New creation for Faneronemi 2017, Cyprus
Together with composer Andreas Papapetrou, Elisabeth has been comissioned by the Cypriot organisation BoCCF to create a new work for the annual festival Faneronemi. The piece called ‘Demotetes’ will premiere on September 7th in Nikosia.
Music and dance performance inspired by the collections of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation and Cypriot folklore. During the performance, a video art animation based on geometrical motifs from the BoCCF’s collections will be projected on the set and directly on the dancer’s massive dress. This will provide a visual interpretation of the musicians’ sounds, combined with pre-recorded material, and will serve as an extension of the dancer’s gestural palette.
The performance’s themes draw upon the island’s folklore and on Greek mythology, exploring the idea of confinement as obstacle, punishment, sacrifice and means of redemption. As implied by the title “Desmōtēs”, this includes myths about prisoners such as the sacrifice of Prometheus, the immuration of Antigone and the captivity of Persephone.
Music composition and artistic direction: Andreas Papapetrou
Choreography and dance: Elisabeth Schilling
Set and costume design: Rea Olympiou
Video Art: Christos Symeonides
Pavlina Constantopoulou (vocals)
Maria Yerosimou (harp)
Maria Kramvi (percussion)
Andreas Papapetrou (electronics)