Sync is an invitation to experience the ephemeral beauty of togetherness. From the simplicity of human touch to fluid interactions, nine dancers sway back and forth, forming and deconstructing a succession of tableaux. Hypnotic and meditative, Sync enables the spectators and performers to synchronise their senses and gazes and to ask themselves: what keeps us together?
“You might be interested to know that Peer Gynt was a real person. He lived in Gudbrandsdal, probably at the end of the last or the beginning of this century,” wrote Ibsen to his publisher in 1867. If Peer Gynt did indeed exist, he must have been full of contradictions, either a liar or a fantasist. Ibsen’s masterpiece, inspired by Norwegian fairy-tales and legends, is a romantic work that manages at the same time to be absolutely modern, about a blind Odyssey of the West, about dreams and the path to their realisation.
Direction & Adaptation: Dimitris Lignadis, Translator: Giorgos Depastas, Dramaturg: Eleni Gini, Designer: Apollon Papatheoharis, Lighting: Sakis Birbilis, Music: Giannis Christodoulopoulos, Assistant director: Anastasia Diamantopoulou, 2nd assistant director: Mara Vlachopoulou, Assistant costume designer: Maria Zygouri, Assistant set designer: Sotiris Mitsoulas, Dramaturg: Eri Kyrgia, Movement Direction: Anastasia Valsamaki
A group performance for nine dancers, exploring the tension between individuality and collaboration, in search of a harmonic co-existence between the two. The dramaturgy is structured around the dancers’ physical contact and the trajectory of their bodies. In its dizzying, accelerating, almost palindromic sense of rhythm, the performance invites audiences to immerse themselves into and reflect upon the nature of collaboration. The materiality of the senses, the different ways in which bodies can “breathe,” and the fragility of being are highlighted through images, gazes, and physical contact.
Human existence, the life of the intellect, signifies an experience of this melancholy and the vital capacity to overcome It.
George Steiner, Ten (Possible) Reasons for the Sadness of Thought.
Dimensions of a memory is the first piece of a longer work of research, a solo for two. The work has been developed focusing on the notion of melancholia as a mechanism that will prevent the loved objects to depart forever* therefore as a state that intrigues creativity while coming to an understanding of the ephemeral reality. What can we create on stage that leaves you space to relate, remember and question? When was the last time that you sang a song or played a game? Where do you see yourself? Following these questions we construct a collage of scenes exploring what we enjoy, what we remember, what we forget, what we dream.
*Andre Lepecki, Exhausting Dance: Performance and the politics of movement
Concept & Choreography by Anastasia Valsamaki
Created & Performed by Anastasia Valsamaki & Eftychia Stefanou
Special Thanks to Susan Quinn and Jelka Milic for their trust and support.
Aerowaves Spring Forward provides a platform for the most vibrant and promising choreographers to show their work to performing arts professionals and local audiences. The festival is Live Streamed to reach dance fans across the world. Spring Forward festival will be hosted by Bora Bora and other local venues (Åbne Scene Godsbanen, Teater Katapult, Teater Svalegangen and Musikhuset Aarhus) as part their year-long European Capital of Culture 2017 programme.
Anastasia Valsamaki is a choreographer and contemporary dance performer.
She graduated from Greek National School of Dance (KSOT) in 2015 at the age of 23. During her 3-year studies in KSOT, she was involved with choreography, creating short pieces in and out of the school context. In 2015 she creates “Sharing Moments”, a piece for 12 dancers where she explores the notion of energy and individuality inside the group while experimenting with the motion of spinning tops.
In June 2016 she makes her debut as a young choreographer with “Sync” that offered her the recognition as one of the best and brightest emerging choreographers in Europe.
From September 2016 to June 2017, she attended as a postgraduate student the International Choreographic Exchange (I.C.E.) Program at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD) with the aim to deepen her choreographic research and practice. Her creation with SEAD students was presented inNew Faces New Dances Festival 2017 in Salzburg.
Among her works as choreographer and performer is the duet “Rapport” for the performance Sextet (July 2016) and the “Dimensions of a Memory”, the first piece of a longer work of research, “a solo for two”, presented on Salzburg (May 2017).