In the third duet of the series, the musician and dancer Elpida Orfanidou is collaborating with a Pontian lyra. This lyra, also called a kemenche, is a traditional musical instrument from Pontos, a region in modern day Turkey adjacent to the Black Sea. The creation process of this duet unfolds simultaneously with the fabrication of the lyra itself: Elpida and her performance partner enter in a dance of manufacturing and of being manufactured in the months preceding the premiere of this creation. What is shared in this duet, is this processes of the craftswoman learning how to touch and be touched, how to shape and be shaped, how to play and be played by the instrument.
After all, what is an instrument exactly , what is involved in making it and in playing it? Entering in relation with its material also implies a listening to its songs, a dancing of the dances that it summons when the bow and the strings come in contact with each other, from time to time.
Premiere: 26 - 28 September 2019 Künstlerhaus Mousonturm
A production of Fabrice Mazliah / Work of Act in co-production with Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and PACT Zollverein. Funded by Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien within the framework of Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser. Supported by NATIONALES PERFORMNACE NETZ Koproduktionsförderung Tanz, Kulturamt der Stadt Frankfurt and Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst.