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
20:00, 22:00

Outside the OCC
Vrigou 10, Neos Kosmos
1 choreographer, 81 bodies and 162 dance meetings converge in 1 dance solo which relates everything that went into its creation in unique fashion.
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, Konstantinos Chaldaios
Special constructions assistant: Konstantinos Chaldaios
Choreography consultant, mental health consultant: Marieta Vetta
Video direction and curation: Nefeli Sarri
Director of Photography: Alfonso De Munno Gallardo
Sound: Dimitris Koukouvanis, Flunet Productions
Production Assistant: Christina Pantelatou

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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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