September 21, 2023 21:00
Poet Charles Wright characteristically notes, “All landscapes are autobiographical.” In LANDSCAPE, Elena Antoniou treats her body as a landscape.
In his notes to the performer, dramaturge Odysseas I. Konstantinou writes: “You stick your butt out, you deliver your most erotic moves, you breathe, you get tired. And you are being seen and observed. And you want to be seen. And you want to be observed. And you expose yourself. And you have asked to be exposed. And that’s how you give what you got, your body, primarily as something sexual. You have conceived this performance and you are going through it. You think you are the one completing it, but you are not.”
Indeed, the gaze of each viewer/observer and, respectively, the proximity or distance from which they choose to observe the body/ spectacle of Elena Antoniou are the elements that complete the work. She unapologetically offers herself towards the disclosure of personal experience as a collective landscape. She joyously overexposes the female body and challenges the outer limits of spectacle by skillfully inviting and provoking the viewer’s gaze. She instigates the space for the political body to present itself as deeply traumatized but also unabashedly sexual.