In Europe, forests are generally considered to be cultural landscapes and recreational areas. The peace and quiet as well as the clean air are much appreciated, hunters fetch game and pickers pick mushrooms or berries. Greek-born choreographer Lenio Kaklea examines the forest as a primeval, elusive space and calls the processes of its domestication to mind. In her trio Agrimi (Fauve), ideas of wilderness and conquest dance, mingling with legends of hunting and associations to dance and sexuality. For Kaklea, forests are places of meditation, ecstasy and life but they can also be fraught with danger, playing out dramas of bare survival: on a stylised stage with poles and video projections, the dancers act out the release into the wild as well as parallels between dance and the untamed.
Choreography and stage direction: Lenio Kaklea
Performance: Lenio Kaklea, Georgios Kotsifakis, Ioanna Paraskevopoulou
Sound Design and Technical Direction: Éric Yvelin
Set: Clio Boboti
Light design: Bruno Pocheron
Costumes: Olivier Mulin
Video: Sophie Laly
Dramaturgy and research: Lou Forster
Creation assistant: Dimitris Mytilinaios
Assistant set designer: Filanthi Bougatsou
Pole training: Mandy Fragiadaki
Photos: Maria Toultsa
Administration and production management: Chloé Schmidt
Distribution: Kumquat Performance
Coproductions: Kunstenfestivaldesarts Bruxelles, Athens and Epidaurus Festival, Serpentine London, CN D Pantin – Centre national de la danse, Festival d’Automne de Paris, Theater Spektakel Zürich, Pôle Sud – CDCN de Strasbourg, La Briqueterie – CDCN Val de Marne, ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival and danceWEB (Life Long Burning), Le Dancing – CDCN de Dijon.