Ασβέστης is a durational performance / human installation. It was presented on November 18th, 2016, in the Benaki Museum, as part of the [OUT] TOPIAS exhibition.
Ασβέστης is an invitation to dive into the remnants of an ecosystem, a rarefied landscape of inertia, inhabited by standing swimmers, suspended in a space-time continuum.
This durational performance/ human installation is based on a cybernetic system that follows its own set of rules to evolve gradually —almost unperceivably to the alien eyes —, into the soundscape of a posthuman vivarium. The I in Ασβέστης is collective, as the ecology of the landscape is fueled by the synergy of the elements that define it: the performers, the audience and the media.
The duration was 8 hours, during which the audience was welcome to come and go as they wish.
Concept/Music/Direction: Thanos Polymeneas-Liontiris
Assistant director: M. Eugenia Demeglio
Texts: H. Muller, Aeschelus, Heracletus, W. Shakespeare, T.S. Elliot , G. Seferis, F. Hölderlin
Adaptation: Nikos Ioakeim, Thanos Polymeneas-Liontiris
Devised with and performed by: M. Eugenia Demeglio, Nikos Ioakeim, Nikos Antonopoulos, Alexis Kotsopoulos, Iakovos Pavlopoulos, Rezarta Krugia
Special thanks for the support to: [OUT]OPIAS, Modern Body Festival, Esther-Mary D’Arcy, Lou Perrotta, Jordi Ballarin, Athar Jaber, Luisa Barbero, Olivia Gray, Massimo Demeglio, Silvana Rufino, Roberto Alfieri, Fotini Arapi, Giovanni Mori, Verbena Giambastiani, Eniluap Rentsök, Rachele Rapisardi, Vasso Polymeni, Alberto Novello, Roubini Papadaki, Tanbir Johal, Mihailos Liontiris.
This performance is one of the experiments of a larger scale practice-based research on interactive music theatre.
Photo courtesy: Christina Bratuska /// Seventh Swan Photography