, or a party where too many people know you!
What kind of entrance will you chose? How will you cross the entire space without talking to anyone? How will you reach the bar and instantly catch the attention of the bartender? How will you manage to sit next to the person that truly interests you?
For a smashing entrance, expert maneuvering advice or elegant escape routes, use the movement tactics of “Barcode”!
Cie Ytuquepintas: Dreams of the Mediterranean
Tuesday, 12/9 at 19:00
A multi disciplinary show combining sand art, live music, puppetry and speed painting. The illustrator, Borja González, works on a lit glass table top, sand-drawing onto the live music played by pianist Roc Sala. A camera records and projects the action on a big screen in real time so that we are able to follow the fascinating creative process of each drawing, which makes us travel to well-known corners of the world, natural environments which sing to the poetic nature of the human geography. Borja Gonzáles talent allows him to offer -in between his mesmerizing drawings- challenging acrobatics and he even manages to end the show very tenderly with the help of a life-size puppet. www.borjasandartist.com
Sahar Assaf: No Demand No Supply: A Rereading of Lebanon’s Sex Trafficking Scandal
Friday, 15/9 at 20:00
This performance lecture uses material from recorded interviews with refugee women survivors from a large sex trafficking ring in 2016, the investigative reporter who uncovered the story, and the colonel who took the decision to raid the brothel where the women were imprisoned, in addition to a study conducted by Kafa Organization in 2014 under the title “Exploring the Demand for Prostitution.” It employs Alecky Blythe’s Recorded Delivery technique.
Sardegna Teatro: Giovanna detta anche primavera
3/9 at 20:00
“Rediscovering the ancient function of the theatre in the oral transmission of stories of our family members, we decided to do an experiment with the story of Nannina, our grandmother who shared with us the story of how she was forced into marriage. Not being able to compete with the original storyteller, we sought way to tell the same story through music, song and acting.” Valentino Mannias, director.
Mike Van Graan: Sustaining independent performing arts practice: What? Why? How?
Saturday 16/9 14:00-17:00
One of the key challenges for independent performing artists is access to capital to create, produce and distribute their work. This three-hour workshop by acclaimed South African playwright and cultural policy expert Mike Van Graan, will seek to affirm the necessity and importance of independent arts practice, and to explore innovative ways for performing arts, not only to survive, but to thrive in challenging economic conditions.
Cost: 12 euros. Registration required. Register here.
Mike van Graan graduated from the University of Cape Town with an Honours Degree in Drama, and was appointed as an Honorary Professor in this Drama Department in 2015. He has served in leadership positions in numerous arts and culture NGOs including Director of the Community Arts Project (CAP), General Secretary of the Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA) and Executive Director of the African Arts Institute in Cape Town.
After the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, he was appointed as a Special Adviser to the first minister responsible for arts and culture where he played an influential role in shaping post-apartheid cultural policies. In 2011, he was appointed by UNESCO as a Technical Adviser to assist governments in the global south to develop cultural policies aligned to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
In 2012 he received the Standing Ovation Award of the National Arts Festival, one of South Africa’s most important cultural events, for his sustained contribution to the festival as a writer and activist, and in 2013 was appointed as the inaugural festival playwright.
Rachel Erdos: Masterclass for professional dancers
Saturday, 16/9, 11:00-13:00
During the master class Rachel explores with the participants meaningful and physical movement material using the inspiration and research from her new piece ‘Q&A’. Rachel is especially interested in how each participant explores their own choreographic voices, push their movement range and their performance qualities. Through choreographic challenges, improvisation with movement, text and contact work, the participants will explore aspects of human behaviour while getting to know themselves better.
Cost: 12 euros. Registration required. Register here.
Rachel Erdos is an award winning independent choreographer born in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Currently living and working in Tel Aviv, Israel. She received her MA from The Laban Centre London specializing in choreography. Her work has been seen around the world including Israel, UK, Ireland, Italy, Cyprus, Athens, Norway, South Africa, Tanzania, Slovakia, China, Denmark, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Senegal, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and The U.S.
Rachel won first prize in the AICC International choreography competition in Aarhus, Denmark in 2008 and in 2009 won City Dance Ensemble’s commissioning project, Washington DC. In 2012 Rachel was awarded the prize for artist of the year in the field of dance by The Ministry of Absorption, Israel. In 2014 she was awarded NorthWest Dance Project’s Pretty Creative Commission prize, Portland USA. In 2015 Rachel was awarded prize for independent choreographer of the year 2015 by The Ministry of Culture, Israel.
Her work has been shown in some of the most prestigious venues including The Kennedy Centre, Washington DC, The Joyce, New York and the Royal Opera House London.