NEON and the Athens & Epidaurus Festival present the newly commissioned site-specific installation by Greek artist Dionisis Kavallieratos at the Odeon of Herod Atticus, Athens. The exhibition Disoriented dance / Misled planet is part of NEON City Project 2020 and is the first ever contemporary art exhibition to be staged in this ancient venue situated below the Acropolis.
Dionisis Kavallieratos works essentially and systematically as a sculptor. His art describes a harsh and disrupted world of amusing conventions, theatrical absurdity and indifference infused with doses of irony, sarcasm and self-reflexion.
Starting with the religious, physical and socio-political connotations of the circular dance – a ritual but also a motif that is already encountered in prehistoric times – Kavallieratos comments on the importance of community, companionship, friendship, laughter, gestures and physical expression.
Staged in the emblematic Odeon of Herodes Atticus theatre, the exhibition Disoriented dance / Misled planet, curated by Art Historian and Benaki Museum curator, Polina Kosmadaki, is an in-situ installation of a circular dance of statues that develops on the main stage at different heights and scales. The installation of about 40 sculptures made of various materials (copper, clay, resin, wood, mirrors etc.), features a wide range of visual styles. Iconographically, these works are assemblages of formal elements that refer to different eras and cultures, referencing forms from prehistory and antiquity, modern art, dance, mass culture, folk art and more. We come across elements and objects (the Sphinx, Cycladic figurines, animals, fruits and everyday objects) that represent and reinvent characters from the western world such as the vagabond, the slave, the homeless man and the drunkard, while in others the autobiographical references are obvious.