How can one transfer to the body the instantaneous capture of a photograph and what possibilities open up between the two worlds of photography and contemporary dance? How do one compose a contemporary portrait consisting of people and objects? How can one choreograph an abstract, imperceptible sense of weirdness?
The project "Readings" is inspired by the photographic archive of Leonidas Papazoglou, which mainly consists of individual and group portraits of residents of the region of Western Macedonia from the middle of the 19th to the beginning of the 20th century. The idiosyncratic way in which the photographer composes the portraits with the painted fabrics, the furniture and the small objects and the importance he gives to the hands and the gestures, create an imperceptibly strange environment, contrary to the conventions of the photographic portraits of the time.
By selecting some photographs from the photographic archive, Ioanna Angelopoulou's choregraphic material consists of gestures and poses as well as everyday gestures. By developing the choreographic score even further, the performers interact with the objects around them in an environment that combines the natural with the artificial, the decorative with the practical, challenging our perception.
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The project is co-funded by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports