An unclassifiable solo using burlesque to ridicule social conventions.
Greek artist Euripides Laskaridis - short-filmmaker, director and performer - has already built quite a reputation. He has worked with the famous choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou who, among other works, staged the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, and has shown his own work at festivals such as the New York International Fringe Festival and in places like Judson Church Dance Theatre and Dixon’s Dance Academy in the United States. He recently won a prize from the Pina Bausch foundation for young choreographers.
In Euripides Laskaridis’s solo, Relic, he gives new expression to his taste for the ridiculous and for transformation. Dressed like a giant grotesque doll straight from the works of Hans Bellmer, he starts the performance sitting on a chair. With a flick of a high-heeled shoe, he manipulates the sound and light of the show. The tone is set as other ordinary objects – a green plant, a microphone, a rug – heighten the impression of strange familiarity.
On a dimly lit stage, the performer goes about daily activities – watering flowers, lazing on a chair – and then launches into a choreographed number. A series of actions performed in a constrained space representing the neurotic imprisonment of the character.
Relic is burlesque theatre where everything is strange and unexpected. The performance is clearly “queer”: not only does the character blur the boundaries of masculine and feminine, he becomes totally unrecognizable, like his show, which defies classification. Both familiar and strange, endearing and repulsive, Relic thwarts the audience’s ability to pass judgement. The mockery is made clear in the way simple actions and accessories are deviated from their normal function, for example, in a long sequence where Euripides Laskaridis plays a gentrified woman in her evening gown, pearls and blond wig, trying to deliver a ludicrous speech at some caricature of a ceremony. She is all dressed up but falls flat on her face. We grasp nothing of the flood of words, other than the absurdity of the situation.
The entire show is built on such a collapsing structure. In this tightly-paced solo, Euripides Laskaridis destroys any remnant of seriousness or social convention. The performer doesn’t hide behind any form of artifice and takes evident pleasure in exhibiting his Do-It-Yourself aesthetic. Playing with parody, cabaret, vaudeville and slapstick, Relic mocks our desire to exist at any cost.
[RUN TIME] 45 MIN
SOLO CRÉATION 2015 - Chorégraphie, mise en scène, scénographie et interprétation Euripides Laskaridis Conseil artistique Tatiana Bre Conseil à la dramaturgie Alexandros Mistriotis Création costumes Angelos Mendis Création sonore Kostas Michopoulos Régie lumières Miltos Athanasiou Conseil musical Kornelios Selamsis Conseil lumières Eliza Alexandropoulou Assistante du directeur Ioanna Plessa Éléments de décor spécifiques Marios Sergios Eliakis, Ioanna Plessa Accessoiristes James Konstantinidis, Natasa Kouvari Assistante costumes Melina Terzakis Musiques et son Roumba Relic de Kornelios Selamsis, Dá-me um Beijo de Elis Regina, Kapia Mana Anastenazi de Vaggelis Perpiniadis, Extraits du film 12 Angry Men (1957) Photos Miltos Athanasiou Production Osmosis Performing Arts Co Coproduction Athens & Epidaurous Festival (Grèce)