In this piece, the artist uses the condition of the performance as a frame which allows for the meeting, the interaction and the coexistence of ones several bodies. At a time where humanity goes through extreme changes and is under constant threats of a nuclear war, personal balance seems impossible. The work therefore exposes how the post-traumatic body from the pandemic continues to have to cope with new challenges that prevent a greatly desired tranquility. The embodiment of the complexity of the self may be the beginning of its acceptance and at the same time a chance for its survival.
Concept, dramaturgy, choreography, song, performance: Lia Haraki Sound design: Christos Hadjichristou Set design: Yiorgos Yiannou Lights: Alexander Jotovic Techical management: Yiangos Hadjiyiannis Image: Pavlos Vrionides Technical management in Milos: Dimitris Poulimenos Organization: International Dance & Theater Center of Milos Co-organization: South Aegean Region Supporter: Minister of Culture of Cyprus
Lia is a contemporary performance artist and lecturer living in Limassol Cyprus, who works across the disciplines of performance, dance, deviced theatre, sound and what she calls repetitve poetry. Her work challenges biases concerning identity, gender, ethnicity, ecology, value and the art of performance itself. Beginning from self-sarcasm and working with satire she enjoys finding ways to crack carefully constructed social identities and reveal the illusion we have of them as real. Usually, in her pieces, sociopolitical norms and the heteronormative are questioned and challenged, while fragility and empathy are underlined as human necessary strengths. Her work takes the form of staged theatre works, dance pieces, site-specific pieces, one on one performances, sound installations, standup shows, music bands and performances in shops.
Lia studied Dance Theatre Studies (BA) at the Laban centre in London. Ever since she has been creating works for the stage and alternative spaces both locally and internationally. Her works have been presented in many European cities and festivals like Julidans Amsterdam, the Athens Festival, Royal Festival Hall London, Bozar Brussels, Unesco Paris, The Place London, Tanec Praha, Kleines Haus Dresden, Korzo The Hague, Euro-scene Leipzig and other. She has been one of the artists who represented Cyprus in the Venice Biennale for visual Arts in 2013 with the solo ‘Tune In’ curated by Raimundas Malasauskas (Special mention for the Cyprus and Lithuanian Pavilion). She has been awarded two times the choreography award at the Cyprus dance platform (2003, 2005) and her works were two times short listed by the Aerowaves network (Evergreen – 2004, Pretendance – 2009).
In 2005 she initiated the creation of Dance House Lemesos which is the space that supports professional contemporary dance in Cyprus and functions as a point for the development of collaborations with organizations and artists from the European dance scene.
In 2007 she has been part of the core team that created the dance programme of The University of Nicosia and is a part-time lecturer. She also taught at the Theatre studies programmes of Intercollege and Satiriko theatre in Nicosia.
Lia has been the representative for the Aerowaves network (2004-2016). She has curated the events entitled ‘Aerowaves Nights’ at Dance House Lemesos (2008 και 2010) and did the programming for the 6th Open House International dance festival of Dance House Lemesos with the theme ‘SEXPECTATIONS’ with international artists such as Ivo Dimchev, Hodworks, Tabea Martin.