4th Young Choreographers Festival: Eirini Papanikolaou
1-2 APR 2017
An allegorical approach to the myth of the Sirens, a work on the experience of internalizing the journey, the lost homeland we all carry within us.
Anthemoessa is Eirini Papanikolaou’s first choreography. It is an allegorical take on the myth of the sirens, the bird-like creatures that lured unsuspecting sailors to their deaths with a song that banished their every thought of home. Just as the encounter with the Sirens takes place in the borderlands between the real and an imaginary Underworld, so the four characters on stage find themselves suspended directionless in an uncharted landscape or, put another way, trapped on a journey with no clear "temporal horizon". Papanikolaou’s choreographic style is anything but epic; focusing on the personal, her work initiates the viewer into an inner journey.
This idea of mental wandering and of homecoming, of the inextinguishable desire to return to a lost homeland, is subject to constant temporal shifts. There is no arrival here; the journey never ends. The four bodies on stage reflect the experience of internalizing the journey rather than depicting it in any kinesiologically and bodily obvious way. Eirini Papanikolaou’s gaze is essentially romantic, and her work is imbued with the "hopelessness" of a world in which Man is helpless and exposed; overwhelming and unknowable forces, fate or, ultimately, the shadows of an impenetrable mystery all help turn the virtual world of the artist’s creative imagination into a refuge for the soul.
creditsConcept, choreography: Eirini Papanikolaou
Performers: Myrto Delimichali, Despina Kavouri, Vicky Spachou, Erato Chatira
Music Composer: Vaggelis Kourastis
Set Design: Myrto Lambrou
Lighting Design: Nikos Vlassopoulos
Line Production: Yolanda Markopoulou / POLYPLANITY Productions
Production: Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens
With the support: Dance Cultural Center, Dan.c.ce. (Athens)
Many thanks to: Froso Trousa, Patricia Apergi, Dimitris Nassiakos, Kostas Katrios, Katerina Foti, Chronis Potidis, Aimilia Papadopoulou, Marianthi Papanikolaou, Marianna Varviani, Euthymis Christou
read moreAn early version of the work was presented in the “Choreographic Attempts” section of the 7th Arc for Dance Festival in May 2015. Anthemoessa was also selected out of 480 choreographies from around the world to participate, with the support of the Onassis Cultural Centre, in the 3th edition (2016) of the “Danse élargie” International Dance Competition, where it won the Audience Prize and the Technicians Prize.