Having previously presented their debut work at the Aerowaves 2018 dance platform, the creative duo arisandmartha (Aris Papadopoulos and Martha Pasakopoulou) have now come up with the concept of a contemporary, devised ritual that places us in a liminal world, where everything is invested with meaning by the mere fact of its presence. The title references the famous controversial skeleton of Lucy, the first Australopithecus afarensis identified in Ethiopia in 1974. This performance is a ritualistic attempt to connect disparate elements, an experiment on the unclear temporal and spatial boundaries of the transition from the individual to the collective. Toying with the aspects of ecstacy and conscious observation, imagination and inescapable reality, the forgotten need for faith and the glorification of lies, the ‘man-animal’ and the ‘human animal,’ this performance sets out to expand our perception, inviting us to reconsider ways and places of ritualistic practices still surviving in our everyday life. The artists raise the question: “Can we reach something real through something fake?”
Concept | Choreography | Performance
arisandmartha | Aris Papadopoulos & Martha Pasakopoulou
Sound Design-Original Music
Set and Costume Design
Dimitra Liakoura & Periklis Pravitas
Chrysoula Korovesi & Marios Gampierakis
Co-production: arisandmartha, Athens and Epidaurus Festival 2019 and FLUXUM Foundation – Geneva.
With the kind support of the Duncan Dance Research Center – Athens, Garage Performing Arts Center – Corfu, KLAP Maison pour la danse – Marseille, Flux Laboratory – Geneva.
With the financial support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports (2018-9) and FLUXUM Foundation – Geneva.
The work was programmed as part of the 25th International Kalamata Dance Festival 2019.
Evi Fylaktou Athens Festival 2019
Marios Gambierakis 2019
25KDF19 – Mike Rafail