Anastasia Valsamaki
GRC

ANASTASIA VALSAMAKI

ΒODY MONOLOGUE

18/9

18.00

National Museum of Contemporary Art

VR PREMIERE
DURATION: 20'

What can a body do? This is the unanswered and self-evident question that Anastasia Valsamaki’s solo Body Monologue brings to the stage. Through this research, Valsamaki explores both the body’s expressive abilities and the narrative function of the dance language. Following the structure of the monologue, this work moves away from the wording of meanings, towards the pre-linguistic, eloquent silence of the body that speaks through movement. A silence made of gestures, pauses, malleable forms and unfamiliar body states, attracts our gaze and enters into conversation with what escapes the solidity of verbal expression to enter the fluidity of meanings that bodies convey through dance.

The work has been transcribed in VR form, presented here in its world premiere, so that the body’s powerful monologue is also shared as a private and intimate solo experience for each of the audience members.

BIOGRAPHY

Anastasia Valsamaki graduated with honors from the Greek National School of Dance, and made her debut as a choreographer in June 2016 with Sync, with which she was selected by the Aerowaves network as one of the 20 promising emerging choreographers in Europe for 2017. The same year, she attended the Choreography Postgraduate Program (I.C.E) at the SEAD Dance Academy in Austria and presented Sync at the Athens & Epidaurus Festival. In 2020, she created DisJoint for the 7th Young Choreographers Festival of the Onassis Foundation and received the ARTWORKS award participating in the 3rd SNF Artist Fellowship Program. For 2021, her work Body Monologue is promoted by the Aerowaves network, and her latest work, W REST L ING, premiered in Athens, Greece, supported by the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports. She continues to be an active dancer and choreographer, while at the same time teaching dance.

CREDITS

ORIGINAL IDEA, CHOREOGRAPHY & DIRECTION: Anastasia Valsamaki
PERFORMER, CO-CREATOR: Gavriela Antonopoulou
MUSIC: Konstantinos Bakogiannis
COSTUME: Eleni Valsamaki
PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO EDITOR OF THE LIVE PERFORMANCE: Archlabyrinth
PRODUCTION: MIND THE LOOP
VR PRODUCER & DIRECTOR: Enya Belak
VR FILMING & EDITING: Igor Crnković
SOUND RECORDIST: Panos Dimitriou
RUNNERS: Panos Soldatos, Michalis Valsamakis
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT: MIND THE LOOP
PRODUCED BY: Springback Ringside & Aerowaves

The performance has been selected by the Aerowaves dance network for 2021

The VR filming for Body Monologue by Anastasia Valsamaki was produced by Aerowaves & Springback Ringside and Co-funded by The European Union

Aerowaves Springback EU

VIDEO

Τrailer by Archlabyrinth

   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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