Fysalida Dance – Georgia Petrali (geo_move)

Posted on January 26, 2012

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Fysalida Dance of Georgia Petrali

site: http://www.fysalidance.com

e-mail: contact@fysalidance.com

youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Fysalidance

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Georgia's class in CI Crete Fest.2012

Contact Improvisation Festival in Crete

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e-mail: festival@contactimprocrete.com

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Fysalida’s Artistic Vision

Fysalida http://www.fysalidance.com is a dance group based in Heraklion, Crete. The group was founded in 2006 by Georgia Petrali with the aim of exploring, creating and producing any art form through collaboration between artists, educators, therapists and scientists.

Fysalida’s activities include dance and dance-theatre performances, street art performances and activism, solo performances, dance film and video art production, installation performances, experimental performances and video screenings, modern dance, movement, contact improvisation seminars, community work projects and community dance projects. The team’s research and creative materials are transformed into art through movement, dance, speech, theatre, photography, texts, music, the visual arts and video art.

Fysalida Dance creates utilising the skills of amateur and professional performers, dancers, actors, musicians, composers, facilitators, visual artists, painters, video artists and others, who collaborate depending on the needs of each production or activity of the company. Amateur and professional artists are invited to create in a professional manner with vision. In each production Fysalida is coordinated by skilled individuals and consists of a different number of artists. We seek to create an artistic core which embraces various artists from Crete and the rest of Greece and abroad.

Fysalida’s research activities include a team of social scientists (psychologist, sociologist, social worker and art historian) who are involved in the theoretical side of each production. By taking a psychoanalytical and sociological approach to each idea, members of the team deepen the historical-dramaturgical side of each production by brain storming and recording and making public their ideas. The work of this research team promotes both the scientific and artistic side of things.

Fysalida Dance is also actively involved in community dance projects. By organising various dance and movement seminars which are open to all parties  interested in having some experience with movement or improvisation, and by coordinating artistic activities such as dance performances and films in which people whose main occupation is not dance are involved, we seek to raise awareness and motivate ordinary, every-day people. Focusing primarily on movement, we are interested in reaching out to a wide set of people and bringing them into contact with the art of dance. Through the philosophy and action of our dance team we seek to serve as a source of inspiration for increasing numbers of different social groups.

The objective of the Fysalida Dance’s activities is to move the public via the art produced and to raise awareness about various modern social issues which are highlighted via the art we produce.

 

 

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Personal Statement – Georgia Petrali

In 2006 I left Athens and moved back to Crete having decided that this would be my new base as an individual, a woman and an artist. Despite the various fears and insecurities that haunted me, and which are still present to a certain extent in my day-to-day life, my goal was and will always remain specific: to stir an awareness of dance as an art form in rural Crete. I found myself in the most southern part of Europe, on an island famed for its special energy and have experienced intense, unique moments here. Day-to-day struggles and difficulties are ever presented but on hindsight the move to Crete has been remarkable!

Unforgettable dance improvisations with countless amateurs and a handful of professionals, people of all ages and social backgrounds at seminars organised by municipalities and universities, by theatre and dance groups and by private venues and schools. The peak of all these seminars must surely be the unrepeatable contact-improvisation seminar in a theatre in the Municipality of Heraklion with 54 participants (both men and women) wages from 14 to around 70! All of them were amateurs yet they proved to be so professional in the way they handled their own personal truths through movement, dance and emotion! Collaborations with artists, video artists, painters, icon painters, actors, musicians, and songwriters from the island in the context of various events, films, videos and dance/theatre performances have been key activities of mine over the last 4 years on the island along with teaching seminars and dance lessons.

My starting point has always been the love, admiration and respect for everything that movement and dance can reveal to us, and it was and is my desire to allow the residents of this island to get to know this art form better. I try to do my best, and my every effort is both aided and undermined by the difficulties and restrictive conditions of being in the provinces. What are my weapons though? The sheer energy of this place, and the people of this land, the poetry and personal texts that form part of every production, the emphasis of highlighting and promoting innovative, outdoor spaces, the architecture of space viewed through the lens of dance, community dance via dance seminars and other events, and of course collaboration with various fans of the arts, education, research and hope!

Important productions that have arisen from this ideology are the dance film ‘Wrinkles and Dreams’ and the dance theatre performance ‘Moments of Metamorphosis’. The film ’Wrinkles and Dreams’ was innovative for the use of art as a dance form as a means of showcasing the architecture of a particular, picturesque quarter of the city of Heraklion. In addition, it stood out for its use of community dance, featuring as it did residents from the area, amateur and professional dancers and actors to create a magical atmosphere for all those who took part and for the residents of the area themselves. The second production broke all moulds when it came to where a production or spectacle can be staged, releasing the viewer from the bounds of a normal theatre. ‘Moments of Metamorphosis’ invited viewers to ‘stand’ on the own feet and achieve ‘awareness’ through nature, thoughts and emotions that the specific work of art might provoke. This performance was hosted in a winery set in a mountain village of Crete in order to take viewers on an inner and outer journey. The star of this performance was undoubtedly the architecture of the special, unique place where it was staged, and the combination of artificial and natural light outside in nature and inside the winery’s facilities.

Movement -an element necessary for every organism and every body- can be taken everywhere. Inside and outside. Irrespective of age, gender, background, class or occupation, people who dare to express themselves through the poetry of movement will continue to emotionally move others and raise concerns with their postures and stances, be it in the mind or the body or both, or be it in large cities or in the countryside, in nature… everywhere…

…in the absolute void.

 

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Georgia Petrali was born in Crete, Greece. 

She is a dancer, performer, activist, choreographer, director, teacher of movement and dance. She is the founder of Fysalida Dance (www.fysalidance.com) and of the International Contact Improvisation Crete Festival (www.contactimprocrete.com).

Georgia studied dance in England and Holland. She has collaborated with several dance companies in Greece and abroad, and has been teaching since 1997. In 2006 Georgia moved back to Crete in order to stir an awareness of dance as an art form in Crete. Ever since, she has being creating and presenting art in several places in Crete, Greece and abroad. 

Fulfilling activist actions through movement and art, taking an architectural look at the various places where an artwork is presented, improvising and using elements of contact improvisation and dance-theatre, researching and collaborating with professional and amateur artists as well as with ordinary people through ‘community dance’ are only some of the characteristic technical features and well-trooden ‘emotional paths’ of the artistic activities and productions prepared by Georgia.

She speaks Greek, English, French and ‘body language’ when necessary, likes eating mangos and lotus and enjoys looking at the big fat white clouds changing shapes in the sky.

‘geo_move’ is the name Georgia has given to the technique and practices she is exploring, applying and working with. ‘geo_move’ is inspired by the body, nature and the environment and is based on the relationship and interaction of all these elements with each other.  

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Productions of Fysalida

STREET ART 3 – FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT AND EXPRESSION – 2013
Heraklion, Monday 29 April 2013

In March 2013 ‘Fysalida’ made an open call to attract participants for the group’s next street art action, dedicated to the International Dance Day. Shortly after, a team of people was formed who shared a common interest for the call, their love for movement, dance and… freedom!

On April 29 we danced in one of the most central squares of the city of Heraklion, Freedom Square, under the subject of what else but the freedom! Freedom of movement and expression!

Freedom, a concept that bears numerous definitions and meanings, but only one true, embodied by each one of us: a concept that inspires, provokes, motivates and… invites us all to ‘dance’ with it.

To move and express ourselves!
Performers: Aggeliki Maniatakou, Areti Chalkiadaki, Athina Tsaini, Chrysa Manousaki, Chrysanthi Sidiropoulou, Elsa Tsiranidou, Eva Kakepi, Georgia Petrali, Georgia Xylouri, Hara Simitzi, Ioanna Vasaki, Katerina Vakonaki, Liza Chrisikopoulou, Maria Flouraki, Maria Plagiotaki, Maria Vougiouka, Marianna Siganou, Marianthi Dikidou, Sofia Petraki, Stavroula Christodoulopoulou, Theodora Chalatsi, Tzeni Mavraki
Cameras: Kostas Dimakis, Yannis Panagiotakis, Stella Meligounaki, Manos Fragkiadakis, Stella-Melina Vasilaki
Editing: Kostas Dimakis
Helpers: Irini Skourtanioti, Zenia Drosou
Sound: Nikos Christodoulakis
Production: Fysalida Dance of Georgia Petrali © 2013

 

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STREET ART 2 – GREEN ENERGY – 2012

Heraklion, Wednesday 18 July 2012

Moving inside and outside, the Fysalida Dance is taking to the streets again, this time looking at a very critical issue on which the fate of society hangs. Dance and activism meet and mingle, coming together to confront the planet’s most dangerous enemy: Man.

Οur question: Why does Crete ‘have’ to become an ‘electric island’?
We don’t want to become trapped in that frantic race!
We want to adopt new values and a new direction.
We have a different perspective on ‘development’.

Development equals quality of life, self-determination and protection of our living space, the right to joy and above all the right to live in harmony with nature and to enjoy its bounty. We want to decide how our vital natural resources will be managed.

Performers: Annita Louloupi, Elsa Tsiranidou, Eva Kakepi, Maria Plagiotaki, Marianthi Dikidou, Marina Paters, Sofia Petraki, Theodora Halatsi, Tzeni Mavraki
Cameras: Kostas Dimakis, Stella Vasilaki, Georgia Petrali
Editing: Kostas Dimakis
Photographer: Zenia Drosou
Sound: Nikos Christodoulakis
Production: Fysalida Dance of Georgia Petrali © 2012

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STREET ART 1 – TRUTH AND LIES – 2012

Heraklion, Sunday 1 April 2012

For the 1st of April 2012, Fysalida Dance focused upon the 1st of April’s custom concerning the jokes with lies. Fysalida took this ‘custom’ that many different European Cultures share and enlarged it into a brain-storming of thoughts, movement, sound, feelings and passion for the… ‘truth’.

On Sunday the 1st of April 2012, we all danced our sorrow for the socio-political situation a lot of countries ‘live’. This was an honest comment and an ‘activistic’ action that was performed by every-day people and was expressed through movement, dance and theatre outdoor in a central street of Heraklion town in the island of Crete.

All of us performers, we simply wanted to state our disagreement to the unfairness that ‘governs’ our lives in a very immoral way. Immoral against the planet, the society, the people, the nature. This was and is our truth.

We would like to wish all to: Search for the Truth in our own Hearts!
And let’s not forget that: “One constructs truth in the same way one constructs lies.”
by Odysseas Elytis
Performers: Artemis Katsadoura, Dimitra Ligerou, Dimitris Pagonis, Elsa Tsiranidou, Fotini Trigonaki, Georgia Petrali, Georgia Xilouri, Krasi Djaneva, Liza Chrisikopoulou, Maria Manoura, Maria Plagiotaki, Maria Vougiouka, Marianthi Dikidou, Marina Paters, Sofia Petraki, Theodora Halatsi, Tzeni Mavraki, Varvara Georgiadou
Cameras: Kostas Dimakis, Stella Vasilaki, Eua Kakepi
Editing: Kostas Dimakis
Photographer: Zenia Drosou
Sound: Nikos Christodoulakis
Production: Fysalida Dance of Georgia Petrali © 2012

 

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MA CRISE DANS TA CRISE – 2011

Inspired by the generalised ‘crisis’ of our times, dancer and choreographer Georgia Petrali drew inspiration from this collective phenomenon, transforming it into a performance this Autumn 2011.

Through a dialogue between dance video and selected scenes from various works prepared by the Fysalida Dance Company, combined with a live musical-theatrical presentation worked up by Emmanouel Sgouridis, Georgia Petrali has created the dance theatre piece “Ma Crise dans Ta Crise” (“my crisis in your crisis”).

The stars of this show are divided passions and desires, day-to-day fears and dreams from those dark corners of our soul and mind that are so difficult to embrace and conquer.

In this potpourri of moods, our need for dreams, for love is vital, physical need, an undoubted form of redemption when viewed from the perspective of how we were ‘before’ and ‘after’.

The intense, spasmodic movements of the dancer at the high point of the show are nothing more than man’s struggle to release himself from the previous situation and move to the next one. This is a physiological, organic development, like that of an insect metamorphosing from larva to nymph. This condition may exist in every moment just like every moment contains within it death and life. Light and darkness.

“What impresses me about the ‘crisis’ is that as various situations approach their ‘peak’, the need for transformation becomes increasingly a search for the authentic, the integral, the whole; a search for the truth.
The hope that the caterpillar will become a butterfly.
That darkness will become light.
That corruption will resolve into catharsis.
all, that feelings become a necessity and hope becomes a traveller on the path with us”.

Georgia Petrali

Duration of performance: 50’
Concept/Stage Direction/Choreography/Texts: Georgia Petrali
Performance: Georgia Petrali, Emmanouel Sgouridis
music: Emmanouel Sgouridis
Sound recording in ‘Insect’ dance video /Music in ‘Rooms’ dance video: Emmanouel Sgouridis
Music in ‘Phobias’ dance video: Panos Amelidis
Music in ‘Flock’ dance video: Victoria Taskou, Tasos Ifantis
Video editing in ‘Flock’ dance video: Victoria Tretcziak
Video editing in ‘Insect’ dance video: Aliki Hiotaki
Video editing in ‘Phobias’ dance video: Maria-Ioanna Antoniadi
Video editing and cameraman in ‘Rooms’ dance video: Dimitris Moskofidis
Cameramen in ‘Flock’ dance video: Victoria Tretcziak, Dimitris Panagiotakis, Zenia Drosou, Georgia Petrali
Cameramen in ‘Insect’ dance video: Aliki Hiotaki, Zenia Drosou, Georgia Petrali
Cameramen in ‘Phobias’ dance video: Dimitris Panagiotakis, Georgia Petrali
Costume design in ‘Insect’ dance video: Georgia Petrali
Production: Fysalida Dance Company ©

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MOMENTS OF METAMORPHOSIS – 2010

In 2010 Fysalida Dance Company produced the dance theatre piece “Moments of Metamorphosis”. The performance “Moments of Metamorphosis” was firstly held on the 4th of June 2010 at the Tamiolaki Winery in the village of Houdetsi on Crete. The location where the performance took place was laid out so that it embraces all the special features and innovations of this specific production, by transforming the winery into a theatre. The succession of natural and artificial light combined the natural beauty of the landscape with the special features of the indoor space.

The performance is inspired by Shel Silverstein’s book ‘The missing piece meets the big O’ and deals with the need for wholeness via our interpersonal relationships using various art forms such as dance, music, theatre, photography, poetry, video art, installations and interaction with the audience. The work takes the spectator within the space and seeks to bring him close to concepts and truths which are every-day yet profound at the same time. The meaning of the book, the search for one’s self, the attempt, and the achievement of wholeness through one’s personal journey by following one’s inner voice and outer signs cannot be anything else but a thread of life for any of us.

“Moments of Metamorphosis” is a work inspired by life itself, by the simplicity and magic of love; the desire for wholeness. It is a journey from earth to sky, from darkness to light, from life to death and back to life again; rebirth. Crystal-clear moments; death contains within it a new life. Man perceives this development as an imposition, like death and is unable to be present at the moment of his own metamorphosis. The insect is not afraid of its journey from larva to pupa. It accepts its fate and its organic development and evolution which nature offers it. It receives salvation from death in life by following the path from darkness towards light. The intense, spasmodic movements of the dancer are nothing more than the insect’s struggle to release itself from the previous situation and move to the next one.

Every moment of awareness results in the birth of a truth and the death of a fear. The importance of accepting the relationship between life and death, via the movement and words of the performers, expresses the tragicomic nature of our personal fears. The conflict of our own desires, our ‘wants’ and ‘musts’, is nothing else but our personal need for freedom and love. The need to advance through awareness of our own metamorphosis, through the flow referred in the book to as ‘rolling’ rather than ‘crawling’.

Duration of Performance: 70΄
Scenario/Direction/Choreography/Texts: Georgia Petrali
Original soundtrack/Music: Emmanouel Sgouridis
Performers: Maria Manoura, Ioanna Halvatzi, Georgia Petrali, Taxiarchis Vasilakos
Ushers: Stella-Marina Vasilaki, Maria Kasnakidi
Production assistants: Apostolos Kaparounakis, Antonis Triantafyllakis
Lighting: Antonis Triantafyllakis, Zenia Drosou
Video art Insect: Aliki Hiotaki
Performer of video art Insect: Maria Manoura
Insect costume design: Georgia Petrali
Video art Phobias: Maria-Ioanna Antoniadi
Performer of video art Phobias: Rahma Lahlali
Cotton-Wool installation: Chiara Valentini
Bubble-ball props: Katerina Anastasaki, Ioanna Halvatzi
Costumes: Georgia Petrali
PR officer: Maro Tsangaraki
Production: Fysalida Dance Company ©

 

PHOBIAS – 2010

In 2010 Fysalida also produced the dance video “Phobias”. This particular video was filmed outside, thereby enabling local architecture to be incorporated into the film.

“Crystal, clear moments of life and death.
Conscious moments dipped in dream and phobia.
Moments that give birth to a truth and the death of a fear.
And then…
It ‘s as if legs begin to sink into thick, white thoughts; thoughts that the wind is playing hide and seek with…
You’re afraid.
You run far away from what is utterly yours…
Your greatest fear.
The fear of being in the here and now with yourself.
You search for the door to leave…
to go out again into the world you do not know…
Free of fear this time…
going wherever you feet take you…
trusting again, you seek the unknown…
You run.
Outside.
You want to leave.
To get away from who?
From yourself?
Man!
Your ego is confusing you.”
                   Georgia Petrali

Duration of video art: 8΄
Concept/Stage Direction/Choreography/Texts: Georgia Petrali
Dancer: Rachma Lachlali
Music/Sound Recording: Panos Amelidis
Video post-production: Maria-Ioanna Antoniadi
Operator: Dimitris Panagiotakis, Georgia Petrali
Production: Fysalida Dance Company ©

 

THE 7 DEADLIES IN A RELATIONSHIP – 2009

In 2009 Fysalida produced the video art piece “the 7 deadlies in a relationship” which was created for the Booze Cooperativa festival in the summer of 2009 on the subject of ‘the 7 deadly sins’.

The “7 deadlies in a relationship” is nothing more than a surrealistic impression of a love affair. The meeting, the evolution of the relationship with its ups and downs and high and low points, the inhibitive-defining factor of the ‘3 Fortunes’ and its ‘happy end’.

Duration of video art: 5΄
Concept/Stage Direction/Choreography: Georgia Petrali
Performers: Eleftheria Komi, Iraklis Spanakis, Maria Manoura, Gogo Pantelopoulou
Music: Georgia Petrali, Nikitas Albanis
Video post production: Nikitas Albanis
Operator: Dimitris Panagiotakis, Georgia Petrali
Production: Fysalida Dance Company ©

 

INSECT – 2009

In 2009 Fysalida produced the solo performance and video art piece “Insect” which together first appeared in Amorgos town on 10.4.2010 as part of the 8th International Culture and Tourism Conference ‘Yperia 2010’ on Amorgos. The video art piece “Insect” has also been screened at the International Film Festival Document.Art in Otopeni, Romania, at Booze Cooperativa in Athens, at Athens Video Dance Project 2010, at Athens Video Festival 2010, at Athens Fringe Festival 2011, at the International Symposium of Nafpaktos 2011, at the 3rd Moving Frames-Digital Art Festival in Mitilini, at Naoussa International Film Festival-Digital Shorts 2011, as also at several festivals in Greece and abroad.

“Insect” describes the process of metamorphosis of an insect from larva to pupa. It is a journey from earth to sky, from darkness to light, from life to death and back to life again; rebirth. Death contains within it a new life. The insect does not fear its metamorphosis. It accepts its fate and the development and evolution nature offers it.

Man perceives this development as an imposition, like death and is unable to be present at the moment of his own metamorphosis. The insect is not afraid. It is wholly in the here and now. It receives salvation from death in life by following the path from darkness towards light. Everything is one.

The intense, spasmodic movements of the dancer are nothing more than the insect’s struggle to release itself from the previous situation and move to the next one. It is a normal, organic development. It may exist in every moment just like every moment brings death and life. Earth and sky. Light and darkness.

Duration of Performance: 15΄
Duration of video art: 5΄
Concept/Stage Direction/Choreography: Georgia Petrali
Performance: Georgia Petrali/ Maria Manoura
Performer of video art: Maria Manoura
Music/Sound Recording: Emmanouel Sgouridis
Video post production: Aliki Hiotaki
Operator: Aliki Hiotaki, Zenia Drosou, Georgia Petrali
Costume design: Georgia Petrali
Production: Fysalida Dance Company ©

 

WRINKLES AND DREAMS – 2008

In 2008 Fysalida produced the film “Wrinkles and Dreams”.

The film is based on an original idea of Georgia Petrali and was implemented in the context of the programme entitled ‘Actions of promote the intervention area-Crete Regional Operational Programme 2000-2006’ in collaboration with the Heraklion Old Town Office.

In 2009 and 2010 the film “Wrinkles and Dreams” took part in various festivals in Greece (Athens, Thessaloniki, Drama, Heraklion, Kilkis, Rethymnon, Amorgos, Patra) and abroad (Japan, Poland, Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, Hungary, Turkey, Atlanta, Jordan, Romania). To date the film has won 6 prizes. In May 2009 the film won the prize in the Personal Travel category at the Art & Tur Film Festival at Plock in Poland. In April 2010 “Wrinkles and Dreams” won the 2nd prize at the 8th International Culture and Tourism Conference Yperia 2010 on Amorgos in Greece and in October 2010 won the prize for best direction and the Grand Prix at the International Film Festival Document.Art at Otopeni in Romania. The same month, the film also won the innovative creation prize at the Patra International Film and Culture Festival in Greece and in January 2012 won the 3rd prize for its esthetic result in Artfools Video Festival 2012 in Larissa, Greece.

The film is original since it contains aspects of scenario, documentary, lyric narration and video-art. All scenes were shot outdoors and the camera places emphasis on local architecture. The background music which was especially composed for the film, and all the choreography weave themselves into the action. A collage of choreographed images brings life back to historic monuments, buildings and key locations in the neighbourhood.

The filming involved 120 professional and amateur dancers and residents of Agia Triada aged 4 to 74. All these people were brought together through community dance. This is a form of dance which seeks to mobilise a group to create a professional, creative result through movement, expression and contact with the art of dance.

Duration of film: 30΄
Scenario/Direction/Choreography/Texts: Georgia Petrali
Director of Photography: Giannis Panagiotakis
Post production editor: Giorgos Maridakis
Stills photographers: Zenia Drosou, Nikitas Albanis
Original soundtrack: Emmanouel Sgouridis
Starring: Giannis Pakes, David Nikolidakis-Owens, Dafni Vretoudaki, Maria Manoura
Dancers: Ida Sidenvall, Drosia Triantaki, Irini Tsimpragou, Rodoula Kraniotaki, Anastasia Hiladaki, Efrosini Arkoulaki, Giouli Grigoraki, Nansy Galenianou, etc.
(other participants included 120 professional and amateur dancers and actors as well as residents of the Agia Triada neighbourhood)
PR officer: Maro Tsangaraki
Production: Fysalida Dance Company ©

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FLOCK – 2007

In 2007 the Fysalida dance company produced the solo-performance “Flock the stargazer” and the video art piece “Flock, the glass fish” and “Flock, the stargazer”, which were presented from 10 to 13 November 2007 at the Pagopoieion Theatre-1st floor, in Heraklion Crete. The video art piece “Flock, the star gazer” was also screened at Booze Cooperativa in Athens, at Athens Video Dance Project 2010, at Athens Video Festival 2010, at Athens Fringe Festival 2011, at the International Symposium of Nafpaktos 2011, as also at several festivals in Greece and abroad.

“Flock” and its characters are an alternative artistic insight into what is happening around us and what roles we play every day. Our fear of saying no to the theory of the flock. The traps which swallow up whole any stimulus-hook presented to us. Insecurity intensifying our senses, destroying above all the images which it demanded that we portray.

Duration of Performance: 30΄
Duration of video art: 2.22΄
Concept/Stage Direction/Choreography/Texts: Georgia Petrali
Performance: Georgia Petrali
Music by: Victoria Taskou
Music/Programming: Tassos Ifantis
Video editing: Victoria Tretsiac
Operator: Victoria Tretsiac, Dimitris Panagiotakis, Zenia Drosou, Georgia Petrali
Make-up artist: Teri Tsaka
Production: Fysalida Dance Company ©

 

ROOMS – 2006

In 2006, the 4Ground Art Group in collaboration with Georgia Petrali presented the installation performance “Rooms” that was held at the Pagopoieion Theatre-1st floor, in Heraklion Crete on 11.9.2006. Material from the performance was later used in the video art piece “Rooms” which was presented at several festivals in Greece and abroad.

The above dance installation dealt with man’s need for personal refuge. A house made of teabags, a bedroom of nails and a kitchen of tar featured in the work. The performer sought quietude and calm. Along the way he became lost in the eerie rooms of the soul. Solitariness became loneliness and the need for quietude became isolation, hysteria, madness and in the end autism. A short trip from the dreamscape to nightmare that one’s personal surroundings can provide.

Duration of Performance: 25΄
Duration of video art: 10΄
Concept of Installation /Installation artists: 4Ground Art Group
4Ground Art Group: Urania Gialitaki, Klio Christaki, Maria Katsaveli, Maria Christaki
Choreography/Performance: Georgia Petrali
Music for video art: Emmanouel Sgouridis
Music/Viola: Julian Knight
Video editing: Maria-Ioanna Antoniadi
Operator: Dimitris Moskofidis

 

 

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