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touching.just is a rhythmic game dealing with the absurd, awkward and episodic meetings of two characters during their effort to interact and connect. Going through intimate and uncomfortable situations both are looking for their common ground. Just! The duet was developed through the process of ranscribing a series of graphic scores into movement. Its modular structure consists of short, incidental, random, humorous encounters where spacing and timing take a leading role, allowing for multiple readings.

The piece talks about timing and tuning with the “other”, sharing or negotiating boundaries as well as the notion of togetherness as a common, mutual decision where how and why are constantly in question.

The work premiered in April 2017, Athens and got selected for Spring Forward Festival 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria as Aerowaves Twenty18 Artists.

touching.just (23min)

Choreography | Performers
Aris Papadopoulos & Martha Pasakopoulou
Lighting design
Eliza Alexandropoulou
Set | Sound Design
Aris Papadopoulos & Martha Pasakopoulou


‘quirky’, ‘queer, wannabe-naive, skilful and buoyant’ – Evgeny Borisenko

‘Papadopoulos and Pasakopoulou are a rare joy to watch’ – David Hutera

‘refreshingly different, elaborate, humorous and unpretentious’
‘a short piece which catches those moments of embarrassing absurdity and awkwardness that every so often occur when two people try to get close and leave their comfort zone’


Gif Review by Ian Abbott/ Spring Forward Festival 2018|Aerowaves-Dance Across Europe

Springback Reviews by David Hutera & Evgeny Borisenko |Aerowaves-Dance Across Europe

‘Aerowaves Spring Forward 2018 Review’ by Roisin O’Brien


Pre-show interview with Marie Pons/ Spring Forward Festival 2018|Aerowaves-Dance Across Europe

Post-show interview with Andreas Constantinou/ Spring Forward Festival 2018 | Aerowaves-Dance Across Europe


Yiannis Bournias, Elena Kanaki
video – photography
Manos Arvanitakis
mavra gidia
rehearsal space
Scoop Move Studio