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Christodoulos Panayiotou: Dying on Stage

Per­formed lec­ture by Christodoulos Panayiotou

Le Magasin Électrique

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Chris­to­doulos Panayi­otou has chosen the form of the per­formed lec­ture to deal with the ver­ti­gin­ous ques­tion of death’s rela­tion­ship to the stage. 

How can death be rep­res­en­ted on stage?

Christo­doulos Panayiotou’s work attempts to answer this ques­tion which under­scores the his­tory of West­ern theatre through a piece which com­bines theatre, a lec­ture and a per­form­ance, archiv­al work and digress­ive intro­spec­tion, where a broad ref­er­en­tial net­work calls upon icons like Pier Paolo Pasolini, Dal­ida, Molière, Amy Wine­house, Michael Jack­son or Rudolf Nureyev.

Using a vari­ety of film and music­al mater­i­al, Panayi­otou ana­tom­izes the concept of tra­gic irony to delve into the enigma of the rela­tion between spec­tat­ors, act­ors and char­ac­ters. Evok­ing urgency, bliss, men­ace, desire, Chris­to­doulos Panayi­otou blurs the lines between high­brow and low­brow to con­front the audi­ence with the many faces of the inev­it­able. By examin­ing the bal­let La Bay­adère staged by Rudolf Nureyev as he was dying from AIDS, Dying on Stage com­poses a mosa­ic, a score where the artist inserts his own sub­jectiv­ity in the flow of the con­tem­por­ary images wash­ing over us – chal­len­ging con­ven­tions, pay­ing homage to the theatre.

Conception and interpretation by Christodoulos Panayiotou, with the participation of
Jean Capeille (Chapter 1)
Delegated production center chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie


Practical Info: 
 Tuesday, July 4 (in English) and Thursday, July 6 (in French)
Doors opening times: 6:30 p.m.
Times: 7:00 p.m. — Midnight (with an inter­mis­sion from 9:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
Dur­a­tion: About 5 hours
Place: Le Magasin Électrique
Price: Free, booking required

There will be dining options available on-site during the intermission.

Booking (performance in French only)

One Year by Christodoulos Panayiotou

Fantasy, desire, theatrics of disillusionment and manifold political histories are key thematics of the exhibition which, for the first time, brings together elements from the artist’s entire career. 

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