BLUE BEYOND is a dance performance about Time. It seeks to detect atmospheres and impressions of tomorrow floating in the sea of now, tune in to resonances, movements, vibrations of what is not yet here, has not arrived but it is already inscribed within us and within the dance to be made. What if the present through the moving body already encapsulates echoes of Future in a dance just before it 'comes into being’?
Drawing from the sci-fi book of the beginning of the 20th century “Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future” by Olaf Stapledon, BLUE BEYOND explores corporealities, cartographies and images of an imaginary condition where future penetrates present and present emerges into future creating overlapping temporalities.
It turns the stage into a hybrid space with movements, objects, sounds, words and creates a live moving capsule of imprints and visions forming a Memoir for:of the Future, a cyclic schema to represent time.
The piece uses montage dramaturgical techniques in order to reveal variations of non-linear performance unfolding. To enhance this, it implements an interactive sound design in real time with live amplification processes and recording within recording techniques, audio spaces activated and fading, recorded silences and sound dots, through an installation of ground and room microphones.
BLUE BEYOND follows a series of Siarava’s artworks about Time. The Body and the Other~ (2020) premiered at Tanzhaus NRW, Temps D 'Images Festival while Who knows where the time goes – potential destination #1 (2021) was supported by the Ministry of Culture of Greece and a residency at SE.S.TA Centre for Choreographing Development/Interdisciplinary Incubator (Prague).
Concept, Choreography, Artistic Direction: Eleonora Siarava
Dance, co-creation: Eftychia Stefanou
Interactive Sound design: Yiannis Tsirikoglou
Space design: Eleonora Siarava
Light design: Eliza Alexandropoulou
Dramaturgy advice: Betina Panagiotara
Set construction: Christofili Kodolefa, Athina Koubarouli
Costume: Georgia Dipla
Production assistance: Nefeli Vlachouli
Production: Per_Dance Choreographic Research Platform
Eleonora Siarava is choreographer and artistic director of Per_Dance Choreographic Research Platform. She studied ‘Dance Μaking and Performance’ (MA-Distinction, Coventry University) and ‘Choreography and Performance’ (JLU, Giessen, Germany, Erasmus+). She has presented her work in Greece and internationally in various festivals and venues such as 11th and 13th Festival of Greek Choreographers, MakeShift Festival, MOMus-Experimental Center for the Arts, International Screendance Festival Freiburg et.al. For her piece The Body and the Other~ premiered at Tanzhaus NRW, TEMPS D'IMAGES Festival (2020), was supported by »Transfer International« of NRW KULTURsekretariat-Germany, Ministry of Culture and Science of NRW, artistic mobility grant I-Portunus/Creative Europe and collaborated with MIREVI Mixed Reality and Visualization Institut (Düsseldorf University) for the implementation of digital technology. She worked as a performing artist for the project of Marina Abramović’ 'A different way of hearing’, Alte Oper Frankfurt (2019) and was resident choreographer at SE.S.TA Centre for Choreographing Development/Interdisciplinary Incubator (Prague). She participated at ‘Moving Digits’/Creative Europe project for Dance and Digital Technologies (Tanzhaus NRW & Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava Tallinn, 2018-2020) and was fellow of START program by Robert Bosch Stiftung & Goethe Institut. In her work she is interested in abstraction in dance and her intention is to create enigmatic multilayered performances carrying various levels of interpretation through the experimentation with aesthetic forms, imaginary and real spaces, overlapping temporalities, multisensory perception, hybridity, atmospheres. Her site & time specific choreographic installation “Step-in” was awarded and presented at Thessaloniki Concert Hall. Since 2020 is supported by the Ministry of Culture of Greece. In that period she created the pieces Who knows where the time goes-potential destination #1 and BLUE BEYOND (National Theatre of Northern Greece, Tanz:digital/ITI Germany, Berlin) and developed the choreographic research UnderScore, Choreographic Objects and more (ZZT Köln, Duncan Dance Research Center Athens). Eleonora Siarava has been awarded the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Artist Fellowship by ARTWORKS 2022-2023.
The project was created with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of Greece.
Subsidised by the Frankfurt LAB - Emerging Artists Program, with the kind support of the Crespo Foundation and the Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main as well as the BHF BANK Stiftung and the Adolf and Luisa Haeuser-Stiftung für Kunst und Kulturpflege.
solidarity pricing system: € 7 (minimal) / € 11 (reduced) / € 15 (full) / € 20 (support)
Duration: 50 min.
There will be a Q&A after the performance on Friday, 15. December with the artist and Dr. Philipp Schulte (Hessian Theatre Academy).