by ELIAS LAZARIDIS
Elias Lazaridis: "This class is a compound out of my work in Eastman / Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui repertoire, a variation of movement qualities placed together to ensure maximum use of space in level and time. The class consists of improvisation and set dance material. I would like to begin with some improvisational tasks for warm up to embody a variation of qualities that follow in the dance combinations. The tasks are inspired by the 5 elements of yoga: space, air, fire, water, earth. Which are the key elements of a direct focused and holistically aware body and mind. Later on our focus will get into movement material that have been inspired from my work in Mr. Cherkaoui's repertoire, a variety of combinations that explore physically the space and its levels with the body as a medium and its diverse narrated qualities. I always plan to have a cool down time to revisit and reflect over the class, that is if you guys would like do so otherwise we keep on dancing.
Elias Lazaridis was born in Kavala, Greece in 1981 and began his training at the age of eight in classical ballet. Later on he became an athlete and participated in international competitions (including winning 400m hurdle events) while he was studying architecture. But his zeal for dance was undiminished and he completed his dance formation at the State School of dance in Athens while he was working part-time for the Greek National Opera and adLibdances / Kat Válastur. Later on he moved to Brussels for further studies at P.A.R.T.S. (Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker) where he came in touch with various contemporary techniques. He danced for Hofesh Shechter (Uprising/In your rooms) and Akram Khan (Vertical Road, Confluence, London 2012 Olympic Ceremony). While on tour, he provided workshops on the repertoire of both companies. Lazaridis started working with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in 2009. He performed in Das Rheingold, Babel(words) and Puz/zle. He also participated on the opening act for the movie Anna Karenina, directed by Joe Wright for which Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui helmed the choreography.