Danae Theodoridou is a performance maker and researcher based in Brussels. She studied literature, linguistics and acting in Greece and completed her PhD on dramaturgy in Roehampton University, London. She currently works as a Lecturer in the University of Groningen (NL) and teaches in Art Conservatoires and Universities all over Europe. Since 2008, Danae has been working as an independent performance maker, creating and participating in solo and collaborative live works and artistic research projects in the UK, Greece, the Netherlands, France and elsewhere, with artists and theorists such as Ivana Müller, Karen Christopher, Bojana Kunst and others. Her work has been supported by important cultural institutions such as: the AHRC, the Greek General Secretariat for Youth, the European Union, workspacebrussels and others. At the same time, Danae has been presenting and publishing her research writings in various international conferences and journals.
More info: www.danaetheodoridou.com
FRAME OF RESEARCH
2014: A Space Odyssey Two Point Four
2014: A Space Odyssey Two Point Four constitutes a ‘micro science-fiction’ work that practices on stage and in real time processes related to science fiction: speculating in the present and projecting to the future; walking towards this future conditioned by past hypotheses. Following this process, three performers create the work anew each time based on a series of speculations on their future offered to them by the audience.
At the same time, the work pays attention to the rich sci-fi tradition “as a vehicle of mass sentiments and mass desires” (Arendt, The Human Condition) departing from stories that take place around the years of 2000, such as the emblematic ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ by S. Kubrick. Recognizing the almost exotic, scary as well as fascinating feeling of infinite potential and great admiration that our time evoked to previous generations, 2014: A Space Odyssey Two Point Four attempts to approach core sci-fi concerns, from within that so much anticipated future. In this sense it acts as a science fiction for the present aiming to open space for new imaginaries related to the existential, conceptual but also political and social implications of such concerns. Starting point for this exploration becomes a question that seems more and more urgent as time passes: if, as Arendt has argued, there is no reason to doubt our present (scientific and technical) abilities, how do we actually want to use our new knowledge and imagine our present and future?
Concept, Creation: Danae Theodoridou
In collaboration with: Bryana Fritz, Konstantina Georgelou, Panagiotis Katsolis, Antigone Michalakopoulou, Efrosini Protopapa, Marcos Simoes, Efthimis Theou, Vera Tussing, Benjamin van Buren, Ana Wild
Performed by: Marcos Simoes, Efthimis Theou, Danae Theodoridou, Ana Wild
Co-produced by: workspacebrussels
Supported by: BUDA, PACT Zollverein, Bains Connective