February, 2016

201612Feb16:0021:15Eyes Wide Open16:00 - 21:15

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A cultural encounter featuring projections, performances and discussions, about human and environment values.

When: Friday, February 12, 16.00 – 21.15

Where: Blackbox Theater, Deree – The American College of Greece

Following the unique, world’s first Underwater Dance Performance Drops of Breath in Sounio, Greece (25,26,27/9/2015) and its emergence to the garden performance Drops of Peace at Vorres Museum Athens, Municipality Gardens Limassol, Cyprus and Clichy sous Bois Paris (October –December 2015), the choreographers and project leaders Sophie Bulbulyan (France) and Apostolia Papadamaki (Greece) in collaboration with choreographer Lia Haraki (Cyprus) invite you to a meeting featuring projections, performance, and discussions. Entrance is free.

Hosted by: Frances Rich School of Fine and Performing Arts

Organized by Drops of Breath

Part of The Underwater Heart of the Mediterranean Program /Co funded by E.U. Creative Europe


16.00- 17.45 Beyond the Ordinary (Lecture /Performance /Discussion)
Efva Lilja-Sweden

17.45-18.00 Intermission

18.00-19.45 Songs of my Neighbors (Documentary /Discussion)
Elena Agathokleous-Cyprus

19.45-20.00 Intermission

20.00-21.15 Drops of Breath (Film projection/Discussion)
Sophie Bulbulyan, Apostolia Papadamaki – France/Greece

The arts can help people connect and communicate by using predominantly their body and senses. Opening our eyes in order to really see, “opening” our ears in order to listen carefully, “opening” up ourselves in order to “fit” each other and “move” towards the other; these are actual preconditions for a communication on equal terms.

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Beyond the Ordinary – Lecture/performance

“Seeing the world with the eye of an artist means watching, listening and using knowledge and intuition to relate to the present without taking anything for granted. It entails finding a methodology for thought and meeting the politically complex challenges of modern society and cultural contexts. The art of choreography as action and thinking, allows us to be provocative, to question, to reflect or to test social ideologies, if we just dare to go beyond the ordinary. Through dance, text and imagery I invite all of you into a loveful moment of action.” Efva Lilja is a Swedish artist and researcher, working with choreography as dance, visual art, films and writings.

Documentary ‘Songs of My Neighbors’

Songs of my Neighbors is a collaborative initiative aiming to use the arts, and theater in particular, to encourage dialogue and social justice between communities that share conflict, and took place in Poland, Italy and Cyprus between Autumn 2013 and Summer 2015. Songs of my Neighbors, at its core, envisages encouraging intercultural sensitivity and dialogue, empathetic listening and understanding of our Neighbors. It aims to work on the complex issues of cohabitation and migration in multicultural societies, as well as promote cooperation and ethnic and religious tolerance between communities that share conflict. Listening to each other’s songs and stories, through a process of artistic research, is at the core of the project’s activities
“What will happen if we listen to each other’s songs?”
“What will happen if we sing each other’s songs?”

Drops of Breath –Film

“Drops of Breath” invites us to a universe where every human has equal opportunities. Water is our home, with our mother’s protective and harmonic watery womb being the very first place we’ve all experienced. A team of underwater dancers (among them three disabled & three children), with an inclusive attitude towards otherness engages us to an aquatic world, where buoyancy and absolute freedom from gravity embraces human differences. A world’s 1st unique art experience that took place In 5m depth, in an underwater “theatrer”, under the the Poseidon temple in Sounio ,Greece. A collective art work that offers a riveting visual and sound experience.