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
language no problem
1 feb 19:00 warming-up
1 feb 21:15 after talk
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.
Sa 1 Feb 19:00 u | ITA Salon | Warming Up ANΩNYMO
We talk with Susanne Verburg about intangible heritage and the value of physical rituals and traditions. In addition of knowing a great deal about this projectabout this subject, she willalso give a dissent message of the show. She also sees technological developments as an opportunty to bring people together. Language: Dutch
Sa 1 Feb 21:15 | ITA Salon | After talk
Choreographer Tzeni Argyriou and dramaturge and journalist Moos van den Broek talk about the performance and backgrounds. Language: English.
‘Seven exceptional dancers from different generations of the Greek dance scene.’ - The Reader
‘I wanted to rediscover dance, especially the need for the connective power of dance, of togetherness.’ - Tzeni Argyriou, Jump
‘Elements from different eras take us on a journey in time, enlightening us about the past and making us think about the present.’ - adARTes
Tzeni Argyriou (1977) is one of today’s most notable Greek choreographers. In her work, she combines choreography, theatre, and mixed media.
concept & choreography Tzeni Argyriou
performers Ermis Malkotsis, Dimitra Mertzani, Konstantinos Papanikolaou, Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, Stavroula Siamou, Dimitris Sotiriou, Nancy Stamatopoulou
dramaturgy Miguel Angel Melgares
scenography & visual concept Vassilis Gerodimos
original music & sound design Pepe Garcia Rodriguez
costumes design Ioanna Tsami
lighting design Vangelis Mountrichas
lights operator Stavros Kariotoglou
sound engineer Ilias Flammos
choreographer's & touring assistant Danai Giannakopoulou
touring manager / executive producer Konstantinos Sakkas
produced by Onassis Stegi coproducers Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine Saint-Denis (FR), Kalamata International Dance Festival (GR)
production and tourneeplanning Delta Pi
research Duncan Dance Research Center
ANΩNYMO premiered in Athens, at the Main Stage of the Onassis Stegi, 24 May 2018.