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BODY, REMEMBER... • PART III

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

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Body, remember… • Part III


W(h)oman

Choreographer and dancer Eva Georgitsopoulou presents the work W(h)oman to music by Sebastian Diakakis, performed by the Oros Ensemble. Eva Georgitsopoulou notes about the choreography: “Animals recognise the so-called predators as a threat, even if they have never faced them. W(h)oman draws upon the animal survival techniques and uses the dancers’ bodies to set up a tracking system of “predators”, reproducing in an abstract manner the animals’ ability to recognise and respond to any hints of predatory threat. The work focuses on their ability to adapt their movement behaviour, shape, form, texture and trails so as to be able to minimise the evidence of their presence or cover their identity, which marks them as possible prey.”


Butterfly

In his new dance solo, filmed outdoors, outside GNO’s workshops, dancer and choreographer Yorgos Papadopoulos transforms into a… Butterfly. As he notes:”The butterfly and its constant changes and metamorphoses are a wonderful and miraculous teaching for all of us, which gives us inner power. Through its effort to break out of the cocoon, the butterfly reminds us that challenges in life are a necessary condition for the course of our evolution. It carries inside it a centuries-long wisdom and if you are able and willing to listen to it, you will feel you can trust the universe. You will understand that life and death are just a transition and that the soul is never altered. The only thing that is altered is its manifestation through matter.”


Kelifos

Kelifos is a work choreographed by choreographer and dancer Fotis Nikolaou as part of his new collaboration with the GNO Ballet. It features a woman trapped inside a shell who is trying to break free. As he notes: “Fear and loneliness often lead people to build walls, set boundaries and hide, so as to protect their frightened and defenseless dreams and secret desires. They create a vast, lonely structure, a shell to host their fearful and vulnerable souls. Shielded in her shell, a woman looks back on all those things she never dared to share, express or taste. A beautiful wild animal that walks about tortured. A heroine, who wants to get out, into life. A body that wants to let itself go, feel and love. Will it dare to break the shell?”


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) [www.SNF.org] 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…”.



A few words about Oros Ensemble

Oros Ensemble performs the music of the third and fourth parts of the 5th GNO Online Festival. It consists of Dimitris Karagiannakidis (cello), Apostolis Koutsogiannis (composition, recorder), Eirini Krikoni (violin), Giorgos Madikas (percussion), Antonis Tsachtanis (clarinet), Konstantinos Zigkeridis (accordion). Oros Ensemble was born in the village Vamvakou, Lakonia, in southern Greece, during a residency programme for musicians run by “Vamvakou Revival” as part of the initiative to bring life back to the village. Oros Ensemble operates under the artistic direction of the Greek National Opera and with support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).  

Considering original creation to be a vital part of its repertoire, Oros Ensemble presents the first works it had commissioned from young Greek composers, curated by the GNO. These new works featured as part of the 5th GNO Online Festival were prepared in Vamvakou, during the months-long residency of the group in the village. Apostolis Koutsogiannis, Sebastian Diakakis, Petros Leivadas, Stamatis Pasopoulos and Danai Belosinof weave together the first cycle of Greek works performed by the Oros Ensemble.

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Creative team – Cast

W(h)oman

Choreography: Eva Georgitsopoulou
Music: Sebastian Diakakis
Costumes: Dimitris Parthenis
Costume coordination: Yorgos Mesimeris
Director: Michalis Asthenidis
Photography director: Fotis Zygouris

Dancers: Marita Nikolitsa, Areti Noti, Marta Rivero de Miranda, Rina Shimada, Zoi Schinoplokaki, Yannis Gantsios, Ángel Martínez Sánchez, Yorgos Hatzopoulos  

Music performed by Oros Ensemble


Butterfly

Choreography: Yorgos Papadopoulos
Music: Apostolis Koutsogiannis
Costume coordination: Yorgos Mesimeris
Director: Michalis Asthenidis
Photography director: Fotis Zygouris

Dancer: Yorgos Papadopoulos  

Music performed by Oros Ensemble


Kelifos

Choreography: Fotis Nikolaou
Music: Petros Leivadas
Concept: Fotis Nikolaou, Nikos Nikolopoulos
Director, cinematographer: Nikos Nikolopoulos
Costume coordination: Yorgos Mesimeris
Unit production manager: Alexandros Koromilas

Dancers: Eleftheria Stamou, Michalis Kriebardis, Kristian Luce

With the participation of Liliana Alonso Torres, Antonis Antoniou, Antonis Vlachos, Fotis Nikolaou, Julian Rizek

Music performed by Oros Ensemble

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