Written by Iris Karayan

17 gestures forced and uttered studies the process of narratives using as a reference point December 2008 events. Five performers re-enact 15 photos from the riots of 2008 in Athens, plus 2 “out of context” creating a recurring series of images and gestures that rhythmically repeat in space as they are being transformed and distorted. How do we read the live action and in what ways do we construct narratives? How is our perception of time affected through these connotations and what gets activated through spectatorship? The work builds a mechanism based on the re-activation of memory using photos as a reference point, words as utterance, and corporeality as the source of meanings and transformation in the present. 17 gestures function as fractals that articulate narratives and readings. It is a choreographic environment that explores the relation of image, memory, dance and spectatorship.

Concept-choreography: Iris Karayan

Space design: Yorgos Maraziotis

Music: Nikos Veliotis, ILIOS

Research collaborator: Betina Panagiotara

Choreographer’s assistant: Elena Novakovits

Performers: Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, Nontas Damopoulos, Georgios Kotsifakis, Venetsiana Kalbaliki, Natalia Baka

Production: ZITA dance company

Line production: Delta Pi


Photos: Elisavet Moraki

Funded by the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports (2018)



17 gestures forced and uttered, Iris Karayan © Elisavet Moraki
17 gestures forced and uttered, Iris Karayan © Elisavet Moraki