Greek choreographers Tania Batzoglou and Vanio Papadelli present CANDID at Blue Elephant Theatre on the 14th December at 8.00pm.
Batzoglou and Papadelli both grew up in Athens, Greece, and began their dance training there at Theatro Technis Drama School and Odeion Athinon Drama School, respectively. After moving to London, Batzoglou studied Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she earned her MA Drama Movement Therapy and Practice Based PhD. Papadelli earned her MA Performance Making and Practice Based PhD from Goldsmiths University as well as a diploma in Dance at Birkbeck College in London.
In addition to having committed to performing CANDID at least once a year as a live account of their life-long relationship, Batzoglou and Papadelli are individually involved in several performance works and projects in London.
CANDID is an enigmatic ‘performance-ritual’ about the complexities of female friendships. Two women play a raw and dangerous game of Truth or Dare, setting each other a series of provocative tasks using words, intense physicality and video.
CANDID opens the space for the audience to experience, contemplate and celebrate long-lasting bonds, as a radical alternative to a modern day culture of ‘Temp’, ‘Insta-friends’ and ‘frenemies’ and tendencies of bullying and isolation. It exposes but also tries to subvert the stereotypical female competitiveness.
It asks the questions; What does friendship look like in the 21st century? In the current climate of overwhelming online connection, how can true bonds be sustained? And to what extent can mutual candour create connection?
TICKETS available from TicketWeb ~ £9.00 (£8.00 conc., £7.00 Southwark residents)
Blue Elephant Theatre,
59a Bethwin Road,
London SE5 0XT