b. 1978, Bucharest, Romania
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Photographs by Natalia Tsoukala and Panos Kokkinias for NEON and MAI
Sound and the body, action and effect define this work by Christina Vasileiou. An eight-hour experiment exploring the body’s reaction to constant, relentless sound. The artist freely submits to the biddings of the aural incitation channelled into her ears. She becomes isolated within the constant flow of music and sounds that are her only stimuli in the space, without engaging in interaction of any kind — not with objects, a set, or the public. And the body reacts in the only way it knows how: with movement, with dance. It becomes a temple in motion, filled with intensity and suspension, disjunction and pain.
Christina Vasileiou grew up in Athens. She graduated from the Greek State School of Dance in 2002, and from the Department of European and International Studies at the Panteion University in 2003. In 2006 she received an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths College, London.
She has collaborated as a performer with “YELP danceco”, “Lathos Kinisi”, the Greek National Opera and Kostas Tsioukas in Greece, and with Trajal Harrell internationally. She has created the choreographies — “Treiskaidekaphobia”, “havetowanto”,“now+here = NOWHERE”, “well come”, “smalltownboy” — and videos — “I is always dissolving” and “drea(co)m(bi)nation”. Since 2004, she has also worked as a personal trainer.
Performed as part of:
NEON + MAI | AS ONE
March 10 - April 24, 2016