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Death is much more than the end

By Maria Gregoriou

A death scene on stage is something that many actors strive to perfect. The vehicle behind making a death scene real may lie in the way the actor feels things. If you have watched the 2004 film Stage Beauty, set in a time when theatre was dominated by men, then you will remember the part of Ned Kynaston (famous for playing women’s roles) and his struggle to perfect the action of dying. According to him, women do everything beautifully “especially when they die. Men feel far too much, feeling ruins the effect.”

Now, whether visual artist Christodoulos Panayiotou agrees with this or not is yet to be seen, but if this introduction has piqued your intrigue, then join Panayiotou on Saturday when he will give a seminar entitled ‘Dying on Stage’.

Panayiotou, who gave a seminar of the same name back in December in Limassol, will be using a series of videos to help identify dominant death representation systems on stage. This time the seminar has been tweaked to include dancer Juan Capeille who will be participating in the presentation, and it will be held in Nicosia, at the Point Centre for Contemporary Art.

He will be using Rudolf Nureyev’s choreography of the ballet La Baydere, which was completed shortly before the great choroegrapher’s own death.

The ballet’s death scene comes when Nikiya is bitten by a venomous snake. Even though she is offered an antidote, she chooses death rather than life without her beloved Solor – who has been promised to wed the Rajah Dugmanta’s daughter.

The seminar will suggest an idiosyncratic questioning of the hierarchical order of literal, metaphorical and symbolic death. Dying on Stage is being organised in parallel with Panayiotou’s current exhibition Stories from the Lives of My Friends, which will run until May 8.

There are a limited number of seats, so reservation is required.

Dying on Stage
Seminar by Christodoulos Panayiotou, identifying dominant death representation systems on stage. April 4. Point Centre for Contemporary Art. 2 Evagorou Avenue, Nicosia. 6pm. In Greek. Free. Tel: 22-662053

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