In her new work, to be presented at Stegi on January 10-12, at 21h, choreographer Lenio Kaklea scans Europe’s modern social landscape through the body. “Practical Encyclopedia. Detours” is an international co-production with Onassis Foundation, centered on the mundane gestures, our daily activities, thus creating a contemporary portrait of Europe.

It is a portrait of the complexities of the European experience brought to life through the language of the body; a work that speaks to the everyday practices of Europe’s residents by giving voice to the silent forces that shape us.

Lenio Kaklea’s practice explores the possibilities of an “expansive” choreography. Whether addressing her audience one-on-one in her installation art, or abiding by the conventional theatrical compact, she never stops pushing against the ever-changing boundaries of her practice.

The origin for this work traces back to 2016, when the choreographer, together with writers and critics, conducted 600 interviews, thus collecting a series of narratives about the habits, rituals, and transactional mores of her interviewees. Three women dancers will join Kaklea for the Athens performance of the piece derived from this work.

In charting the dispersion and proliferation of the techniques of body and gesture adopted by Europe’s citizens/residents, the four dancers draw an experiential portrait of contemporary European life before our very eyes.

Who is Lenio Kaklea

Lenio Kaklea appeared at Stegi for the first time in 2014, in the context of the 1st Young Choreographers Festival, with her solo “Deux·L”, the outcome of her collaboration with the American choreographer Luncinda Childs, on music by the Japanese composer Ryoji Ikeda. Her new work –a co-production of Stegi with European institutions, such as the Pompidou Center in Paris, the Poitiers Biennale, the European festival NEXT and three national stages of France– is located at the intersection of social anthropology and contemporary art practice. Last year, Lenio Kaklea was honoured for her work with the award of the Institute Hermès Italia and Triennale Milano.