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5th Online Festival "Body, remember..."


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Body, remember… • Part I

If I Die… She Said

Dancer and choreographer Harry Koushos creates a choreography to Andreas Moustoukis’ musical composition titled If I Die… She Said in a workshop producing exact replicas of classical statues at the Fund of Archaeological Proceeds. The work features the choreographer pondering on mortality and eternity, while conversing with his own raw material, the human body, and the raw material of statues. A harmonious coexistence of the animate and the inanimate, a calm acceptance of the perishability of the body and materials, the perishability of civilisation itself. Members of the GNO Orchestra perform the music under the baton of Miltos Logiadis.


Dancing Cloud 

Dancing Cloud is a work dedicated to the memory of the distinguished Principal Dancer of the Greek National Opera Ballet Aleksandar (Saša) Neškov, choreographed by Thanassis Solomos and set to music by the Greek anglophone band StarWound. Thanassis Solomos notes about the choreography: “There are many moments that have been deeply engraved in our mind and soul. Journeys in time and space, paths that were different but converged at times, unite them creating a strong relationship. They are there! They move, they complete each other, they become one, they detach from each other and then become one again. They carve out with their bodies what unites them. Their marks are there and will remain indelible.” Petros Bouras, the member of StarWound who wrote the music and lyrics, adds: “I was in Karpenisi when I heard about Saša’s tragic loss. The spring there was in full bloom and in total contrast to the loss of such a remarkable and young man. The next day, Dancing Cloud was written – a fairy tale in which Saša embraces Spring and they both dance together in heaven, but Spring, being the most ephemeral time of the year, abandons him, leaving him alone like a cloud. A year later, the fairy tale is brought to life…

5th Greek National Opera Online Festival “Body, remember...”

The Ballet of the Greek National Opera presents twelve new original and imaginative choreographies to works by Greek composers on GNO TV as part of the 5th GNO Online Festival titled Body, remember. The Festival, which is under the artistic directorship of Giorgos Koumendakis and artistically curated by Konstantinos Rigos,  will be streamed for free from 26 May to 22 June 2021 and will remain available to the public online for 30 days following its premiere. The Festival is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [] to enhance the Greek National Opera’s artistic outreach. 

The twelve short stories of dance that will be streamed in four parts feature the Dancers of the GNO Ballet escaping from the theatre’s stage and being transported to unanticipated locations in the city: from the Dome and the parking space of the SNFCC, the GNO workshops and the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus, to the Fund of Archaeological Proceeds at the centre of Athens, hotel corridors, elevators and isolated beaches. Each place is a different experience, a strong memory; each body is a different story, another narrative. Group compositions, duets and solos in an endless journey across memories and the senses.

The Festival opens with Dancing Cloud, a work dedicated to the memory of the distinguished Principal Dancer of the Greek National Opera Ballet, Aleksandar (Saša) Neškov.

The works are choreographed by Harry Koushos, Thanassis Solomos, Maria Kousouni, Eleftheria Stamou, Fotis Diamantopoulos, Tatiana Papadopoulou, Eva Georgitsopoulou, Yorgos Papadopoulos, Fotis Nikolaou, Persa Stamatopoulou, Michalis Theophanous and Alex Kyriakoulis. The music is composed by Andreas Moustoukis, the Greek anglophone band StarWound, guitarist Yorgos Mouloudakis, who also performs pieces dedicated to himself by Manos Hadjidakis, Nikos Kypourgos and Nikos Mamangakis, as well as Sebastian Diakakis, Petros Leivadas, Apostolis Koutsogiannis, Danai Belosinof and Stamatis Pasopoulos. Part of the works is performed by the Oros Ensemble.

The Director of the Greek National Opera Ballet Konstantinos Rigos notes: “The 5th GNO Online Festival titled Body, remember… is entirely dedicated to contemporary dance, with the GNO Ballet presenting twelve new choreographies to works by Greek composers. The dancers escape from the GNO Main Stage’s black box, although they might sometimes feel like something is holding them back, to discover new spaces, new senses, new steps; to express themselves in a different way in these short stories of dance; to gain thus a new experience and a literally new field of action. A cement room, an inspiring ballroom, a grassy yard or a remote beach, a corridor or a closed elevator are only some of the many spaces with which the dancers’ bodies –trapped or liberated– harmonise and which become part of a new narrative. We invite you to enjoy a journey where the body remembers…”.



Creative team – Cast

If I Die… She Said

Choreography: Harry Koushos
Music: Andreas Moustoukis
Conductor: Miltos Logiadis
Scenography: Marilena Kalaitzantonaki
Costume coordination: Yorgos Mesimeris
Director: Michalis Asthenidis
Photography director: Fotis Zygouris

Dancers: Eleana Andreoudi, Maria Kousouni, Popi Sakellaropoulou, Elena Kekkou, Margarita Kostoglou, Rina Shimada, Danilo Zeka, Vangelis Bikos, Stelios Katopodis, Yannis Gantsios

Musicians Members of the Greek National Opera Orchestra

Dancing Cloud

Choreography: Thanassis Solomos
Music: StarWound
Text: Mina Lambropoulou
Costume coordination: Yorgos Mesimeris
Lighting: Dimitris Koutas
Director: Michalis Asthenidis
Photography director: Fotis Zygouris

Dancers: Fotis Diamantopoulos, Michalis Kriebardis, Yorgos Hatzopoulos


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