ENEMY (a Peace Conference) performance
by French Zone -poème- in Delphi
former Pikionis pavilion, now “Pi”, Delphi, Greece
Friday, October 20, 2023 at 6pm
On October 20, Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative (PCAI) presents ENEMY (a Peace Conference) by French performance company Zone -poème-, at the former Pikionis pavilion, now “Pi”, in Delphi. The performance, conceived by artists Mélodie Lasselin and Simon Capelle, is hosted in the framework of the European project Stronger Peripheries, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme.
ENEMY (a peace conference) is the first part of a performance trilogy in relation to the wars in Europe. Having completed an initial long-term work entitled BARBARE on the member countries of the European Union from 2019 to 2022, Zone -poème- took on Europe with a view to creating a work for peace and questioning the figure of the enemy.
Reflecting on the place of peripheries inside Europe, and the possibility to give voice to local communities, this show aims to interrogate the notion of peace in relation to the current and past conflicts of Europe. Mélodie Lasselin and Simon Capelle respond to the theatre of operations of conflicts with an anatomical theatre that attempts to overturn the staggering machine of war images. Driven by extensive fieldwork in the Balkans, meeting those who have been working for thirty years to reestablish the bonds of peace between communities, but also meeting French and Italian soldiers who intervened in the former Yugoslavia, ENEMY (a peace conference) proposes a paradoxical path where the bodies find, through breath and voice, a way to confront the traumas of conflict. For its next and last chapter, ENEMY (iliads) will be focusing on the ecological consequences of war in Europe, a currently developing dance and performance piece on the ontological need for freedom and beauty.
Mélodie Lasselin and Léa Pérat, choreographers and dancers of the performance, conceived a dialogue with local communities through dance, offering a hybrid narrative that mixes tradition with the future, heritage and fiction, advocating diversity as a bridge between peoples. Recently, ENEMY was awarded the Special Jury Award of the 38th FIAT festival – Festival Internacionalnog Alternativnog in Montenegro. This production emerged as part of the Stronger Peripheries – Creative Europe programme following residencies in France and Italy. The presentation in Delphi, Greece is taking place under the auspices of the French Institute of Greece.
Concept: Mélodie Lasselin & Simon Capelle Choreography & Performance: Mélodie Lasselin in collaboration with Léa Pérat Original Music Creation: Restive Plaggona Field Recording: Quentin Conrate Light Design: Caroline Carliez Set & Costume Designer: Emma Depoid Choreographic View: Teresa Acevedo de las Casas Ceramics: Claire Weibel, Juliette Charlot, Noa Michelet, Eve Mercky (ESAD Pyrénées)
Co-production: Occitanie en scène, The Parvis scène nationale Tarbes, Sardegna Teatro, L’Arboreto – Teatro Dimora di Mondaino (Stronger Peripheries program – Creative Europe), Ballet du Nord – CCN Roubaix Partners: La Chambre d’eau
Supported by: Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative, PCAI (Greece)
With the auspices of the French Institute of Greece.
Entrance is free
Free shuttle bus service on the day of the event from Athens (Syntagma Square) to Delphi and back. The bus will depart from Delphi to Athens after the end of the performance. A reservation for each itinerary is mandatory.
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Dates: Friday 20 October 2023
Arrival Time: 5.30 pm
Starting Time: 6 pm
Venue: Pi, Global Center for Circular Economy and Culture (former Pikionis’ pavilion), Delphi, Greece
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Image credits: © Duško Miljanić
More about Zone -poème-
ZONE -poème- is a performance company based in Lille, France. Since 2016 Simon Capelle and Mélodie Lasselin are both directors, authors, choreographers, and performers of the company, which offers multidisciplinary creations engaged in the contemporary world based on an exploration of territories. It is also a platform for experimentation, transmission, and research on the living arts. Their performance and choreographic pieces have been toured in France and worldwide. Oracle (2018), the first piece of the company, at the festival Le Grand Bain in Roubaix, in 2020; BARBARE (European Museum of Translation), an ensemble of 28 performances, at le Vivat, in Latitudes Contemporaines Festival, at L’Oiseau-Mouche, as well as in-situ in the Hauts-de-France region. In 2021, Capelle and Lasselin were both finalists of the performance open call of Biennale di Teatro in Venice. In 2022, they were selected and commissioned by the European programme Stronger Peripheries to create a new piece on the communities. In this context, they created the performance ENEMY, which has been traveling around Europe since 2022.
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