manoeuvre_ CANDY KARRA – CHARA KOTSALI 1024 691 dancecenter

7th – 8th August

* Due to the very limited number of places, please register your participation and the day you wish to attend the performance by phone at +30 6944-771449, 6973-856238 or by email at until 05/08/2020.

In the context of the two-day artistic event in miniature organized by the Akropoditi Dance and Performing Arts Centre, in collaboration with the Onassis STEGI and the support of the Municipality of Syros-Ermoupolis on 7th and 8th August 2020.

Dance Performance: manoeuvre_
07th and 8th August 2020 at 19:30
Industrial Museum Kornilakis, free entrance

A plank of wood and two dancers.
Is that all there is to it?
Candy Karra and Chara Kotsali test things and are tested themselves in what is their first jointly-created choreographic piece. Their materials are to be found in the outputs produced by the dancing body, in pure movement – without the demands of a narrative form that would force us to read their on-stage partnership in some symbolic way. Their emancipation from such interpretative mechanisms is focused more on the “how” of their process rather than on providing explanations; that is to say, they urge us to think that if there is any “meaning” in dance, it is to be found in dance itself.
A plank of wood and two dancers. Is that all there is to it? Possibly, but obviously not. An absurd situation and yet a well-chosen constraint for exploring the inventive limits of movement, and for studying the dancing body in action.

Text from the print program of Onassis New Choreographers Festival 7, at Onassis Stegi

“Starting from Charles Ray’s Plank Piece, Eric Wurm’s One Minute Sculptures and a stock of wooden planks in my storeroom, we felt impelled to rise to the challenge. Two people and a plank, or else a mixed media trio that attempts a great deal but delivers nothing. The bodies play, carry, lift, prop, complement and oppose one another and this is the most important task they perform. The process is freed from any meaning ascribed to the ultimate goal and surrenders to the domain of the absurd. Short lived mobile sculptures that self-construct and self-destruct on stage in front of our very eyes and unwittingly reflect millions of stories of obscure heroism and proud insignificance.”
Chara Kotsali

“We wanted our lives – as material, imagination and relation – to have and make meaning. Meaning that is comprehensible to us so that it provides meaning to our attempts to live it. This piece tries to document the handling of such a problematic request, which is annulled the moment it is articulated, insistently, sympathetically and humorously, the same way that we would like to face our daily struggle.”
Candy Karra

Choreographed & performed: Candy Karra & Chara Kotsali
Set & props design and construction: Chrysoula Korovesi, Marios Gabierakis
Lighting design: Eliza Alexandropoulou
Soundscape & music composition: Jeph Vanger

Margarita Trikka, Athina Lampadaridi, Nadi Gogoulou, Amalia Kosma, Kostas Konstantinou, Efthimios Moschopoulos, Alekos Bourelias, Dimitris Bourzoukos, Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, Martha Pasakopoulou, Iosif Foskolos

7th Onassis New Choreographers Festival, -1 Exhibition Space, 1st February 2020

The performance takes place at the the two-day artistic event in miniature with the support of Onassis STEGI “Outward Turn” Cultural Export Program.

More information about the performance you can find here

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