Program Black Box
THE BOX stands. It opens. It transforms.
THE BOX reveals the body, it devours it.
It sets boundaries, only for the body to surpass them.
Inside THE BOX, time dilates, space fluctuates.
Inside THE BOX, encounters emerge.
Re-defining physical interaction under a state of suspension.
THE BOX || that dead space between us lures us into an underground journey between the real and the virtual, between the light and the shadow, between our deepest desires and our utmost fears. Oscillating between remembrance and oblivion, this performance is a pursuit of self-identification, a rediscovery of purpose, time, and human nature through physical contact..
In 2021, Penelope Morout founded the Cross iMPact Company, an organization which emerged from the deep belief that artistic innovation can be found in the meeting points between diverse art forms and techniques and that art is capable of producing a fundamental impact, in both the individual and the community.
- Concept & Direction: Penelope Morout
- Movement Research & Performance: Penelope Morout, Ioulia Zacharaki
- Dramaturgical Assistance: Stergiani Tsintziloni
- Music & Sound Design: Chris Parapagidis
- Set Design: Penelope Morout
- Costumes & Special Set Composition: Ilianna Skoulaki
- Light Design: Tasos Palaioroutas
- Set Construction: ROKANI
- Video Trailer & Photography: Dora Dimitriou
- Production: Cross iMPact | Penelope Morout
Special thanks to architect Miltiadis Agiostratitis, artistic mentor and dramaturg Dr. João da Silva and specialist multimedia advisor Fenia Kotsopoulou for their presence, advice and support.
THE BOX || that dead space between us was created with the financial support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports for 2021-2022.
Supportive Organisations & Residencies:
Home of Performance Practices (ArtEZ, Arnhem, The Netherlands)
Syn-Kinisi Association of Expressive Dance (Chania, Greece)
Duncan Research Center (Athens, Greece)
MAD – Murate Art District (Florence, Italy)
PARC – Fabbrica Europa (Florence, Italy)
A graduate of the National School of Dance (Athens) and the National Technical University of Athens – School of Architecture (Athens), with a Master’s degree in Theatre Practices from ArtEZ University of the Arts (The Netherlands), Penelope Morout is an interdisciplinary dance artist interested in creating hybrid projects through the fusion of various mediums. Her work expands from performance and dance theatre creation to mixed-media video animation and set design.
As a dancer and performer, she has collaborated professionally with JUKSTA Company, director Kostas Filippoglou (Athens and Epidaurus Festival), the So7 Company and, since 2018, she has been working with theatre companies as a director/choreographer/scenographer. Within the years, she has evolved the “Sculpting Body-Images” workshop, a dance improvisation technique which she shares around the world (MUDA Arts Centre/Belgium, Murate Art District/Italy, KDF/Greece, Munus Encuentro/Mexico). As a filmmaker, she has collaborated with the TANZAHOi International Screendance Festival Hamburg, has exhibited her work in the International Exhibitions HUMAN RIGHTS? | THE FUTURE’S SHAPE #WomenCanSaveTheWorld and REA!Art Fair (IT) and has participated in various video dance & dance animation festivals around the world (Brazil, France, Greece, Indonesia).
For her previous work H.I.I.T. | High-Intensity Identity Training, Penelope used herself as a case-study experiment practicing intermittent fasting and high-intensity interval training for a year, and her latest show THE BOX || that dead space between us has received funding from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports for 2021-2022. She continues her artistic evolution by participating systematically in workshops around Europe, including a series of Fighting Monkey | RootlessRoot workshops.