Autonomous Moves #2
1st WEEK (12-16/7) – 2,5 HOURS/DAY
18:00 – 20:30, 4th Elementary School (Nikiforou Mandilara 22, Ermoupoli)
Autonomous Moves #2
Traditionally the art of dance has been founded on the idea of physical ability. But more and more people are saying that dance cannot possibly be just that.
Celebrated American choreographer Anna Halprin once said that dance cannot be reduced to a ‘look how nicely I dance’ art, in the same way that painting can’t be reduced to a ‘look how nicely I paint’ art.
‘Autonomous moves #2’ is an invitation to the local community of Syros and especially to people with disabilities to come out and dance.
The workshop proposes dance as a token of life and individual will, a dance that facilitates the development of meaningful relationships, of trust and collaboration between people with and without disabilities. It is a dance that aims to unlock our appetite for life, demanding respect and dignity from the world around us.
The workshop is addressed to disabled and non-disabled people. No previous experience in dance is necessary.
Photo credit: Dimitris Parthimos
Medie Megas was born in England in 1978. She graduated from the Greek National School of Dance (1998) and has a Master of Arts in Contemporary Dance from Kent University (in affiliation with LCDS). She works as a choreographer, dance teacher, history of dance teacher, writes articles, gives workshops and lectures on dance and performance. She collaborates with artists and professionals from various disciplines and has been active in the field of inclusive dance since 2013, as artistic collaborator of the Onassis Cultural Centre. Her recent choreographic work reflects on the Greek sociopolitical reality, attempts to physically engage with philosophical concepts and actively explores notions of embodied identity. Medie is a founding member of the Greek dance network ‘Syndesmos Chorou’, which organised community building projects all over Greece (2010-16), and was a member of the board of the DBM International Network (2009-11). Her works include: ‘Poetic Asylum’ (Athens Festival 2008), ‘The Guardog. An allegory about the Media’ (2010-11) ‘Metapolitefsi’ (Onassis Cultural Center 2012), ‘Sweet Abyss’ (OCC, 2014), ‘Transforming Me’ (ΜΙRfestival, Kalamata International Dance Festival 2015, Thessaloniki Biennale of Performance 2015, Danae Festival Milan 2015), ‘Dribbles and Triplets’ (youth dance, OCC 2018), ‘Trapped’ (Greek National Theatre, Fast Forward Festival 2018).