To expand the boundaries of staged experience. That seems to be the motto driving the work of Elena Antoniou, an artist active on the increasingly indistinguishable borderline between dance and performance.
Relentlessly seeking the limits of dance.
For her latest project, “MAINSTAGE”, Elena Antoniou presents a performance that re-examines and deconstructs existing spatio-theatrical conventions, calling upon those present to form living connections with her art in spite of its intangible and ephemeral nature. Her aim is to overturn deep-seated hierarchies that order viewer/performer interaction, and to venture a shift in the ways staged experience is viewed more generally.
While dance has been trying to jump beyond both the staged environment and entrenched representations of the body since the 1970s, these approaches are being intensely reformulated in the present day. Artists such as Elena Antoniou are reinventing the very meaning of an experience that moves viewers – in both the physical and emotional sense – and encourages them to see beyond the obvious. This liberation of the gaze also signifies a shift towards experiences perceived by the body in its totality.
CHOREOGRAPHY AND PERFORMANCE Elena Antoniou // MUSIC AND SOUND DESIGN Stavros Gasparatos // COSTUMES AND ARTISTIC COLLABORATOR Maria Tavlariou // LIGHTING DESIGN Evina Vassilakopoulou // PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Delta Pi // FUNDED BY ONASSIS STEGI
A group of PEOPLE between 16 and 65+ years old with or without previous performing experience will participate in the performance