Birds with Skymirrors
Onassis Cultural Centre |
In Samoa, where Lemi Ponifasio comes from, respecting and taking care of Nature is a Polynesian tradition, and it is the questions posed by Man’s relationship with his natural environment that the distinguished choreographer who is now based in Auckland, New Zealand, seeks to convey. Birds with Skymirrors is an agonized scream, a call to arms, a ritual. Ponifasio uses evocative lighting and video projections to create a symbolic, strangely alluring and mystical world; a space in which we can meditate on our relationship with the universe that surrounds us. A work of minimalist action and hypnotic beauty,Birds with Skymirrors’ fundamental dialectic balances the primeval and the contemporary, Man and Nature, the earthy and the metaphysical. “What would the last dance on Earth be like?”, ponders the activist choreographer who considers art a “non-violent challenge” but above all “a second chance”. Will we seize it, I wonder?
Concept/ Design/ Choreography/ Direction: Lemi Ponifasio
Light: Helen Todd
With: Ioane PapaliiTeataki TamangoKelemete Fu’aArikitau TentauTebau UtiataMaereke TetekaKasina CampbellRosie TeRauawhea BelvieTuirina WehiOfati TangaroaTangaroa TaaraTiui ElisaraProduction: MAU
Co-production: Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Theater der Welt 2010 RUHR (Germany), spielzeit’europa Berliner Festspiele (Berlin), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), KVS (Brussels), Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona), De Singel (Antwerp), New Zealand International Arts Festival (Wellington)

to 11/November

107-109 Syngrou Avenue, 11745 Athens, Greece
Information/Tickets: 210 900 5 800,
Administration: 213 0 178000


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