Boulevard Humaine

Thursday 22 Feb 2024

Coming to the Hellenic Centre for one night only: Boulevard Humaine (2023), the exciting new dance theatre piece developed by dancer and choreographer Zoi Dimitriou. 

Boulevard Humaine takes as its starting point the piece Okho by Yannis Xenakis, a commissioned piece intended to celebrate 200 years since the French Revolution and written for a distinctively African instrumentation. Created for three female performers, the piece is a creative exploration of interculturalism and response to Xenakis’ themes and rhythms through dance, alongside notions of belonging and the core question of how we can be different together.

The title Boulevard Humaine alludes to the ways humanity and various notions of its constitution are endorsed within specific boundaries. One only needs to remember that initially a boulevard was a promenade taking the place of a demolished fortification, now planted with rows of trees, ‘full with marks of the many names and the many stories hidden within them 

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About Zoi Dimitriou

Zoi Dimitriou is a dance artist, choreographer and educator. Born in Athens, she graduated from the Greek State School of Dance with Honours, received the Onassis Foundation Scholarship to study at Trisha Brown in New York and in 2005 completed with distinction her MA in European Dance Theatre Practice at Trinity Laban in London. She launched her choreographic career in 2006, and her portfolio includes the works: Can You See Me? (2006), Dromi (2007), Limen (2007), Goddesses in Exile (2008), In The Process of… (2010), Little Creatures (2011), You May! (2012), The Chapter House (2014), Side Effects (2015), Peregrinus (2017) Vanishing Points (2018), Funky Turn and/or Legally Live (2021), among others. She has been awarded prestigious UK choreography awards; Robin Howard Foundation Award (2008), Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund Award (2009), CfC Award (2010), as well as participation in the European Network Aerowaves. Her works have been featured in venues and festivals such as: Fast Forward Festival 4/Onassis Cultural Centre, ROH2, Arnolfini, BE Festival, Lilyan Baylis, Teatri di Vita/Bologna, The Athens and Epidaurus Festival, The Kalamata International Dance Festival, Operaestate Festival Veneto, Scala di Milano, Europe in Motion Festival, Springloaded/The Place, among others. She is currently a Research Fellow at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. Her research examines the nature of the image in live performance and explores the relationship between formal and/or aesthetic approaches into material and the perceptual engagement of the audience. She has an extensive background in education and leading workshops internationally at festivals and organisations such as Impulstanz Festival in Vienna, Independence Dance, Sasha Waltz Company and Guests in Berlin, National Dance Academy in Rome. 


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