Mourn Baby Mourn

Katerina Andreou

Katerina Andreou dances in front of a concrete wall in Mourn baby Mourn
Katerina Andreou
45 min

In 2023, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting the Festival d’Automne à Paris to present Mourn Baby Mourn by Katerina Andreou

In the choreographic and sound-based piece Mourn Baby Mourn, Katerina Andreou uses melancholy as its raw material. This solo piece functions as a distress signal, an attempted escape of a virulent kind.

At the origins of Mourn Baby Mourn, Katerina Andreou’s third solo piece, lies an underlying feeling of sadness and frustration, which is both intimate and shared. What if this confusion also corresponded to that of an entire era, society or generation? What should we do with these negative states? The Greek choreographer’s answer is to use them in a motor, the fuel for which is provided by the words, spewed out and projected in the form of a spontaneous text directly addressed to the audience. The dancer’s body coexists with these woes turned into woes, via an autonomous form of movement, an invigorating free styleMourn Baby Mourn oscillates between the vivid sounds of electronic music and the chiseled contours of a soundscape devised in conjunction with the Chilean musician Cristian Sotomayor, swaying back and forth almost inevitably. To mourn, in English, means both to grieve and to lament. With its pop-music sounding title, Mourn Baby Mourn attempts to find a way out of a personal impasse via movement of a powerful, life-enhancing kind. In this piece, music, words, bodies and words find themselves with their backs to the wall.

Text : © Vincent Théval

Photo: © Hélène Robert

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