Posted on August 28, 2011


Praxis [actions]

“Praxis [action] is unpredictable and irreversible.”H. Arendt 1


 [action] 8 – Singularity, Athens, Dance Festival 2011, Roes theatre, photo E . Tempou 

 Praxis [actions] is a series of cutting-edge, movement-based performances which are

always in the process of self-generation. Inspired by the indeterminacy of the unconscious

2, the works are depictions of living forms whose specificity is articulated in a poetic idiom of movement.

The title of the works was prompted by the need to act, where, according to H. Arendt“to act, in its most general sense, means to take initiative, to begin, to set something in motion”.

The intention of praxis [actions] is to bestow to parts of the body an expressive autonomy such that their relation to the whole is no longer self-evident. By ‘dehumanizing’ the body, the aim is to effect a shift in perception, to induce a state of ‘hovering’, by, for instance, proffering images, or fragments thereof, that are associated with hybrid forms of the human body. This redefinition seeks to supersede teleological expectations of meaning, purposefullness an end.

[Praxis] actions  do not comprise a spectacle, but choreographic events which are every time unique and always in progress. The lighting, the sound and the stage setting are significant components of the performance space. The stage area takes the form of an installation, revealing eclectic links to the visual arts. The choreographer creates the conditions to engage the viewers’ imaginary into an active projection of their own meaning and open-ended interpretations.


 [action] 8 – Singularity, Athens, Dance Festival 2011, Roes theatre, photo M. Athanassiou 

Since the inception of the project in 2006, [Praxis] actions 1, 2, 3, V and 8 have been created. The numbering of the works follows the ordering of the Fibonacci numerical system 3 where each number is the sum of the previous two: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21…

Maria Koliopoulou

1 Arendt Hanna, Vita Activa , translation S.Rozanis, G.Lykiardopoulos, Gnosis, Athens 2009
2 According to L. Pervin (2001:124), the unconscious is described as being timeless, spaceless and
lacking reason. Lawrence A. Pervin, Oliver P. John, Personality: Theory and Research, John Wiley &
Research, Australia, 1997
3 Fibonacci numbers,


           [action 13] – on survival, Stockholm Fringe Festival, Stora Torget