Ilias Chatzigeorgiou (GR)

30.07 | 21:30 | Mikis Theodorakis theatre

Tickets: 12€ (regular), 9€ (student, unemployed)

Ilias Chatzigeorgiou was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He graduated from the School of Philosophy, University of Ioannina, with a specialization in Psychology, and is a certified coach from the Association of Coaching and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. At the age of ten he started as a self-taught hip-hop dancer and he was since trained in many diverse dance genres. He is a dancer, dance teacher the last 20 years, and a longtime member of the Aerites contemporary dance company. His many notable collaborations in Greece and internationally have accumulated a rich dance and theater experience. His artistic interests include bringing together diverse dance genres and using them as a means for obtaining information in contemporary dance in terms of movement, style and performance. Ilias has been the artistic advisor for dance at the Athens and Epidaurus Festival 2019-2022, while in recent years he makes attempts in dance performance creations. His previous choreographic work “Fixation In Duo” was presented in Kalamata International Dance Festival 2020 and revisited in Arc For Dance Festival 2021 in live streaming. His second work “A Bounce 4 Men” was produced, presented and is supported by Onassis Stegi for the Onassis New Choreographers 9 festival 2022.

Four men – young, strong, and handsome, violent, immature, and foolish, trapped inside the identities they were handed – set out on a pulsing course that leads them into uncharted waters. From the DJ decks, a fifth man lays the beat, and is also swayed by the pulse set by the other four.

Two beats in quick succession are all it takes to whip us up. And two slow beats are enough to bring us down.

A dropping pulse signifies death and silence, emptiness and nothingness. A rising pulse means adrenaline, stress, action, life, love, fear, and dread.

A bounce is a kind of pulse. A bounce is also a kind of pain that goes and comes back stronger, reminding you of the danger and spurring you into action – urging you to do something.

Beyond the stereotypes of male-dominated hip hop culture – which demands proof of your strength, dominance, and power – four men battle to find their own pulse, to be led into something deeper, more essential, more primal. Sometimes through humor and self-deprecation, other times through brutality, violence, and fear.

A bounce will be the medicine for combatting their masculine hang-ups, their misogyny, their fears when it comes to anything different, to sex, to the Other. This quadrumvirate take a stand against that man who sees sexuality as a source of punishment, shame, and guilt, and violence as a way out of any confrontation, be it within his own self or with others, and which sadly nestles, or has nestled in the past inside the minds of many – and not just inside the men.

Everything around us follows a pulse. We do too. A pulse cannot be controlled, unless you are able to elicit a response. Dancers and musicians create their own pulses, enter into them, and live inside them. They often take others in with them. And that’s when a pulse becomes collective, resonating with connotations given to it by those sharing in it. This is how a vibration you’ve created acquires meaning. Acquires meaning and leaves its mark – on the moment, and even on history itself.

Ten handclaps can effectuate great change in space and time and stillness, in the bravery of the individual and the power of the many.

They can be the start of a successful pulse, one that can affect everyone.

The success of a pulse depends on how catchy it is, something determined by the moment, by its intensity and persistence, and by the need it has to be relayed. Which is to say, by its truth. And so its greatest significance – its absolute achievement – comes when it ceases to beat. At the moment when it stops. It is at this precise point that the reason for its initiation and its duration is made complete.

Performers: Periklis Petrakis (VIRTUOZO), Dimitris Karageorgos (D WAVE), Kostas Phoenix, Haris Chatziandreou (HARIBO), Alexis Falantas
Choreography: Ilias Chatzigeorgiou
Music: Alexis Falantas
Lighting Design: Nikos Vlasopoulos
Set & Costumes Design: Ilias Chatzigeorgiou
Touring Technical Manager: Antonis Kokkoris (Onassis STEGI)
Tours Coordinator: Christina Liata (Onassis STEGI)

Produced by Onassis STEGI and first presented as part of Onassis New Choreographers Festival 9.
The presentation at DANCE DAYS CHANIA is supported by Onassis STEGI’s “Outwards Turn Program”.

30 July | 21:30 | Mikis Theodorakis theatre

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