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Koen Augustijnen and Rosalba Torres Guerrero

Bruxelles - Kalamata / Created in 2020

From the mountains of Epirus to the Peloponnese, when the village loses one of its members, its inhabitants sing and dance for nights. Lamenta revisits this salutary tradition in the light of our modern societies.

Lamenta, Koen Augustijnen et Rosalba Torres Guerrero, 2021 © Rosalba Torres Guerrero


From the mountains of Epirus to the Peloponnese, miroloi celebrate the missing. When the community loses one of its members—a death, an exile, or even a wedding—everyone comes together to sing and dance over long nights of resilience. Struck by the power of those ancestral laments they compare to the blues, because this rhythm speaks of the earth, of roots, and of nostalgia, Koen Augustijnen and Rosalba Torres Guerrero were convinced of the importance of working on traditions in the light of our modern world. What are the spaces and means we have access to in our societies to overcome grief and loss? The choreographers, inviting nine Greek dancers to the stage, create a micro-community to viscerally experience the remanence of cultural legacies and begin a salutary music and dance marathon. “(...) to exteriorise sadness, frustration, anger, loss, so as to be able to rejoin society.


With Konstantinos Chairetis, Spyridon Christakis, Petrina Giannakou, Lamprini Gkolia, Christiana Kosiari, Athina Kyrousi, Dafni Stathatou, Alexandros Stavropoulos, Taxiarchis Vasilakos

Chorégraphie Koen Augustijnen, Rosalba Torres Guerrero
Direction musicale Xanthoula Dakovanou – Avec Magic Malik (flûte, voix), Nikos Filippidis (clarinette) et quatorze musiciens grecs
Dramaturgie Georgina Kakoudaki, Guy Cools
Environnement sonore Sam Serruys
Son Claire Thiebault-Besombes
Lumière Begoña Garcia Navas
Costumes Peggy Housset


Production Gloed vzw / Siamese Cie
Coproduction Festival d'Athènes et d'Épidaure, Festival d'Avignon, La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand Scène nationale, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, La Villette Paris, Charleroi danse, Arsenal Cité musicale -Metz, Le Manège Scène nationale de Maubeuge, Théâtre Paul Éluard de Bezons Scène conventionnée, Le Maillon Théâtre de Strasbourg Scène européenne, Pôle-Sud Centre de développement chorégraphique national de Strasbourg, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen (Germany), Mars-Mons Arts de la Scène, Isadora and Raymond Duncan dance research center (Athens).
Avec le soutien of Ville de Gand, Belgian Tax Shelter

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Lamenta, Koen Augustijnen and Rosalba Torres Guerrero, 2020 © Rosalba Torres Guerrero

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