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This production, part of a tribute to the 2021 bicentennial of the Greek Revolution, is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [www.SNF.org].
GNO TV is a new strand of Greek National Opera’s programming, made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [www.SNF.org] to enhance the Greek National Opera’s artistic outreach.
The video dance festival Miniatures for Revolution is the new production of the GNO Learning & Participation Department. Inspired by the idea of revolution, five young composers and five young choreographers worked together to create short music and dance works, the Miniatures. The Miniatures were captured in original videos that will be broadcast on GNO TV. The production was realised in collaboration with the GNO Ballet and the Intercultural Orchestra of the GNO Learning & Participation Department. Five video/film-makers as well as young professional dancers also took part in the production.
GNO Learning & Participation Department
Konstantinos Rigos, GNO Ballet Director
Memory is handed down mediated from generation to generation. School is the agent that passes down history and constructs narratives. Starting from a reading of the iconography of 1821 and baptising the materiality of memory as a miniature, five dancers in a school environment bring to life a tableau vivant of a collective memory. Through vibratory fallbacks* and repositioning of body parts, and with a progressive release of unruly voices, we seek today’s variations of the insurgent social body. If school is the seed of successive dichotomies, then the single body of resistance that is formed is ready to be transformed into its mirror image, as a sign of the times.
(* in military terminology the term fall back means to retreat and pull back.)
Choreography, director: Vassia Zorbali / Music: Stavros Markonis / Cinematography, editing: Antigone Davaki / Costumes: anomia / Director’s assistant: Evi Psaltou / Dancers: Daphne-Maria Douli-Gotsi, Konstantina Liontou, Natalia Baka, Theano Xydia, Maria Papakonstantinou / Musicians (members of the Intercultural Orchestra of the Greek National Opera): Sofia Zafeiriou (violin), Yann Ecorchard (cello), Manolis Christodoulou (qanun), Elsa Stournara (accordion), Yannis Tikov (double bass), Alexandra Balandina (daf, bendir, tombak) / Sound recording: Kostas Bokos – Studio 19 / Sound mixing, mastering MD: Recording Studio, Nikos Michalodimitrakis
Warm thanks are due to Nikolaos Kaklamanos, Maria Thanou, Maria Markesini, Panina Karydi, Artemis Flessa, Nefeli Papadimouli.
Filmed at the Round School, Agios Dimitrios, Attica on 8 April 2021.
Obsessive patterns are constantly interrupted by the violence in the music instruments.
Aggressive events disrupt continuity.
A never completed sequence that swirls like a spiral.
Bodies trapped in their private space struggle for expression.
Self-isolation is suspended, and bodies touch each other.
Then asynchrony again.
A persistent struggle for communication that seems to be constantly failing.
Six female voices discuss revolution.
They do not look for meaning or definitions.
They only mumble, and uneasily strive to articulate their personal stories.
Six female dancers, against the dominant national narrative that fixates on heroic and military achievements, give prominence to women’s power, women’s body, women’s voice. They reveal the fragility and vulnerability of their own personal revolution, that is, a fight that does not reinforce historical divisions but rather invests in the solidarity and the cultural closeness between nations.
(KADIN = woman in Turkish)
Texts written by: Lambrini Gioti (Swedish), Efi Psiachoulia (Bambara, translated by Fode Seydi), Victoria Taskou (Turkish, translated by Berker Basmacı), Rebecca Wolf (Farsi, translated by Arash Yazdani), Mei Angelaki and Elsa Stournara (Greek)
Choreography: Nikos Kalivas / Music: Ioannis Angelakis / Sets: Antigoni Vafiadi / Costumes: Angelos Bratis / Video: Grigoris Morikis / Lighting: Komninos Kousieras / Dancers: Alexandra Georgovasili, Elina Demirtzioglou, Daphne Douli, Natalia Baka, Sophia Pouchtou, Marina Tsapekou / Additional roles: Christiana Felouka, Ann-Kristin Sofroniou, Rebecca Wolfe / Musicians (members of the Intercultural Orchestra of the Greek National Opera): Lambrini Gioti (voice, nyckelharpa), Efi Psiachoulia (kora), Elsa Stournara (accordion), Mei Angelaki (Cretan lute), Rebecca Wolfe (violin), Victoria Taskou (yaylı tambur), Martha Papadogianni (cello), Mohammed Alabdali (daf) / Hairstyle, make-up: Eleni Nikola / Sound recording, mixing: Kostas Bokos – Studio 19
Photo: Grigoris Morikis / Antigoni Vafiadi
Filmed at the Backstage of the Stavros Niarchos Hall of the Greek National Opera at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on 11 April 2021.
In a time-worn environment we are faced with the wholly natural tendency of body and spirit to react instinctively and interact in a direction carved out by the dictates of history, when circumstances call for it. Under the current dictates, two female warriors from the near future wake up exploring the stretto of human repetitive behaviour over time. FUGA is a short story of birth, stasis, and disorderly escape.
Choreography: Myrto Grapsa / Music: Stamatis Pasopoulos / Director: Panagiotis Kostouros / Costume coordination: Dimitra Vlachou, Myrto Grapsa / Dancers: Stella-Jasmine Pagiati, Sevasti Zafira / Musicians (members of the Intercultural Orchestra of the Greek National Opera): Stavros Papakyritsis (οud), Christos Syngelos (οud), Hussain Badran (οud), Seray Yalçın (οud, voice), Savvas Koudounas (lyre), Cid Carmo (tarhu), Victoria Taskou (yaylı tambur), Guillaume Juigner (clarinet) / Make-up: Dimitra Vlachou, Myrto Grapsa / Camera: Damian Aronidis / Editing: Panos Kostouros / Sound recording, mixing: Kostas Bokos – Studio 19 / Artistic consultant: Anna Papathanasiou / Production assistant: Dimitra Vlachou / Production: Edit59
Photo: Panos Kostouros
Filmed at the Lipasmata Multifunctional Park in Drapetsona on 4 April 2021.
This choreography was inspired by revolution, the revolution of now, of then, of tomorrow; the one nobody has taught us yet, the one that exists in our imagination, and the one we haven’t imagined yet; the one within us, the one outside us, the one around us. It is a quick reference to all these revolutions, with the help of movement and images studied and captured as a quick sequence of moments.
The musical part was inspired by the folk and Klephtic songs of the time of the Greek War of Independence. Their mimetic character and two common vocal ornamentations extensively present in the singing, yet in their most unvarnished form, synthesise a sonic environment where the collective transcends the individual.
Choreography: Anastasia Pattelaki / Music: Yiannis Maramathas / Director, video: Dimosthenis Grivas / Director of photography: Manolis Armoutakis / Dancers: Maria Papakonstantinou, Konstantina Liontou, Stella-Jasmine Pagiati / Musicians (members of the Intercultural Orchestra of the Greek National Opera): Rebecca Wolfe (violin, voice), Anastasia Papageorgiou (lyre, voice), Labrini Gioti (nyckelharpa, voice), Elsa Stournara (accordion, voice), Victoria Taskou (yaylı tambur, voice), Stavros Papakyritsis (οud), Harris Lambrakis (ney) / Sound recording, mixing: Kostas Bokos – Studio 19
Photo: Dimosthenis Grivas
Filmed at the Stoa of the Panathenaic Stadium, Athens, with a permit from the Service of Modern Monuments and Technical Works of Attica, Eastern Continental Greece and Cyclades, and the support of the Hellenic Olympic Committee on 10 April 2021.
The copyright of the antiquities depicted in the video belongs to the Ministry of Culture and Sports (L. 3028/2002). The Panathenaic Stadium (Stoa) falls within the remit of the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Hellenic Olympic Committee. The Panathenaic Stadium (Stoa) falls within the remit of the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Hellenic Olympic Committee.
5. BATTLE OF FISHES
Six female bodies are suspended in space; they detect, meet and touch, dancing a light dance. Stop motion creates the illusion of the bodies’ oscillation in the air, in an attempt to capture deviation and resistance to gravity. BATTLE OF FISHES is an assemblage of snapshots, dislocated maps, technologies and bodies, rhythms and broken locations.
Choreography, director, costume coordination: Ioanna Paraskevopoulou / Music: Sofia Zafeiriou (the performance featured the work Allochthono) / Direction of photography, cinematography, editing: Chrysanthi Badeka / Dancers: Alexandra Georgovasili, Elina Demirtzioglou, Natalia Baka, Theano Xydia, Sophia Pouchtou, Marina Tsapekou / Musicians (members of the Intercultural Orchestra of the Greek National Opera): Orestis Gargoulakis (flute), Panagiota Xydi (ney), Anastasia Papageorgiou (lyre), Victoria Taskou (yaylı tambur), Christos Syngelos (οud), Stathis Koutouzos (percussion), Sofia Zafeiriou (electronics) / Sound recording, editing: Kostas Bokos – Studio 19
Photo: Chrysanthi Badeka
Filmed on 14 May 2021.
Special thanks are due to the Municipality of Vari – Voula – Vouliagmeni.
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