Dimitris Papaioannou: video installation at Territory Festival, Moscow

annamaria monteverdi/ ottobre 7, 2017/ audiovisual installation, Festival

Inside is a large-scale on-stage experiment by Dimitris Papaioannou that took place in a room set inside the Pallas Theatre in central Athens. Inside this room, for twenty nights in the Spring of 2011, a simple series of movements documenting our daily return home was uniformly repeated by thirty performers in countless combinations and superimpositions. Six hours on stage with no beginning, middle or end. Visitors could watch as much as they liked, sit wherever they liked, exit and re-enter as many times as they liked. The stage action began before visitors came in, and continued after they left.

INSIDE took place in a room set inside a theatre in the centre of the city. A simple series of movements showing our daily return home was uniformly repeated by 30 performers in countless combinations and superimpositions.

Six hours on stage with no beginning, middle or end.

The theatre doors opened every day at 17.30 and closed at 23.30. The stage action began before visitors came in, and continued after they left.

Visitors could watch as much as they liked, sit wherever they liked, exit and re-enter as many times as they liked.

INSIDE treated the theatre as an exhibition space and the work as an exhibit, and invited audiences to act as visitors, watching the action as if gazing at a landscape.

Inside encouraged audiences to treat the theatre as an exhibition space and the work as an exhibit, and to watch the action as if gazing at a landscape.

Inside was conceived as a kind of visual meditation. The work was developed along two parallel trains of thought. On the one hand, with a view to the emotional charge that is created when we sense the similarity of all human beings inside their nest. And on the other, an interest in the form of the artwork itself — in how a single motif can become a kind of latent narrative through its repetition and multiplication (like on ancient Greek Geometric vases and Eastern patterned carpets).

Inside’s final night was filmed in a single, six-hour take and first presented as a video installation as part of “Ανταλλαγή / Austausch / Exchange”, a 2012 Goethe-Institut art project curated by Sofia Dona, at the Broadway open-air cinema in Athens. The following year, it was projected one summer night at the Kalamata International Dance Festival’s open-air Castle Amphitheatre.

13 october 18:00 до 24:00

14 october 12:00 до 24:00

15 october 12:00 до 24:00

The duration of the video installation  6 hours
The session goes on continuously from 12:00 to 24:00

Age limit 18+

Photos © Marilena Stafylidou

MISSION-FESTIVAL

The main goal of the festival-school TERRITORY has always been the unification of professionals of theater, dance, fine and music art and creation of the show, which would acquaint visitors with the most relevant performing arts of different genres. TERRITORY has been discovering new names, presenting avant garde classics and experimenting with forms for more than ten years. Festival’s performances were shown on the train, including infant’s casting and setting up an opening party in the subway. During the ten years of festival’s existence, the audience saw plays, exhibitions, the best world theaters’ and teams’ performances: Rimini Protokoll, Dimitris Papaioannou, Josef Nadj, Chunky move, Schilling Árpád, Romeo Castellucci, Sidi Larbi Scherkaoui, Falk Richter and Akram Khan. Today these names have already become classics of world performing art, and many of them were opened for the Russian audience just by the festival.

Every year “Territory” opens new names on the Russian stage as well – young directors, choreographers, composers, stage designers – for many of them big career have started with participation in the festival. In 2013, a play “Full Moon” by Philip Grigorian received the “Golden Mask”, the country’s main theater award. The project was fully initiated and produced by the festival. As a result the “Territory” team anticipates what will become relevant in art and socially important each year. The “Territory” festival re-answers the question: “What is contemporary art?” already for ten years. Every year it educates a new spectator, listener, citizen.