Program Black Box
“Am I in the picture? Am I getting in or out of it? I could be a ghost, an animal, or a dead body, not just this girl standing on the corner.” Francesca Woodman
Named after André Breton’s novel, Athanasia Kanellopoulou’s Nadja – Who am I? is a choreographic reverie on the work of American photographer Francesca Woodman. Inspired by Woodman’s fascinating photographs, the piece focuses on the female gaze, the vulnerability of female existence. It seeks to raise questions and concerns about female nature. Four powerful performers meet on stage and take us, each with her special movement quality and choreographic vocabulary, into a world where the body is exposed to the passing of time, pain, expectations, the views of others, but also to its own obsessions, desires, and inner struggles. Each performer follows her own unique trajectory, while all four of them coexist and communicate through female sensitivity, sensuality, strength, and their awareness of aging. As their bodies disappear inside mirrors, turn upside down, become fragmented they find the totality of their earthly dimension, their true and essential self.
- Concept & choreography: Athanasia Kanellopoulou
- Performers: Lia Chamilothori, Matina Kostiani, Vassiana Skopetea, Maria Fountouli
- Assistant choreographer: Vassiana Skopetea
- Music: Konstantina Polychronopoulou
- Scenography & costumes: Sotiris Melanos
- Production manager: Yolika Poulopoulou
- Lighting design: Tzanos Mazis
- Graphic design: Melina Koulia
- Production: Athanasia Kanellopoulou Performing Arts
- With the financial support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports (2020-21).
Born in Athens, Athanasia Kanellopoulou studied dance in London (Rambert School) and New York (Martha Graham School), as well as Spanish language and culture. She lived and worked in Europe for more than 18 years, and collaborated with several dance companies, such as Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch (as a guest dancer), Les Ballets C de la B, Jasmin Vardimon Company, Cocoondance, and Alexandra Waierstal among others. In 2008, she began her own choreographic research, influenced by the development of ideas on female identity and nature over the past decades, and has presented her work in festivals in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. As a choreographer, she has collaborated with the ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble, the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD), the Jasmin Vardimon Company (JV2), the Cairo Contemporary Dance Center (CCDC), the Iceland University of the Arts (IUA), the Norwegian College of Dance (Norges Dansehøyskole) the Sareyyet Ramallah Dance Company, and others. She has also taught contemporary dance and choreography worldwide (SEAD, Seoul Arts Centre, CCDC, State School of Dance Athens, Dance Studies University of Malta, IUA, Garage 29 Brussels, Dance Cultural Centre Athens, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Istanbul). She is currently working as an independent choreographer and performer. She has been teaching at the School of the Greek National Opera since 2017. In 2018, she founded the Athanasia Kanellopoulou Performing Arts company, as a platform of cultural exchange.