4th Young Choreographers Festival: Iro Apostolelli / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

4th Young Choreographers Festival: Iro Apostolelli


4th Young Choreographers Festival

1-2 APR 2017
Upper Stage
Three bodies in the role of convergent and divergent metronomes in a movement experiment based on music by the minimalist composer John Adams.
Full price: 7 €
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Large groups (10+ people): 5 €
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Iro Apostolelli, the dancer and choreographer, places the multiple dimensions of the dancing body at the centre of her quests: the body as a field of knowledge, but also as a tool for tracing movement through acoustic stimuli and singular on-stage experiments. Her approach extends beyond the way in which dance perceives and represents the body and the experiences that stem from it to examine in depth the necessity of certain structural elements —a piece’s musical accompaniment, for instance— in the reception and conception of choreography. This serves to redefine the central role of the body on stage —as something which interprets and is interpreted through movement— in order to transform the viewer from a passive recipient into an active observer of a process which includes both the kinesthetic experience and thought.

Indeed, Umbilicus(Navel) could be considered a “choreography of thought”. Which is to say it proposes a performative condition which focuses our attention on rhythmic sequences or variations, rather than on the way in which the movement serves as a vehicle for personal expression. The movements are geometrical, repetitive. They focus on verticality, with each dancer’s body serving as a metronome with the other bodies converging or diverging from it. However, the achievement here isn’t the “mechanical execution” of a music score; using the Paradiddle improvisatory technique, the choreographer engages in a dialogue between her movement and the music of John Adams’ minimalist Son of Chamber Symphony. In their turn, the three dancers ‘write’ a new score in which one can discern both performative precision and the embodied presence which, intentionally or otherwise, proposes a new reading of the music.


Choreography: Iro Apostolelli
Performers: Katerina Liondou, Agni Papadeli Rossetou, Danae Papazian
Light design: Alekos Giannaros
Outfits, Installations: Iro Vagioti
Production: Ditto
Line Production: Anna Apostolelli
The performance includes John Adams’ song Son of Chamber Symphony.

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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Iro Apostolelli co-founded the Carnation dance company in 2009 with Agni Papadeli Rossetou. Interestingly, the two co-founders alternate in the roles of creator and performer. This serves both to bolster their research anew each time with the valuable conclusions arising from their bodily experiences, but also to encourage the convergence of two ever-divergent fields: theory and practice. In the wake of Blossom, which was both choreographed and performed by Agni Papadeli Rossetou, Umbilicus is the first choreography which will be entirely Iro Apostolelli’s work.

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