18th September - 18th December, Thessaloniki
Kostas Tsioukas is a dancer and choreographer, interested in the idea of animate and inanimate movement. He believes that he learned how to dance by observing nature and recording it on tape. As a dancer, he has collaborated with many Greek and foreign choreographers, but it was inevitable that his creativity and restless spirit would eventually lead him to choreography. In that capacity, he has presented many performances, including Νερό κι Αλάτι (Water and Salt), Souvenir, The Dance of the Dance, Simulacra, Double Truth, Forget me Not, Pinocchio (staged in the framework of the Athens Festival and selected to represent Greece in Prague), Λυρικό Ντελίριο (Lyrical Delirium), Λευκό Πάτωμα Πάνω Από το Έδαφος (White Floor Above the Ground). He enjoys working independently, if not in isolation. So in his latest work, he used video recordings created with his friends and family and edited manually by himself. He wants to give audiences the opportunity to dream, reflect and, above all, enjoy themselves. He often thinks that the dancing body is trying to go beyond its limits, to hide behind beauty and lay bare before degeneration. However, impulsiveness and improvisation take precedent over thinking about why he dances.
As an artist with a computer studies background, who has been studying dance since the age of five, who is passionate about recycling, and following the success of my work White Floor over the Ground, I introduce my new performance which has the working title DEAD OR ALIVE? The title was inspired by a scene of the performance, by a part of the project that alludes to the “here and now”. I feel that this performance is in fact a sequence of many performances. I externalize my obsessions about various things, which, depending on my current state of mind, are expressed in different ways. I am currently interested in the opposite concepts of action and inaction. I think I will never be able to escape from the lyrical element, since I enjoy using it to accompany my choreography. I believe music is a stimulant that electrifies the human body. For me, the body is the vessel of the soul, exposed as it is to endless stimuli coming from all directions -from times past, from the present, even from the things we fantasize about the future. I am often delighted by the movement of inanimate objects -pieces of furniture, fabrics, colors and other materials- to which I give life and motion. Are they DEAD OR ALIVE?
I am an admirer of stand up comedians and I use autobiographical referees. Many of my scenes are inspired by nature and the relationship between man and animals, since this background echoes my childhood experiences. The dancer is transformed into a human juke box.
Personally, I try to use technology as a means, as a filter -technology should never overshadow the human element. Even when I use video in my performances, I want the human factor -human mistakes and imperfections- to be present. When it attempts to reach perfection, technology is being overused. For me, the ideal combination would be technology assisted by nature. An example would be the ability to charge my cell phone using solar power.
As far as the production of the performance is concerned, I was assisted by family and friends only. This “no budget” element stimulates the imagination, without prejudicing the aesthetical aspect.
Kostas Tsioukas will perform at the MMCA on the 8th and 9th of November, at 20:00.