ELEFSIS: Minotaur Arrival

by Katerina Barampouti

22 and 23 September 2017 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm

The Koppel Project Baker Street

ELEFSIS: Minotaur Arrival is a multi-disciplinary, interactive experience that employs visual art, video, sound/music, dance, theatre, and performance art to challenge participants’ perceptual systems. The audience is a key part of the work as we designed this piece to enable participants to uncover, and perhaps discover, interesting aspects of themselves – taking the time to notice the workings of the human mind.

The experience uses the concept of the Minotaur as a starting point, and focuses on the moment when the creature arrives at the Labyrinth. Each participant is, at the same time, a visitor and a Minotaur and their labyrinth is both a physical and mental operational frame. A number of sensory stimuli, acts, and games throughout the performance lead or enable each participant to make choices and this is the point where the experience becomes totally subjective and open to diverse narratives and interpretations. The piece aims to initiate a self-discovery and put forward questions such as:

  • What is the relationship of Presence and Absence, and how it defines my experiences?
  • How can I deal with a sense of constant move and ambiguity – how does this influence my perception and mental state?
  • Let’s say that I am arriving in a place, a time-frame, a relationship or a goal; arriving in life itself. How do I deal with the act of being here? What is the reality that I chose to experience and how my choice shapes my relationship with myself and with other people? Where am I really, right now?

The piece involves 5 performers, including the artist, and has a 5-stage structure; It is a promenade through 5 rooms, designed for groups of 15-18 participants starting their experience together. Each performance will last 1 hour and 10 min, and a guide will be ensuring a safe experience to every participant.

Credits: Katerina Barampouti (concept, text, dramaturgy, devised acts, visuals, soundscape, performance), Juliana Yazbeck, Olga Masleinnikova, Thais Mennsitieri (performance makers), Alexis Kraniou (musician), Ian Yannacopoulos (film-maker), Alvaro Henao (photographer, anthropologist).

Please note that places are limited and can be reserved via the Crowdfunding Support Campaign page. By reserving your place, you will be asked to give your feedback at the end of the performance, and your monetary contribution will support and further develop the project.

For more information, please write to info@thekoppelproject.com.

KATERINA BARAMPOUTI

Katerina Barampouti is an award-winning Greek artist, performer, musician, poet and transformation researcher. Her work is concerned with experiences that pass the thresholds of intellect and emotion. She has participated in numerous international art festivals and is a graduate of the Goldsmiths University of London (MA in Performance Making with Merit), and the Athens School of Fine Arts (BA Hons with Distinction), and also a member of the Mindfulness Association UK.

Katerina is currently collaborating with The Koppel Project (UK) and the Skironio Museum Polychronopoulos (Greece).