4th Young Choreographers Festival: Aria Boumpaki / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

4th Young Choreographers Festival: Aria Boumpaki

162 dance meetings

4th Young Choreographers Festival

1-2 APR 2017
Performances: 20:00 & 22:00
Exhibition: 11:00-18:00 | Free admission

Vritou 10 (Vrigou), Neos Kosmos
Outside the Onassis Stegi
The venue is not accessible by wheelchairs
1 choreographer, 81 bodies and 162 dance meetings converge in 1 dance solo which relates everything that went into its creation in unique fashion.
Full price: 7 €
Reduced, Friend & Small groups (5-9 people): 6 €
Large groups (10+ people): 5 €
People with disabilities & Unemployed: 5 € | Companions: 5 €

Combo ticket: 5 € for 2 performances on the same date
Group ticket reservations at groupsales@sgt.gr
The young choreographer Aria Boumpaki positions her art at the intersection of the artistic and the everyday: she seeks movement forms related less to virtuosity and rules of expression than to the “democratic nature of dance” and audience activation. This anthropological and, in a way, sociological take on the dance process re-foregrounds the vital conversation between society and art. Relationships and experiences acquire new meanings in a reformulation of the art product, reminding us that the structure of the social space in which our everyday unfolds is ultimately the same structure in which the artist positions him/herself.

162 dance meetings functions as a movement experiment which involves the audience in collaborative research: 81 different bodies co-create the “work” through personal encounters with the choreographer. If specialization and the fragmentation of creative production have alienated dance from the everyday, then the choreographer attempts to reverse the process by readdressing the “dance dynamic” of social life. However, this isn’t just another show focused on the spontaneous and unmediated nature of human artistic expression. Rather, it sets out to forge a unique artistic partnership between individual audience members and the choreographer which will allow the perception of the performative condition to be revisited or pass by unnoticed. There is nothing pre-planned in this partnership, which is to say the focus is firmly on the multiplicity of the relationships that can emerge and be expressed beyond the distinction between dancer and viewer. Essentially a “dance happening”, the production focuses on the ‘where’ and ‘when’ of the process in order to highlight unexplored aspects of art’s communicative dimension.


Concept, Choreography, Performance: Aria Boumpaki
Visual Environment, Special Constructions, Outfit: Ioanna Plessa
Exhibition curated by: Ioanna Plessa, Christina Pantelatou, Aria Boumpaki
Special Constructions Assistant, Curating Assistant: Konstantinos Chaldaios
Choreography & Mental Health Consultant: Marieta Vetta
Sound Design: Nikolas Kazazis
Lighting Design: Miltos Athanasiou
Production Assistant: Christina Pantelatou

Video Director, Editor: Νefeli Sarri
Director of photography, Camera Operator: Alfonso De Munno Gallardo
Sound recording: Δημήτρης Κουκουβάνης
Soundtrack, Mixing: Roberta D'Angelo
Image processing: 2|35 
Online - DCP mastering: Sakis Bouzanis
Color grading: Μanos Chamilakis
Special thanks to: Flunet Productions, Αristotelis Papakonstantinou, Roxani Zogana, Αvra Gargalakou

Saturday 1 April
A discussion with the choreographers who present their work at the OCC, will follow after the performance Umbilicus.
Chaired by Nina Alcalay, dance theorist
(21:30 | Upper Stage)
After the second performance of 162 dance meetings, a discussion with the choreographer Aria Boubaki will follow.
Chaired by Giorgos Mitropoulos, journalist
(23:10 | Vritou 10 (Vrigou), Neos Kosmos)

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Having graduated from the National School of Dance and the Rallou Manou Dance School, Athens, Aria Boumpaki continued her studies at the Centre Chorégraphique National (CNN) in Montpellier, France, pursuing an Ex.e.r.ce postgraduate choreography programme on an Onassis Foundation scholarship. There, she met dance luminaries including Simone Forti, Deborah Hay, Mathilde Monnier, Valerie Castan, Antonia Baehr and La Ribot. Influenced by their work, she was inspired to take her own first steps as a choreographer. Boumpaki is drawn to and researches what she calls “human dance”, meaning dance which does not seek simply to present a work, but rather to mould it through the experiences of the choreographer and the viewers during their encounters. In Boumpaki’s own words: “The final performance-solo is actually the distillation of a prolonged dance encounter or, in other words, the bodily narration of a long dance journey”. 

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