Elena Antoniou, dance artist
(1980), Limassol, Cyprus
An Eight-Hour Journey
In this relentless exploration of human limits, Elena Antoniou makes a journey through space that is linked conceptually to the journeys undertaken by millions of people across the globe in our day and age, who are risking their lives in the search of a new start. A route delineated by a twenty-centimetre-wide white line that runs throughout the spaces of the Benaki Museum forms the predetermined path followed by the artist for eight hours. Moments of exhaustion, failure, repetition, movement, deconstruction, silence, immobility, great pause, waiting, action and emotion provide her with the time and space she needs to experience this internal journey with no final destination.
Elena Antoniou is a dance and performance artist. She graduated from the Greek National School of Dance and the London Contemporary Dance School — The Place, as a member of the “Edge” dance company. Scholarship recipient of Koula Pratsika Foundation in Athens and Danceweb Programme Scholarship recipient at ImpulsTanz Vienna. Since 2008, she has collaborated with the artist Polys Peslikas. They have presented their work at the Lucky Trimmer Festival in Berlin; the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in Athens, at the Cyprus Contemporary Dance Platform, and elsewhere. Choreography Award for the performance “Diary of a Mad Man” at the Cyprus Theatre Awards, and a nominee for the same award for the performance “Beckettx5”. In addition to her artistic work, Elena works as movement director for the theatre. She has collaborated with acclaimed theatre directors and companies such as the Neos Kosmos Theatre, Cyprus Theatre Organisation (THOC), Solo gia treis, Vaggelis Theodoropoulos, Efi Theodorou, Maria Karsera, Ralph Koltai, Nikos Charalambous and many others.