Curated by Apostolia Papadamaki
10th March 2006
Capital Night was a celebration of the Greek city of Patras as European
Capital of Culture 2006, featuring dancers and choreographers from Patras
and Athens. The show was curated by Apostolia Padadamaki and featured
work by Apostolia, Cecil Mikkroutsikou and Iritha Kyiakoulou.
I found the first part of the show - which only lasted twenty-five minutes
- slightly disappointing as it did not seem to reflect the culture of
Greece in any sense. The opening segment consisted of two women, both
wearing designer helmets, one playing discordant guitar sounds while the
other performed improvised dance with a sensual feel.
The second segment before the interval involved dancers performing to
music by Bjork. Not much connection between Greece and Iceland as far
as I am aware!
The second part of the performance was more inspiring and had a genuine
Greek resonance to it. A male and female dancer - with their movements
captured beautifully in silhouette on a back screen - danced with vigour
and with sexual tension in their movements. They also ran into the audience
and made physical contact with individuals, stroking their hands, caressing
their faces or sitting in their laps. Very much touchy feely!
The two performers finished by undressing on stage and tastefully holding
each other's bodies and falling to the ground in an embrace.