- but my devotion is unconditional by danae theodoridou
- danae theodoridou
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A performer onstage speaks to the audience. This stage however is not at its usual place. Or the audience is not at its usual place. Performer and spectators do not have the expected distance from each other but a much bigger one. What kind of relationship can be developed in this case? What remains graspable in this distance? Being hardly visible and audible with difficulty, how close can a performer come to the audience? How close can the audience come to her? How does one surpass and maintain distance? What is the force that make one be close to what is distant for different reasons? From what distance should we look at something (that we are taking for granted) as ‘other’, as ‘foreign’, so that we are able to relate to it? How far can our unconditional devotion reach and what distances can it cover? And when the issue comes exclusively to the arts, which are often accused of being placed ‘outside reality’, unable to reach the outside world and change something in it, how can theatrical structures respond to one such challenge and defeat this distance?
Setting and working with similar questions, which experiment with distances of the stage and of life, But My Devotion Is Unconditional explores the size of human nature and the performing arts, as well as the conditions and operational modes of our communication. Challenging dominant understandings of collectivity and cooperation that usually imply a closeness, a coming together in a shared space and time, the project experiments at the edges of theatrical acts that are usually all about the ‘here and now’. In this way it aims to explore the disproportions of human nature: the insignificance of our size as corruptible, mortal beings and the simultaneous vastness of our mental and emotional force.
But My Devotion Is Unconditional is worked in three parts: a durational performance-installation, a one-to-one performance and a live show.
Concept/Creation: Danae Theodoridou
in an artistic dialogue with: Ioanna Asimakopoulou, Konstantina Georgelou, Myriam van Imschoot, Panagiotis Katsolis, Efrosini Protopapa.
but my devotion is unconditional was inspired by and constitutes a dialogue with Myriam van Imschoot's video work Efemeriden, made in 2012 with aid of Dienst Nederlandse Cultuur van de Gemeente Schaarbeek.