Published: 11/11/2011


Kostas Tsioukas «DEAD OR ALIVE?»
With: Lena Moscha, Kostas Tsioukas
Friday 11 & Saturday 12 November, 20:00
Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Auditorium


In the framework of the Main Programme of the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, the performance of Kostas Tsioukas entitled “DEAD OR ALIVE?” will be held on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November at 20.00 at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Auditorium, with dancers Lena Mascha and Kostas Tsioukas.

With a computer studies background and dance lessons since the age of five, Kostas Tsioukas a man who is passionate about recycling, and following the success of his work “White Floor over the Ground”, introduces his new performance “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”.

As the artist says, “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 references. 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”.

Artists’s Bio
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: 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), Lyrical Delirium, 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 hemselves. 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.



«DEAD OR ALIVE?» (54’)

  • Friday 11 & Saturday 12 November, 20:00
  • Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Auditorium
  • Egnatia 154 (on the grounds of theThessaloniki International Fair)
  • Τ: +30 2310 240002 +30 2310 240002 , 2310 240403, 2310 251928
    The entrance is FREE

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