I am pleased when I forget, I cry when I remember

Remembering the foreign lands, triggers my motions  

It’s time to knead the dough for the rusk, mum

She pours the water with sorrow and in tears she kneads the dough.

And with complaint in her heart, she lights the fire in the oven,

Oven start burning and you, bread, start rising

For the slave master will pass by, and my son shall remain.

ながれ

/NAGARE - Flow


An exploration of the dimensions of time through Butoh, organic movement and sound.

な が れ / N A G A R E is a semantic approach to the circle of creation; the mature form which decays and through death returns back to its primal waters.

 

Evidently borrowing Japanese and Greek traditional elements from Noh theatre & Kabuki dance (Japan), Tragedies and Ancient Greek mysteries (Kaviria, Eleusinia & Orfika) な が れ / N A G A R E has been developed as an organic interaction between electric violin soundscapes and the slow motion movement as a response to the polyphonic lamenting.

Review by Natalie Katsou

Theater Director & Educator

When the mourning process becomes the meeting point of two strong spiritual and physical traditions. The songs of Epirus in Greece and the "motionology" of butoh from Japan create a new ritual and a new thread of contact between people. From a black veil of grief and blindness to the transparent membrane that leads back to birth. Because lament is a healing expression.
A wonderful performance by Eliza Soroga & Roxani-Eleni Garefalaki, extra magic added by Takatsuna Mukai and the atmosphere of the electric violin.

It is an interdisciplinary collaboration between a Japanese musician and two Greek performance artists as an attempt to bring together Greek and Japanese performative and ceremonial elements, as an exploration of the common spiritual grounds of those two phenomenally different cultures.

な が れ / N A G A R E is a hybrid investigation between the limits of Butoh dance and polyphonic traditional singing methods of Epirus (North Greece) accompanied by electric violin soundscapes.

Starting point was the Greek traditional lament, ‘’I am pleased when I forget’’ (Αλησμονώ και χαίρομαι) originally sung by the mothers in the mountains of Epirus who grieved the loss of their sons.

 

As a creative process, we incorporated the grieving via subconscious connections through movement and sound that tap into the archetypal experience of loss, grief and death and the ways in which suffering finds its way through darkness.

References:

Carl Yung, The Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious, (Princeton University Press: 1959).

Danah Zohar, The Quantum Self, (William Morrow Paperbacks: 1991).

Sigmund Freud, The Uncanny, trans. by David McLintock (London: Penguin Books: 1953)

Antonin Artaud, The Theater and Its Double, trans. by Mary C. Rich (New York: Grove Press, 1994).

Gaston Bachelard, Water and Dreams: an Essay on the Imagination of Matter, (Dallas Inst Humanities & Culture: 1999).
Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art, (Createspace: 2010).
C.G. Jung, The Spirit in Man, Art & Literature, (Princeton University Press: 1971).
Carl G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, (Fontana Press: 1995).

Albert Hofmann and R. Gordon Wasson, The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries, (North Atlantic Books U.S: 2009).
ながれ / NAGARE has been performed at St. Pancras Old church part of 'The Polaris Experience' curated by Gene Serene, London (July 2015), Apiary studios part of Modern Panic VI curated by Guerilla Zoo, London (November 2015), Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre curated by Beautiful Confusion, London, (December 2015), The White Conduit Projects- Contemporary Art Gallery, London, (March 2016), LIBRARY members club, London, (April 2016).

elizasoroga.com

is a performance artist from Athens currently based in London. She holds an MA in Performance Making (Goldsmiths University of London) and in Cultural Theory (National University of Athens). She has trained in Jacques Lecoq’s physical theatre technique, butoh dance and Greek traditional polyphonic singing. Her work is considered mainly as site-specific and explores the dynamic method of shaping everyday life into a performance.

Eliza was awarded as the Overall Winner in Performance & Video Art section on the 11th international Arte Laguna Prize held in Venice (March 2017) for her work Women in Agony.

Her work has been shown in galleries, museums and theatres including the V&A Museum, Battersea Arts Centre, Camden People’s Theatre and diverse non-theatre sites in London, Athens, Paris & Amsterdam. Eliza is part of Young Vic Theatre Directors Program.

Eliza Soroga

takatsuna.com

is a Japanese sound artist based in London. He has been active in his genre-defying works moving across the worlds of music, art, theatre and film, as a musician, composer, producer, director, writer, and actor. Past/Present collaborators include; British Sculptor Malcolm Poynter, poets Phil Dirtbox and Timothy Turnbull, London punk fashion label Charles of London, Croatian mime company Studio Lila, Slovenian theatre director Dragan Živadinov (NSK), Ballet Dancers Ksenija Kovač (Slovenian National Ballet/Opera), jazz flute player Rowland Sutherland, contemporary composers Alessandro Olla and Jennifer McConachie, improvisors/composers Adriano Orrù and Silvia Corda(Italy), Ben Davis (UK), Richard Pryce(UK), Genevieve Wilkins(Australia), Russian exile artist Oleg Yanushevskiy, and satirists Chris Morris and Uzi Weill (UK and Israel respectively).

Takatsuna Mukai

is a performance artist from Athens now based in London. She uses a holistic approach to performance combining movement with sound exploring the connections between art and healing. She specializes in Butoh and slow motion performance using symbolism through movement investigating the ability to transform collectively the sense of the dimension time by creating space through the use of organic movement. She has performed in ancient Greek theatres (Epidaurus, Herodeion, Phillipoi etc with the National Theater of Greece and the Hellenic Festival), to street theatre, children’s theatre, dance theatre and circus cabaret, stills, aerial acrobatics and fire juggling. She has trained in music (Bachelor Degree in Harmony- Higher Theory of Music (Hellenic Conservatory), classical singing, Healing through Sound and voice (Joe Tornabene, Roy Hart theatre), and Butoh (with Moeno Wakamatsu & Sai Misima). She is currently training to become an Alexander Technique teacher and Teaches Tai Chi and Chi Kung emphasizing on healing and meditative properties.

Roxani Eleni Garefalaki

Space

Any space that is divided into performance and audience area. Ideally amphitheatric, with a clear stage area and clear white background on stage.

Chairs for audience members.

Lights

4 x Spot lights (Fresnel lights) rigged or

4 x floor lights (Birdies).

Smoke machine

Use of smoke machine (we will hire if there isn’t any in space)

Sound

P/A system where amplifier can connect + 2 ambient microphones for the live vocals (if the venue is equipped with boundary mics, we will use those).

Technical requirements

Butoh/voice: Roxani Garefalaki & Eliza Soroga
Live violin:
Takatsuna Mukai
Costume design: Yuliya Krylova
Photo credit: Eleonora Cristin, Simone Pellegrini / Doris Shiffer

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