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EROSTUDIES

nytheatre.com review by Saviana Stanescu
August 15, 2002

If you didn’t manage to go to Greece this summer and to spend your hot nights dancing in taverns under the rain of carnations, don’t feel sad, you have a chance to get more than that: the EROStudies performing package, a show that captures both ancient and (post)modern Greece flavors.

This production of THEATRON (Greek American Performing Arts Center) is an up-lifting, thought-provoking and beautifully-done dance-theatre piece which may bring into your mind and soul big words like catharsis.

Euripides Laskaris’ directing has succeeded in creating poetical, deep, and sometimes even funny episodes—erotic flashbacks in the darkness of the stage/memory. The choreography signed by Tzeni Argyriou interweaves Greek folk dance with accumulations of violent-soft movement in an attempt to play with the concept of falling. "Falling in love" translates in the body-language into literally falling onto the floor, smashing into walls, jostling into each other.

The video part reminded me of one of my favorite films, Cinema Paradiso, where all the previously censored kisses are edited in a unique cinematographic sequence of hundreds of lips-touching moments.

The imagery of EROStudies relies on dark-light, black-white, red-pink binaries in a mixture of traditional and fashionable, folkloric and trendy, tragic and comic, sacred and profane. Even Eros, the God of Love who directs the light spots on couples or solitary cavorting dreamers, wears red braces and has the mundane appearance of a bartender.

Indeed, the whole show builds this kind of "bridge-braces" between nowadays and mythology, the result being a wonderful artistic experience that speaks tenderly about the performed-by-everybody act of Love.