A series of short video portraits, like the tracks of a record that radiates an unfamiliar air. A kind of anti-dance that counters notions of beauty.
Anna Papathanasiou created “Axel’s Just Dreaming” as a compendium of moving images, an album of “unreleased” material. A series of seven video portraits that depict imaginary characters in states of isolation and ecstasy.
Each image presents an existence that builds its own narrative within strict chronological and spatial constraints, inside a closed circuit, behind a screen or a pane of glass. Each existence is a small explosion that went to waste inside a taped-up gift box never delivered due to problems with the postal service. Repetitious movements bring to mind a kind of purgatory where mentally worked up beings make each day special, even if it’s all only an illusion.
We all want someone to bear witness to our loneliness, so as not to go mad inside our own little boxes.
Distortion, repetition, and transformation are the core materials used in this rendition of a dystopic feeling. A silent and gentle nightmare with absurd visual connections that cannot be explained, but which do the explaining. Like the dream of a dog on the verge of death, already afloat inside a transitional space as its body leaves it ever so slowly behind.
A tableau vivant of a dive into the absurd.
The artwork was created in the terms of the #8 Onassis New Choreographers Festival 2021 upon commission of the Onassis Foundation.
More about the project you can find here
Onassis New Choreographers Festival 8
Conceived, Choreographed and Performed: Anna Papathanasiou
Artistic Collaborator: Konstantinos Gkarametsis
Cinematographer & Light designer: Nikos Kouros
Original Music & Sound Design: Dimitris Papadatos
Associate Movement Director & Dramaturgy Consultant: Iris Fousteri
Costumes Design: Konstantinos Gkarametsis-Graamaarg
Color Grading: Dimitris Mavroforakis
Special Constructions: Nektarios Theodonis
Assistant to the Artist: Iro Adrakta
Assistant to the Lighting Designer: Ifigeneia Gianniou
Production Management: Nikos Mavrakis & Christos Christopoulos – TooFarEast
Production Assistants: Konstantina Douka-Gkosi, Stergiana Tzegka
Photographers: Yiorgos Kaplanidis, Petros Chytiris
Gear by RGB Studios
In loving memory of our Axel, who passed away just days after the filming ended.