Two figures assemble and disassemble a workshop space. The equipment they use, their bodies and the lights also are assembled and disassembled, disassembled and assembled in an ebbing imperfect present.
ROBA is a thing that is lost, taken or discarded. Something robbed from us. It is also just a robe. As such, ROBA concerns itself with the phenomenology of being lost and the coverings of memory and space by which we locate ourselves. It is a play of relationships and rhythms developed through a creative process that seeks to transpose the mental and physical disintegration of the conditions of Parkinson’s and Dementia. The phenomena of Dopamine, Proprioception and Neuroactivity have been researched and explored poetically and mechanically with the support of neuroscientist Dr Stephen Lenzi. The piece has been developed alongside the process of living and caring for a person who suffers from Parkinson’s and Dementia, and as such exists as a transposed archive of that time - its observations, pronounced efforts, difficulties - and hopefully a poetics of the human mind and body through its disintegration.
cast & collaborators:
Co-production: David Glass Ensemble
Direction & Choreography: Korina Kokkali & Simon Gleave
Dramaturgy-Consulting Director: David Glass
Music & Sound Composition: Gary Salomon
Set Design: Thaleia Melissa
Lighting Design: Eliza Alexandropoulou
Costume Design: Alexandros Garnavos
Video Art: Christos Symeonides
Assistant Director: Dimitra Koutsokosta
Production Management: Vasileia Taskou
Performing: Korina Kokkali & Simon Gleave
“In [our] understanding of nature we…recognize the origin of the concept of space as a system of places.”
Norberg-Schulz, Christian. Genius Loci — Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture, Rizzoli, New York 1980.
To play in space in such a way as to celebrate this estrangement, to acknowledge, explore and realise its various manifestations and options. To posit that to find oneself in space and time is not so much a given as we might suppose and that only when a sense of space and time breaks down might we realise this, or else when we play with its breaking down.
Video by Christos Symeonides