They returned regularly, each time for more
Duration 15–24 September 2023
Stemming from the on-going artistic research project IN-QUARRY, initiated in 2021, addressing practicing public space and expanded choreographic methodologies, arisandmartha’s new work titled 'they returned regularly, each time for more' proposes a sound installation which activates and transmits the groups ideas, thinking and scoring processes while working on the archive of a former stone quarry in suburban Athens.
The work proposes a reversed activation of what it means to practice public space through the receptors of human or other-than-human entities, not on the site of the quarry itself, but on a remote and neutral space. One of the fundamental ideas of this work is the quarry seen as a vessel (damar means vessel/vein in Turkish) as well as a generator of ideas, thoughts and activations. The flow of excavated and extracted inorganic material (building stone and lime stone) found its place into the Athenian urban fabric. In reverse, the flow of organic material (human and other-than-human entities) has returned into the quarry post its exploitation and excavation era. How do we inhabit and practice those spaces? How do we imagine and invent new narratives for the former quarry of Galatsi - Phychiko? Recordings, spoken text and performative actions are being shared between audience and collaborators in a scaled and spatial simulation of a collectively re-imagined space.
arisandmartha is the creative collaboration between dancers, performers and dance makers Aris Papadopoulos and Martha Pasakopoulou. Based in Athens, Greece they work at the crossroads of staged and site-specific dance performances, exploring and expanding the choreographic possibilities by implementing dance and performing language, text and conceptual ideas. The duo investigates the notions of togetherness and performing friendship on stage, by using re-enactment and ready-made materials, contemporary ritualistic practices and strategies of activating and performing archives.
arisandmartha have been supported by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports (2018-23), KLAP Maison pour la danse – Marseille (2018), FLUXUM Foundation – Geneva (2019), Flux Laboratory Athens (2019), GARAGE Performing Arts – Corfu (2018), Duncan Dance Research Center – Athens (2018-22), and Onassis AiR, Athens (2022-23).
Artistic Research / Concept: arisandmartha | Aris Papadopoulos & Martha Pasakopoulou
Material development / Co-creation: Christina Karagianni, Anastasios Koukoutas, Jeph Vanger, Martha Pasakopoulou, Aris Papadopoulos
Artistic Collaborator: Anastasios Koukoutas
Studio recordings and sound mixing: Jeph Vanger
The production ‘they returned regularly, each time for more’ is realized with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture.
Kindly supported by the Duncan Dance Research Center - Athens.
The research for ‘they returned regularly, each time for more’ was supported by Onassis AiR.