“Phrases” investigates the subtle space between the things that we see and those we don’t. Reconsidering tools of accessibility, Venetsiana Kalampaliki uses text and movement as her basic tools to build a narration that travels from the very inside of the body to the extended environment that we share. By applying the simple acts of sitting, standing, stepping and jumping, the stage is transformed into a moving text, proposing multiple ways of perceiving what is seen and what is heard, what is done and what is said. With a wide range of descriptive elements, from anatomical mechanisms of movement to dictionary definitions, the performance navigates the audience to factual yet fictional landscapes.


concept, text, performance: Venetsiana Kalampaliki 

composition: Andys Skordis 

singing voice: Kristia Michael 

text editing: Sofronis Sofroniou 

german translation: Sean Keller 

scenography: Anthoula Bourna 

text choreography: Venetsiana Kalampaliki, Xenia Koghilaki 

artistic collaboration, outside eye: Xenia  Koghilaki, Dimitris Mytilinaios  

video-mapping: Francis Eggert, Bianca Peruzzi, Anthoula Bourna 

light design: Till Dittmar, Henning Eggers 

assistance: Friederike Hansen

teaser: Marina Skoutela 

Photo credits: Öncü Gültekin

thanks to: Quiplash / Amelia Lander-Cavallo, Filippos Vasileiou

Supported by:

K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg and Hamburgische kulturstiftung, Hamburg Behörde für Kultur und Medien

Presented at:

Kampnagel, Hamburg – March 2022

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