(with the precious help of Miguel Melgares, Kelly Keenan, Nikolaos Chandolias)
This piece is not funny. It is about absence and grief, about disconnection, relativity, about negative space, risk and inertia.
This is a piece about shifts of view points, points of contact, and points of reference, about allocentric and egocentric forces, about momentum and about the explosion of inertia.
photo by Svetla Atanasova
Concept and performance: Maria Kefirova and Hanako-Hoshimi Caines //Light design: Paul Chambers
The Paradise is a dance duet that works between the two dimensional ready-made notion of Paradise as pink flamingos, beach side motels, rainbow colored harmony and the task of accessing extraordinary states, which are often far from comfortable and perfect looking. Through a series of unassuming and simple assignments, we are setting up conditions for the emergence of complexity and the production of multiplicity. Today paradise is a movement of synchronicity, a way of looking at and relating to. It is everything that I look upon with care and I spend time with. Paradise is also a movement that does not skip any part of its trajectory: a very alive and effortless state of simultaneously holding on and letting go. Paradise is not getting fixed in meaning, sensation, idea or image but constantly moving through their different nuances. The Paradise does not solicit audience participation but is a system of offering and receiving and the questions that arise from this.
photo by Frederic Chais
photo by Orlin Ognianov
Performative installation in collaboration with Miguel Melgares
sound: Martin Messier
The Nutcracker is a 60 min solo dance-theater performance for a dancer, voice recorder, 4 audio speakers and 25 kg of walnuts
The walnuts are used as a material that has a clear definition between inside and outside. The sound is used as a material with no inside or outside. The body is a surface between the inside and the outside. During the piece a human figure, sound and walnuts will perform a series of dislocations and relocations, folding into each other in a process where sound becomes a body and a performer of its own.
photo by Frederic Chais
I use sound, my body and walnuts in order to question what is normal and what is not, what is alive and what is dead, what is clean and what is dirty, what is soft and what is hard. I also try to liberate things from their original meaning.
I am searching to reveal the characteristics, mechanisms, specificities of the self, to distil it and negate it, to understand what it is. I am playing a game with my perceptions, bodily sensations, emotional states, memories, acts and thoughts in order to measure how much my self is conditioned by them, to see what else can exist out of what I know as me. It is a ping-pong game with the self : sending it away , receiving it back: feeling the liberation and the excitement of flying towards another body/mind reality, experiencing the alienation of loosing what is most natural and accessible, of what is my essence, catching it back and discovering that it is where it is not.
This work is a ping-pong game with the concept of the self.
photo by Thomas Lenden
duet between a body and its head.
The work explores the gap between the logical representation of reality and the immediate embodiment of impulses, creating an absurd illusion for unity.
This lecture performance introduces the audience to the fastest way to encounter doubt and paralysis which is also the most effective way to open unexpected possibilities in our reality or to stay curious about