Butoh dance, polyphonic singing of Epirus (Northern Greece) laments and live violin

ながれ / NAGARE

"Beautiful. Enchanting. Transcendent. I wish to see it again." Merlyn Peter's

''This show is needed here and now in the UK as it helps and allows us to grieve -it asks the important question; are we able to grow and leave the trauma behind us?'' Elina Manni 

ながれ / NAGARE is a hybrid investigation of the limits between Butoh dance and polyphonic traditional singing methods of Epirus (North Greece) accompanied by electric violin soundscapes. 

Through the mixture of those two genres/styles ながれ / NAGARE creates a new form/technique which brings together Greek and Japanese performative elements. 

Through the investigation made on traditional Japanese forms such as Noh theatre, Kabuki dance and Greek such as ancient Greek mysteries (Kaviria, Eleusinia & Orfika) and polyphonic laments from Epirus (μοιρολόγια) we explored that these phenomenally different worlds share common ceremonial and spiritual aspects.

Performed at: St. Pancras Old church part of 'The Polaris Experience' curated by Gene Serene, London (July 2015), Apiary studios part of Modern Panic VI curated by Guerilla Zoo, London (November 2015), Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre (December 2015) and Librarylondon members club. (April 2016) and Strange Love Festival, Folkestone, Kent (March 2017). 

Butoh/voice: Roxani Garefalaki & Eliza Soroga

Live violin: Takatsuna Mukai

Costume design: Yuliya Krylova 

Photo credit: Eleonora Cristin, Simone Pellegrini / Doris Shiffer. 

Tuning-In to Elusive Times

Directed & edited by Orestis Dikaios.

After ii'ts award and participation in the London University Southwark University Alliance's annual report, Tuning-In To Elusive Times again won the first prize in his first Film Festival outside Academia. The London Greek Film Festival honored us with our participation in it and our award as Best Experimental Film.


'Being Light'

Lead by Gesamtatelier founding member Symeon Banos, "Inhabiting CSM" is a project which invites artists to “inhabit” the unfamiliar to them space of Central Saint Martins by using their medium of expression: their body. Roxani- Eleni Garefalaki's video documentation belongs to a series of performances by our collaborators.

Roxani's approach was called 'Being Light':

Mindfulness in motion. Being vertical while moving forward. Allowing time to create internal space, in order to receive the environment, perceive and process every external stimulus so that I remain light, continuously expanding. Being present with integrity of my whole self.

Something interesting to note: although it was cold and I was wearing light clothes and was barefoot, an internal heat wave kept me going as long as the performance lasted: coming all the way from the Earth through the soles of my feet and rising until the top of the head: the stimulus of cold wanting to contract my muscles Versus the expansion of self that I was directed towards produced this warmth...