Katerina Andreou

Bless This Mess

T2G Théâtre de Gennevilliers – Centre Dramatique National
octoberoct 17 – 21

55 minutes

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T2G Théâtre de Gennevilliers – Centre Dramatique National

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Conceived by Katerina Andreou. Performance by Katerina Andreou, Lily Brieu Nguyen, Baptiste Cazaux, Mélissa Guex. Sound design Katerina Andreou with Cristian Sotomayor. Set and lighting design Yannick Fouassier. Outside eye Costas Kekis. Technical direction Thomas Roulleau Gallais. Costume support Laura Garnier. Production and touring Elodie Perrin. 

Production BARK
Coproduction Centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie as part of the associate artist programme – ministère de la Culture ; Athens Epidaurus Festival ; T2G Théâtre de Gennevilliers, Centre Dramatique National ; Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels) ; Next Arts Festival (Courtrai) ; Pavillon ADC (Geneva) ; Les Nouvelles Subsistances ; Maison de la danse de Lyon – Pôle Européen de Création ; Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble dans le cadre de l‘accueil- studio – ministère de la Culture ; Centre Chorégaphique National de Rillieux-la-Pape ; ICI – Centre chorégraphique national Montpellier-Occitanie Pyrénées Méditerranée ; KLAP Maison pour la danse ; Festival d’Automne à Paris
Residencies L’Espace Pier Paolo Pasolini ; Kunstencentrum BUDA (Courtrai)
With the support of the Drac Auvergne- Rhône-Alpes – ministère de la Culture ; Caisse des Dépôts 
The creation of Bless This Mess began at the Watermill Center (New York) in April 2023
With the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels 

The T2G Théâtre de Gennevilliers, Centre Dramatique National and the Festival d’Automne à Paris are co-producers of this show and present it as a co-realisation.

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The choreographer Katerina Andreou draws upon the constant confusion and noise of the world as the driving force in this her first group piece. Playfulness, absurdity, fiction and poetry arise from within this mental and emotional state. 

In a society in which everything goes too fast and bad, Katerina Andreou turns this state of confusion into a driving force. Compelled by an imperative need to act and move, the choreographer maps out a territory in which we might feel more solid, and integral. Here, it is this same space that she takes over in the company of three other dancers. In order to do this, Bless This Mess is inspired by the punk tradition, not as an aesthetic movement but as a practice which is reinterpreted in the light of this intuition: a punk gesture is a frank, direct and necessary gesture for the person who is behind it, and brings with it a mixture of play and absurdity. It emerges from the disorder, and embraces it as we might embrace the real, in order to confront itself with the need for fiction. The piece's sound design becomes the tuning fork which brings the four performers in tune with each other. They become synchronized in their way of understanding and responding to what they hear. Carried along by a unique energy, a tonicity that runs through them independently of movement, their bodies explore a state of urgency. Above and against all confusion. 

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