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Rave to Lament

Katerina Andreou (GR)

site—specific creation
august
2021
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duration : approx. 30'

In the autumn of 2020 Katerina Andreou met Voltnoi Berge, a man who has experienced the transformation of Athens’ (sub)urban music scene from 1989 onwards. This scene was then influenced by rave culture from the United States and England and driven by house and techno music. Too young to take part in the excitement of these spontaneous gatherings, Andreou immersed herself in the stories, books and music shared by Berge. At the same time she conducted her own research into this primarily sonic movement. Myths and rumours soon took over the reality of this underground scene, which, according to the choreographer, deserves to be approached with a more physical than mental approach. Filled with nostalgia for an era she did not live through, Andreou has created Rave to Lament : a fleeting, unique and impulsive movement that, rather than looking to the past, seeks to be part of the present.

Rave to Lament is a site-specific performance commissioned by the MIR festival in Athens. Christiana Galanopoulou, the organiser of this festival, initiated the meeting between Katerina Andreou and Voltnoi Berge.

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conception, performance: Katerina Andreou / sound: Katerina Andreou in collaboration with Cristian Sotomayor / artistic partner and research assistance: Voltnoi Berge / production: Cie BARK, MIR Festival Athens, far° Nyon / support: Parking Gare de Nyon – PMS SA / residencies: Les SUBS – lieu vivant d’expériences artistiques Lyon, GRRRND ZERO Lyon, CND – Centre national de la danse Paris / thanks to: Luca Zoppi