Program Side events
There is a little bit of colour
On top of a see-through head
dripping from an unknown source
It has neither a name nor a form
It waits for the wave that has no fears and hides its tears
To wipe it away and delete its existence
that is just another shade of colour
Feeling blue with a tint of yellow
A painting of an unusual head
Shadows my eyes and waters my hands
An Unusual Eye refers to the responsibility of understanding oneself. It is a representation of a person trapped inside a story in which being responsible means seeing yourself and acting as everyone else. Constantly repeating the same patterns, without observing the final results of one’s action, would eventually make being oneself impossible. There is a remedy to the mass extinction of authenticity and that is to understand the importance of owing up to everything that you 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.