• The city as a dream of presence [Geopeotics urban laboratory] 2016

    The City as a Dream of Presence; an urban performance laboratory November 2016
    facilitators: Elli Vassalou (architect, multimedia artist, performer) Anna Tzakou (performer, theatre deviser)
    Exhibition [OUT] TOP\AS: Performance & Public / Outdoor Space
    Benaki Museum - Peiraios 138
    If the city's experience fades away from its norms What would there be to notice, to affect and be affected by, to care and dream of? Would it signify the discovering of a new or hidden place that it has been sending us insightful messages of who we are and how we stand in this world?
    In this laboratory we use the body as a mean of activating space. Through movement (or stillness) we explore the urban space as a kinaesthetic and audiovisual environment.  We experiment with the senses and their objects such as form, shape, perspective and time in order to expand the mind to new mythologies of the urban space. The workshop addressed dancers, performers, artists, architects and anyone wishing to explore the city with her body and sight.
    The workshop took space in and around the areas of the Benaki Museum [Kerameikos- Metaxoyrgeio].
    photos by: Elli Vassalou, Christina Thomopoulou, Eleni Mastrogeorgopoulou
  • the Narrative Thread [collective action] October 2016

    residency at Zsenne Art Lab, Brussels, October 2016
    OUTSIDERS project, initiative by Eve Bonneau video of the project presentation here
    The Narrative Thread** video installation, public participatory action by Elli Vassalou
    video action: following the path of an unknown person that in an unknown time stacked outside of Zsenne gallery the sticker "no one is illegal", I follow the stickers through the city, making visible the narration of this previous action. In the same time, with my blue yarn, I  frame and connect items and relations I see [through this trajectory] in the public space, related in a way with the notion of the stranger\foreigner, legal illegal and more.
    I create a "film" that the body is the celluloid and the blue yarn is the camera that zooms in details, creating the story.
    live action 2: after watching the instruction video - installation, the people can follow the path and also take pieces [threads] of the blue yarn and add up their narrations and interests in the "story".
    Different people took the same path in public space, connecting their bodies through time and movement. the yarn plays the role of the storyteller, but the story is be open for interpretation of the people that  follow the trajectory. The Narrative thread makes the exploration of the public space a polyphonic collective experience, that activates one body at a time but connects the bodies through different times in space.
    ** thread: a long, thin strand of cotton, nylon, or other fibers used in sewing or weaving.
    Narrative thread: A narrative thread, or plot thread (or more ambiguously, a storyline), refers to particular elements and techniques of writing to center the story in the action or experience of characters rather than to relate a matter in a dry "all knowing" sort of narration. [wiki]
  • water and dreams [research in underwater dance] 2015

    by Elli Vassalou

    research and experimentation on apneustic underwater movement https://vimeo.com/157566520 Water is the element that gave birth to life. The sea is not the natural environment of the human being, but there is a memory of it hidden underneath our daily selves, that goes back in the womb or even further back to our evolutionary body characteristics. The Mammalian diving reflex is an automatic reaction when we submerge in water, t causes Bradycardia, a decrease in heart rate that is also occurring normally in the state of deep sleep and meditation. That makes aquatic environment a common place for dreams and introspection. In the underwater world, human body can move liberated from gravity and fly over the landscape. Movement is not devised by weight but from buoyancy and respiration. What are the possibilities of working in this environment while discovering the personal and communal psychophysical effect?

    7 days workshop in the submarine landscape of Maherida Beach performers, movement researchers: Gitsa Kostantoudaki, Elli Vassalou Chania, Crete, Greece, August 2015

    video documentation & editing by Elli Vassalou music in the video documentation composed by Tom Adams for Piano Day March 29 2015, track "Submarine"
  • open nature – physical theatre training and improvisation in Lycabettus [participation] 2014

    research-workshop, training leader Angela Delichatsios
    September - November 2014. Athens, Lykavittos hill // facebook
    photos G. Doukas
    We invite you to a research project about the relationship between physical theatre and nature, which will take place over a series of eight sessions in the “small canyon of Lykavittos hill”. In these sessions, we will train in physical theatre practices from the lineage of Polish theatre influenced by Grotowski. We will also base our training in techniques of meditation and improvisation from Barbara Dilley’s Contemplative Dance Practice, and we will work with text using selections from the poems of George Seferis. The development of Contemplative Dance Practice in a natural environment is a product of the Geopoetics doctoral research practice of Anna Tzakou (Nisyros, 2013).
    The workshop is a continuation of research and training Angela Delichatsios undertook while developing her work-in-progress performance “Entering the Canyon”, which was shown in June 2014 in Lykavyttos, with the collaboration of Andriana Alexiou. The themes of the work-in-progress, and also of the current research, are related to the following questions:
    - what is missing for us from nature when we live in the city?
    - can we make up for some part of this “missing piece” through theatrical meetings in nature?
    - can you build a future performance where the audience and the performers both experience restoration and connection in nature?
    At each meeting, the first part will be made up of training, so that the participants can develop a common vocabulary with which to improvise in the second part. Angela Delichatisos will lead the training, and she will hold the space during the open improvisation time, meaning she will operate as an ouside observer, in order to provide feedback to the participants and to observe the development of the research.
    The research workshop is open to actors, dancers, musicians, and performers with an interest in physical theatre and nature. The workshop is also open to people who are interested in deepening their contact with their bodies, with nature, and with their expressive potential. All that is asked is that the participants offer their full presence.
    We hope to see you in the Canyon! May the forest be with you!
  • How to Construct Public Space between Art and Education? [Workshop] 2007

    The workshop was presented in the second international conference on the ARTS in Society within the context of the contemporary art exhibition Documenta 12 [Kassel, august 2007] programme
    Participants from around the world are invited to discuss the workshop as alternative production site, between art and education. Workshops can provide ways for producing creative work, outside traditional art and education frames. In the context of increasing globalization and privatization of education, as well as the increasing commercialization of art, workshops can function as working environments to establish alternative modes of pedagogy and cultural production, based on experimantation, process, collective work, sharing ideas and skills, collaboration, intervention in everyday environments, etc. We want to discuss the workshop as a new merging site of art, education and everyday space. We will present examples of site-specific workshops, initiated at the Laboratory for Visual Arts, at the Department of Architecture, University of Patras. Key issues to be addressed are: the workshop as self-organized initiative to respond quickly to emergent city situations, forms of collaboration, discussion (as form of intervention), mobility (as expansion of the range of an action / activation of different places) networking practices, communication modes, hospitality, public forum, network of localities.  read more here
    Working team: Panos Kouros [Artist] – Nikos Kazeros [Architect] Dafni Aidoni, Marina Biza, Vicky Polychronopoulou, Elli Vassalou, Aggeliki Zervou [students, Department of Architecture, University of Patras]
  • House4Talk [research, collective action] 2006

    house4talk.blogspot.gr 4 discussions in 4 houses, collective initiative for the construction of public space between students and the city. A collaborative project evolving in parallel to the exhibition "what remains is future" Patras cultural city of Europe 2006. 4 student houses open their doors and host four open conversations related to the subjects of student residence, the relationship between public and private space and the creation of a public forum inside the cell of a private residence.
    "0" magazine, art exhibition What Remains is Future, Patras  2006