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Recording: 2018-06-09 , NAH DRAN 70 | ada Studio (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Polyxeni Angelidou, Sofia Karagiorgou

the glory of decay

NAH DRAN 70 | ada Studio in den Uferstudios

Production Details / Press Releases

Establishing their own chronology, two bodies set in binary opposition disrupt and transgress the laws of time. In this heterotopic landscape symbols and fictions of Western Culture succumb to the will of nature. Places, icons, systems of power and knowledge, and reflections of the contemporary status quo are violently invaded by external forces. Here stable structures deteriorate and parasitic elements take hold. The object decomposes and in order to evolve, adapts to survive. The body and its freedom of movement is in turn affected and changes. The autonomy of the body’s rhythm and its verticality becomes platform of an emergent symbiosis and exchange. Polyxeni and Sofia started working together last fall. This piece will be the first result of their collaboration. They investigate ways of collaborative authorship and they are focused on transmitting meaning through minimalistic choreographic compositions.

Polyxeni Angelidou studied architecture and dance in Greece. With a scholarship from the Scholarships’ Institution (IKY), Greece, she undertook the MA of Choreography at HZT Berlin. Taking an interdisciplinary approach she is inspired to work not only in formal theatrical spaces but to also engage site-specific installations and interventions. She has also choreographed for theatrical plays at Theaterdiscounter-Berlin, at the State Theater of Oberhausen and for the Kanaltheater in Eberswalde. Her own work has been presented in Germany, Italy and Greece. Together with Cristina Lelli received the Nachwuchsförderung from the Goethe Institute for the piece “LANDing”.

Sofia Karagiorgou was born in Athens, Greece and currently resides in Berlin, Germany. In Greece Karagiorgou studied Dance at the school of Rallou Manou and Conservation and Preservation of Works of Art at The Technical Educational Institute of Athens. She continued her education by receiving an Instructor Diploma in Yoga and has attended workshops with renowned artists. Sofia has danced professionally in Greece and Germany with a number companies and choreographers, as A.Papadamaki, A.Waierstall, Void Company, Belle Ville Collective, L.Rossetti and DinA13 Tanzcompany. Sofia migrated to Berlin in 2013 to immerse and develop her dance practice within a diverse, international arts environment.

Cravune: Born and raised Neapolitan, based in Berlin. As a self-taught programmer and producer, Cravune believes in the impulsiveness of brief and precise compositions, unsound intricate melodies with a restless cut. His music discloses a dark soul. It is built on sparse and abstract beats, mellow tones and loosen harmonies, absorbed and reshaped by gently distorted noises.

Australian born Karla Marchesi holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (2004) and Honours in Fine Art (2007) degrees from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, where she received the University Medal for academic excellence and the Honours Thesis Prize. Karla has held solo exhibitions in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Berlin, Singapore and Luxembourg. In 2012 she undertook a studio residency at Atelierhaus Mengerzeile, Berlin and her work are featured in a number of public collections. Her recent practice can be described as a reflection on the quasi-religious and gender identity of the artist in the post Internet age, so to a decoding of modernity, filtered through the medium of history painting.

Cristina Lelli is an Italian stage and costume designer and visual artist. She studied architecture in Milan and stage design in Berlin. She works as a scenographer, stage and costume designer at various venues, such as Elbphilharmonie, Maxim Gorki Theater, Uferstudios, Radialsystem V, Ballhaus Ost, Landesbühne Wilhelmshaven, Landestheater Rudolstadt, among others. Since 2014 she has been working as a costume designer with the ensemble “Nico and the Navigators”. She is passionately involved in theater and performance, behind and on stage, where her aesthetics focuses on the transition of bodies and forms.

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TFB Nr. 1189

Cast & Credits

Creation & Dance: Polyxeni Angelidou, Sofia Karagiorgou
Sound: Cravune
Stage: Karla Marchesi
Costumes: Cristina Lelli

ada Studio
Management / Organization: Gabi Beier
Public relations: Silke Wiethe
Technical management: Ansgar Tappert
Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
Thanks to the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin and the Uferstudios-Team.

ada Studio in den Uferstudios

Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin

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Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

Sofia Karagiorgou / Trailers and Video Documentations

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