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HEAVEN Events: 24-27 September
PERFORMATIVE LECTURE:Elizabeth Ward, Christos Michas & Giorgos Papadopoulos, "Money; need, desire, utopia"
The performative lecture by Elizabeth Ward, Christos Michas and Giorgos Papadopoulos is presented as part of the exhibition "How Many Angels can Dance on the Head of a Pin?", curated by Christopher Marinos.
The lecture uses word, image and bodily movement, narrative structure, theoretical analysis and contemporary dance in an effort to illuminate and disrupt the separation from and the alienation of desire in the market via money.
Elizabeth Ward is a dancer and choreographer based in New York. She also teaches ballet in the Dance Academy of Stockholm and in Tanzquartier Wien. Her aesthetics combine classical ballet with postmodern dance and punk music.
Christos Michas's work engages with sound and image. He has studied and worked in Amsterdam, London and Athens, where he has also established his production company “game one productions”.
Giorgos Papadopoulos is an economist, graduate of London School of Economics. He attempts to combine economy critique with psychoanalysis and political action. He is a researcher in Jan Van Eyck academy and PhD candidate in Erasmus University of Rotterdam.
Friday 25th SeptemberEsplanade Building (next to Tae Kwon Do Court), Water Plaza, Faliron Olympic ComplexTram stop: Delta Falirou 21.00
A selective music journey to the dub, Nu-jazz, trip-hop and house music by Aeneas.
Friday 25 SeptemberWater Plaza, Faliron Olympic ComplexTram stop: Delta Falirou22.00
PERFORMANCE:André Guedes, "Old Forms of Future Events - A Public Reading"
"A Public Reading" is the chapter from an ongoing project by André Guedes called "Old Forms of Future Events" that will be presented as part of the exhibition "World Question Center", curated by Chus Martínez. The performance consists of the display of images and the reading of selected excerpts from the books "Troy and the Trojans" and "The Italian Urbanism Since the Post-war Till Today" written by the American archaeologist Carl W. Blegen and the Italian urbanist and historian Marcello Fabbri respectively. The two autonomous studies, which have the city as a common subject, will be juxtaposed during the performance, merged into each other and rehearsed in order to dissolve into a same narrative. While three people re-enact these excerpts, a fourth person performs an improvised sound score, autonomous from the textual reading and the pictorial display.The overlapping of these two literary sources aims to reflect on the idea of erosion, transformation and disappearance, as well as on a social and physical entropy that derives from the cyclic process by which cities – and life within them – come across in history; something in which we inevitably participate but are at the same time subjected, either individually or as a group. The production of this work was possible with the institutional support of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Direcçao Geral das Artes / Portuguese Ministery of Culture.
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th SeptemberEsplanade Building (next to Tae Kwon Do Court), Water Plaza, Faliron Olympic ComplexTram stop: Delta Falirou 20.30
CONCERT:Sigmatropic, Tasman, Katerina Undo
On Saturday September 26th the Athens Biennale hosts Sigmatropic with guests Tasman και Katerina Undo.
Almost a year after their last concert, Sigmatropic return to live action with a new lineup. The band’s current phase shows a shift to a more intimate sound, with acoustic timbres that tie up to their loops and electronics and with electricity to mark their outbursts. In their forthcoming show on Saturday September 26th, under the auspices of the 2nd Athens Biennale 2009, Sigmatropic will be showcasing versions from their latest album Dark Outside (2007) and EP Ours at Least (2007), together with numbers from their previous releases Random Walk (1998) and Sixteen Haiku and Other Stories (2003), and also hints from their upcoming work and a few covers.
Sigmatropic are: Akis Boyatzis: main vocals, bass, samples/programming Ioannis Tryferoulis: drums Theodore Pistiolas: acoustic guitar, piano, Theremin Panos Lapousis: keyboards Foivos Zitis: electric guitarTasman (Tasos Papastamou) was raised by a musical family. He studied the violin and at the age of 19 he became a member of the ERT National Symphony Orchestra until 2003. His musical influences, however, are not only classical; in 1994 he began exploring the sounds of the electric violin and soon he became a member of "Closer". Their long-term collaboration leaded to several albums and live performances. Their collaboration lasted until 2007. Alongside he collaborated with many greek artists and toured the world, participating in key festivals.
In 2007 he began his solo course. He composed the music to Chloe Matzari's short film "The Wall" and later collaborated with Sofia Spyratou's dance theatre "Roes", undertaking the music production in her shows. In his first personal album titled "Solace" autumn 2009, Undo Records/EMI) Tasman's violins and mandolins are escorted by break beat and distorted loops, Sofia Papazoglou sings in dub soundcolors and Alkinoos Ioannidis dresses with his voice the most 'hardcore' track of the album.
In the 2nd Athens Biennale 2009 Tasman presents part of his solo works and improvises on his electric violin and mandolin, crating melodious, otherwordly but also noisy soundscapes.
Katerina Undo presents the experimental optical-visual performance with Theremin "Dive into ritual noise". The performance focuses on the sound effect of the interfered space between transmitter and receptor, in the intensity this contact creates.
Saturday 26th SeptemberWater Plaza, Faliron Olympic ComplexTram stop: Delta Falirou21.30
The 2nd Athens Biennale 2009 hosts EarthDance on Sunday September 27th at the Batis Beach in Palaio Faliro: two music stages, live concerts, dj’s but also thematic projections about the planet and world peace.
350 cities all over the planet come together once a year in a synchronized dance for world peace, while millions of viewers get in synch through the Internet. Since 2005 more than a 150 artists (musicians, visual artists, dancers) and a large number of N.G.O’s have participated in EarthDance in Greece, with the target to raise awareness on issues of environmental sustainability and urban culture.
More than a festival, a global trend, EarthDance uses music, dance and technology as a vehicle of communication and reflection on the future of the planet we inhabit, but also on the manner in which we inhabit it. The Earth-dancers travel around the globe, are attentive towards the environment and culture and have embraced the idea of conscious enjoyment.
Participants:EARTH STAGE: PALYRRIA NSQUARED PARADOXONIA VIDEOGAME ORCHESTRA & short film projections
DANCE STAGE: SIDELINER STEVE SAI RICOCHET ARASH ATMAN EL XANDRO ALEX D –FER S. TORTO
Sunday 27th SeptemberBatis BeachTram stop: Batis 17.00
PERFORMANCE:Dimitris Kotsaras & Jennifer Nelson, "Intimate Expansions"
Dimitris Kotsaras & Jennifer Nelson present the performance "Intimate Expansions" as part of the "Heaven_Live" exhibition curated by Dimitris Papaioannou & Zafos Xagoraris.
The performance involves promenades or couples kissing (with the participation of the public) at sunset.
From Thursday 24th until Sunday 27th September Flisvos Beach Tram stop: Parko Flisvou
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES:Little Angels
The educational programme "Little Angels", where participating artists of the 2nd Athens Biennale 2009 HEAVEN create works of art along with children aged 6 to 10 with the aim to familiarize them with art making through joyful and creative activities, continues.
The last workshops are led by Dora Economou (3D creations) and Anastasia Douka & Kostas Roussakis (sculpture) on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September respectively.
The workshops begin at 12.00 and last for approximately 90 minutes. Participation in the workshops is offered on a complimentary basis with the reduced ticket of the exhibition. Pre-booking is essential on +30 210 52 32 222.
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September Esplanade Building (next to Tae Kwon Do Court), Water Plaza, Faliron Olympic ComplexTram stop: Delta Falirou 12.00