6 October, 19:30 – 20:20
DANAE DIMITRIADI AND DIONYSIOS ALAMANOS (GREECE)
House of Culture Boris Hristov, Plovdiv
We think that we defeated nature and our animal instincts. That we are the most supreme of all living species. That we top the food chain. The stronger one always wins, right? Dictating in our comfort zone, we no longer find space and time to reach what always brings us peace. It turned out that we ut off the fundamental relationship with the rest of living word. In ATMA, animals and humans become a single creature with the ability to constantly change its forms. It tells us stories about survival, vulnerabilities and the primal desire to dominate.
Merging their bodies, two artists will present the metamorphosis of a beetle, the wisdom of a sacred elephant, ancient totem animals used for shamanism, and a snow leopard (Panthera uncia) coming to life by the Chinese martial art Wing Chun. Firstly, the leopard will be chasing a blue sheep in the mountains. Secondly, the beast will be chased by a hunter who wants a trophy to hang on his wall a fur to wear.
ATMA is a demonstration of the human race’s behavior towards its environment, along with the painful reality of humans exploiting the Earth. Rising Greek dancers Danae Dimitriadi and Dionysios Alamanos are taking us to a dream-like space where the human superiority over animals does not exist. This might be a utopia, but these bright dancers invite us at least to imagine it. What if it was true?
XL Production Award, Conny Janssen Danst Production Award, and Club Guy&Roni Production Award from the 1st edition of the Rotterdam International Duet Choreography Competition (2018)
As long as humans continue to be the ruthless destroyer of other beings, we will never know health or peace. For as long as people massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, those who sow the seed of murder and pain will never reap joy or love. – Pythagoras
My goal is simple. All I want to do is re-connect people with animals. Awaken some emotions and some feelings and some logic, that is being buried and suppressed, internationally, by our society. – Gary Yourofski, animal rights activist
ATMA is the first full-evening production choreographed by Danae Dimitriadi and Dionysios Alamanos. It is a development of their ten-minutes duet with the same name completed in 2016 and toured around Greece and in several international festivals.
Danae and Dionysios are two emerging Greek artists highly concerned by the future of the Earth. Their work brings together contemporary dance language, Greek inspirational aesthetics and powerful messages about the necessity of humanity to feel more concerned and act in the future. Led by strong convictions in their work, Danae and Dionysios are soon expected to stand out among the brightest Greek artists of their generation.
Born in Athens, Greece and raised in Zante Island, Dionysios Alamanos started his education at the School of Music and Arts of the Ionian Islands at a young age. He began experimenting with various styles of street dance alongside his own research on movement and then studied at the National School of Dance, Greece. As a freelancer, he has collaborated with Hellenic Dance Company both as a dancer and an assistant choreographer for Anton Lachky in the work No more Fairytales’. Furthermore, he has worked with Cocoon Dance Company
Alamanos has also performed an excerpt of Akram Khan’s Vertical Road’. He is currently touring with Akram Khan Company and Sue Buckmaster’s production Chotto Desh’.
Born in Athens, Greece, and graduated from the State School of Dance, Danae danced as a member of Hellenic Dance Company for the production Open Frontiers’ at the Athens Concert Hall and at the Athens and Epidaurus Festival in choreographies by Akram Khan, Anton Lachky and Martha Graham. In 2014 she also took part in Panorama ’which was presented at the New York City Halland at Odeon Herodes Atticus in cooperation with Martha Graham Dance Company. Furthermore, Danae has been taught repertories such as Kaash’ and iTMOi’ in London. During 2016 and 2017, she joined the company ZfinMalta Ensemble.
Duration: 50 minutes
Performers and creators: Danae Dimitriadi, Dionysios Alamanos
Rehearsal director: Costas Chrysafidis
Music composer: Constantine Skourlis
Costumes: Vaya Nikolakopoulou
Light designer: Panagiotis Manousis
Producer and project manager: Nicolas Ricchini
Co-produced by ONE DANCE WEEK, Big Story Performing Arts Services, Centre Cívic de la Barceloneta
With the support of Centre Cívic de la Barceloneta, L’Estruch – Fàbrica de Creació, Athens’ Concert Hall – Megaron and ONE DANCE WEEK
Images by George Anastasakis