Concept • Choreography
Zoi Efstathiou,Nancy Nerantzi, Marina Tsapekou
Music Composition • Sound Design
Cinematography • Editing • Photography
2023 ELEVSIS - European Capital of Culture
25 km is realized in the framework of 2023 ELEVSIS – European Capital of Culture and U(R)TOPIAS Academy of Choreography under the artistic direction of Patricia Apergi and Aerites Dance Company.
25km is supported by NEON through its Annual Grants Programme (2023).
25 km is a site – specific project inspired by the city of Eleusis and the history of the Eleusinian Mysteries.
The Eleusinian Mysteries was considered to be the highest religious celebration in Ancient Greece and was celebrated in the Sacred City of Eleusis once a year, in honor of the goddesses Demeter and Persephone. A significant part of the Mysteries was the Procession which accompanied the Sacred objects of the Mysteries from Athens to Eleusis.
Having as a starting point the Ancient Eleusinian Procession, the project focuses on the immense experience provided by a long walking route and explores ways in which such an experience can be translated into movement.
On the 20th of February 2022, the artistic team of the project walked in silence for 25 kilometers from Athens (Kerameikos) to Eleusis (Archaeological Site of Eleusis) in search of new personal and collective meanings.
The anticipation at the starting point, the ephemeral contact with nature, the need for body and soul catharsis as well as the prolonged arrival, all represent different aspects of kinetic research and form the basis for the composition of our contemporary collective ritual.
25 km consists of an artistic documentary, an artistic map, and a site-specific performance in the city of Eleusis. The project proposes a new version of the Eleusinian Procession, based on the ancient and modern history of the place, as well as our need to survive and live in the present.