ARCHIVE OF HUMAN HISTORIES
Watch PEREGRINUS by Zoi Dimitriou, part of the parallel program of FOCUS GREECE. The show will be available on the YouTube channel of the ONE Foundation within a week.
Duration: 45 min
What happens when denial is the starting point for a journey? What can “take up your bed and walk” mean when there don’t seem to be any miracles being performed when you get there? What happens when you ask your body to walk, but all it wants to do is stay put?
“Peregrinus” derives its title from a Latin word that has meant many things: a “pilgrim” and a “wanderer”, a “foreigner/stranger” and a “traveller”, and both “a person from somewhere else” and a “temporary resident”. In its turn, peregrinatio describes the condition of “being or living far from home”.
If Dimitriou explored risk margins in “You May!” through the strict structure of contemporary society, she now explores issues of flight and exile, willing wandering and imposed nomadism. Because it is stories/accounts like these, which the choreographer recorded in interviews and researched, that we hear in the darkened van on our way to its destination: an installation-labyrinth. There, audience and performers become fellow travellers traversing together the twisting routes and impasses of a peripatetic experience which has everything to do with the suspended progress of the individual in times of crisis and turmoil.
The British theatre and performance researcher, Joe Kelleher, worked on the dramaturgy for the show, for which three outstanding Greek artists were recruited: Eva Manidaki (set and costumes), Eleftheria Deko (lighting design) and CotiK (sound design).
Zoi Dimitriou is a conceptual artist, dancer and choreographer. A top graduate of the Greek National School of Dance, she continued her studies at the Trisha Brown School in NEW YORK on an ONASSIS FOUNDATION scholarship.
She launched her artistic career in 2006 with headquarters both in London and Athens. The main aspiration of her work is the exploration of contemporary artistic practice with movement being the organising principal. Her work is invested in inter-disciplinary methodologies and in promoting forms of collaboration that are responsive to the environment and to the conditions of production.
Works include among others: Can You See Me? (2006), Dromi (2007), Limen (2007), Goddesses In Exile (2008), In The Process Of (2009 short version & 2010 full-evening length), Little Creatures (2011), You May! (2012), The Chapter House(2014), Side Effects (2015), Peregrinus (2017), Vanishing Points (2018), and When Pillars Evaporate (2019).
These works have been featured in internationally renowned venues and festivals such as: Fast Forward Festival 4/Onassis Cultural Centre, ROH2, Arnolfini, BE Festival, Lilyan Baylis, The Athens and Epidaurus Festival, The Kalamata International Dance Festival, Operaestate Festival Veneto, Scala di Milano, Europe in Motion Festival, Springloaded/The Place among others, and have brought the choreographer major UK choreography awards like the Robin Howard Foundation Award 2008, the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund Award 2009, the CfC Award 2010 (Choreography for Children) and participation in the European Network Aerowaves.
The first phase of “Peregrinus” was developed at the Blank Canvas Residency in Firkin Crane, Ireland, and at the Duncan Dance Centre in ATHENS.
The dramaturgy is the work of the British theatre researcher and University of Roehampton professor, Joe Kelleher, the author of numerous works including “The Illuminated Theatre: Studies on the Suffering of Images” (Routledge 2014) and, in collaboration with Nicholas Ridout, Claudia and Romeo Castellucci, and Chiara Giudi, “The Theatre of Societas Raffaello Sanzio” (Routledge 2007).
On the enigmatic title “Peregrinus”: in the early years of the Roman empire (30 BC-AD 212), the term peregrinus-i (etymology: per [outside, from outside] + ager [field, country) was used to describe the inhabitants of Rome who were not Roman citizens. Due to their numbers, the office of the praetor peregrinus [the praetor of the foreigners] was created to settle differences between Roman and foreign inhabitants and between foreigners.
CONCEPT, ARTISTIC DIRECTION, CHOREOGRAPHY & PERFORMANCE: ZOI DIMITRIOU
DRAMATURGY : JOE KELLEHER
SET & COSTUME DESIGN : EVA MANIDAKI
LIGHTING DESIGN : ELEFTHERIA DEKO
SOUND DESIGN : COTI K.
ARTISTIC CONSULTATION : PETER VON SALIS
RESEARCH & INTERVIEWS : BETINA PANAGIOTARA, ZOI DIMITRIOU
LOCATION SCOUTING : DIMITRIS CHALKIADAKIS
ASSOCIATE ARCHITECT : EFTHYMIOS DOUGKAS
ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER : ANDRONIKI MARATHAKI
ASSISTANT TO SET DESIGNER : MYRTO MEGARITOU
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER : KONSTANTINOS SAKKAS
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER : LIA PRENTAKI
LINE PRODUCTION : ANNA TSAPARA
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT : DELTA PI
PRODUCTION : ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE-ATHENS / FAST FORWARD FESTIVAL
SUPPORTED BY : FIRKIN CRANE (IRELAND), LABAN THEATRE (LONDON), METAL SOUTHEND (SOUTHEND), TRINITY LABAN CONSERVATOIRE FOR MUSIC AND DANCE & THE DUNCAN RESEARCH CENTRE FOR DANCE (ATHENS)
WORLD PREMIERE AT : ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE / FAST FORWARD FESTIVAL (ATHENS)
SPECIAL THANKS TO : NICHOLAS MINNS, ANDREW DELANY, EIRINI ALEXIOU, MARIA DOUROU, LIA PRENTAKI, BENJAMIN MIZAN
FOCUS GREECE is realized with the support of ONASSIS STEGI.
The parallel program of FOCUS GREECE is implemented with the support of the National Culture Fund.