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Choreography: Koen Augustijnen and Rosalba Torres Guerrero and Xanthoula Dakovanou (musical direction)

Co-production with Siamese Cie

German premiere

Lamentations have a long tradition in Greece. In miroloi (songs of lament), the Greeks combine music and dance to express deep sorrow and loss. This tradition gives form to pain and thereby tries to alleviate it. Miroloi are fixed rituals at funerals, but also when a member leaves the family, whether for marriage or to study abroad.

Belgian choreographers Koen Augustijnen and Rosalba Torres Guerrero combine the traditions of miroloi with the expressionism of contemporary dance. The duo Siamese Compagnie explores ways of making feelings visible and tangible through movement. In "Lamenta," they work together with nine Greek dancers who explore the ancient collective movements of their homeland. Old familiar rhythms become the blueprint from which a new, contemporary dance vocabulary develops. The movements are underpinned by a tapestry of sound that brings archaic laments into the 21st century. "Lamenta" gradually interweaves pre-recorded, originally arranged miroloi with contemporary compositions and influences from jazz and post-rock. The music becomes the catalyst that drives the movement.
"Lamenta" questions why our society has turned away from social rituals and traditions that give individual feelings a collective language. After a celebrated premiere at the Avignon festival, Ruhrfestspiele are proud to present the German premiere of this extraordinary piece.

Choreography: Koen Augustijnen & Rosalba Torres Guerrero (in collaboration with the dancers).
With: Lamprini Gkolia, Christiana Kosiari, Konstantinos Chairetis, Petrina Giannakou, Dafni Stathatou, Athina Kyrousi, Taxiarchis Vasilakos, Ale-xandros Stavropoulos & Spyridon 'Stak' Christakis
Musical direction: Xanthoula Dakovanou
Musicians: Magic Malik and Nikos Filippidis with Kleon Andoniou, Solis Barkis, Dimitris Brendas, Xanthoula Dakovanou, Lefkothea Filippidi, Kostas Filippidis, Stefanos Filos, Avgerini Gatsi, Panagiotis Katsikiotis, Dimitris Katsoulis, Ourania Lampropoulou, Antonis Maratos, Alexandros Rizopoulos and Thanassis Tzinas.
Recording: Studio Syn ENA - Athens, Giorgos Korres
Mixer: Giorgos Dakovanos, Giorgos Korres
Music production: MOUSA, Athens www.musamusic.gr DGP Studio - Oostende, Sam Serruys
Soundscape: Sam Serruys
Dramaturgy: Georgina Kakoudaki & Guy Cools
Costumes: Peggy Housset
Lighting: Begoña Garcia Navas
Technical direction: Michel Delvigne
Administration: Herwig Onghena
Production & Tour Management: Nicole Petit

Co-produced by: Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Athens and Epidaurus Festival, Festival d'Avignon, La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand, scène nationale, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, La Villette Paris, Charleroi Danse, Arsenal Cité musicale-Metz, Le Manège Maubeuge, Théâtre Paul Eluard (TPE), Bezons, scène conventionnée d'intérêt natio-nal/art et création - danse, Le Maillon Strasbourg, POLE-SUD, Centre de Développement Chorégraphique National Strasbourg, MARS Mons Arts de la Scène & Duncan Dance Research Center Athens.
Siamese Cie is supported by: Belgian Tax Shelter, the City of Ghent and DRAC Auvergne-Rhône Alpes.

Age: 10+

Photo: Héloïse Faure

Duration: 1h 0m
No break