E.sperimenti Dance Company: PER ...INCISO
Italy. US premiere
Italian songs of the 60s and 90s are the protagonist in this sparkling, entrertaining work by one of Italy's most up and coming companies. From Modugno to Sinatra, from De Andrè to Gaber, from Capossela to Jovanotti the 7 dancers bring together, using irony and humour, different generations with sometimes similar experiences and emotions.
The company uses its signature style of combining a variety of genres – hip hop, contemporary etc-- to reconcile-young and old, tradition and innovation with a new, personal, dramaturgical language, lightweight and profound at the same time. www.esperimentidancecompany.com
Nadra Assaf / Rain Ross: Influx
Transition between cultures. Dance moves between. Masses crossing borders. Influx is the cross-cultural dance collaboration between Nadra Assaf (Lebanon) and Rain Ross (USA), with music composed by Majd Alalam (Lebanon). Dancers from the USA and Lebanon perform narratives of community and exchange, of fluidity and discovery. Choreographers: Rain Ross & Nadra Assaf
Rebeca Tomas: A Palo Seco
VO(I)CES is a compilation of pieces that intersects a personal narrative with the traditional and culturally specific dance form of Flamenco. Utilizing spoken word. recorded performance text and live music and sound, this production is a unique and personal take on the Spanish art of flamenco. Artistic director/choreographer Rebeca Tomas created the work as a way to bring together elements of motherhood, her experience in the Flamenco world and her own inner dialogue and struggles. Choreography: Rebeca Tomas. www.apalosecoflamenco.com
Cie Ytuquepintas: Dreams of the Mediterranean
Sand Art, live music and puppets
A multi disciplinary show combining sand art, live music, puppetry and speed painting. The illustrator, Borja González, works on a lit glass table top, sand-drawing onto the live music played by pianist Roc Sala. A camera records and projects the action on a big screen in real time so that we are able to follow the fascinating creative process of each drawing, which makes us travel to well-known corners of the world, natural environments which sing to the poetic nature of the human geography. Borja Gonzáles talent allows him to offer -in between his mesmerizing drawings- challenging acrobatics and he even manages to end the show very tenderly with the help of a life-size puppet. www.borjasandartist.com
In-Cite? is a newly devised interdisciplinary performance created by UNGUARDED in collaboration with Mohammed Mirzay, Afghan refugee, human rights advocate and member of the Afghani community in Athens, Greece. The creative collective aims to raise public awareness about the personal and legal challenges, living in detention, day to day and/or homeless, that refugees experience in Greece and Southern Europe today. For this site specific performance UNGUARDED focuses its exploration on the power of knowledge, the ability to communicate and the importance of empowering one's own voice. unguarded2014.wordpress.com
This performance is part of a special event dedicated to migrants' and refugees' experiences including panel discussions and stage readings.
Watch a video from previous performances by the Unguarded Collective:
Àngels Aymar: Hearts Beating Like Drums
France/Catalonia, Spain. US premiere
Hearts Beating Like Drums is a play built around women and war. 3 actresses embody different characters and their stories as victims of destruction, fight and fear. The scenes deal with the consequences of the disaster and the dysfunction which come from it. Written by Àngels Aymar. Translated by Marion Peter Holt.
Watch a video from a previous performance by Àngels Aymar:
Sahar Assaf/Robert Myers: The Dictator
Lebanon. US premiere and English language premiere.
“A Masterpiece of claustrophobia, an exploration of despotism, delusion and power games” (Daily Star, Lebanon), The Dictator, written in 1969 by Issam Mahfouz, tells the story of a tyrant, a mentally disturbed individual under the illusion that he is humanity's long-awaited saviour. With the present turmoil in the Middle East in mind, the company revives this Lebanese classic of absurdism in a minimalist staging, in its new English translation by Robert Myers and Nada Saab.
Special Event: Exploring the experience of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean
Between the Seas, in partnership with UNGUARDED Collective, organizes a series of events dedicated to the rights of migrants and refugees, on Tuesday Sept 8th throughout the day. The event brings together performing arts practitioners, human rights activists and members of the Afghan refugee community in Greece, in order to illuminate their living conditions and the various actions undertaken by artists and activists to address the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean.
Tuesday Sept. 8th, 12.30-3pm
Panel: The Intimacy of Identity
This live participatory symposium connects members of the Afghan refugee community in Athens, Greece with Unguarded collective and their partners in NYC. The event is dedicated to Empowering the Voice of Refugees. All are invited to the open discussion to engage our performing arts practitioners and human rights activists in a collective effort to illuminate the different modes of approaching communication. How can/do we cultivate community sharing in Performance (Art)?
Moderator: Adonis Volanakis , artist and co-creator of the Unguarded Collective (via skype from Greece).
Participants: Mohammed Mirzay (Afghani Human Rights activist and leading representative of the Afghani community in Greece and of Act Up Drase Hellas) (via skype from Greece); Ryan Conaro (Ping Chong+Company)with guest Ferdous Dehqan, participant from the EU production of "Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity"; Michael McGuigan (Bond Street Theatre); Despina Sophia Stamos (Modern Dance Awareness Society).
5pm: Stage reading. At the Periphery by Sedef Ecer (Turkey)
The play tells the parallel stories of two generations of migrants, from the countryside to the periphery of the urban centers and from there to the European Metropolis. Turkish French playwright Sedef Ecer casts a lyrical, funny and deeply human look into her 5 characters that linger in the memory long after the play is over. Supported by the American Turkish Society.
7.30pm: IN∙CITE? by Unguarded collective.
IN∙CITE is a newly devised interdisciplinary performance created by UNGUARDED in collaboration with Mohammed Mirzay, Afghan refugee, human rights advocate and member of the Afghani community in Athens, Greece. The creative collective aims to raise public awareness about the personal and legal challenges, living in detention, day to day and/or homeless, that refugees experience in Greece and Southern Europe today. For this site specific performance UNGUARDED focuses its exploration on the power of knowledge, the ability to communicate and the importance of empowering one's own voice. unguarded2014.wordpress.com
Sunday Sept. 13th
3pm: Stage Reading. Privatopia by M. Efstathiadi (Greece)
Written by acclaimed Greek playwright M. Efstathiadi, the play sheds light to the increasing xenophobia among European societies. In the tradition of absurdism, Eustathiades paints a brutal portrait of a gated community in a desperate effort to hold on to their privileges against the "outsiders".