Ioanna Portolou / Griffón Dance Company / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Ioanna Portolou / Griffón Dance Company


15-18 JAN 2018
Upper Stage
45 minutes
Strobe lights will be used during the performance.
Happiness in life presupposes a risk. But do we take the risk in order to be happy? What will happen, if you follow five dancers who do not fear plunging with great speed into the void, in pursuit of happiness?
Full price: 7, 15 €
Reduced, Friend & Groups 5-9 people: 12 €
Groups 10+ people: 11 €
Νeighbourhood residents: 7 €
People with disabilities & Unemployed: 5 € | Companions: 10 €

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Ioanna Portolou’s new work focuses on risk. Her approach, though, does not explore so much the physical aspects of the notion, but rather the cost entailed in subjective risk, in conquering or losing what is important to each one.

She positions herself on that fine dividing line, where the body is freed from fears and resistances, loses control, and opens itself to what remains secret, repressed, and untold. Five performers take as their starting point a musical universe that flirts with the excess and lightness of the 1980s, chasing the fleeting aspect of happiness, carefree fun, and the sense of sharing with others this unexpected joy without censorship.

Happiness in life presupposes a risk.  But do we take the risk in order to be happy? On the one hand, there is intense fear of exposure, of a ‘plunge in the void’. On the other, there is the rare sense of freedom when we are called to take a risk, to chase our dream. The choreographer creates an imaginary space, through which each one feels safe enough to offer an unknown and unique version of oneself.


Choreography: Ioanna Portolou
Dramaturgy: Ioanna Portolou and the dancers
Dancers: Ioanna Apostolou, Nikoletta Karmiri, Cecil Mikroutsikou, Yiannis Nikolaidis, Ilias Hatzigeorgiou
Music Dramaturgy: Antonis Palaskas
Sets, Costumes: Ioanna Tsami
Lighting: Tasos Palaioroutas
Assistant Choreographer: Danae Giannakopoulou
Assistant to the Set & Costume Designer: Ifigenia Ntaountaki
Photographer: Myrto Apostolidou
Video documentation: Grigoris Panopoulos / makeyourownfilms, Aristotelis Papakonstantinou
Translations: Danai Kapranou
Accounting: Georgios Papadopoulos, Christina Geradamou
Legal Counselling: Katerina Chatzianastasiadou
Costume Construction: ARGIS
Production Co-ordination, Communication: Giorgos Katsonis
Production Manager: Manolis Sardis / PRO4
Assistant Production Manager: Christina Polychroniadou
Produced by: Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens

Special thanks to Natassa Kladeutira, Eirini Bramou, Ivan Sebastiani, Charles Corley

Strobe lights will be used during the performance.

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Tuesday 16 January
After performance talk with Ioanna Portolou
Moderated by Christiana Galanopoulou, art historian & artistic director of MIRfestival

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