Extracts from reviews
Le 6e Festival culturel international de danse contemporaine se déroule depuis le 15 et jusqu'au 22 Novembre au TNA (Théâtre National Mahieddine Bachtarzi d'Alger). La compagnie Prosxima a offert un moment d’une rare intensité ce lundi 17 novembre aux spectateurs venus nombreux. Le public a apprécié la performance de la danseuse Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, dans une chorégraphie de Maria Koliopoulou.
Si la danse contemporaine apparaît souvent comme élitiste, la compagnie Grecque prouve qu’elle est avant tout un art vivant accessible et élémentaire.
HuffPost Algérie | Par Aurélie Lecarpentier /18/11/2014
Through her [actions] series, created for the Prosxima Dance Company since 2006, Maria Koliopoulou has been crystallizing her choreographic intent and the ways she approaches dance composition. She seeks to create open works that invite audience participation. The stage area takes the form of an installation, revealing eclectic links to the visual arts. Her eighth [action] carefully sub – headed Singularity, is a duet on the constant shifting states of the individual searching for their “own branch of the inviolate”.
From the Athens & Epidaurus Festival programme/June 2010
“Greek dancer Maria Koliopoulou,.., had introduced herself as a consequential conceptual choreographer versed in contemporary trends... Her current performance entitled [action 8] – Singularity affirmed her crystallizing conceptual direction and was witness to a marked shift towards a greater articulation, a greater clarity of communication and at the same time vigour and singularity of artistic expression..
We lean forward – we the audience – physically forward, for the fervent rotation of the dancers creates gravity. We take control of ourselves, we straighten up, we lean forward again and thus the performance exercises its influence on us right to the end;..The conceptual, abstract performance of Maria Koliopoulou and the Prosxima company does not neglect sensual perceptions, even pure hedonists will find satisfaction..you follow the performance with curiosity, with excitement, with a sensual and all encompassing aesthetic satisfaction..“
Nina Vangeli in Dance Zone Magazine, Prague, May 2010