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Elephant and You should have seen me dancing waltz


The deeply political visual artist, director, and performer Rabih Mroué creates work for DANCE ON ENSEMBLE, with one of the evening’s two pieces making its world premier at the Onassis STEGI.

The work of the celebrated Rabih Mroué is a magnifying glass that, through his own experiences of war and political struggle, reminds us that trauma is common to all, and so subjective that it can’t be forgotten. “Elephant” is a piece about human nature. Its foundation is the 316 sketches of dead bodies which the artist drew, one each day for a year. What does a war or a crime leave behind? What will remain of a dead body? Rabih Mroué’s visual language is transformed here into something deeply physical through his collaboration with two exceptional dancers, Ty Boomershine and Jone San Martin.

“You should have seen me dancing waltz” is an exploration of the concept of the wall as “protection” but also as a border between “inside” and “outside,” the “personal” and the “public,” in which the dancer’s skin also becomes the vehicle for an allegory. Rabih Mroué himself has said: “The body of the dancer as a wall to project from inside to outside and from outside to inside; transparent with its opaqueness. Could it be true that the skin is a demarcation line between the out and the in? And if yes, then is there a war between the two sides? A civil war?” The human body goes under the microscope in Rabih Mroué’s painful but always poetic way.

For more information, please visit the official site of the Onassis Stegi.

Elephant and You should have seen me dancing waltz

08/11/2019 - 10/11/2019
Location: ATTICAATTICAATHENS (ATHINA)

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Location: Onassis Stegi (107,Syngrou av. Αthens) Dates: 8-10/11/2019


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