EROTIKON / HIGHER STATES, PART 3
© Elina Giounanli for Onassis Stegi
As part of the parallel program of FOCUS GREECE, in collaboration with ONASSIS STEGI, we are presenting the series of performative fragments – EROTIKON / HIGHER STATES by Kiriakos Hadjiioannou – an ode to eros, or whatever remains of it. Vibrating between theory and lived experience, poetic language and the emancipated body, EROTIKON / HIGHER STATES / PART 3 invites us to imagine eros differently.
EROTIKON / HIGHER STATES, PART 3 is available to watch via ONASSIS STEGI’s YouTube channel.
© Elina Giounanli for Onassis Stegi
How have our erotic and sexual selves been transformed by the contemporary environment of imagification and new modes for mediating human communication? To what extent has our understanding of love changed in an era of social media and dating apps? Can we still imagine alternatives, or have we become entirely reconciled to the versions of eros that saturate the media? Which social conventions does feminist and queer theory yearn to destroy so that eros reclaims its vital momentum?
The third installment of his choreographic body of work HIGHER STATES envisions a contemporary symposium devoted to eros. Using a series of analytical tools and methods, such as song, philosophical discourse, movement and gesture, Hadjiioannou attempts to construct an erotic meta-vocabulary, a language that can give physical shape to unexplored aspects in the field of everyday human relationships.
ABOUT KIRIAKOS HADJIIOANNOU:
Kiriakos Hadjiioannou graduated from the State School of Orchestral Art and holds a masters degree in choreography and performance from the Department of Theatrical Studies at the University of Giessen (Germany). A multidisciplinary artist, he divides his time between teaching, research, and choreography. His works combine elements from various artistic realms, transgressing monolithic, inflexible understandings of the art of dance, as in his triptych “Higher States”, which treats transcendent mental states and which was awarded the June Johnson Dance Prize (specifically for “Hyperion,” “Higher States” Part 2). Beyond his collaborations with educational institutions abroad (La Manufacture – Haute école des arts de la scène, Lausanne) and the important support he receives from the Swiss Arts Council ProHelvetia for his choreographic research, Hadjiioannou continues to experiment as a performance artist, both in his own works and in collaborations with visual artists, cinematographers, and other choreographers of international repute. He then incorporates these experiences and experimentations into his own writing, which at times tends toward cinematographic and artistic performance (“Or Who Owns the World”) and sometimes toward a kind of futuristic ritual, which aims to uncover repressed or unknown aspects of physicality.
CONCEPT : KIRIAKOS HADJIIOANNOU, IN COLLABORATION WITH MARGARITA TSOMOU
DIRECTION, CHOREOGRAPHY: KIRIAKOS HADJIIOANNOU
CREATED WITH AND PERFORMED BY : KIRIAKOS HADJIIOANNOU, MICKEY MAHAR, MARIA SIDERI, NANCY STAMATOPOULOU
MUSIC AND SOUND COMPOSITION: MARIA SIDERI, IN COLLABORATION WITH ORESTES BENEKAS
SET DESIGN: URS AUGUST STEINER
LIGHT DESIGN: NYSSOS VASILOPOULOS
DRAMATURGY, TEXT EDITING: ANASTASIOS KOUKOUTAS, MARGARITA TSOMOU
OEUIL EXTÉRIEUR: MYRTO GRAPSA, BERNHARD SIEBERT
VOICE COACHING: YIANNIS VRYZAKIS
FELDENKRAIS METHOD INSTRUCTOR: MARILENA PETRIDOU
PHOTOS: KOSTIS FOKAS
ASSISTANT TO THE PRODUCTION: KATERINA DRAKOPOULOU
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT: STELIOS GEORGALIS
PRODUCED BY: ONASSIS STEGI
PARTNER: TANZHAUS ZÜRICH