Kalliopi Dances

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My aim here is to transform a set of still photos into the dynamic excitement of the dance, bringing these images out of the archive into the 21st century. There are two parts: Kalliopi in the Yard and Kalliopi’s Career Revisited. The starting point for both parts is an album of monochrome shots of myself as a ballerina in the 1960s, dancing leading roles with several of the great international ballet companies. Some of these photos were by distinguished photographers, including Heinrich and Sasso (I have made every effort to trace the copyright holders). Part One: Kalliopi’s Career Revisited - Here the ballet images are transformed into dynamic patterns verging on the abstract, using Pixelmator and Sliding Panels on Apple Mac. The music, played by the World Peace Orchestra under Gergiev, is from Stravinsky’s Petrushka, which I danced with the Dutch National Ballet. Part Two: Kalliopi in the Yard - Here the images are collaged with photos of materials in an architectural salvage yard in Athens, mixing the gritty weight of the architectural objects with the lightness and grace of the ballet. Opening and closing the sequence are shots of me dancing in 2017. The music is Chopin's Concerto #2, played here by Khatia Buniatishvili. This was part of VENIVINCE’s exhibition "Dancing in the Light" at the Archaeological Museum Delphi, September 2017.

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  • Year created: 2017
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