Cyprus Mail

Heaven and hell

By Maria Gregoriou

A DANCE theatre piece inspired by Dante’s epic poem Divine Comedy, in which he imagines existence in the afterlife, will be presented tomorrow in Limassol and in Nicosia on Thursday.

The piece entitled La Lac des Cycles by Chloe Melidou, finds its foundations in the poet’s journey through hell, purgatory and paradise, and reflects on it by bringing into motion the dancer’s personal journey to ensure that hell and heaven, or Hades and Paradise, co-exist within the same space.

Melidou brings subtle references to social and ethical constraints to her piece, while also touching on the psychological side of being, which sometimes makes us do certain things. The dance also brings to the stage our ultimate goals, which are our wishes, dreams and desires.

The choreographer explains that the piece is “a personal narrative in movement, which presents everyday life as an internal experience in which our bodies are the vehicle of all archetypes.

“In the most mundane and everyday stories, when our daily routine resembles a tedious repetition on a straight line, I try to identify recurring archetypal images, testing the limits of physical and mental endurance.”

The music for the performance was written by Demitris Zachariou, Konstantinos Melidis will be singing, while Julia Brendle, Roula Kleovoulou, Maya Mina, Alexia Perdikaki, and Fotini Perdikaki will be performing the piece.

Le Lac Des Cycles
Dance performance by Chloe Melidou. December 10. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €7/5. Tel: 77-777745

December 11. Agios Dometios Town Hall, 15 Vasileos Pavlou Street, Nicosia. Tel: 99-349265

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