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An Unusual Eye is a performance about our responsibility to defend our true self. Throughout its duration, we follow a heroine who tries to break free from the trap of acting like everyone else. Constantly repeating the same patterns, without observing the final results of our action, makes it impossible for us to be our authentic selves. There is a remedy to the mass extinction of authenticity and that is to understand the importance of owning up to everything that we are and are not.
Admission is free for all.
The performance An Unusual Eye is presented as part of the Kalamata Dance Festival’s collaboration with the Captain Vassilis and Carmen Constantakopoulos Foundation, which aims to promote Messenia’s cultural heritage and contemporary cultural creation to international visitors.
Mariana Tzouda was born in Athens, Greece, and trained in gymnastics from the age of 2 until the age of 18, while participating in several dance and gymnastics events. At the age of 8, she was discovered by the RootlessRoot company and participated in the creation of the performance UNA, which toured all over Europe for 4 years. At the age of 12, she became a member of the Hellenic Dance Company. For 11 years, she studied at the Greek National School of Dance, and at SEAD – Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. During her studies, she worked for the Salzburg Opera Festspiele, where she was selected by Paul Blackman to participate in the piece Intolleranza. She has also worked as a freelancer, performing her first solo piece at the 2022 Kalamata Dance Festival, and the duet Let Me Tell You Something at the 2022 Rhodes Festival. She was also part of various creations and repertories presented at SEAD, collaborating with various choreographers. This year she worked for the Opera of Salzburg under the direction of Romeo Castellucci.