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162 dance meetings
1 & 2 April 2017
4th Young Choreographers Festival, Onassis Cultural Center

The question of community is central to this project that explores physical and emotional states of different people in a common dance/kinetic practice.

During the project ‘dance meetings’ I had private meetings with 81 people that led to a solo performance – testimony of this kinetic journey. During the process, the participants also met each other and shared thoughts and feelings about their experience. Even if their backgrounds were totally different (children, teens, young people, elderly, refugees waiting for their green card, established artists, bourgeois…), their common experience created a unique community based on awaking of body consciousness, senses, pleasure and ‘old-fashioned’ communication methods: contact, dance, dialogue, sharing food.

"Aria Boumpaki positions her art at the intersection of the artistic and the everyday: she seeks movement forms related less to virtuosity and rules of expression than to the “democratic nature of dance” and audience activation. This anthropological and, in a way, sociological take on the dance process re-foregrounds the vital conversation between society and art. Relationships and experiences acquire new meanings in a reformulation of the art product, reminding us that the structure of the social space in which our everyday unfolds is ultimately the same structure in which the artist positions him/herself.‘

Concept, Choreography, Performance

Aria Boumpaki

Visual Environment, Special Constructions, Outfit

Ioanna Plessa

Special Constructions Assistant, Curating Assistant

Konstantinos Chaldaios

Choreography & Mental Health Consultant

Marieta Vetta

Production Assistant

Christina Pantelatou

Director, video editor

Nefeli Sarri

Director of photography, camera operator

Alfonso De Munno Gallardo

Sound recording

Dimitris Koukouvanis

Soundtrack, mixing

Roberta D'Angelo

Image processing

2|35

Online - DCP mastering

Sakis Bouzanis

Color grading

Μanos Chamilakis

Special thanks

Flunet Productions, Αristotelis Papakonstantinou, Roxani Zogana, Αvra Gargalakou