Contemporary dance for the first time ever makes a reference to the most representative goddess of Greek Mythology concerning water, the goddess Styx. Director and Choreographer Pavlos Kourtidis, after his last performance “Labyrinth” (Pallas Theater, May 2016), returns and faces a great challenge.
Styx, the goddess of water
72 minutes – 4 tons of water – 9 dancers
Dancing on Water
PK Theater’s stage is filled with 4 tons of water and the goddess Styx comes to life on stage for the first time.
A unique reimagination of the myth for Greece in 2017 from a daring perspective. A journey from ancient Greece to present day in which we will find references to Achilles’ heel, the daughter of Styx – Nike of Samothrace and the immortal waters of Alexander the Great. From ancient days until today water has always been worshipped in every known culture for its ability to give life. Through this daring performance, the myth comes alive on stage and the water becomes the “Dark-waters” of Tartara, the gates of Hades.
9 dancers on stage under the guidance of director Pavlos Kourtidis and find themselves “swimming” on Vasilis Tsentouros original music composition.
Styx, the Goddess of Water was presented at PK Theater for two seasons and at the ancient open stone theater at Platania Trifilias (Peloponnese).
Director, Choreographer, Lighting: Pavlos Kourtidis
Music composition: Vasilis Tsentouros
Costumes: Madga Kaloriti
Assistant Choreographer: Zoe Sotiropoulou
Production Manager: Sofia Karayianni
Production: PK Theater
Photography: Stavros Habakis
Video shooting: Zafeiris Haitidis
Video editing: Marianthi Matziri
On stage: Pavlos Kourtidis, Zoe Sotiropoulou, Ioanna Korina Palaska, Olia Mourouzidou, Christos Kafetzis, Stefania Sotiropoulou, Maria Vathi, Elena Tsikala-Vafea (1st year cast: Aggelos Antonakos, Alex Gotch)
“Pavlos Kourtidis has the talent of choosing spectacular themes for his performances and minds for his productions. He chooses great dancers and you can see the work they’ve done. His performances are well understood by the audience without being “cheap”. He will not try to confuse the audience with incomprehensible references instead he will present…
“You do not have to have a lot of dance knowledge to realize that this dance in the water requires absolute spiritual and physical concentration by the dancers. The task is difficult, unique but also redeeming. The result; excellent.”
“It is well known that the art of theater is deeply connected with the “magic” concept of methexis (which means that the audience participates, creates and improvises the action of the performance). Once methexis is achieved then the performance has accomplished its purpose to keep the audience’ s interest. This is not as simple to…