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Athens 2016

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After a tumultuous beginning, passTRESpassAthens 2016 culminated in a wonderful workshop and performance of proximity as part of Outopias, an exhibition curated by Thanos Vovolis at the Benaki museum.

OutTopias, Benaki Museum Athens, Greece
September 24, 2016
passTRESpass Athens https://tmdas.org/passtrespass-athens/
The purpose of the work is to pose questions regarding how we negotiate boundaries on the different levels; human relationships, physical space, and cultural practices. Participants explore movement vocabulary with an emphasis on excavating and physicalizing particular psycho-geographies – personal stories and communal histories. As we are confronted with each other’s cultures, how can we successfully co-exist and flourish? What do we carry with us? What do we leave behind and how does that effect our environment?
As kinetic organisms moving about on a planet shrinking from population density and technological advances, we are colliding faster and harder; realities intersecting, borders shift. As the ground shifts, how do we make sense of where the pieces fall? How do we choose to rearrange them?
Thanks to Embros Theater, City Plaza and Benaki Museum for their support.
Despina Sophia Stamos
Panagiotis Andronikidis
Irene Siegel
sound and editing Maria Juliana Byck
camera Leon Taylor

Stay tuned for part 2, dis*place*ment, November 19 & 20 at 2pm at Anita’s Way, Times Square. dis*place*ment is a transcontinental dance conversation with the artists from City Plaza. All tickets proceeds will go to the cast in Athens.

upcoming finale

upcoming finale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Landing in Athens with Irene Siegel on August 24, we are immediately informed that an attack had occurred in a neighboring refugee center. Two gas canisters and a Molotov cocktail were thrown into the ground floor at 5:30 am, by fascist nationalists, causing a fire that burned the storage room. Luckily, no one was hurt.

img_0942 Many families were moved to the City Plaza Hotel, presently home to 400 people half of which are children. This event was frightening and further traumatizing to the people many who were there because their own worlds were crushed by bombs, DASH fanatics, smugglers and harrowing journeys.

 

 

City Plaza

Irene immediately translated for Arabic speaking  Syrian Kurds.

She was extremely invaluable providing much needed communication bridge. Slowly, we connected with various groups within the center.

 

 

 

 

Mohammad and our unaccompanied minors.

Mohammad and our unaccompanied minors.

 

 

Mohammad, a 14 year old traveling with his 16 year old brother Basir shows interest in our dance proposal. He brings his friends. They are beautiful performers. They are children who have made it to safety.

 

girls

 

girlsyoga and girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

For cultural reasons, the girls and women do not participate. We dance with them at the women’s gathering every Tuesday and Thursday from 7-10pm. Yoga for women at 7 all week. Joined by 16 yr old Alishba, whose grandfather was killed by the Taliban in Pakistan, Nisreen and Evine, two Syrian sisters, 16 and 14, Slava 13, Raida 10, occasionally Lava 14.

 

Nur's journey

Nur’s journey

Nur, a young mother from Homs, shows us her neighborhood on Google maps, satellite view. She traces with her fingers the different areas around her home belonging to different warring factions. She zooms into the bombed building remains a few doors from her own family’s home, while cradling her infant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Proudly announcing our 2015 Benefit Gala

We are beyond thrilled to invite you to our upcoming Benefit Gala on May 11, 2015. Enjoy amazing views from the 48th floor of the Bank of America building. Our Athens collaborators will join us for a transcontinental live-stream dance performance, sharing a taste of what passTRESpass will offer this summer.

Tickets are $50, click to buy!

Can’t come but want to support? Donate here!

Tax-deductible sponsor packages are also available – contact despinasophia at hotmail.com.

Gala invite

 

 


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Masquerade Ball

The modern dance awareness society will be performing through out the evening and into the New Year at the Rubulad Ball!

 Join Abigail Levine and myself in the starlit lounge tent as we find corners waiting for dances.

 

Last chance to dance!

Rubulad presents:

The End of an Error – A New Year’s Masquerade Ball

 Ring out the old… ring in the new!

 Weds. Dec 31st

live bands: Flaming Fire I Love You Airlines The Creaky Boards with your DJ / Soundman Cody

DJs: DJ Shakey Pork Chop Mike Simonetti

Special surprise DJs brought to you by $mall ¢hange

 in the Cabaret Room:

Anna Copacabana Viva, Mary Feaster and Friends Jessica Delfino with your DJ / Soundman Greything

 in the Starlight Lounge

G. Scopitronic’s Non-Stop Film Fest

Modern Dance Awareness Society

Yummy Dub Pies and hot cider

Doors 10:00 pm; show 11:00 pm

20 beans for Dressy Bessies and Masked Marvels –

Thirty beans if you can’t even be bothered to dress up at all on New Year’s Eve!

10:00 pm doors; 11:00 pm show

20 beans before 11:00, in costume, or way late; 30 otherwise.

 

Rubulad Home Base: 338 Flushing Ave., bet. Classon & Taaffee 
L train to Bedford Avenue> B61 bus on Driggs to Flushing Ave (10 
mins)> left under BQE> Rubulad’s on your right just past the gas 
station *OR* J / M / Z to Marcy Ave> walk along BQE> left under BQE 
at Flushing. 

Or G Train to Classon, walk on Classon to Flushing 

Note: The B61 bus runs from Greenpoint to Red Hook through Dumbo and Downtown Brooklyn. The B57 bus will take you to and from Bushwick, fast. 

You can help us continue to have a Rubulad in this space by being quiet coming and going, staying inside the space during the event and not pissing all over the sidewalk as soon as you get around the corner – which, incidentally, does attract the police and they will write you a summons. 

The less our neighbors have to complain about, the more fun we can have. 


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TRESpass product and thoughts

 

 

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we land in the production zone. 11/11 is my first leap in. it is armistice day, unfortunately, a yearly ritual on my part–when will we lay down arms? warm arms that hold, support–steel extensions for killing. when did we forget that there was a war to end all wars? when armistice turned to veterans? 

we used the arms today

many 4 fingered arms (made in the vicintity)

1 rifle from wwI or 3/4th and 1/4

3 crime scene outlines

lots of tape and bandage guaze

4 channels moving