Cutting-edge dance troupe explores body, sacredness

Scenery in motion, poetry by the 19th-century American poet Walt Whitman and music performed live by Blaine Reininger, a locally based American musician best known for his work with the avant-garde group Tuxedomoon, comprise the different components of the innovative dance theater production «Electric Girl.» The project, by Apostolia Papadamaki and Quasi Stellar, which follows «Superlux» and «The Beauty Series 3,» opened on Monday and will run for 10 performances, through April 20, at the Thiseion Theater (7 Tournavitou, Thiseion, tel 210.325.5444). «At an old power station, where existing time is replaced by the unexpected, the return of a strange man (Blaine Reininger) revitalizes a girl (Hara Kotsali) who is struggling to breathe under the cables of this abandoned post-industrial scene,» noted the choreographer. Whether accidental or not, the pair’s meeting marks the beginning of a dissertation on the body and its sacredness, the subconscious, and a series of opposing themes that run through the artist’s mind, such as man-woman, self-other, contact-absence, change-order and glow-darkness. It all makes for an unusual journey into the subconscious. Is the lead character a real body or the result of fantasy? Such ambiguity is typical of the highly original work created by Papadamaki. Her latest production is directed by Constantinos Zamanis, its costumes have been designed by Ioanna Tsami, with lighting is by Lefteris Pavlopoulos. Aris Papadopoulos and Amymomi Protopappa assisted in the choreography. Shows start at 9.30 p.m. and tickets cost 12-15 euros.

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