13 December 2022
Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Athens
Performance starts at 21:00
The House of Cyprus in collaboration with the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation presents the performance Fountains of Mojitos choreographed by Evie Demetriou. The performance is in collaboration with the dancers Rania Glymitsa, Eleftheria Socratous, Milena Ugren Koulas and Julia Brendle and Belgian dance dramaturg Guy Cools.
”In Evie Demetriou’s new group choreography, she gathered around her four dancers, four women, four friends, four mothers who share their intimacies with each other: how they experience their sexuality, their pregnancies, their changing bodies and the wide range of emotions these evoke from shame to pleasure; from silent awkwardness to extravert explosions of laughter; from timid self-explorations over sensual or assertive encounters to joyful celebrations of togetherness.
Together they researched a physical language that allows the spectator to eavesdrop in on their intimate conversations and experience a similar emotional and energetic journey.”
The choreographer notes:
«In the past ten years, the main topic of my choreographic research has been women, their role in society as well as who they are as human beings. However, it is only in the last three years that I started giving so much attention to how society understands women. I started noticing all the behavior that reduced women
; how they are portrayed in media writings in newspapers and magazines; how some men talk to women in the streets; how politics reduces the status and opinions of women; how society often silences women and how the epidemic assaults on women became more clear. From all these observations, I started to understand where shame and guilt may come from.
I chose a group of performers that I admire as artists and as persons. From a constant exchange of thoughts, beliefs and practical based movement work, Fountains of Mojitos started to reveal itself. Trusting our process, a performance is being revealed where these exchanges are staged, sometimes casual but often more “formatted” to share with the audience some of our concerns of today’s world.»
Concept / Choreography: Evie Demetriou
In collaboration with performers: Rania Glymitsa, Milena Ugren Koulas,
Julia Brendle, Eleftheria Socratous
Dramaturgy: Guy Cools
Lighting Design: Aleksandar Jotovic
Styling: Kristia Michaelidou
Photography: Pavlos Vrionides
Production: En drasi
Supported by the Cultural Services of the Cyprus Deputy Ministry Culture and Dance House Lemesos.
Athens: 13 December 2022, Michael Cacoyannis Foundation
Performance begins at: 21:00
Evie is a dance maker and performer based in Cyprus.
Her work can be characterised by the desire to question the role of the person in society while challenging the boundaries of conventional dance. Through a multidisciplinary approach of dance, theatre and performance art Evie’s work focuses on the role of the person in society posing questions about social stereotypes, gender, sexuality. Her main focus, to communicate her research with the audience, brings to her work humor, interactivity with the audience, and bold but different approaches to her work every time.
She studied dance at Trinity Laban Centre Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London and with scholarship at Limon Institute in New York. She is a 2004 Danceweb scholarship recipient (Impulstanz Festival) and a travel grant recipient from the E-motional European Program 2011-2014. She was an invited artist at “Act Your Age” program, a European collaboration between Centro per la Scena Contemporanea (Italy), Dutch Dance Festival (Holland) and Dance House Lemesos (Cyprus).
Her staged works are performed in various venues in Cyprus and were invited in international festivals in Korea, France, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Croatia, Lithuania, Spain, Iceland, Turkey and Kenya.
She has co-created the videodances “Pallas” and “on the brick” and she collaborated with Lucy Cash for the video installation “My mountain” exhibited at Centre of Evagoras Lanitis in Limasssol, Cyprus and Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, Holland. In the past two years she experimented with underwater filming and collaborated with Antis Iakovou for the making and performance of two underwater films “the day I jumped” and “Posidonies”.
She has contributed in the development of contemporary dance in Cyprus, as one of the founding members of the Dance House Lemesos and a member of New Movement of Dance Groups, Choreographers & Dancers.