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Videodance at the Historical Museum of Crete | Aliki Chiotaki


Aliki Chiotaki is an interdisciplinary artist who explores body motion rhythms and forms in space through movement observation and Videography. Her art crosses video, live art, drawing and photography. She holds a BA (hons) in Dance with Visual Practice from Brighton University and PG diploma in Labananalysis and Somatic studies from Surrey University. She is certified Laban Movement Analyst and Graphic designer. Her research and practice is often enhanced by collaborating with artists from different fields i.e. sound designers, architects, visual artists and curators.Her work has been shown in Europe and US. She lives and works in Chania Crete.


26-31 Αυγούστου | Αλίκη Χιωτάκη (GR)

“хочу”* | 4 m
Trace | 3m 30s και
60 pulses | 3m 30s

“хочу” – “I want” in Russian - is that element, the call of soul that, when concealed deep within us, becomes ghost and then asks for our attention ... intimately. It is energy flow in the wrong direction, will without a duty to our authentic self.
The house: The house is not her prison: Running from one room to the other ... running in the hallway, on the stairs, looking out, gropes everything while she thinks that it is the house that keeps her grounded. Essentially, she is afraid to come out of her safety, of the ordinary.
The element: The challenge is to go out and return authentic having discovered what she really wants, which is the inner, spiritual "I want",  her true "хочу".
She will reach victory if she comes back "flushed" from her ghost, the ghost that must be transformed into her element, into her true nature, her soul’s call.
The staircase: The spiral leads to the center so that you are able to move at the periphery. When the periphery becomes the center then the subconscious is asking for attention: shouting, through many aspects, to be revealed and to show which the real center is.
When the real center is revealed fear stops. Then the ghost becomes the element and the periphery remains around, not to be fooled as center but to project the true center and lead to the top (Virginia Alizioti).

Trace is a video dance of an exploration on wind and the forces of change that this particular element may depict on body. In this interaction, the body appears as a vessel of acceptance moving in all three planes of motion in various locations and reveals an effort to reflect, embody and listen what the space may project upon it.

In 60 pulses a female figure smashed into her own world, submitted to a bizarre journey of entrapment, moves fiercely onto a narrow, rusty old space surrounded by windows that reflect the raging sea. The intense body movements of the dancer explore the idea of making the effort to adjust the moment by moment of timing of action,to test, to provoke the nature of the body.
She plays between quick and suspended, abrupt and subtle rhythm. The act of repetition attest  the condition of the body as an elusive phenomenon that disappears even as it occurs. She falls only to rise again. Never stop. The hyper electro-acoustic sound adds an aura of discomfort and strangeness to this presence where stands acts and reacts in an on-going circle.