Program Black Box
Two performers enter into discourse with a disparate series of images, and seek to impart their own transcription into the space. The body and (micro-)movements co-exist with curious objects and materials that act as a means of producing sound. The material is intensified, exploded, paused, repeated, and distorted in order to bolster the aural experience.
Within the scenic formulation, individual pieces of information are teased out of the reused materials, thus inviting audience members to generate new connections and interrelations. They find themselves gradually transformed into listeners of a makeshift and heterogeneous soundtrack that unfolds before them. The performers become the intermediaries between archive and audience, offering up their own personal takes, composing their own sonic adaptation of a non-linear cinematic script, and choosing, at the end of the day, what could possibly be heard.
MOS is a scenic game operating among the conspicuous and hidden relations that exist between movement, sound, and image, amplifying narratives that arise out of the mutual interplay and co-existence of seemingly incongruous archival sources, thus bringing visibility to elements that cannot easily be seen, or heard.
The word / acronym “mos” has more than 20 definitions. These include: make optical splices / microphone off stage / microphone out of service / minus optical signal / minus optical stripe / minus optical sound / missing of sound / mit ohne stimme / mit out sprechen / mixer out smoking / motion on screen / motor only shot / motor only sync / music on side / muted on screen / muted on sound / muted optical stripe.
Presented with the support of Onassis Stegi’s “Outward Turn” Program.
- Concept & Choreography: Ioanna Paraskevopoulou
- Performance: Georgios Kotsifakis, Ioanna Paraskevopoulou
- Dramaturgy: Elena Novakovits
- Audio Technical Support & Live Sound Design: Danis Chatzivasilakis
- Lighting Design: Eliza Alexandropoulou
- Tour Lighting Design: Eliza Alexandropoulou, Tzanos Mazis
- Video Engineer: Efthimis Tikellis
- Set & Costume Design: Ioanna Paraskevopoulou
- Video Editing: Ioanna Paraskevopoulou
- Wooden Constructions: Miltos Athanasiou
- Poster Design: Bois Futuri
- Photography: Pinelopi Gerasimou
- Production Management: Ioanna Paraskevopoulou
- Tour Management: Cultόpια & Ioanna Paraskevopoulou
- Tour Coordinator: Christina Liata (Onassis STEGI)
- Special thanks to: Eleni Tzarou, Thanos Daskalopoulos, Alexandros Tomaras
- Produced by Onassis STEGI and first presented as part of Onassis New Choreographers Festival 9
- Supported in touring by Onassis STEGI’s “Outward Turn” Programme
Ioanna Paraskevopoulou is a dancer and choreographer based in Athens. She graduated from the Greek National School of Dance and is currently studying at the Department of Audiovisual Arts (Ionian University). Her artistic practice focuses on the relationship between audiovisual media and movement. She has collaborated – among others – with Iris Karayan, Christos Papadopoulos, Dimitris Papaioannou, Alexandra Waierstall, Lenio Kaklea, Katerina S. Andreou, Sofia Mavragani, Tzeni Argyriou, Patricia Apergi, Antonis Foniadakis, Brendan Fernandes, Harry Koushos, Ki omOs kineitai, and Maria Koliopoulou. She has been awarded the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Artist Fellowship by ARTWORKS (2019). She created her choreographic video project All She Likes Is Popping Bubble Wrap within the framework of Onassis New Choreographers Festival 8. All She Likes Is Popping Bubble Wrap has been awarded the Best Sound Design Award at the FIVideodanza Festival and the Best Video Art Award at the MIFVIF. She co-created the video dance project Battle of Fishes in the context of Miniatures for Revolution. She presented MOS at Onassis New Choreographers Festival 9. She also presented the 10-minute piece Coconut Effect at the 7th Danse Élargie competition, winning the Young Jury Award. MOS was selected by Aerowaves Twenty23.