"What do you see?'' It is a solo based on the idea of the transformation.
A human body seeing as a growing bird, trying to defying its identity as a bird, strives to strengthen the abilities and gifts it has been given, arriving in the state of complete fulfillment, only to transform into its true nature, from a human body, to a human being that holds the spirit of the bird.
This solo works as a two side narration.
From the surrealism of a body, acting clearly to the audience, as a bird. In such consistency that they can only see a bird where there is not and never actually seen on stage, to the realism of the simplicity of human body, that was all the time in front of them but they could not see, because this body was not speaking to them, but to the "flying" spirit we all hold inside.
It is a solo that welcomes the audience and reminds them that sometimes, there is something very important to see, not with the eyes but with something else, that we forget, although it is always present.
And it is at the audience's discretion to find out the essence of it, by answering the question to themselves "What do you see"?
This performance is a powerful tool for exploring the theme of "otherness" by embodying and expressing the experiences of individuals or groups who are seen as different or marginalized in society. Through movement, gesture, and choreography, the performer conveys the complexity and nuance of otherness, highlighting the beauty, pain, and struggles of those who are often excluded or overlooked. By inviting audiences to witness and engage with these experiences, a dance performance can foster empathy, understanding, and connection across boundaries of difference, ultimately promoting a more inclusive and equitable world.
Creator: Zafeiria Tsirakaki
Original Score: Chloe Aligianni
Choreographers: Zafeiria Tsirakaki / Chris Santa Maria
Performer: Zafeiria Tsirakaki
The theme of "otherness" can be explored in a unique way through the transformation of a human into a bird through this performance. This transformation represents a journey of self-discovery and self-expression, as the human character seeks to break free from societal constraints and embrace their true nature.
The desire to fly, which is often associated with birds, is a symbol of freedom, independence, and self-determination. By embodying the transformation of a human into a bird, the performance conveys the message that everyone has the potential to break free from the limitations that society imposes upon them, and to pursue their own path towards fulfillment and happiness.
Through the expressive movements of dance, it also highlights the struggles and challenges that come with embracing one's otherness. The bird-human character may face rejection, discrimination, or misunderstanding from others, but ultimately they find the strength and courage to embrace their unique identity and soar towards their dreams.
Overall, the transformation of a human into a bird is providing a powerful metaphor for the journey towards self-discovery and self-acceptance, while also highlighting the importance of celebrating diversity and promoting inclusivity in society.
It has been presented at Empros Theater (08-09 July 2023) and in Agios Nikolaos and Sitia with the funding support of Region of Crete as coproduction (25+30 July 2023) .