Photographer: N. Klinger
place: Platia Dimarchiou
28th of July Christina Mertzani “Minotaur”
Choreography and performance: Christina Mertzani
Sound design: Donato Deliano
Music: Donatο Deliano incl. parts of “An Ending (Ascent)“ by Brian Eno
Costume: Mona Eing
The solo investigates ideas of duality and how two opposite poles are intertwined. What do conflicting concepts create emotionally, bodily and psychologically, when they are combined and embodied.
Inspired by the Minotaur, an undefined creature half human and half bull, the piece investigates how this creature comprises a new category, a new classification. He is wandering alone in the maze of his mind trying to understand himself and the world around him.
Christina Mertzani choreographer, dancer and teacher – graduated from Athens State School of Dance 2004.
In the last 13 years she has been teaching contemporary dance and partnering extensively in Europe, leading masterclasses, workshops and intensives for dancers and companies in theaters, Universities, festivals and professional studios such as: cie.toula limnaios, Marameo, Staatstheater Osnabrück, Landesbühnen Sachsen, Staatstheater Kassel, Staatstheater Heidelberg, Tanzbüro Basel, Staatstheater St. Gallen, Staatstheater Bern, Nachschub, HJS Profitraining Amsterdam, SOZO visions in motion, Landestheater Linz, Anton Bruckner University, Staatstheater Bielefeld, Staαststheater Braunschweig, b12, one small step, AKBANK Sanat Istanbul .
“without trace”, Christina’s first choreographic video work, awarded by the British Council in 2014.
Ever since, Christina has been working internationally as a choreographer, performer and teacher.
She has choreographed for V.Void, Arthrosis, Municipal and Regional Theater of Corfu, SOZO, among other companies.
As a founding member of the company free fall, she has presented “metamorphosis”, “inside”, “mix-up”, “cube”, “alternative bodies”, “stheno”, “run away” and video dance works “entanglement”, “reborn temptation” and “60 pulses”, in Greece, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, France and The Netherlands.
As a performer, Christina has worked with Johannes Wieland, Stella Zannou, Kostandin Mixos, Kat Valastur, Apostolia Papadamaki, Helder Seabra, Maria Gorgia, Sofia Spyratou and performed choreographies by Wim Vandekeybus, Mark Morris and Martha Graham.
She is currently a faculty member of Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria.
Since 2010, Christina Mertzani co-directs with Evangelos Poulinas «one small step» International Contemporary Dance Festival in Urban Environment, Corfu / Greece.