PLAN B

Patricia Apergi | Aerites Dance Company (GR)

Polittes (Citizens defeated) explores the emergence of the historical subject within specific socio-political processes. Although its content is shaped by Patricia Apergi’s Greek origins and experience, it also draws from and responds to every kind of societal crisis. As the artist herself asks: How does it feel to be a citizen of a country that is „losing“? What is the most difficult to face: anger, fear or defeat? What is of most value: the fight or its outcome? Can one emerge as a hero from a failure? Who are the citizens to be praised today?

Patricia and her team researched the meaning and ways of mourning as expressed by the chorus in ancient Greek tragedy in order to develop a specific choreography that translates the mournful dance-performance / state / representation to the contemporary reality of citizens being confronted with fear and defeat. Mourning together is a radical confrontation of the phenomenon of loss. By occupying the space of loss we master the art of consolation and gain the wisdom of collective recovery and change.

Titled Polittes, with a twisted spelling that playfully alludes to „citizens defeated“, Patricia´s work is inspired by contemporary writers and historians (such as Edouard Said, Dimitris Dimitriadis, Edouard Glissant, Kostis Karpozilos) and wishes to address the profound changes that have occurred in social and political living, the violation of rights of citizenship under the stress of the refugee crisis, and the rise of conservative and antiminority politics.

The various lessons inherited through Greek myth and drama are being reconfigured through contemporary political poetics; the kind that wishes to recognize the needs and woes of emerging societies, where class systems are dislocated, gender-based identities shift, and singularities budge under heavy psychological and body strains.

In those yet-to-be-identified societies, world citizens hear the last sounds of familiar things and learn how to accept the organic, fertilizing presence of chaos. They are confronted with an urgent demand: to invent new sounds, new images and new languages in order to describe the reality that is coming.

Duration:  60 min. 

 

A production by Aerites Dance Company. The work has been subsidized by the Greek Ministry of Culture & Sports. 

Concept, Choreography
Patricia Apergi

Perfomer
Elias Hadjigeorgiou, Eva Georgitsopoulou, Alex Gotch, Lamprini Gkolia, Raphael Boumpoucheropoulos

Dramaturgy advisor
Georgina Kakoudaki

Music
Giwrgos Poulios

Light Design
Nikos Vlasopoulos

Set Design
Dimitris Nasiakos

Costumes
Vasiliki Syrma

Assistant Choreography
Dimitris Oikonomidis

Production Manager
Rena Andreadaki

Cementary, premiered in 2017, visits one more time the urban environment and labyrinth, but this time, Patricia Aprgi and her company focuse more on the idea of the dwelling of the city. What is it like to be homeless and to live on the streets? What is the significance of „empty spaces“ in a city? How can these spaces be re-used and recycled? And what kind of dance can be born there?

Cementary is an imaginary city. A city that belongs to the future, using the contemporary issues and the nowadays examples. Cementary is a city that survived crisis although still mourns for its victims. It is the city of blending, the city where voices scream underneath the cements. Cementary is the future, even though today we are unable to imagine it.

For this piece, Patricia is re-approaching classical ballet, using it as a tool/example in order to create a kinetic vocabulary which could be described as the “lyricism of hardship” Α contradictory and provocative language, but at the same time a language that could be understood by anyone, where any “body” can fit anywhere.

With Cementary, Patricia and the performers want to devise their own city of their dreams, their own world, which might allow us to ponder, even for a little while, on our future.

 

Duration: 70 min.

 

A production by Aerites Dance Company and Onassis Cultural Center, Athens. In coproduction with Maison de la Danse, Lyon, Centro Cultural Villa Flor, Guimaraes and O Espaço do Tempo, Montemor-o-Novo.

El País, 2017
„Patricia Apergi, director of the company since 2006, is the author of this poetic and intricate work that places the action in an imaginary city of the future, which has survived the crises but where the voices of the survivors arise under the cement.The first images shake the heart of the viewer. The coexistence and struggle of thes ebeings will reveal the most primitive feelings: fear, pleasure, generosity and truth. [...] The choreographic vocabulary devised by Apergi, combines the daily gesture with the fluent choreographic phrase, achieving an expressive dance with a strong emotional charge.The bodies of the dancers are of astonishing ductility, they twist like reptiles or they snuggle innocently.“

tanznetz.de, 2018
„Greek choreographer Patricia Apergi creates a dark portrayal of her generation in her new work. Ludwigshafen’s audience had the pleasure of watching the premiere of „Cementary“ in Germany. It came face to face with a movement vocabulary that is as unique as it is impressive, a vocabulary that places Patricia Apergi as one of the most thrilling new choreographers of the Millennial generation. [...]Patricia Apergi takes a clear sociopolitical stand, when she places the misery of her generation in the hands of its participants, instead of blaming the conditions in an economically suffering nation. However it’s not the what, but the how, which is wildly impressive in her statement. This is what political dance theatre looks like today.“

Concept, Choreography
Patricia Apergi

Performer
Ilias Chatzigeorgiou, Nondas Damopoulos, Chara Kotsali, Giorgos Michelakis, Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, Eva Georgitsopoulou

Dramaturgy
Roberto Fratini

Music, Composition
Vasilis Mantzoukis

Light Design
Nikos Vlasopoulos

Set Design
Dimitris Nassiakos

Costumes
Vassiliki Syrma

Assistant Choreography
Dimitra Mitropoulou

Planites maintains the spirit of navigating the urban labyrinth. The collective mind and body of the city is the raw material which the team draws upon. But these elements are reevaluated so that the concepts of the streets and wandering (dérive) include the foreigner, the immigrant, the person who travels whether by choice or by force.

We speak then of the path which is chosen and on which civilizations are mixed and created through their mediators, the people. Nowadays, as the old urban centers undergo rapid changes due to gentrification, creation of ghettos and reclaiming of unused areas, new interpretations and practices are formed in the field of culture.

For Planites, the complexion of the streets changes. They become a place of wandering and search for a better tomorrow, the melting pot of the foreign and the segragated, the embodiment and incorporation of force and exile.
Planites are people of the world. They travel and carry with them stories and experiences from the past in order to adapt to a foreign way of life without losing their own identity. They are the contemporary migrants. They are the citizens of the world.

 

Duration: 60 min.

 

A production by Aerites Dance Company. Coproduction and residencies: Maison de la Danse, Lyon; Hellerau – European Center for the Arts, Dresden; Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona; Graner, Barcelona; Tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf; Dance Ireland, Dublin; Duncan Dance Research Center, Athens. With the support of modul-dance and the Culture Programme of the EU and Centre Choréographique National Rillieux-la-Pape.

20/09/2013PlanitesHELLERAU - European Center for the Arts, Dresden (DE)
21/09/2013PlanitesHELLERAU - European Center for the Arts, Dresden (DE)
22/10/2013PlanitesThe Place, London (UK)
02/11/2013PlanitesMercat de les Flors, Barcelona (ES)
03/11/2013PlanitesMercat de les Flors, Barcelona (ES)
22/05/2014PlanitesInternational Dance Festival, Birmingham (UK)
23/05/2014PlanitesInternational Dance Festival, Birmingham (UK)
04/06/2014Planites14th European Dance Festival, Limassol (CY)
22/07/2014PlanitesKalamata International dance festival (GR)
25/09/2014PlanitesHELLERAU - European Center for the Arts, Dresden (DE)
26/09/2014PlanitesHELLERAU - European Center for the Arts, Dresden (DE)
30/09/2014PlanitesBiennale de la danse, Lyon (FR)
01/10/2014PlanitesBiennale de la danse, Lyon (FR)
08/11/2014PlanitesEuro-scene Festival, Leipzig (DE)
09/11/2014PlanitesEuro-scene Festival, Leipzig (DE)
20/11/2014PlanitesCentre National de la Danse, Paris (FR)
21/11/2014PlanitesCentre National de la Danse, Paris (FR)
07/02/2015PlanitesGuidance festival, Guimaraes (PT)
23/05/2015PlanitesInterplay festival, Turin (IT)
09/10/2015PlanitesChateauvallon CNCDC, Toulon (FR)
17/05/2016PlanitesDublin dance festival, Dublin (IR)
18/05/2016PlanitesDublin dance festival, Dublin (IR)
19/05/2016PlanitesDublin dance festival, Dublin (IR)
19/06/2016PlanitesSibiu International Theater Festival, Sibiu (RO)
28/04/2017PlanitesRamallah International dance festival, Palestine (IS)
18/10/2018PlanitesTheater im Pfalzbau, Ludwigshafen (DE)
31/01/2019PlanitesFondazione Nazionale della Danza Aterballetto, Reggio Emilia (IT)
02/02/2019PlanitesFondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, Milano (IT)

Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten, 2014
“The highlight of the first day of the festival was the piece Planites, which performed for the first time in 2013 by Aerites Dance Company from Greece and its choreographer Patricia Apergi, and it didn’t disappoint none of the numerous spectators. Responsible for that were the five unconventional dancers and their strong and powerful body language, which was imprinted onto the audience’s memory. [...] Definitely, Planites is an engrossing and unusual production.”

The Irish Times, 2016
„Apergi allows the dancers’ bodies to articulate the message and they use them passionately as we watch dignity crushed and vulnerability exposed. These are familiar images given the current migrant and refugee crisis, and the picture of these five men bonded together in crumpled retreat is powerful.“

Concept, Choreography
Patricia Apergi

Performer
Ilias Chatzigeorgiou, Andreas Lavner, Giorgos Michelakis, Konstantinos Papanikalaou, Dimokritos Sifakis

Dramaturgy advisor
Roberto Fratini

Music, Composition
Vasilis Mantzoukis

Light Design
Nikos Vlasopoulos

Set Design
Adreas Ragnar Kasapis

Assistant Set Design
Konstantinos Michalakeas

Costumes
Ilias Chatzigeorgiou, Patricia Apergi

Assistants Choreography
Dimitra Mitropoulou, Chara Kotsali

Technical Direction
Andrian Fluture

Creative Contributors
Maro Marmarinou, Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, Margarita Trikka, Martha Passakopoulou, Androniki Marathaki, Nadi Gogoulou

Born in Athens, Patricia Apergi studied theatrology at the philosophical department of the Kapodistrian University in Athens and ballet and contemporary dance at the Niki Kotaxaki school. After continuing studies of theatre and dance at the Université de Nice, she completed an MA in choreography at the Middlesex University in London.

In 2006, she founded Aerites Dance Company in Athens. Radically contemporary and strongly anchored in the greek roots, she began to explore a kinetic language, a powerful dance close to the theatrical expression. They created the pieces Anorexia Socialis (2007), Apolost (2008), d.OPA! (dopamines of post-Athenians) (2009), Ferry Tales (2009), The Manifest of the Other (2010) and Era poVera (2012).

In 2013 and 2014, she was selected by EDN (European Dancehouse Network) as a modul-dance artist. Among several residencies in dancehouses all over Europe, she created Planites in 2013. For 2016 and 2017, she became an associate artist at Maison de la Danse in Lyon.

In 2017, she created Cementary in 2018 Polittes (Citizens Defeated) and in 2020 Hero.
Her work has toured among the most prestigious venues and festivals in Europe (Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Grec Festival Barcelona, Zürcher Theaterspektakel, Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, Ramallah International Dance Festival, Mousonturm Frankfurt, The Place London, among others).

She has choreographed theatre performances and operas in collaboration with Katerina Evangelatos, Yiannis Houvardas, Thanos Papakonstantinou, Georgina Kakoudaki, Emilios Chilakis and 4frontal company, among others. In 2015, she choreographed The Tales of Hoffmann for the Opera of Perm (Russia), directed by Katerina Evangelatos, musical direction by Teodor Currentzis. In 2017, she was invited as guest choreographer to the dance company EgriBiancoDanza (Turin), where she created the piece Prometheus and the Rebels of Today. In 2018, she choreographed the reenactment of the execution and the burial by a chorus of young Athenians, which happened in the 7th century BCE, with 80 performers, for the installation The Primary Fact by the Japanese visual artist Hikaru Fujii at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens. That same year, she revisited her piece Polittes (citizens defeated) and staged it with 90 international students of dance and theatre at the Ancient Stadium of Epidaurus within the Athens & Epidaurus Festival.

In 2019, she was invited as guest choreographer to the italian Aterballetto company in Reggio Emilia, where she created a piece for 30 dance students in the frame of Agora project. In 2021, she choreographed a new piece titled National Adulthood for the Greek National Ballet.

She teaches dance and theatre at the Leonteios School and choreography at the Anna Petrova – Maro Marmarinou Professional Dance School in Athens. She has taught improvisation and choreography workshops at the Dance Cultural Centre Athens and has been conducting since 2012 masterclasses with seniors at the Onassis Cultural Centre. In 2013, she created a performance with them called Tanzheimer.

She is co-writer of the book History of Theatre and Theatrical Education (Greek Ministry of Education, Educational Centers for Adults, 2007).
Since 2019, she is part of the board of directors for the Athens & Epidaurus Festival.

El País, 2017
„Patricia Apergi, director of the company since 2006, is the author of this poetic and intricate work that places the action in an imaginary city of the future, which has survived the crises but where the voices of the survivors arise under the cement.The first images shake the heart of the viewer. The coexistence and struggle of thes ebeings will reveal the most primitive feelings: fear, pleasure, generosity and truth. [...] The choreographic vocabulary devised by Apergi, combines the daily gesture with the fluent choreographic phrase, achieving an expressive dance with a strong emotional charge.The bodies of the dancers are of astonishing ductility, they twist like reptiles or they snuggle innocently.“

tanznetz.de, 2018
„Greek choreographer Patricia Apergi creates a dark portrayal of her generation in her new work. Ludwigshafen’s audience had the pleasure of watching the premiere of „Cementary“ in Germany. It came face to face with a movement vocabulary that is as unique as it is impressive, a vocabulary that places Patricia Apergi as one of the most thrilling new choreographers of the Millennial generation. [...]Patricia Apergi takes a clear sociopolitical stand, when she places the misery of her generation in the hands of its participants, instead of blaming the conditions in an economically suffering nation. However it’s not the what, but the how, which is wildly impressive in her statement. This is what political dance theatre looks like today.“

Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten, 2014
“The highlight of the first day of the festival was the piece Planites, which performed for the first time in 2013 by Aerites Dance Company from Greece and its choreographer Patricia Apergi, and it didn’t disappoint none of the numerous spectators. Responsible for that were the five unconventional dancers and their strong and powerful body language, which was imprinted onto the audience’s memory. [...] Definitely, Planites is an engrossing and unusual production.”

The Irish Times, 2016
„Apergi allows the dancers’ bodies to articulate the message and they use them passionately as we watch dignity crushed and vulnerability exposed. These are familiar images given the current migrant and refugee crisis, and the picture of these five men bonded together in crumpled retreat is powerful.“

Polittes (Citizens defeated)

Cementary

Planites