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Knitting, live typing, dance combine in performance on motherhood

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‘The only thing that matters is how much you love,’ says the title of Petros Konnaris’ upcoming midday performance which is expected to be a moving, reflective event. Part of the project which started within the frame of Moving the New 2020 and premiered at the Open House Festival 2021, Konnaris is now bringing a performance to Dance House Lefkosia on Sunday that will be about motherhood.

The piece is “a tribute to people who long to care and to the ones who did not receive enough care,” explains the event description. “During this performative lecture,” writes Konnaris, “I look through the uncaring system of Cyprus as well as the social norms and conditions for a local queer man to adopt. I invite you,” he adds, “to a sensitive and playful mixture of GIFs, live typing and knitting, and an ongoing dance of questioning, envisioning and figuring out how to rewrite an insufficient ending.”

With Konnaris on stage and under the dramaturgy of Rodia Vomvolou, ‘The only thing that matters is how much you love’ arrives only for one day and is bound to be a unique performance. Konnaris’ pieces typically explore caring, intimacy and gentleness, nakedness and playfulness. His artistic work manifests in the form of everyday situations, one to one performances, public interventions, performance scores and videos. His methodology includes the use of conversation and text, performing in extraordinary situations, and feminist and queer discourse.

This latest work of his again looks at caring and will be a multisensory experience starting with a bowl of homemade carrot soup which will be given to audience members upon entering the space to enjoy during the performance.


The Only Thing That Matters is How Much You Love

Performance by Petros Konnaris on motherhood. November 21. Dance House Lefkosia, Nicosia. 12pm. €10.

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