Arts Collaborative ~ Studio Matejka: Performance of Charmolypi
Arts Across The Curriculum
Will be on campus Sunday, February 9th – Monday, February 17th
Physical Theatre / Dance Residency
Wednesday, February 12th at 7:30pm
Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall
Charmolypi is made of the performer’s personal stories told through the body. Where words fail, the story of the body is born. It contains the missing pieces of yourself that can be used to pull yourself out of an existential crisis, out of the zero point of existence – to return to yourself, to life or death. The performance is a sort of map charting the thoughts of a woman who struggles with the uncertainty of what is a dream and what is her failure to understand herself in the real world.
The Greek word charmolypi encompasses the duality at the root of human experience. Loosely translated, it means “bittersweet” or “joyful sorrow”. On a more earthly level, elderly people are often said to have charmolypi because of their accumulation of experience.
“The water has to fall. Time passes drop by drop. A whole world is in chaos. A minute of silence for the desperate ones. For the WAITING ones...In the emptiness with no expectation nor hope, only memory can bring the light. If the body were a writing pen: you write, stop, refill the pen with ink, write again... If only it were a pen.” Alexandra Kazazou
Studio Matejka is a physical theater laboratory exploring 21st century performance techniques that specifically work across borders: Borders between performance genres, borders between training techniques, and borders between individual expression and collective resonance. Through practical investigation, the performers work to develop the strength, agility and dexterity to physically ‘speak’ through a diverse range of ideas, images and vocabularies. Studio Matejka does not work to create something ‘other’ to existing performance approaches and training regimes, rather it uses such established methods as a springboard for pedagogic and creative exploration, charting individual discoveries, drawing out patterns and/or contradictions and integrating these findings into its ongoing work. Studio Matejka emerged from the work and experience of its founder Matej Matejka and his interest in physical expression and the actor's processes.