Dancing Athens

1-2 OCT 2016
Outside the Onassis Stegi
Over a whole weekend, the choreographies of Trisha Brown, Boris Charmatz, Willi Dorner and Yannis Mantafounis will spread out at different times of day to different parts of Athens’ historic centre.
It was April 1970 when Trisha Brown tied a dancer to a length of climbing rope and sent him walking down the front of a seven-storey building at 80, Wooster Street, Manhattan. The American choreographer was looking for ways to unsettle the relationship between the human body, gravity and space and the way New Yorkers had learned to think of everyday movements like walking and running. And it was there in the early Seventies that the experiments and unconventional ideas of the Judson Church postmoderns -along with their irresistible desire for change- spilled out into the streets, squares, parks, terraces and museums of New York.

The decision to open the OCC’s 2016-17 dance and theatre season with works by choreographers from round the world scattered round Athens has everything to do with art’s recent turn towards public space and the need to discover alternative ways of communicating with the public and interacting with the urban environment. Dancing Athens invites us to change the way we move and behave in the city, the way we perceive our everyday gestures, our reactions to the unexpected and the random, but also the way we perceive contemporary dance.

Over a whole weekend, the choreographies will spread out at different times of day to different parts of Athens’ historic centre, mixing and matching Boris Charmatz’s raw nocturnal landscapes with Trisha Brown’s pared-down poetry and Yannis Mantafounis’ one to one choreographies with Willi Dorner’s catch-you-by-surprise urban interventions. With ever decreasing numbers of people enjoying access to art, a common good, and ever-increasing surveillance of our movements in public space, there may well be more need for a free, open festival than ever before.

Katia Arfara
Artistic Director for Theatre and Dance at the OCC

Conceived and curated by Katia Arfara
Head of Production: Dimitra Dernikou
General Technical Management: Lefteris Karabilas
Production Manager: Vassilis Panagiotakopoulos
Production Assistants: Despoina Sifniadou, Eirilena Tsami

1 - 2 Oct 2016

21:00 Kotzia Square
Free admission
For viewers under the age of 18, parental consent is necessary.


Boris Charmatz danse de nuit

1 Oct 2016

18:00 Syntagma Square, Athens centre
Free admission

Starting point: Syntagma sq.


Cie. Willi Dorner bodies in urban spaces

1 - 2 Oct 2016

12:00 National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST) | Kallirrois Ave. & Amvr. Frantzi Street (former FIX factory)
Free admission, on a strictly first come first served basis. The distribution of entrance tickets begins at 11:00, one (1) hour before the event.

The audience can enter from Syngrou Avenue


Trisha Brown In Plain Site

2 Oct 2016

11:00 Acropolis Museum
Free admission


Ioannis Mandafounis & Aoife McAtamney One One One