5th Young Choreographers Festival: Elpida Orfanidou / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

5th Young Choreographers Festival: Elpida Orfanidou

Pharmacist or Balloonist

5th Young Choreographers Festival

28-29 APR 2018
Main Stage
1 hour and 50 minutes
What links pharmacy to choreography? Dance, music, words and herbs blend, restructuring the artistic endeavour. Playing with the elixir of inspiration and the poison of failure, Elpida Orfanidou presents a laboratory of concocting “choreographic remedies” with special guests.
OCC Friends presale: from 23 MAR 2018, 12:00
General presale: from 30 MAR 2018, 12:00
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As a choreographer and dancer, Elpida Orfanidou has a peculiar, unconventional relationship with dancing. One might say that this relationship is constantly nurtured and enriched by other domains, like the cinema and archetypal idols in the case of the performance Elpid’Arc (February 2014, OCC, 1st Festival of Young Choreographers) or her own professional background as a pharmacist in her most recent work Pharmacist or Balloonist with the subtitle a choreographic herbal pharmacy.

But what might link pharmacy to choreography? Where do these two very discrete realms meet? And if they actually intersect and feed off each other, what is it that they eventually produce?

Orfanidou, along with a motley group of “assistants” and “guest stars”, presents on stage a ritual where alchemy and theatricality blend, inviting the audience to ignore established conventions. As she says, the aim of the undertaking is to “choreograph confusion”, i.e. to find ways to cure human toil of the bane of productivity, spontaneity, and the stereotypes of creative inspiration. In this dialogic laboratory of concocting “choreographic remedies”, where dance, music, words and herbs blend, the spectator becomes “healer and healed”, rethinking the artistic act itself. Pharmacist or Balloonist, playing with the elixir of inspiration and the poison of failure, tries out prescriptions, prayers, incantations and other “preparations”, so that time can once more become the “healer” and an instrument of therapy at the disposal of every participant.


Concept: Who cares? 
Performance: Friends and Colleagues 
Costumes: We fit in it 
Lights: You will see 
Sound: Something melodic 
Dramaturgy: Whatever works 
Outside Eye: You 
Artistic Assistance: Does miracles 

A creation of Elpida Orfanidou and guests: Louise Bernadette Mochia, Martin Beeretz, Igor Dobricic, Kahori Furukawa, Hermann Heisig, Ixchel Mendoza Hernandez, Claudia Hill, Krisztina Kassay, Panayotis Lam​b​is, In​és​ Moreno, Elena Polzer, Juliette Quilici, Tian Rotteveel, Simone Truong, Saadet Türköz, Christina Themeli, Chryssa Vlachopoulou, Anna Weißenfels, May Zarhy

Produced by: Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens
Funded by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin

Supported by: Ballhaus Ost Berlin, the Isadora & Raymond Duncan Research Center Athens, agora collective Berlin and ehrliche arbeit - freelance office for culture, the universe

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