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Foteini kotsopoulou
This Dance Has No End
Vidéo expérimentale | mp4 | noir et blanc | 10'58'' | Grèce / Royaume-Uni | 2018
"What happens when someone dies is that we, the living, contain their memory within us ... They will live on in us, and we will celebrate them. And dance like there is no tomorrow". Diane Torr A dance dedicated to artist, drag king and gender activist Diane Torr who passed away in May 2017. A year to the day, I dance in a black room : a single shot fusing male and female as ode to life and death. Traditional urban zeybekiko dance of Rebetiko, exclusively danced by men -in the past- is danced by my hybrid manifestation - blended aspects of my identity. In silence, I hear Diane's words: "Take space with all your being. Own the space". I lift my arms and dance like there is no tomorrow as the camera follows. No edits or retakes : the aim is not to please or excite but to offer myself as site for collective unburdening. Credits: Performance/concept:Fenia Kotsopoulou Camera: Daz Disley
Fenia Kotsopoulou is a Greek cross-disciplinary, award-winning artist (performance (art), dance, video, photography), based in Lincoln (UK), holding a MFA in Choreographing Live Art from the University of Lincoln (UK), a BA Honours in Dance from the National Dance Academy of Rome (Italy), and a BA in Italian Language and Literature from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki (Greece). Over the course of the last 10 years, video making and photography became a dominant and persistent component of her artistic practice. Pivotal topics of recent projects include the body as gathering place of emotions and site of transformation, personal and collective memory, fragmentation, (de)construction of female identity, unbecoming, shame, hairiness and other issues. In the past few years, as (dance) performer, producer and visual practitioner, her works and the work of close-collaborator digital artist, Daz Disley, have been shown at a wide array of festivals and art platforms, encompassing the fields of dance, experimental performance, live-art and video-art, and receiving several prizes/awards. Alongside her practice, she is lecturer at the Master of Performance Practices at the university of ArtEZ (Netherlands) and, since 2016, she is artist-in-residence at x-church in Gainsborough (UK).