Danae Theodoridou is a performance maker and researcher based in Brussels. She studied literature and linguistics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and acting at the National Theatre of Northern Greece. She completed a practice-led PhD on dramaturgy at Roehampton University, London. Since 2008 she creates solo and collaborative live works and research projects all over Europe, which have been supported by organisations such as the AHRC, the Greek General Secretariat for Youth, the EU, and the Flemish State of the Art. She works as a lecturer of theatre and performance at the University of Groningen (NL), teaches in various art conservatoires of theatre and dance (PARTS, Dasarts a.o.) and publishes her writings internationally. She is one of the creators of the three-year research project Dramaturgy at Work.
More information: www.danaetheodoridou.com
FRAME OF RESEARCH
EARTH IN 100 YEARS
Following the creation of One Small Step for a Man: Hello, Goodbye (OSSFAM, 2015), Earth in 100 Years is a one-to-one performance that continues an idea that emerged in the maker’s year-long research process on social imaginaries. In this frame, it constitutes her second ‘table piece’ that deals with the way we imagine our common life on this planet. Earth in 100 Years takes place around a table where a spectator and a performer meet. The work is structured around the making of a puzzle of Earth’s map as a speculation exercise on alternative social and political realities. During this game, Earth is cut in pieces and is structured and restructured in different combinations that attempt to challenge Jameson’s argument that it is now easier for us to imagine the end of the world than an aternative to capitalism (Archaeologies of the Future, 2005). Alternative Earth maps that reconfigure the planet’s continents, oceans and countries are created, imagining collectively how Earth will look like in 100 years geographically, geologically but also socially and politically (what kind of states and communities we will have, what kind of country unions, what will their names be etc). The aim is to create unexpected maps loaded with collective imaginaries for our present and future life.