PROJECT

One Small Step for a Man: Hello, Goodbye

During the 1970s humanity sends a series of unmanned space probes to the Universe (Pioneer Plaques, Voyager Golden Record) including messages from Earth in case they are found by extraterrestrial beings. These were the image of a naked man and woman, a series of greetings in different languages, images, sounds and music from our planet etc.

One Small Step for a Man: Hello, Goodbye attempts to re-enact this gesture in its distinct way, underlining the (ir)rationality involved in it. Departing from the abovementioned sent material and the specific forms of knowledge suggested in it, the work creates a similar type of (live) archive offered as a token of our life on Earth. This takes the form of a performative encounter around a table between two performers and the audience, which aims to create a feeling of estrangement towards what is taken for granted, re-imagine life on our planet and open space to re-think our possible presents and futures on it.

Danae Theodoridou

Danae Theodoridou is a performance maker, performer and researcher based in Brussels. She studied Greek philology and linguistics in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and acting in the National Theatre of Northern Greece. She completed her practice-led PhD on dramaturgy of experimental theatre and dance in Roehampton University (London). Since 2008 she creates her own solo and collaborative live works and artistic research projects all over Europe. Her artistic creation explores theatrical mechanisms of representation, fragmented poetics, performativity of language and playfulness in order to offer twisted views on realities and fictions.

At the same time, Danae curates practice-led research projects, presents and publishes her research writings in international conferences and journals and teaches in various university departments and art conservatoires in Europe. She is a co-creator of the three-year project Dramaturgy at Work (https://dramaturgyatwork.wordpress.com) and a co-author of the subsequent publication ’The Practice of Dramaturgy: Working on Actions in Performance’ (Valiz, 2017).

Credits

Concept, Creation: Danae ThedoridouPerformed by: Manos Vavadakis, Katerina ZisoudiDramaturgical advice: Kate AdamsCo-produced by: workspacebrusselsSupported by: BUDA, Bains Connective, PACT Zollverein, wpZimmer, Michael Cacoyannis FoundationThanks to: Yorgos Onisiforou, Marcos Simoes and Ana Wild for their invaluable contribution to the ideas and materials of the work