The European Center for Architecture Art, Design and Urban Studies in collaboration with the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, presents an exhibition of VENIVINCE featuring sculpture and photos titled: “Dancing in the Light 2”. The opening of the exhibition is on Saturday, March 3rd, at 19:00 p.m. at Contemporary Space Athens, 74 Mitropoleos str, Plaka.
VENIVINCE is a collaboration between Kalliopi Venieri (ballerina, choreographer, sculptor) and Vincent Guy (theatre director, actor, photographer). Their purpose is to create new works from their mix of artistic disciplines. They also draw freely on others’ creative skills. They have had two exhibitions in Athens dedicated to their work: at Herakleidon Museum, Thission, in 2013 and at Zivasart, Maroussi, in 2014. A third was at the Archaeological Museum of Delphi in September 2017.
About Kalliopi Venieri
She was a ballet soloist with leading international companies (American Ballet Theatre, Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas, Opera of Geneva, Dutch National Ballet). Her talent was first discovered by Anthony Tudor when she was 14 years old. Picked to dance Sleeping Beauty with Nureyev, she chose instead to go to the Hamburg Opera where she danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s ballets, coached by Balanchine himself. Worked with many other great choreographers like Lifar, Massine, Nijinska, and coaches from the Bolshoi and Kirov. Ran La Danse school in Athens for 24 years, where she choreographed nearly 50 ballet performances for her students. Now a full-time sculptor, she has had several solo exhibitions.
“Dancing is one of the most powerful sensations there is; body, mind and feelings are engaged in a pattern with the music. In my sculpture I try to capture that intensity of a moment of dance. I wish to transform those moments as dancer and choreographer into something solid and – who knows? – perhaps lasting. Sculpture enables me to continue my work as a dancer in a new medium. I feel the movements of the dance in my fingers as I work the clay. A ballet lasts perhaps an hour; a dancer’s step a fraction of a second. In my sculpture I hope to capture that moment and hold it for a little longer”.
About Vincent Guy
“While studying Philosophy at Oxford, I spent more time directing plays than reading Plato. Oxford student theatre is a common road into the profession; I took it and spent a decade as a theatre director all-round the UK. My work included shows of many kinds from Shakespeare to Ionesco, from Moliere to Coward, a period teaching at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), staging a fashion show and collaborating on a ballet with voices.
I then spent a few years travelling the world and went on to a new career as a communication trainer for business people. This was mainly international and took me as far afield as Latin America, India and the Middle East, learning as much as I could of the languages and cultures I met. The focus of my training activities became cross-cultural understanding – how to build trust between people of different nationalities, languages and cultures – and I wrote a book on that theme.
For the last 15 years I have been a frequent visitor in Greece and with Kalliopi ran a series of events entitled “MYTH: Move Your Thoughts Higher”. This was participative theatre with elements of storytelling, dance therapy and self-exploration based on the legends of ancient Europe.
Lately, my theatre career has reopened. I’ve acted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and elsewhere in Scotland. In 2015 I played Captain Scott in a new radio play about the Antarctic explorer. Also, I am the business manager for my daughter Zoë’s singing and song writing; she now has two CDs on the market – Join the Dots and Love Burns. Last year I created a poetry performance Philhellenes: English poets who loved Greece, bringing to life the great English poets who were inspired by Greece, her ancient culture, her modern struggles and her magical landscapes. This I performed at the open-air theatre of the in Angelos & Eva Sikelianos Museum in Delphi.
As photographer I have built up two portfolios: one centered on sculpture, the other on landscape. My concern is with the light itself as much as the subject. Photography, as every Greek knows, is “writing with light”. So, I am attracted by the shadow on the wall rather than the object in front of it; by the sun coming through a transparent leaf rather than the branch itself. In working with Kalliopi’s sculptures I bring my theatrical background to bear on the delicately caught movement of the dance.
They say every picture tells a story. I prefer one that asks a question: What’s going on here? How was this shot taken? And why? And the answer should include Aha, I see!”
Opening: Saturday, March 3rd, 19.00 – 21.00 p.m
Duration of Exhibition: 3/3 -24/3/2018
Days & hours: Wednesday until Sunday, 14.00-21.00 p.m
Contemporary Space Athens
74 str. Mitropoleos
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