One of the most interesting dance makers from Greece is Tzeni Argyrou. She is supported by Onassis Stegi, the cultural centre with which ITA often collaborates. In ANΩNYMO, Argyriou connects traditional Greek dance with a contemporary phenomenon: social media.
start at 20:00
duration 65 minutes
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If technology is taking over our lives, isn’t it time to go back to the beginning? To seek out the source of the river? ANΩNYMO is a journey to the sources of dance.
We live in a world in which our relationships are increasingly online and where interpersonal contact is via touch screens. Tzeni Argyriou wondered if it wouldn’t be beneficial to take a look back, at the common rituals of the past, which were meant to bring us together and make our communities closer. ANΩNYMO goes back to the time when art was still ‘anonymous’. Dancing, for example, was not the work of a choreographer, but a collective experience. Traditional dance was a way of expressing and anchoring cultural codes, of bringing people and communities together. There was dance in times of both war and peace. Argyriou and her seven dancers take us through the history of dance, which was part of all the milestones and rituals of human life: birth, baptism, communion, marriage, and death. Dance connects us through a physical experience - and thus counterbalances social media that’s driving us further apart.
In de pers
‘Zeven generaties uitzonderlijke dansers uit de Griekse danswereld.’
— The Reader
‘Ik wilde de dans opnieuw ontdekken, vooral de nood die er is aan de verbindende kracht van dans, van het samen.’
— Tzeni Argyriou
‘Elementen uit verschillende tijdperken namen ons mee op reis door de tijd; gaven inzicht in het verleden en deden ons nadenken over de toekomst.’
Tzeni Argyriou (1977) is one of today’s most notable Greek choreographers. In her work, she combines choreography, theatre, and mixed media.
by Tzeni Argyriou
produced by Onassis Stegi
coproducers Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine Saint-Denis (FR), Kalamata International Dance Festival (GR)
research supported by Duncan Dance Research Center
tour support Onassis Stegi
tour producties Delta Pi
ANΩNYMO premiered in Athens, at the Main Stage of the Onassis Stegi, 24 May 2018.