A mirror of existence but also the abyss from which a most genuine sense of the unfamiliar is drawn, the body in the work VANISHING POINT forms the basis for a journey that initiates us into a world that sits on the border between the imagination and dark reality. “Dismembered and incomplete at the edges of life” in the words of these two choreographers, the body seems to be both a destination reached and unreachably distant at the same time. In VANISHING POINT, a humanoid being wakes from the depths of an agonizing memory or an otherworldly future. Is this science fiction or some nightmare made a reality? The stage is turned into a mirror of existence, through which the deepest of fears are refracted, with images drawn from the human condition itself.
Taking endless transformations and the plasticity of bodies as its vehicle, this work by Dafin Antoniadou and Alexandros Vardaxoglou places us within the eternal struggle with forces that act on each other in contradictory and yet connective ways as concerns the subject (as in conscious mind): the irresistible desire for union, that serves as a reminder of every symbiotic relationship that seeks to “birth” a new form of life, and the violent separation from the other, that signifies our dual nature that – though seemingly a given – opens itself up every so often to the unknown with a view to attaining totality.
Inspired by both the science fiction genre and contemporary human crises (indications of a truly dark future to come), these two young choreographers have created a scenic environment that places the body at its heart: as the outer limit of existence, and as the border our consciences seek to cross in their struggle to lay claim to a more rounded and holistic outlook on the world in which we live.
The hybrid body appears in both mythological narratives and science fiction stories. A material that is easily molded, the body often becomes a surface onto which our innermost fears are projected, thus giving strange creatures flesh and form – beings that seek to enter into dialogue with contemporary humankind and its history.
This work is the first time Antoniadou and Vardaxoglou have attempted to collaborate and create a choreography together. Nevertheless, these two young artists have made it clear that they don’t want this on-stage partnership to be read through conventional notions of the duet. Their inspirations are drawn from both the visual arts and from film, and they incorporate these clear references into the work’s atmosphere and soundscape.
Dafin Antoniadou is a freelance choreographer, performer and dancer. She graduated from the Greek State School of Dance (KSOT) in 2016, as the first of her class, and from the Highest Educational Technological Institute of ATHENS’ Department of Physiotherapy in 2013. Her interest in exploring the limits of contemporary dance has been very much influenced by Butoh. She has practiced alongside Butoh masters, such as Sumako Koseki and Moeno Wakamatsu, with whom she continues to study. This important factor on her perception of movement and dance, combined with a keen interest in unconventional spaces and the conjunction between sound and image, led her to the creation of her first choreographic work, “Matter.” The work, a collaboration with the composer Constantine Skourlis, premiered in May 2017 at Beton7 Gallery, ATHENS.
In 2018, she was commissioned by Onassis Cultural Centre’s Borderline Festival to further develop her work with Constantine Skourlis and present it at the Festival’s 2018 edition. Furthermore, she collaborated with Rafika Chawise on the multidimensional performance/ installation “AnimaCaptus – Troades,“ which was presented at Benaki Museum. The project was supported by the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) and NEON organization. As a dancer, she has collaborated with artists and foundations such as Martha Graham Dance Company (“Panorama” in Celebrating the Graham/Greek Connection), Jasmin Vardimon (“Tomorrow” in the same-titled KSOT’s performance), Fluxum Foundation (Millisent Hodson & Kenneth Archer’s “La creation du monde”) and Jukstapoz (“Fragile matter”). In 2019 she performed at Efi Birba’s work “Don Quixote, 2nd Book, chapter 23” and choreographed Rafika Chawise’s “Europeana,” a coproduction of Ibsen Awards and Greek National Opera.
Alexandros Vardaxoglou (b. 1986) graduated from the “Modern Times” theatre school and the State School of Dance (KSOT) in Greece and received his postgraduate degree in Acting at RADA (MA Lab Course 2015-16). He works as a dancer and actor since 2012.
He has collaborated with several dance companies and choreographers in Greece and abroad, such as Andonis Foniadakis, Marianna Kavallieratos, Johannes Wieland, Christos Papadopoulos, Anastasia Brouzioti, Lia Tsolaki, “Ki omOs kineitai” company, Maria Gorgia, Efi Birba, Default company, Amalia Bennett et al.
He has also played in the following films: “Venus in the Garden” and “Queen Antigone” by Telémachos Alexiou, “Interruption” and “Third Kind” by Yorgos Zois and “I Will Cross Tomorrow” by Sebideh Farsi. As a theatre actor, he has worked at Nikita Milivojević’s staging of “Lucrezia Borgia” by Victor Hugo for the ATHENS Festival, as well as with Nikos Karathanos and Konstantinos Rigos for the National Theater of Greece.
Choreography: Alexandros Vardaxoglou, Dafin Antoniadou
Music: Constantine Skourlis, Stephan Richter
Costume design: Christina Lardikou
Light design: Yiannis Kranidiotis
Costume construction: Solo Victoria
Lights operator: Vangelis Mountrichas
Production coordination: Maria Vasariotou
Production management: Delta-pi
Supported by: BEDOUIN RECORDS & RĒS RATIO NETWORK
VANISHING POINT is presented with the support of ONASSIS STEGI.
ONE DANCE WEEK 2021 is part of the Legacy program of Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019.