Land(e)scape is a solo gallery / studio based performance that invites you, the audience member, to share a journey through different mindscapes and emotions. You will be invited to close your eyes, lie down, reposition or walk in the space in order to experience parts of the performance. You are free to decide to which extent you would like to follow these directions. At the end of the performance, you are invited to draw or write about your experience and explore drawings made by the performer.
Land(e)scape uses movement, text, sound and the relationship between performer and audience, to tell a story of someone displaced and trapped in a foreign land, who embarks on a journey back home. The work renders 'home' as a state of being, a feeling of belonging and being at peace with oneself; a state which is difficult to reach and requires a physical and spiritual journey in search of it. The performance draws inspiration from personal experiences, drawings and photographs of natural landscapes, the work by land artist Richard Long and Frederic Gros' 'A Philosophy of Walking'.
The performance has been developing through a series of residencies aiming at engaging different communities in the creative process. In 2018 the work developed with supported by iC4C Dance4 (Nottingham), the NN Contemporary Gallery (Northampton), the Dance House Limassol and the Egomio Cultural Centre (Cyprus) in 2018. The performance was initially supported in 2016 by the Development Lab2 programme at the Lyric Theatre (London) and C-12 Theatre, and in 2017 by the London Contemporary Dance School.
June 2019 at OH Creative Space in London
February 2019 at Dance4, as part of UK Young Artists Nottingham Take Over 2019,
December 2017 Studio based performance, as part of the MA Practice as Research at the London Contemporary Dance School
November 2016 Work in progress (duet with dancer Alice Laidler) at Emerge Festival 2016 (The Space Arts Centre)
Performance / Concept / Choreography: Konstantina Skalionta
Supervision: Lauren Potter
Dramaturgy during residency at NN Contemporary: Tia Lfoy
Photography: Despoina Patsika
Supported by: Dance4, NN Contemporary Gallery, Egomio Cultural Centre, Dance House Lemesos.
Into the Land of Escape #1
Into the Land of Escape #2
Into the Land of Escape #3
Into the Land of Escape #4
Into the Land of Escape #5
Draw your arrow from left to right to reveal the above drawings.
Drawings made during residency at the NN Contemporary Gallery's Project Space (Northampton, UK) in July 2018.
Drawing is used as part of the creative process to illustrate the kinesthetic experience of Land(e)scape as a performance
WHAT THE AUDIENCE SAID...
'A cathartic experience.' 'A moving performance' 'Intense, atmospheric, surprising.'
'Meditative and inviting.' (Dec 2017)
'I liked allowing myself to be told what to do, how to move and when. I felt a sense of struggle and determination to carry on - I followed like a reluctant teenager at first, not wanting to obey orders - but then I wanted to join in! It made me think of mountainous landscapes, cold, dark, only the noise of the howling wind- and the need to carry on, not to give in to it until a safe place was found! Fascinating!' (Feb 2019)
'I enjoyed participating and the atmosphere created! I felt the sense of teamwork during a very difficult period.' (Feb 2019)
'Very empowering sense of participation, giving a sense of struggle but also strangely calming.' (Feb 2019)