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
Dates: 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.
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.