Dancing away the ‘evils’ of modern industrial society

eal-life terrorist Theodore Kaczynski – better known as the Unabomber – who tried to do battle with what he considered the evils of modern industrial society and technology, is the inspiration behind a very promising dance performance. «UNA (Unknown Negative Activity) Shouting Opera in Movement,» the latest work by the Rootless Root dance company, is being staged at the Katerina Vassilakou Theater (3 Profiti Daniil & Plataio, Kerameikos, tel 210.346.7735) tonight and tomorrow. It is part of the 8th Dance Festival, organized by the Greek Choreographers’ Union. Those who witnessed Linda Kapetanea and Jozef Frucek’s company Rootless Root make its premiere at the Kalamata International Dance Festival three years ago, had the feeling that something new had made its appearance on the Greek contemporary dance scene. The two artists met while dancing together in Wim Vandekeybus’s famous company. «We believe that the age of heroes is not over and that the body can still express the deeper desires,» said Kapetanea in a phone interview with Kathimerini. The company’s performances are full of life and dance. «We wanted to create a landscape in which the body would play a leading role,» the choreographer explained. Inspired by the Unabomber’s manifesto, the two artists explored the «element of exploitation» and created a «form of expression» that they called «The Shouting Opera in Movement.» They describe it as a hybrid that combines various elements of performance art rendered in a more primitive, dysfunctional language. Couple in life Kapetanea and Frucek are also a couple in real life. «I started dancing with Jozef in Belgium seven years ago,» Kapetanea said. «The combination [of work and life] is painful, but amusing. It is a battle. We complement each other. We are night and day.»

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