On the occasion of the 200 years since the Greek Revolution, U(R)TOPIAS seeks to revisit the contemporary “utopias”. The Greek Revolution was an utopia that became reality 200 years later. Today, this seems inconceivable.
Utopia is defined as an imagined community or society that possesses desirable, nearly perfect qualities for its citizens. The word comes from Greek, où (“not”) and τόπος (“place”) and means “no-place”.
Starting with the notion of utopia and its elements, Patricia and her company are interested in the research of which could be the utopias of the future.
The work seeks to discover these ideas based on the knowledge of the past. Utopia becomes for them „Ur-topia“. The prefix „Ur“ – that means ancient, primitive, prototype – symbolizes the path for the definition of a new utopia which revisits our history. What kind of utopias do we need to invent and construct in the 21st century? What kind of citizenship do we imagine in a non-place, boundaries, frontiers, countries etc.? U(R)TOPIAS are the imaginary and ideal places where a society/community can find an ideal way of life, balance, paradise, by learning from the facts of the history and re-read it.
This idea is connected with the choreographic idea of a fall, the one that Patricia likes to call the “utopia of the fall”. Her research will be based on the momentum where a person loses control through a fall. The finale is predictable because of gravity. But what would happen if we try to change that? If we face this movement in a non-logic way? It is a way of suggesting a new revolution, a new resistance or a new way to fall or to fail that could symbolize a great victory. Perhaps this is what we might call passive revolution.
Also, the act of falling is always hilarious through the tragedy that is consisted. Everybody feels awkward when someone losses control and therefore you do not know how she/he/it will react. These tragic-comedy elements will be part of the research, taking examples and references from silent movies which have many similarities with the era and the times we are experiencing. Silent movies emerged exactly after the big crisis of the 30s and we could definitely compare it with our era and the crisis we are facing.
In reflection of the contemporary era and the Covid 19 period that all societies are struggling to overpass, how can we turn the FALL of a society into victory? How many things can we learn from our past, our heritage, and our history, in order to dare to speak for a win through a loss? Can we have heroes that are losers?
And this is why our Urtopia begins by re-reading our history. And after we manage to discover parts or fragments of the old, we will try to embody our own ideas so that we reinvent new ways to fight and resist. To imagine independence. To realize the fight. To stand the fall.
It´s time to fight for what we didn’t manage. Even if we fall. There will always be somebody to shout: Let´s go!
Duration: 70 min
A production by Aerites Dance Company and Techni coros theatre company. In coproduction with Dance Festival Oriente Occidente Revoreto and KLAP Maison pour la Danse Marseille. With the support of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports.
Premiere 12th November 2021, Olympia Municipal Theatre Maria Callas Athens.