Danai Pappa

Danai’s work can include dance, dance theatre, videodance and site-specific performances. The material she uses is dance, pedestrian movement and spatial relationships. Her works are rarely story-based; instead, she prefers to put together fragments of images related to the theme.

Danai recognizes many forms of human behaviour to be performative, that is why she uses everyday movement or she performs to and with the audience by focusing on the playful exploration of different realms of the performance process. In sites, what she finds challenging is to investigate all the possibilities of the location and throw audience and performers into a close proximity, while in a conventional theatre space to leave it as empty as possible and let the audience free to animate it imaginatively.

Danai is inspired by everything. She observes, formulates questions and creates while she tries to satisfy, and at the same time stimulate, her curiosity. She considers the body as a vessel with not only physical, but also social, political and cultural dimensions. She wants her choreographic work to be open to multiple interpretations and governed by universality.

 

 


3 Sided Man
photo Maria Andrews
  3 Sided Man
2014 (10 mins)

He said to me to go around the bed
I load my gun and wait
The pain won’t break a man


Performance and Choreography by Danai Pappa

   
     

  sib Conduit
2011-12 (10 mins)

Sib Conduit has been composed to give a voice to the Electronic Dumbell.

In collaboration with Neal Spowage, musician and creator of the instrument. Performed by Danai and Neal.

De Montfort University, Leicester

     

Photo Gabriela Restelli
  Five and a half
2011 (17 mins)

A piece about emotional states. A group of females go through different moods and alternate physical patterns.
Choreography: Danai Pappa
Music: Reynaldo Young
Dancers: Clare Brzezicki, Jessica Hothersall, Rebecca Duschl, Sarah Jackaman, Sian Myers
Vocals: the dancers
Rehearsal assistant: Natasha Avra
The Place: Robin Howard Dance Theatre, Resolution! 2011

     
  Press es es
2010 (8 mins)

A solo about achieving freedom through limitation.
Choreography/performance: Danai Pappa
Music: Erik Nyström
Vocals: Elena Koukoli / Rebecca Duschl
Other assistants: Dimitra Kofti, Olena Fedyuk, Dimitri Saran

9th Dance Festival of the Association of Greek Choreographers www.choreographers.gr

Photo Antonis Tsipropoulos    
     
  The Dying Small
2010 (14 mins)

Considering death as a deep intellectual sleep, two females struggle for mental survival through movement and dance.
Choreography: Danai Pappa
Music: Erik Nyström
Dancers: Tonia Dakou, Danai Pappa
Other assistants: Dimitra Kofti, Olena Fedyuk, Dimitri Saran

The Place: Robin Howard Dance Theatre, Resolution! 2010

Photo Zoe Troughton    
     
  Pausa
site-specific, video project 2009 (2 mins)

Pausa is the point of concentration, the moment we cut from the around.
Concept/ Editing: Danai Pappa
Camera: George Teflioudis
Performers: Tonia Dakou, Danai Pappa

Shot in the streets of Thessaloniki

Photo George Teflioudis    
     
  The Dying Small
site-specific performance, 2009 (15 mins)

Considering death as a deep intellectual sleep, two females struggle for mental survival through movement and dance.
Choreography: Danai Pappa
Dancers: Tonia Dakou, Danai Pappa

Performance Festival, Thessaloniki Biennale2 of Contemporary Art www.thessalonikibiennale.gr

Photo Elina Odisvili    
     
  Microcosm
videodance, 2009 (3 mins)

A female performer takes us into her little world; trapped in a system under controlled conditions she develops her individual struggle for survival within society restrictions. Existence, sameness and difference blend into each other and pervade her actions, giving us a symbolic continuum of our natural, social and cultural world.  
Director/Choreography/Camera/Editing: Danai Pappa
Music: Erik Nyström
Performers: Ria Sarantaridou, Danai Pappa

Photo Danai Pappa    
     
  Miss u 2
2008 (25 mins)

Does the absence have a presence? Hovering between presence and absence, images are infused by the resonance of what we feel but cannot see.
Choreography: Danai Pappa
Music: Erik Nyström
Dancers: Tonia Dakou, Hiromi Ishikawa, Ria Sarantaridou, Danai Pappa
Song: Dimitris Charitatos

Photo Filio Louvari    
     
  Bad Timing
2008 (11 mins)

Wrong time, wrong place; be there.
Choreography: Danai Pappa
Performers: Batis Zerbinis, Hariklia Voutsa, Danai Pappa, Erik Nyström / Miguel Laguna

Cloud Dance Festival www.cloud-dance-festival.org.uk

Photo Cloud Dance Festival