Residency: Polena Kolia, “What about you? Have you been constructed?”

Residency: Polena Kolia, “What about you? Have you been constructed?”

Residency I “What about you? Have you been constructed?”
Community dance project by Polena Kolia

28.11.19 + 30.11.19 at 8pm 

Opening_28.11.19 at 8pm
Duration_29.11.19 - 13.12.19 
Monday-Friday from 12pm-4pm
More information upon request

Flux Laboratory Athens invites Polena Kolia for a residency after supporting her “Let me tell you my steps” project in collaboration with Dance Days Chania Contemporary Dance Festival in 2019.

The project is based on narratives by older people in order to explore how social relationships and practices in the urban landscape build what each of us defines as “self” in the present time.  It investigates the body as an archive that remembers; As an entity that shapes while being influenced by social relations and the city as a canvas of our links to others and dreams.
The piece is co-created by the community of participants with the facilitation of the choreographer. Their own personal expressions, the exploration of movement as well as the development of the choreographic idea constitute the foundation of the project. In a first phase, the participating dancers take part in an interview-narration where they are encouraged to share their memories and thoughts.
Their voices and personal experiences are fundamental for the experience, the creative process and the nature of the project itself. The interviews will be taking place until the first week of the rehearsals. On the 1st of October, the creative process of the choreography will start twice per week. 
The purpose of each session is to deepen the movement, to structure the performance material and most of all, to enjoy dancing on a personal and collective level.
The project will be presented as part of Polena Kolia's residency program at Flux Laboratory Athens in Plaka on November 28th and 30th 2019 at 8pm.


Polena Kolia Petersen 
Polena Kolia Petersen is a Greek-Danish dancer and community dance practitioner.
She studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London from where she was awarded the Mary Zemke Memorial Fund Prize. She is also a BSc in Psychology from the University of Copenhagen, where she taught Philosophy of Science and Research Design. She has presented her own projects amongst others at the International Contemporary Dance Festival Dance Days Chania (Let me tell you my steps, site-specific project for mature adults 65+), at Tentart Festival (Listen to our Dances, workshop & public space performance), Pocket Dance Festival (Movement Brisges, workshop for teens and adults 65+). She is a member of Kinitiras Artistic Network for Performing Arts since 2017. With Kinitiras she took part in the facilitation of the Youth Exchange Erasmus Programme-Supplicants in 2018 and she is one of the facilitators of the mature age dance group Kinitiras Ω, with which she travelled to the international festival stAGE! in Germany in May 2019. She is also one of the dancers and facilitators of the educational programme of Kinitiras “Truth or Dare” that is supported by the Ministry of Culture. In 2019 she is a resident at the Flux Laboratory Athens. She is also a member of the educational programme Skytali for primary education. She has collaborated with Persa Stamatopoulou, Youth Dance Company-Trinity Laban, Scatter Dance Company-The Place, Little Tales, Ohi Pezoume, Rafika Chawishe and Giannis Karounis, Charles Linehan, Laura Navndrup Black, Daisy Farris, Copenhagen Architecture Festival, p12 Gallery-London.
She works aiming for artistry that originates from humanness, collaboration, creativity and the experiential approach to the art of dance. Her choreographic and performative practice is based on inclusiveness and the participatory experience of dance. She thus supports the power of dance to enrich the participants as people, as dance communities and as citizens in a broader sense. She focuses on creative dance, improvisation and composition.

Flux Laboratory Athens
Geronta 12, str., Plaka (Athens) 
Metro Station: Syntagma (650m.)