Body Politics Festival | To Rest on a Slope / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

To Rest on a Slope

Danya Hammoud

Body Politics

29-30 OCT

The performance is in English
Upper Stage
Duration: 40 minutes
Can a body make visible the forms of violence hidden in a gesture, a gaze, or in the distance we maintain from one another? Danya Hammound articulates a choreographic language of her own, in a spare, contemporary performance.
Onassis Stegi Friends presale: from 2 OCT 2018, 12:00
General presale: from 9 OCT 2018, 12:00

Full price: 7 €
Reduced, Friend & Groups 5-9 people: 6 €
Groups 10+ people, People with disabilities - Companions & Unemployed: 5 €

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Danya Hammoud is a choreographer-explorer. Her works investigate the body as a site of inscription for collective memory, eternal exploration, tragedy, and poetry. She achieves something that few choreographers can pull off: she gives the viewer space to think about the body, that constant companion which we often ignore entirely. Each of her works is a continuation of the one before, both in their exploration of movement and it their thematic obsessions. Through the materialistic existence of the body, she attempts to give substance to all other elements that make up a human being.
This performance makes visible the states of the human body in search of rest. And yet, its innate ambition puts it continually in a state of tension, compelling it to rise, to move, to confront. This state of tension gives substance to every aspect and detail of the movement, creating a landscape where time stops, making room for the viewer to be and think.


Choreography: Danya Hammoud
Music: Sharif Sehnaoui
Performed by: Danya Hammoud
Technical director: Nadim Deaibes
Costume: Raya Kazoun
Produced by: AFAC (Arab Fund for arts and culture)
Supported by : L’échangeur- CDCN Hauts de France

Monday 29 October
After performance talk with the choreographers of "To Rest on a Slope", "And So You See..." and "Quartiers Libres".
Moderated by Elpida Rikou, PhD, anthropologist, visual artist

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“The pelvis, as initiator of movement, relaunches my questioning on the strict necessity of the gesture.”
“I am concerned by the “condensation” of movement where an intention, a tension, a gaze and a will to act are simultaneously created.”
Excerpts from the choreographer’s commentary on her piece To rest on a slope.
Danya Hammoud was awarded the Boghossian Foundation Prize for Choreography in Lebanon in 2016.
Danya Hammoud is a choreographer and performer from Beirut. She earned her BA in Theatre from the Fine Arts Institute in Beirut in 2003, after which she studied dance at the ESSAIS program of the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers, France. She also received her MA in Dance Studies and Theories from Paris 8 University in France.

Her work has been presented at many international festivals and venues, such as: the Montpellier Dance Festival, Rencontres Choregraphiques de Seine Saint-Denis and June events in France, Tanztage Festival in Potsdam, Tanzquartier in Vienna, D-Caf Festival in Cairo, the Sophiensaele Theatre and HAU2 in Berlin.

Her performances include : “Mahalli” (2011), “Mes mains sont plus âgées que moi”  (2014),  “Il y a longtemps que je n’ai pas été aussi calme” (2016), and “To rest on a slope” is her latest performance to date, and was created in Beirut (2017). Currently she is working on “Bootlegged”, a collaboration with South-African choreographer Boyzie Cekwana, to be premiered in December 2018.

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