In the shadow of the heart


Tribute to Georges Brassens

Two evenings – one dedication to the French poet, composer and singer, Georges Brassens, with 15 from his songs of total duration 60 minutes.
On the 21st and the 22nd of may, in the theatre ARGO, 15 Elefsinion str., Athens.

Dancers: Adamopoulou Penny, Bala Melina, Ioannidou Kalliopi, Labner Yiannis, Nathanail-Anagnosti Ivi
Choreography: Kalliopi Ioannidou

Leonidas Papadopoulos photography

As it was formulated by Katerina Zarokosta in an emission at the 3rd program, on 10-31-1981, the next day of his death “Georges Brassens is the poet who sang like no one else the love the revolution and the anger. Themes of his songs, the pavements of Paris and the fields of the French country. Bums, alcoholics, prostitutes and poverty stricken peasants found shelter in his verses, which, to defend them, reach sometimes the limits of passion. All those who do what isn’t usually done, either because it’s improper or it is considered immoral are indicated and exiting for Brassens to be made a song. Brassens continued in our age the myth of the damned poet with all the contradictions that includes. Submersion in the immoral, in quotation the improper, the outlaw, the damned, for a resurrection in other dimensions of life”
The songs of the performance run through the whole period of his work.
The choreography aims to narrate as much as possible, through the movement and the staging, the content of each song, as well as to express the feeling of the music and the poetry.
From the very first contact with the songs of Georges Brassens, his verses and his music talked to my heart. Little by little I came to know the whole of his work. For me, the main challenge in this new work, is to ascribe the verses of each song through movement, as I consider them the same or even more remarkable than its music.
Brassens looks at life with his anarchistic glance, and through his songs he makes us participants of the witty situations that he sees everywhere. He points them out for us, and he narrates them to us through his singular and dense word. Life is full of them, simply most of us pretend to look elsewhere or we look at them in a different way.
The other side of the coin, is him getting deeply moving in the sincere and sensitive way he approaches the human pain.

Kalliopi Ioannidou Athens, May 2017


The songs:
1. Columbine.
The columbine who drags behind her a crew of fools, by a poem of Paul Verlaine
Melina Balla, Yannis Labner, Nathanail-Anagnosti Ivi, Kalliopi Ioannidou

2. The little flute player.
The musician who denied becoming a nobleman. ( His answer to his friends who wanted him a member of the French Academy)
Nathanail-Anagnosti Ivi, Melina Balla, Adamopoulou Penny

3. My old Leon
Song for the dead accordionist
Kalliopi Ioannidou

4. In the shadow of my friend’s heart
A nasty bird began to scream when he tried to waken up the beauty with his kiss
Yannis Labner, Melina Balla, Adamopoulou Penny

5. the wind
…on the Pont des Arts prefers to tease the petulants
Nathanail-Anagnosti Ivi, Adamopoulou Penny, Melina Balla,

6. Stance to a burglar
Song for the burglar I forgive
Yannis Labner, Kalliopi Ioannidou

7. I made myself very small
…in front of a doll that says mammy when you touch her
Adamopoulou Penny, Yannis Labner

8. The ghost
an encounter with a ghost
Kalliopi Ioannidou, Yannis Labner,

9. The Auvergn
a song for the people who showed him kindness
Adamopoulou Penny, Nathanail-Anagnosti Ivi, Melina Balla

10. Deceives death
Don’t think my time has come
Yannis Labner, Nathanail-Anagnosti Ivi, Melina Balla,

11. Trumpets of Fame
how out of tune you are!
Nathanail-Anagnosti Ivi

12. Non-Marriage Requests
I have the honor of not asking your hand
Kalliopi Ioannidou, Yannis Labner,

13. The swearing Round
good old swears are dead!
Nathanail-Anagnosti Ivi, Melina Balla,

14. The Panurge Sheep
someday this girl will fall in love
Adamopoulou Penny

15. Requests to be buried at the beach of Sète
his testament
Adamopoulou Penny, Nathanail-Anagnosti Ivi, Kalliopi Ioannidou

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