Intervention | Yannis Adoniou + Stavros Apostolatos: Portrait of the Unknown Man


  • Benaki Museum 138 Pireos Athina, 118 54 Greece

Yiannis Adoniou

b. 1968, Athens, GR

Stavros Apostolatos

(1975), Athens, GR

Portrait of the Unknown Man (2016)

 

Location: Second Floor, Intervention Space 1

 

Taking movement as their tool, Yannis Adoniou and Stavros Apostolatos flirt with the idea of disappearance. The two performers seek to dissolve their forms — taking as their mainsprings walking, standing and immobility, leaps, collapses and micro-movements — to the point where they disappear completely from view. As their forms retreat, various everyday objects remain in the space to remind us of their prior existence. While they never touch, the two bodies remain connected, in visual contact, mutually dependent, and seeking — over the course of eight hours — their own private reality beyond the abilities of the body. The work is not rehearsed; the movements are created each time out of nothing, instinctually, in the split second of each moment.

 

 

Renowned Greek artist Yannis Adoniou received his first dance education in Athens, Greece. Since 1998, he has been leading the critically acclaimed arts organisation, “KUNST-STOFF”. Adoniou works in dance, film and opera, and takes an active role as a dancer, choreographer, curator, producer and educator. He was a principal dancer with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, and a regular guest artist across the USA and Europe. In addition to his work with “KUNST-STOFF”, Adoniou has created works for companies and Universities such as the Seattle Opera, Sacramento Ballet, Sixrono Theatro, Opera Santa Barbara, University of Utah, West Bay Opera and Lines Ballet/Dominican University, among others. He has received support and acknowledgement for his work from the Isadora Duncan Awards, Irvine Foundation, Dance/USA, Goldie Awards, San Francisco Arts Commission, MANCC National Center for Choreography, NEON Organisation, and the Gerbode Foundation, among others. www.kunst-stoff.org

 

Stavros Apostolatos began his career in dance in Chania, Crete in 1991. He is an alumnus of the Greek Ministry of Culture’s Professional Dance Section. Over the last 20 years, he has attended several courses and seminars on classical dance, modern and contemporary techniques, release techniques, contact improvisation, improvisation and Butoh, with teachers from Greece, Europe and America such as: the KER Dance Studio with Efi Kaloutsi—Greece, Jerome Andrews—France, Jean Francois Lefort—France, Jean Yiasko—the Netherlands, Court Coegel—Germany, William Forsythe Dance Cie—Frankfurt Opera Studio, Riccardo Morrison—America, BennoVoorham—the Netherlands, Pina Bausch Dance Cie—Germany, Tanzfabrik Dance Cie—Germany, Wendy Peron—America, and Masaki Iwana—Japan, to name a few. Since 2000, he has collaborated with dance groups in Greece and abroad as a freelance dancer. As a choreographer, he has been developing his ideas for pieces since 1999. He has taught contemporary dance techniques and improvisation at several professional dance and drama schools in Athens and Germany since 2007. http://stavrosapostolatos.blogspot.com/