When a body is considered able to dance? What are the necessary skills it should have? To what extent are bodies considered ‘perfect’ for dancing? Is there an ideal body? And if the emphasis is mainly on bodies that dance skillfully, then how would different bodies, disabled, of different ages and abilities, dance?
The choreography focuses on the above questions in order to further explore aspects regarding the able and disabled, the young, or the old body, i.e. the body that is not necessarily accepted to go on stage.
“What Can a Body Do?” asks Gilles Deleuze drawing his question from two statements by seventeenth-century Dutch philosopher Baruch de Spinoza: “We do not even know what a body is capable of. . . .” and “We do not even know of what affections we are capable, nor the extent of our power.”
The proposed research borrows its title from E. J. Muybridge's photographic work, 'Dancing fancy' from his 1887 book Human Locomotion.
With humor, it seeks simplicity in movement in a fairy-tale fancy universe.
Choreography Maria Koliopoulou
Dramaturgy consultant Betina Panagiotara
Vocal coaching - Vocal dramaturgy Anna Pagalou
Sound design Yiannis Isidorou
Lighting design Thomas Oikonomakos
Costume design Eleftheria Arapoglou_Digitaria
Artistic collaboration Mariza Vinieratou
Photos Nikos Nikopoulos
Performers Katerina Avramopoulou, Katerina Gevetzi, Loukiani Papadaki
Production manager Cultόpια
A Prosxima Dance Company production
Funded by the Greek Ministry of Culture & Sports 2022-2023 and Culture Moves Europe
‘Culture Moves Europe’ is a programme funded by the European Union and implemented by the Goethe Institut. This work was produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union.
Supported by Dance Research NRW, a scholarship of the NRW KULTURsekretariat – funded by the Ministerium fur Kultur und Wissenshaft des Landes Nordrhein - Westfalen
With the kind support of „iJuLa – intersektionale JugendLabore im Veedel“, a RRCGN project funded by the program “Demokratie leben!” by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth; additional funding comes the Youth Ministry of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, DOHLE Foundation and the European Solidarity Corps.