Vanguard

Avantgarde auf griechisch: Konstantinos Rigos ist der einzige Choreograf, der es zumindest zeitweise geschafft hat, in Thessaloniki ein Stadttheater zu besiedeln. Und das nur, weil er über das Tanztheater hinaus ein Talent in der bildenden Kunst entwickelt hat. Nicht als ein ausgestellter Intellektueller, sondern mit einem feinen Gespür für pop und «crazy happiness», wie er das nennt

You studied economics, how did you get into the creative business?

 

I found myself working as a choreographer, knowing little about dance or any other art form from which I could make the lateral leap into dance. So I started out using my body as my primary – and music as my secondary – material. In reality, I began to compose, which is something that had interested me since I was a child. As had organizing a group, which was something I’d undertake with those first childhood shows in the courtyard of our apartment block.

A little later, we made an entire neighbourhood out of cardboard-box houses; it was like a huge installation. Looking at old photographs, I realized that every single game I played as a child was staged as a performance.

 

Why dance rather than any other art form?

 

My relationship to my body. I was not interested in words, but movement was always of fundamental importance to me; which is how I ended up choreographing my first work and setting up the Oktana company. When I graduated from the State School of Dance in 1993 – as a dancer, because there was no choreo-graphy department back then – it was fairly inevitable that I should enter a period of research. As ...

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Tanz Jahrbuch 2008
Rubrik: Vanguard, Seite 90
von Christos Polymenakos

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