Hardcore Research on Dance
Her experience forms a physical archive inside her body. As a dancer, you select and create your own material through the influence of your studies and your work. Georgia Vardarou wants to analyze and understand the content of her own dance. Why did her body select what it selected? What role do cultural influences play in this selection, both consciously and subconsciously? How are her aesthetic values created? What role does her body type play in all these issues? With this short solo, which is the final result of the piece of research Hardcore Research on Dance, Vardarou exposes her way of dancing, as in anthropological research. Content reveals itself through her choices, movements and presence. Devoid of external themes, the context of this solo is purely shaped by what appears.
©Joeri Thiry, STUK Kunstencentrum
Georgia Vardarou was born in Athens/Greece in 1983. At the age of 10 she entered at the preparatory department of the State School of Dance (Κ.Σ.Ο.Τ.). At the age of 18 she entered at the professional department of the same school. After her graduation in 2004 she danced for the choreographer Apostolia Papadamaki.
The same year (2004) she arrived in Brussels where she continued her studies at P.A.R.T.S. She finished both the training and the research cycle with the grant of the first scholarship from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation I.K.Y. During her studies she created, mostly in collaboration, several short pieces from which “ETAIPA 19” & “Serenity Square” toured in several festivals in Europe. In the graduation tour she danced in “RAIN” a piece of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
After her graduation in 2008 she started working as a dancer with the choreographer Salva Sanchis. She has been part of “objects in mirror are closer than they appear”, the sequel duet “objects in Athens are closer than they appear”, “The Organ Project”, an improvisational duet with Sanchis and the musician Kunihiko Komori in Tokyo, his last group piece “now h e r e” and in Marc Vanrunxt’s choreography “For Edward Krasinski”. In between she went to Copenhagen where she made the material and danced in “Rusland”, a multidisciplinary project directed by Cecilie Ullerup Schmidt.
This season she committed to the piece of research “Hardcore Research on Dance” and created a short solo as an outcome. In 2012 both Marc Vanrunxt and Salva Sanchis will create each a short solo for her. These will be presented under the working title “Georgia Live” together with “Hardcore Research on Dance” as one full evening solo during MOVE ME on December at STUK.