Written by Menti Mega

Metapolitefsi*

 

Onassis Cultural Centre | February 2012

 

The performance ‘Metapolitefsi’ is an attempt to understand the sociopolitical conditions which led to the economic and value crisis facing Greece at present. Music, sound, and physical memories from the Metapolitefsi period surface through the tight rhythmic structure of a female dance trio.

 

The Metapolitefsi is seen through the prism of the idea of transformation, as a field of transforming practices, a vessel of transforming identities. The translation of this idea of transformation into movement generated the central kinetic motif of the performance and gave rise to a crucial question:

 

How has the Metapolitefsi period inscribed itself on the modern Greek body?

 

Through interviews she conducted with people of the ‘Polytechnio**’ generation, her own and her dancers’ childhood memories, and archival video material from the period, Medie Megas constructs a danced narrative full of ambiguous and poetic images, which immerses the audience in a near meditative experience. Far from political slogans and simplistic conclusions, during this transformative journey, familiar memories are rendered unfamiliar, popular lyrics are distorted and well known slogans acquire new meaning.

 

Three exceptional Greek dancers Olia Lydaki, Katerina Bella and Chara Kotsali, dance and sing on stage, imprinting their unique presence onto the work and revealing the body as the locus of experience and knowledge; as the most important subject of history.

 

Concept-Choreography: Medie Megas

Performers: Chara Kotsali, Olia Lydaki, Katerina Bella

Dramaturgy: Manolis Andriotakis

Original music: Martha Mavroidi

Videos: Alexandros Mistriotis

Lights: Tasos Palaioroutas

Costumes: Konstantina Vafeiadou

Promo photographs: Christina Georgiadou

Photo editing: Design by Front, Sakis Stritsidis

Press: Vaso Vasilatou

Coproduction: Onassis Cultural Centre and Φora Dance Company

Production consultant: Alexandros Vrettos

 

* “Metapolitefsi” is the period in Greek history following the fall of the Junta in1974.

** The “Polytechnio” generation was the generation of young students who participated in the massive demonstrations of 1973, which led to the fall of the Greek military junta.

 

 

Onassis Cultural Centre | February 2012

 

The performance ‘Metapolitefsi’ is an attempt to understand the sociopolitical conditions which led to the economic and value crisis facing Greece at present. Music, sound, and physical memories from the Metapolitefsi period surface through the tight rhythmic structure of a female dance trio.

 

The Metapolitefsi is seen through the prism of the idea of transformation, as a field of transforming practices, a vessel of transforming identities. The translation of this idea of transformation into movement generated the central kinetic motif of the performance and gave rise to a crucial question:

 

How has the Metapolitefsi period inscribed itself on the modern Greek body?

 

Through interviews she conducted with people of the ‘Polytechnio**’ generation, her own and her dancers’ childhood memories, and archival video material from the period, Medie Megas constructs a danced narrative full of ambiguous and poetic images, which immerses the audience in a near meditative experience. Far from political slogans and simplistic conclusions, during this transformative journey, familiar memories are rendered unfamiliar, popular lyrics are distorted and well known slogans acquire new meaning.

 

Three exceptional Greek dancers Olia Lydaki, Katerina Bella and Chara Kotsali, dance and sing on stage, imprinting their unique presence onto the work and revealing the body as the locus of experience and knowledge; as the most important subject of history.

 

Concept-Choreography: Medie Megas

Performers: Chara Kotsali, Olia Lydaki, Katerina Bella

Dramaturgy: Manolis Andriotakis

Original music: Martha Mavroidi

Videos: Alexandros Mistriotis

Lights: Tasos Palaioroutas

Costumes: Konstantina Vafeiadou

Promo photographs: Christina Georgiadou

Photo editing: Design by Front, Sakis Stritsidis

Press: Vaso Vasilatou

Coproduction: Onassis Cultural Centre and Φora Dance Company

Production consultant: Alexandros Vrettos

 

* “Metapolitefsi” is the period in Greek history following the fall of the Junta in1974.

** The “Polytechnio” generation was the generation of young students who participated in the massive demonstrations of 1973, which led to the fall of the Greek military junta.

Metapolitefsi, Menti Mega, © Despina Spyrou
Metapolitefsi, Menti Mega, © Despina Spyrou
Metapolitefsi, Menti Mega, © Christina Georgiadou