Β+6 dance group- Veroniki Tsougrani

Posted on July 21, 2011

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On the work

Our work is based on our everyday life and the effects of contemporary social problems on it.  We are addressing our work to people who experience these problems. For example our production ‘Lifting’, on the subject of immigration, had an invited audience from the immigration centers – of immigrants currently seeking political asylum inGreece.

These people came and I was very pleased. We were performing in a really small theatre capacity of 40 people. All I could see in the audience, was unknown faces, of people I couldn’t  even recognize where they came from. All of them, young. I remember a black girl watching, holding her 3 month old baby in her arms.

This performance was for me really important, more than any performance for an  invited dance audience.

 

Why choreograph

Why do I choreograph, and why do we put in all this work in the company?

Because there are people who come to see our work, there are social circumstances and problems we discuss through dance and because there are communities that need support. In order to make myself more clear, I have so far performed for organizations that support orphan children ( Hamogelo tou Pediou), ex-drug users (Ithaki–KETHEA)  and we are currently developing a project to be performed at the Diavata Prison.

 In this way we approach specific audiences which rarely have the opportunity to watch dance.

There is definitely a lack of space and time for rehearsals. I am the chorographer of the group and  I teach some of the movement phrases while some movement phrases are created through improvisation from the dancers. I prefer to work with professional dancers, because they are experienced improvisers.

I teach at the professional dance school ofThessalonikiMunicipalityand I collaborate with graduates from the school. (Female dancers are mostly graduates, while male dancers sometimes are still students).

I would like the idea of collaborating with another chorographer though. My work has humor; I like this element in dance, as I am also interested in communicating with my audience- that the spectator understands what they see, without the work being necessarily descriptive.

 

I would like to finish with a short manifesto-without being too absolute about it-

YES to communicating with the audience

NO to dance as a form of self therapy of the artist.

 

 

Veroniki Tsougrani- B+6 dance group

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