DisJoint

HOW DOES A CHOREOGRAPHY TRIGGER OUR THINKING AND WHICH PROCESSES OF PERCEPTION CAN BE RE-EVALUATED WHEN WE WATCH DANCE? THESE QUESTIONS SIT AT THE HEART OF “DISJOINT”, AN ON-STAGE EXPERIMENT THAT PLAYS WITH ENTRENCHED MECHANISMS OF THE GAZE AND ENGAGEMENT, PROPOSING UNFAMILIAR PHYSICALITIES AND INCONGRUOUS NARRATIVES INSTEAD.

In this new work by Anastasia Valsamaki, three dancers explore an unfamiliar physicality: a means of expression not rooted in the consistency, harmony or naturalism of the body’s movements. “DisJoint” takes a physical approach to the notion of disjointedness, to non-functional movement, so that both the material produced by each dancer, and the ways in which these materials are combined, can stand in opposition to values that are entrenched in dance movement – namely harmony, flow, and classicizing forms – and even propose something different, something new. Devoid of all these entrenched values, this on-stage experiment also positions itself as a query to audiences, who have been “trained” – in a sense – to see and to understand specific expressive possibilities of the body in dance. In reality, Valsamaki seeks to pose the following question: which processes of perception are activated when we watch a choreography and to what extent can we consciously overturn these processes in order to propose a new mode of thought?

Whether grappling with the fragile balance that exists between the group and the individual or devoting herself to the small-scale solo form, Anastasia Valsamaki’s explorations are always guided by the idea of “clean” movement. For this young choreographer, dance constitutes – first and foremost – a way of thinking and of observing, over and above every narrative intention or need for a storyline.

Her choreography “Sync” premiered in 2016 and went on to be selected by the Aerowaves network as one of 20 works by young European artists presented at the 2017 Spring Forward Festival. With “Sync”, Valsamaki focused on the notion of togetherness, the fragility of co-existence, and the preservation of individuality with a group.

In her solo performance “Body Monologue (2018)”, the choreographer used a small-scale choreographic form to explore the narrative functions of movement, taking the expressive possibilities of the body and the structure of theatrical monologues as her basic tools.

Invaluable collaborators – such as acclaimed architect and designer Manos Vordonarakis, and George Paterakis, musician, composer, and founder of the String Theory Ensemble – worked with Valsamaki on “DisJoint”, contributing to her research and helping pinpoint which tools could help achieve an incongruous result, one marked by non-synchronization and dysfunction, incongruity and disconnection.


Concept & Choreography: Anastasia Valsamaki
Co-creators & Performers: Gavriela Antonopoulou, Nefeli Kadinopoulou Asteriou, Tasos Karachanidis
Music: George Paterakis
Dramaturgy Consultant: Tassos Koukoutas
Costume Design: Kyriaki Nasioula
Set Design: Manos Vordonarakis
Lighting: Apostolos Strantzalis
Photos: Alekos Bourelias & Christos Bourelias
Production Manager: Eleni Valsamaki
Line producer: MINDTHELOOP


PREMIERE:

Onassis New Choreographers Festival 7

February 1 & 2, 2020
Athens, Greece

Body Monologue

This new work places the body in a position of priority, durability and power. Focusing on the possibilities of movement, Body Monologue ventures to imagine alternative spaces and means of activating the body. From how many aspects can this body be seen and in how many forms can it be regenerated? This kind of considerations are fuelling the kinesiological exploration of the human body’s physical limits and proposing an imaginary reading that may exceed them.

Inspired by the dynamic role of the monologue in theatre, as well as in real life, the work assigns the task of delivering the unobstructed narrative to the body, thus inviting the viewer to experience the possibility of communication that is generated in this way.

 


Concept & Choreography: Anastasia Valsamaki
Co-Creation & Performance: Gavriela Antonopoulou
Music: Konstantinos Bakogiannis
Light Design: Anna Deligianni
Video: Eumorphia K., Peter Nikoltsos, Eleni Valsamaki
Photography: Wassilios Nikitakis, Eleni Valsamaki
Duration: 20′


PREMIERE:

Arc For Dance Festival 10

May 26, 2018
Athens, Greece

PREMIERE: May 26, 2018 | ARC FOR DANCE FESTIVAL 10

Verge

An investigation into the limits between the body and the world. Right on the verge of this contact the relation between individual identity and the others is being enacted and reconfigured constantly. Considering space as the only independent variable and movement as a constant factor, “Verge” examines how space can modify intention and the way in which things are being addressed; it also examines by extension how various spatial relations can affect the very nature of action and the relation between the two performers so that a series of new and unpredictable ways of coexistence are being energized.

 


Co-creation & Performance: Anastasia Valsamaki, Mina Ananiadou
Originally created by: Mina Ananiadou
Photo credits: Alekos Bourelias
Sound artist: Dimitra Kousteridou
Duration: 20′


PREMIERE:

Arc For Dance Festival 11

May 19, 2019
Athens, Greece

Sync 2017

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?

 


Choreography : Anastasia Valsamaki  //  Aerowaves Twenty17 Artist
Music: Stavros Gasparatos
Performers: Gavriela Antonopoulou, Konstantina Barkouli, Nikolas Chatzivasileiadis, Nefeli Kadinopoulou Asteriou, Myrto Katsou, Dimitrios Mytilinaios, Natassa Pandermali, Maria Paschalidou, Maro Stavrinou, Arianna Zarmakoupi

 

 

Agenda

GesamtAtelier ITHACA: UPON EVERY ARRIVAL

Spatial Performance at Romantso

June 14-15, 2019
Athens, Greece

 

 


BODY MONOLOGUE

Arc For Dance Festival 10

May 26, 2018
Athens, Greece

This new work places the body in a position of priority, durability and power. Focusing on the possibilities of movement, Body Monologue ventures to imagine alternative spaces and means of activating the body. From how many aspects can this body be seen and in how many forms can it be regenerated? This kind of considerations are fueling the kinesiological exploration of the human body’s physical limits and proposing an imaginary reading that may exceed them.
Inspired by the dynamic role of the monologue in theatre, as well as in real life, the work assigns the task of delivering the unobstructed narrative to the body, thus inviting the viewer to experience the possibility of communication that is generated in this way.

Creation Team
Concept & Choreography: Anastasia Valsamaki
Co-Creation & Performance: Gavriela Antonopoulou
Music: Konstantinos Bakogiannis
Light Design: Anna Deligianni
Video: Eumorphia K., Peter Nikoltsos, Eleni Valsamaki
Duration: 20′

 


LA CRÉATION DU MONDE À ATHÈNES

Athens Concert Hall – Megaron

February 03-04, 2018
Athens, Greece

The Fluxum Foundation, in collaboration with the Athens State Orchestra, KOA; Megaron, the Athens Concert Hall; and the Greek National School of Dance, KSOT, is recreating the ballet, La Création du monde. Choreographed by Jean Börlin to the music of Darius Milhaud, with a libretto by Blaise Cendrars and stage sets by Fernand Léger, this work from the Ballets suédois was first presented in 1923 in Paris. In 2000, the Fluxum Foundation began working with Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer for the first time to reconstruct La Création du monde. These professionals are true archeologists of dance, specializing in reconstructing ballets whose original choreographies have been lost. In their staging of La Création du monde, they have recreated Fernand Léger’s sets and costumes in a version that is at once freer and more sculptural than imagined by the original artist. The choreography highlights the symbolism in the animal, human, and divine realms. Twenty-seven dancers from the Greek National School of Dance and the musicians of the Athens State Orchestra will have this unique opportunity to experience what it is like to redesign a ballet from the modern era. 

Co-Production: Athens State Orchestra, Fluxum Foundation & Flux Laboratory, Choreography by Millicent Hodson reconstructed after Jean Borlin, Costumes and decor by Kenneth Archer reconstructed after Fernand Leger, Musical direction: Stefanos Tsialis, Music Interpreted by the Athens State Orchestra – KOA, Dancers:  A. Anargyrou, D. Antoniadou, G. Antonopoulou, V. Arvanitakis, R. Boumpoucheropoulos, N. Chatzivasileiadis, D. Drakopoulou, V. Fatouros, L. Gkolia, A. Iatridou, E. Iliopoulou, M. Kakolyri, V. Kalampaliki, X. Koghylaki, V. Kolliou, G. Lata, M. Manoukian, S. Martiou, Z. Mouzaki, E. Pechynaki Mamounaki, C. Prompona, C. Skoutela, D. Tsaftaridis, E. Tsikala Vafea, A. Valsamaki, G. Vasilopoulos, M. Vourou, K. Xrysafidis, A. Zarmakoupi, Light Designer: Anna Sbokou, Stage Manager: Emmy Katsikostas, Costumière: Zaira Falirea assisted by Technical Director: Ilias Karamalegkos, Coordination: Athina Delyannis Argument: Blaise Cendrars

 


PEER GYNT by Henrik Ibsen

National Theatre of Greece

November 23 – February 04, 2018
Athens, Greece

“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.

Creation Team
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

Cast
Michalis Afolayan, Stefania Goulioti, Ieronymos Kaletsanos, Dimitris Lignadis, Dimitris Mothonaios, Νancy Boukli, Zoe Mylona, Panos Papadopoulos, Katerina Patsiani, Vangelis Romios, Gioulika Skafida, Spiros Tsekouras, Yannis Tsoumarakis, Giorgis Tsouris
Musicians on keyboards: Andriani Giakoumelou, Marios Karabotis

 


SYNC

Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2017

July 02-03, 2017
Athens, Greece

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.

 


DIMENSIONS OF A MEMORY

„Because the Night“
ARGE tanzSEAD – Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance

May 30, 2017
Salzburg, Austria

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.


SYNC

Spring Forward 2017

April 28-30, 2017
Aarhus, Denmark

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.