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Erasing taboos

By Maria Gregoriou

As of Sunday, anyone who loves dance will be sure to find themselves in Limassol as the town will be home to the sixth Open House International Festival of Dance and Performance by Dance House.

This year the festival is under the name Sexpectations – a festival about the sexual body on stage, and it will run in multiple locations around Limassol until next Sunday.

Choreographers and artists from Hungary, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Cyprus will be presenting their work, while workshops, talks and screenings will be shown as parallel events to the festival performances.

The main theme of the festival is clear from the get-go, but the performances will also touch on aspects of sexual identity and its many different labels, role play, fantasies, and the way sex creates trends and styles.

Bringing such issues to the forefront in such an artistic manner ensures that the audience will be challenged on matters of physical taboos, prompted to question the dos and don’ts that surround sex, and be able to view the essence of sex, which is the desire to communicate.

The opening performance of the festival on Sunday will be performed at Technochoros Ethal at 8.30pm, and it is Conditions of Being a Mortal by Hungarian chorographer Adrienn Hod.

Hod takes us into a world of physicality woven into a chain of emotion. The subconscious opens in a trance invoked by continuous movement.

With shocks of sexuality bursting out on stage and impulses never keeping silent, the dance balances on a tightrope of sensitive humour and does away with taboos.

The work is suitable for those over the age of 18 and it includes scenes that deal with issues of sexuality and the naked body.

After the performance there will be a discussion with Hod and an opening party is to follow outside the theatre.

Conditions of Being a Mortal
Dance by Adrienn Hod as part of Sexpectations – Sixth Open House International Dance Festival of Dance House Lemesos. September 20. Technohoros ETHAL, Limassol. 8.30pm. €10/8 and €25 for a festival card. Tel: 99-517910

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