Christiana Kossiari
GRC

CHRISTIANA KOSIARI

CHAINED

25/9

20.30

Roes Theater

DURATION: 15'

The work Chained deals with the effort exerted by the female body, a body oppressed by social standards, to escape from the shackles that keep its dynamic and potential trapped. Will it manage to overcome the patriarchal boundaries, escape and find its way to a more liberated future?

In this solo performance, the body changes forms, shifting its dynamic as it moves. Contraction, oppression, outbursts of breaking free. Passing through the stages of trial, denial and seeming liberation, it finally reaches the stage of being the body of the present.

The gradual conflict and dismantling of standards gives rise to a simple, present body, that is one with space, time, and the audience. Thus, the work proposes a kind of kinetic manifesto, which denounces the chronic, and often indiscernible, imposition of gender-specific roles that aim at subjugating women's desires and manipulating female identities.

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Athens, Christiana Kosiari graduated from the Greek National School of Dance in 2012 and is a professional dancer, teacher, theater movement specialist, and choreographer. She is participating in the program of U(R)TOPIAS Academy of Choreography in the context of 2023 ELEUSIS European Capital of Culture. At the Academy, her work Bouboulina was presented as video dance (April 2022), and then in live format (July 2022). In August 2021, she presented her choreography Chained at Dance Laboratory Rhodes #7. In 2020, she choreographed the video dance Sink, which was selected by Dance Days Chania 2022. She has worked as a movement specialist in theatrical productions, including: Wonderland (Thaleia Griva, Theater 104, 2019); Junkermann, To Efcharistimeno, The Wild Duck (D. Tarlow, Theater Poreia, 2017-2019), etc. She has attended workshops with Akram Khan, DV8, David Zabrano, Anton Latchky, among others. She is currently participating in the work Lamenta of the Siamese Cie., which has toured the Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Festival D'Avignon, Maillon (Strasbourg), La Villette (Paris), and continues its appearances until the end of 2023.

CREDITS

ORIGINAL IDEA, CONCEPT: Christiana Kosiari
PERFORMED BY: Christiana Kosiari
ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE: Jan Van Angelopoulos
COSTUME ARTISTIC DESIGN: Elissavet Sfyri
PERFORMANCE PHOTOGRAPHS: Maja Widler
OUTSIDE EYE: Paraskevi Tektonidou

   DANCE IS A WAY TO FALL—INTO—PLACE, WHERE/WHEN PLACE IS A RELAY OF CONNECTIONS OF THE WORLD.      DANCE IS A WAY TO FALL—INTO—PLACE, WHERE/WHEN PLACE IS A RELAY OF CONNECTIONS OF THE WORLD.  

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