Christos Papadopoulos’ work is deceivingly simple; informed by a persistent research on rhythmic nuances of movement. His tireless exploration of repetition transforms movement to a state and generates multiple layers of meaning and rare perceptive experiences. The human body can become a metaphor of abstract qualities like “time” or “life” or even suggest natural phenomena like the flow of water, the erosion of the ground or the fading of light at sunset.
He focuses on the changing volume of details that builds up from a kinetic pattern allowing the eye and the mind to wander, sometimes separately, through the inexhaustible qualities of human experience.
In his new work Christos Papadopoulos aspires to introduce ambiguous elements with liminal qualities to energize and ignite new experiences. His constant perception of movement as a method of exploring reality is pushed further without additions or spectacular elements. He is simply exploring further the state of transition; from one movement to another, from an intuition to an action. He asks himself whether a slight difference in a familiar rhythm, a trivial alteration of corporal movement, or even a minor set, sound or light shift can change completely our perception of what we see, and thus challenge our perceptual biases.
In relation to this phenomenon, the choreographer recalls his experience of listening to music while driving his car in the woods: depending on the type of music, from classical to Greek traditional music, his impression of the scenery around him was changing. By mixing sensations, memories and outer physical stimuli, something as ordinary as a drive through the woods can easily be transformed into something extraordinary. These “mind games” could indicate that there is no fixed standpoint from which we can observe the world.
Concept & Choreography: Christos Papadopoulos
With the performers : Maria Bregianni, Chara Kotsali, Georgios Kotsifakis, Sotiria Koutsopetrou, Alexandros Nouskas Varelas, Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, Adonis Vais
Music & Sound Design: Giorgos Poulios
Set Design: Clio Boboti
Lighting Design: Eliza Alexandropoulou
Costume Design: Angelos Mentis
Dramaturgy Consultant: Alexandros Mistriotis
Choreography Consultant : Martha Pasakopoulou
Assistant Set Designer: Filanthi Bougatsou
Assistant Costume Designer: Aella Tsilikopoulou
Production Management: Rena Andreadaki, Zoe Mouschi
Tour Manager: Konstantina Papadopoulou
International Distribution: Key Performance
A project by Christos Papadopoulos // LEON KAI LYKOS
Produced by Onassis Stegi- Athens (GR)
Supported by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès within the framework of the New Settings Program
Coproduced by A-CDCN (Les Hivernales – CDCN d’Avignon, La Manufacture – CDCN Nouvelle-Aquitaine Bordeaux · La Rochelle, L’échangeur – CDCN Hauts-de-France, Le Dancing CDCN Dijon Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Chorège I CDCN Falaise Norman-die, Le Pacifique – CDCN Grenoble – Auvergne – Rhône-Alpes, Touka Danses – CDCN Guyane, Atelier de Paris / CDCN, Le Gymnase CDCN Roubaix – Hauts-de-France, POLE-SUD CDCN / Strasbourg, La Place de la Danse – CDCN Toulouse / Occitanie, La Maison CDCN Uzès Gard Occitanie, La Briqueterie CDCN du Val-de-Marne) (FR); La Briqueterie – CDCN du Val-de-Marne (FR); Théâtre de la Ville , Paris (FR); Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Brussels (BE); Julidans, Amsterdam (NL); Romaeuropa Festival (IT); Théâtre Jean Vilar de Vitry-sur-Seine (FR); NEON Organization for Culture and De-velopment (GR); Festival Aperto / Fondazione I Teatri – Reggio Emilia (IT); Festival de Otoño, Madrid (ES)
In collaboration with Département du Val-de-Marne (FR), the Lavanderia a Vapore choreographic residencies projects (IT) and additional coproducers to be finalised.