Aerites Dance Company / Patricia Apergi
1-3 MAR 2017
Patricia Apergi is back at the OCC with a work that puts dance at the epicentre of the urban everyday, turning the city into a nucleus for creativity and dancers into members of a community which envisions "fantasy on the streets".
Patricia Apergi, a choreographer who has long been engaged with her era and its ever-shifting social facets, is returning to the OCC. After ERA poVERA and Planites—works in which the urban environment was presented as a field of conflict or a singular spatial condition of wandering—the city returns to the forefront to feed into thinking about ways in which it could be (re)inhabited. The ambiguity of the title—which calls to mind a concrete cemetery—encapsulates the contradictions of society today. In the midst of crisis, a lack of perspective and the resigned acceptance that the prosperity once enjoyed and desired by the middle classes is no more have become the norm. Still, despite all the lamentations, the city remains a space in which social relations continually mould conditions in which life can take on new meanings.
Apergi treats the realities of city life as a field for a singular artistic expression, an "art-work" through which the city is reconstructed and moulded by the treatment of its images. It is in "native creativity" of precisely this sort that the choreographer identifies the potential for individual resistance: a strength emanating from the codes of expression and movement vocabulary inscribed into the "body" of the city which is sufficient to drive new choreographic experimentation and quests. She has embarked on this singular mapping, a brave undertaking, in the company of a select group of young choreographers.
creditsConcept - Choreography: Patricia Apergi
Dramaturgy: Roberto Fratini
Incidental music: Vasilis Mantzoukis
Set design: Dimitris Nasiakos
Lighting: Nikos Vlasopoulos
Costumes: Vasiliki Syrma
Artistic Consultant: Thanos Papakonstantinou
Assistant choreographer: Dimitra Mitropoulou
Dancers: Hara Kotsali, Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, Elias Hadjigeorgiou, Nondas Damopoulos, Giorgos Michelakis, Eva Georgitsopoulou
Artistic associates: Adrian Kolaritz, Dimitra Mertzani
Production Manager: Rena Andreadaki
Production: Onassis Cultural Centre
Co-production/Residencies: Maison de la Danse / European pole of creation (Lyon, France), Centro de Criação de Candoso (Guimaraes, Portugal), O Espaco do Tempo (Montemor, Portugal)
With the support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport
Thursday 2 March
After performance talk with the participants
Chaired by Giorgos Mitropoulos, journalist