Dimitris Chimonas: Birthday

DIMITRIS CHIMONAS

B. 1993, LARNACA, CYPRUS

BIRTHDAY (2016)

 

Photographs by Natalia Tsoukala and Panos Kokkinias for NEON and MAI

An excited young boy spends all day helping his mother prepare for his birthday party. When the time comes, he falls asleep and misses his moment. This boy, now grown, sits before you and behind a cake set with many candles. He sings “happy birthday” to himself, over and again, endlessly. Compulsive repetition creates the opportunity for a new outcome. This universal song, perhaps the best known in the world, becomes a personal elegy to a lost innocence.

 

Dimitris Chimonas’ artistic research expands on the wider spectrum of the performing arts, with bold visual extensions. He trained at the East15 Acting School in London. He has performed and/or presented work at the Cyprus Theatre Organisation (THOC), Point Centre for Contemporary Art and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His main works are “A Pig’s Heart in your Box” (2012), “Without Echo Vol.1 & Vol.2” (2012-2013), “Tangled” (2013), “Some Big Some Bang” (2015), “Leftovers” (2015) and “Crystal Me” (2016).


Performed as part of:

 
 

NEON + MAI | AS ONE
March 10 - April 24, 2016
Benaki Museum
Athens, Greece


AS ONE INTERVENTIONS