The performance Banoptikon is an interdisciplinary project that aims to promote awareness of the experience immigrants living in Athens. The project brings together local dancers and non-dancers who have worked together since 2013 to offer a human perspective on themes of daily exclusion, discrimination and violence faced by many of Athens immigrant population.
The project is a two-part collaboration between the dance collective Dancevacuum led by choreographer Vicky Vasilopoulou and the media arts team Personal Cinema led by Ilias Marmaras, whose videogame Banoptikon serves as the backdrop for the dancers. The viodeogame project Banoptikon was launched in January 2010, and was completed in the spring of 2013 as part of the European research MIG @ NET project, and explored ways in which migration as a global condition has transformed international digital networks. The project was coordinated by the University of Social and Political Sciences, Gender Studies Centre and includes partners from seven European countries.
I was called to capture the whole evening with my camera. Below you can see the full photostory divided into four parts.
1) Rehearsal photos, taken just a few moments before the event.
2) Welcome introduction by Dr. Ana Sanchez-Colberg (Head of Department Theatre Arts & Dance, DEREE - The American College of Greece) plus welcome remarks by Dr. Thimios Zaharopoulos (Provost, DEREE - The American College of Greece) and Mr. Jorn Gkestad (Ambassador of Norway).
3) Performance Banoptikon photos.
4) Panel discussion with Dr. Ana Sanchez-Colberg as moderator, and panel speakers Mr. Daniel Esdras (Director IOM), Ms. Chryssa Zachou (PhD, Professor, DEREE - The American College of Greece), Mr. Ilias Marmaras (new media artist and co-founder, Personal Cinema group), Mr. Lambros Arapakos (dance and theater facilitator) and Mr. Michael Afoloyan (Coordinator of ANASA CULTURAL CENTRE).