Do you think you know dance? Can you say Athanasia Kanellopoulou? An internationally renown performance artist who has teamed up with Malta’s homegrown contemporary arts troupe, rubberbodies, and is now rehearsing her solo performance work, ‘Penelope: Dust of our awakened dreams’, which is to be premiered at the MTIP Theatre, ST.Christopher Street, Valletta, on the 2nd March 2012. As the cold winter months melt into the warmth of spring, this group of artists prepare to present a kind of groundbreaking dance-theatre performance never before seen in Malta.
Greek contemporary dancer Athanasia Kanellopoulou has been collaborating with the local multi-disciplinary art collective rubberbodies since early last year. rubberbodies have to their name a repertoire of innovative performances which explore the island’s culture and heritage. In creating engaging and often surreal experiences, rubberbodies merge different art forms such as dance, film, sculpture, theatre, and music, all the knowledge of which is now culminating towards what is going to be March 2012’s premiere of a revolutionary dance creation.
Internationally recognised as ‘a dancer to watch’, Athanasia danced and toured with European choreographers such as Pina Bausch, Koen Augustijn (Les Ballets C de la B), Jasmin Vardimon, Rafaelle Giovanola, Gregor Zoellig, Renate Killman, In Jung Jun, Guy Weissman and Roni Haver, Yossi Berg, Lior Lev, Zeynep Tanbay and others. She won a scholarship for the prestigious Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, London (1996-1999) and in 2000 she received the ‘Scholarship for Artistic Excellence’ at the Martha Graham School, New York. She also performed at prestigious venues such as the National Theatre of Japan (Japan), the Arts Centre of Seoul (South Korea), Cirque Royal Brussels (Belgium), the National Theatre of Beijing (China), Sadler’s Wells in London (England) and Theatre de la Ville, Paris (France).
Speaking ahead of the performance, Athanasia says, “Creating and performing is a personal offering…. I believe in the poesy of life, which is very often forgotten or omitted”. The performance is a transformation of actions into poetry and the body speaks. Experience a world that lies between tragedy and fairytale, featuring creative soundscapes by Mario Sammut (Also working on an rare and exclusive project in Malta’s Hagar Qim)and artistic innovations by the visual artist Matthew Pandolfino. Led by the avant-garde Director Jimmy Grima, ‘Penelope: Dust of our awakened dreams’, exposes the human emotions usually buried within the experiences of the dancer’s body. Through contortion, the folding and unfolding of the body, the performer will lead audiences on a journey through her past and then into her present. Restless memories buried in her female soul are brought forward and given a final hearing.
Leading up to March 2012 Rebecca Camilleri will be releasing news and reviews of the creative process on the rubber-bodies.com blog. Previously unpublished records of intimate and transitional moments between the creators will be available, revealing an insight on the secrets and realities of the creative process.
This solo performance production will be premiered on the 2nd March 2012 and will run on 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th and 11th March at 8pm. Tickets be on sale at the St. James Cavalier box office and through the St. James Cavalier website for 15 euros. There is limited seating of 120 persons per night and therefore the public are encouraged to book tickets in advance. For further information email email@example.com or contact (+356) 79831628/79256714.
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