Human perception as a natural phenomenon
Julidans opens with Larsen C. This new performance by Greek choreographer Christos Papadopoulos is a meditation on our position as human beings in times of change.
Run time 60 minutes
Location Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
Venue Grote Zaal
The title of Papadopoulos' new work is also the name of an Antarctic ice shelf more than 10,000 years old that is slowly crumbling. The movements of Larsen C are so slow that they cannot be observed. As if the tempo were absorbed by time and space.
Papadopoulos likes to be inspired by nature. In Elvedon, performed at Julidans 2017, they were the endless undulations of the ocean; in Ion (Julidans 2019) the movements of swarms of insects and birds, from which he zoomed out to ions, electrically charged atoms, one of the smallest levels of life. In his new performance Larsen C, he continues his research into minimal, seemingly everyday movements.
The choreographer explores the state of transition, from one movement to another. He wonders whether a small difference in a familiar rhythm, a trivial change in body movement, or even a slight shift in scenery, sound or light can completely alter our perception.
It is about the transitional phase between two roles, about the phase in which you are no longer one and not quite the other, the interim. The moment when you have left the old and are on the threshold of something new.
His dancers defy our perception as natural phenomena, very precisely constructed and yet elusive. With Larsen C, Papadopoulos deepens his research into the resilience of the individual in a group that he began in Elvedon and Ion. Now, more than ever, he challenges our perception with his organic language of movement and sometimes barely perceptible shifts that miraculously produce profound changes. A small change in dynamics can create a shock wave. It provides a hypnotic experience that invites reflection.
‘Fascinating from start to finish, Larsen C stays true to the choreographer's universe, masterfully occupies space, plays with light in a way that is as effective as it is original, and constantly creates strong, disturbing and sometimes deceptive images.'
Theaterkrant about Ion (Julidans, 2019)
‘Minimalism that opens the senses completely’ (Critic's choice)
concept & choreography Christos Papadopoulos
with the performers Maria Bregianni, Chara Kotsali, Georgios Kotsifakis, Sotiria Koutsopetrou, Alexandros Nouskas Varelas, Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, Adonis Vais
music & sound design Giorgos Poulios
set design Clio Boboti
lighting design Eliza Alexandropoulou
costume design Angelos Mentis
dramaturgy consultant Alexandros Mistriotis
choreography consultant Martha Pasakopoulou
assistant set designer Filanthi Bougatsou
assistant costume designer Aella Tsilikopoulou
production management Rena Andreadaki, Zoe Mouschi
tour manager Konstantina Papadopoulou
international distribution Key Performance
Coproduced by: A-CDCN (Les Hivernales - CDCN d’Avignon, La Manufacture - CDCN Nouvelle-Aquitaine Bordeaux · La Rochelle, L’échangeur - CDCN Hauts-de-France, Le Dancing CDCN Dijon Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Chorège I CDCN Falaise Normandie, Le Pacifique - CDCN Grenoble - Auvergne - Rhône-Alpes, Touka Danses - CDCN Guyane, Atelier de Paris / CDCN, Le Gymnase CDCN Roubaix - Hauts-de-France, POLE-SUD CDCN / Strasbourg, La Place de la Danse - CDCN Toulouse / Occitanie, La Maison CDCN Uzès Gard Occitanie, La Briqueterie CDCN du Val-de-Marne)(FR); La Briqueterie - CDCN du Val-de-Marne (FR); Théâtre de la Ville, Paris (FR); Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Brussels (BE); Julidans, Amsterdam (NL); Romaeuropa Festival (IT); Théâtre Jean Vilar de Vitry-sur-Seine (FR); NEON Organization for Culture and Development (GR); Festival Aperto / Fondazione I Teatri – Reggio Emilia (IT); Festival de Otoño de la Comunidad de Madrid (ES)
In collaboration with Département du Val-de-Marne, as part of the creation residency aid (FR), the Lavanderia a Vapore choreographic residencies projects (IT) and additional coproducers to be finalised.