“The ice shelf front retreats and then advances again. The whole cycle can occur over the span of a few decades.”
What does Larsen C, the gigantic ice shelf in the Antarctic Peninsula, have in common with a dance performance at Onassis Stegi? Here’s some context. In 2016 scientists noticed a rift across the Larsen C and a Delaware-sized ice block broke from it. This newly formed iceberg, named A68, has cracked into thousands of pieces since then. Choreographer Christos Papadopoulos, observes, in the same way, the minimal movements of his dancers as he directs them into his dream-like sequences. His latest work, Larsen C, is a celebration of life through stillness and repetition; “it is a metaphor for life that moves ahead, invincible”, he says. It’s often small movements that have a big impact, we feel.
A Martha Graham piece is also on at Megaron this spring, if you want to check for similarities or differences.