Photo by Bea Uhart
Concept: Penelope Morout
Model creation/designer & craftmaker: Penelope Morout
Performer: Penelope Morout
Video&Editing: Penelope Morout
Videographer (for the live part of the film): Dora Dimitriou
Sound artist: Chris Parapagidis
Audience sound effects: Free Youtube Library
Spectators through skype (mobile video simulating wall projection): Christina Boutari, Anna Georganta, Amalia Vardakoulia, Fay Vardakoulia
With the support of ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem, Netherlands | Master Theatre Practices
Supervisor: Dr. João da Silva
External Mentor: Dr. Konstantina Georgelou
Specialist Cousellor: Silas Neumann
“I imagine that my skin is translucent, that it does not constitute the border where “I am” begins and ends. I hate compromises, I am an “all or nothing” kind of person. I can’t help but acting impulsively and savour life in its most ripe moment: NOW. I am passionate about art as a means of making sense to this extraordinarily inconceivable world we live in”.
PENELOPE MOROUT is a Greek-French cross-disciplinary artist coming from a background of Dance and Architecture. Her expressive tools are drawing, dancing, crafting, filming. She began her studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London and graduated from the Greek National School of Dance in Athens (KSOT). She has also a bachelor's and master's equivalent in Architecture Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and a master's in Theatre Practices from ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands.
Penelope has collaborated professionally as a dancer/actor with various dance and theater companies (Juxtapoz Dance Company, director Kostas Fillipoglou, So7), while working as an independent cross-disciplinary artist. She has taken classes and participated in various schools and festivals around the world, such as Deltebre Workshop Danza in Spain, the School of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York, ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival in Austria, DOCH School of Dance and Circus in Sweden, Brocante International Circus Festival in Italy.
Since 2018, she has been working in the theatre as director, choreographer and set designer (Folie à Deux |2019 – Sfendoni Theatre, theater play Ψ | 2020 - Apo Koinou Theatre). Future plans include performing at the Amsterdam Fringe Festival (September 2020, T.E.P. | The Elephant Project), exhibiting her film Ophelia at the International Exhibition HUMAN RIGHTS? | THE FUTURE'S SHAPE #WomenCanSaveTheWorld in Trento, IT (August to October 2020) and performing at the ReA! Art Fair in Milan (October to November 2020, HIIT | High-Intensity Identity Training).
A response to the ramifications that Coronavirus had to my current work H.I.I.T. | High-Intensity Identity Training, a solo dance performance which was supposed to premiere in May 2020. Waiting for the time to perform on the actual stage, I "brought" the theatre in my home, while being in confinement. It is both a call to imagination and an awareness of reality. All elements are designed, scaled and constructed based on real-life conditions.
The theatre was closed. The rehearsal process was suspended. Public gatherings are currently forbidden.
It is all about the gaze.
Investigating ways of seeing and perceiving the body. How do we see? What do we see and who? The body of the performer? The body of the audience?
This short film is about transformation. About the image. Its materiality, its liveness. From flesh to paper. From 3D to 2D. Interchanging perspectives. ‘Captured’ from the camera. A sort of prisoner. This is about being aware of this ‘confinement’. Being present. Concealing and revealing bodies, shapes, relationships.
Not trapped. Just critically gazing.