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ELENA ANTONIOU

Landscape

ELENA ANTONIOU

Landscape

30 August 2024 | 21.30
Teatro Remondini,
Bassano del Grappa
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In “LANDSCAPE,” Elena Antoniou treats her body as a landscape.

Conceived, Choreographed and Performed By Elena Antoniou
Music & Sound Design Stavros Gasparatos
Art Direction Christos Kyriakides
Dramaturgy Odysseas I. Konstantinou
Lighting Design Vasilis Petinaris
Production Coordination Alex Papasimakopoulou 

Supported by Onassis Stegi Black Straight

Poet Charles Wright characteristically notes, “All landscapes are autobiographical.” In “LANDSCAPE,” Elena Antoniou treats her body as a landscape.
In his notes to the performer, dramaturge Odysseas I. Konstantinou writes: “You stick your butt out, you deliver your most erotic moves, you breathe, you get tired. And you are being seen and observed. And you want to be seen. And you want to be observed. And you expose yourself. And you have asked to be exposed. And that’s how you give what you got, your body, primarily as something sexual. You have conceived this performance and you are going through it. You think you are the one completing it, but you are not.”
Indeed, the gaze of each viewer/observer and, respectively, the proximity or distance from which they choose to observe the body/spectacle of Elena Antoniou are the elements that complete the work. She unapologetically offers herself towards the disclosure of personal experience as a collective landscape. She joyously overexposes the female body and challenges the outer limits of spectacle by skillfully inviting and provoking the viewer’s gaze. She instigates the space for
the political body to present itself as deeply traumatized but also unabashedly sexual.

Elena Antoniou has graduated with honors from the Greek National School of Dance and the London Contemporary Dance School "The Place" as a member of the Edge dance company. She was a
scholarship recipient from the Koula Pratsika Foundation and the Danceweb Programme at ImpulsTanz Vienna. She has presented her work in Athens, Berlin, and Tel Aviv and has collaborated with significant organizations, such as the Onassis Stegi, the Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI), NEON Organization for Culture & Development, and the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Since 2021, she collaborates as a performer with the internationally renowned choreographer Maria Hassabi. In addition, she has also collaborated as a choreographer and movement director with theater directors and companies in Greece and Cyprus. She received the Choreography Award of the Cyprus Theater Awards for the play “Diary of a Madman” (Theatrical Organization of Cyprus), and she has been nominated for the same award in 2011 for the play “Beckettx5” by theater group Solo for Three.

Larsen Supported by Onassis Stegi Black Straight