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Dancing In Bed till morning

05 January 2010 / 12:01:51  GRReporter
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Viewers have to take sleeping bags and pillows in order to watch the show "In bed" by Angela Praed, which starts at 10:00PM and ends at 8:00AM.

The performance, which continues through the night revolves around the bed and is a quirk of the British choreographer Angela Praed. Normally, when we go to sleep and stressed and tense, we fall asleep, but Angela Praed has a different opinion: the bed is a place to dance. Perhaps it is important to say that Ms. Praed is a choreographer with a Masters degree in studying movement and disabled people, so she thinks of body movements, even while sleeping. That is the reason for her to do this show and to invite viewers to participate.

As the author says, Bed is a choreographic installation. The only decor is a bed on which and around which two dancers face human relationships, memory and emotions of the body. Angela Praed, who has taught and danced in the Random Dance Company, has worked many times on the concepts of “proximity, personal space and freedom”.

The performance starts at 10:00PM and ends in the morning. Viewers will bring their own sleeping bags and pillows, make their own beds, from where they will watch the show. "They are free to move, to talk," says Angela Praed. "And if they are sleepy while the dancers continued performing, they are free to take a nap.”

As the night passes viewers will make contact with each other, because it is impossible to remain in their own separate worlds for so long. Thus, they participate in Bed and the show ends with breakfast for everyone - dancers and viewers. "It looks like a journey through the night, which at the beginning puts viewers in the role of observers. But later on it draws them closer to each other, until they become the center of attention and part of the act," explains the choreographer, who has been invited by the British Council to present this different dance performance.

"The dancers do something more than just dancing. They share with the audience part of the overall experience. I encourage the audience to fall asleep because certain things are impossible to happen until you create a sea of bodies, " adds Angela Praed and explains that every performance dependents on the reaction of the audience. Bed represents a huge archive of original choreography created without the initial closeness between the two dancers, who have started working on the show three years ago. But there are also certain rules, which are not violated: all performances are played on the same bed and on the same sheets, which are not washed, so that they can maintain the natural smells and residues from the bodies of the dancers.


The Bed – January 9 in Dance Center Isadora Duncan (34 Hrisafis Street and Dikearhou Street, tel. 210 3692 336), from 10:00PM to 08:00AM, ticket price: €20. Seminars: January 5, 6, 7, and 8. For more information: 210 7621 234

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