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HARD TIMES GOOD TIMES - on discomfort, sublimation and movement

The performative project ‘HARD TIMES GOOD TIMES - on discomfort, sublimation and movement’ is formed around a strenuous yet intriguing research question: is it possible to sublimate discomfort and uneasiness of daily life into artistic creation via a kinetic practice? Based on improvisation, instant composition and a wide collection of personal (yet political) texts and archives, Sophia Danae Vorvila aspires to create a grid of experiences, to map one's narratives and confessions, harsh stories, vulnerability and tenderness, while articulating a kinetic vocabulary which speaks for itself. Her intention is to create a portal for one's own agency and urgency to be heard and be seen via the (moving) body.

During this one-year research project, she is going to communicate and share her methods and choreographic tools of synthesis with fellow performers, musicians, visual artists and video makers; by doing so, she is going to invite them to make their own solos, based on her previous findings and research in a limited time frame of 16 hours of rehearsals. Hence, the participants will bring their own identity and exposure on stage, while carrying and performing their fragments of experience in front of the audience.

Sophia Danae Vorvila's research work is inseparable to personal narrative and body memory that, as a driving force, function daringly, reversing discomfort, turning it into creation. She tries to articulate a choreographic vocabulary that brings to the surface narratives beyond language, on the verge of enjoyment and annoyance, detecting the ambiguity and contrasts of our daily lives.

image (c) Giorgos Athanasiou