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Ioanna Paraskevopoulou: MOS

Dance Umbrella Festival

Two dancers run on treadmills... they look out at the audience, watching something, concerned.

Witness the stage transform into a cinematic soundscape, as two dancers create a captivating audio-visual experience in front of your eyes using unexpected everyday objects.

With unbelievable precision and craft, items from umbrellas to coconut shells are used live to evoke the movie sounds made by foley artists. From nature scenes to zombie chases – footage is drawn from a selection of classic and contemporary films.

At once both playful and intense, this captivating performance will surprise you at every turn. The physical act of generating audio while following the film becomes energetic dance, with tap numbers turned into recordings that are looped, distorted, paused and intensified. 

Making her Dance Umbrella Festival debut, Athens-based Ioanna Paraskevopoulou is an award-winning dancer/choreographer who focuses on the interplay between movement, sound and imagery. On MOS she is performing alongside her collaborator and co-dancer Georgios Kotsifakis.

Running time: 45 minutes, no interval 

Age guidance: 7+ 
This production contains flashing lights. Please note: latecomers cannot be admitted and there is no re-admittance to the theatre during this performance.

Post-show talk (BSL-interpreted)
Thu 12 Oct, 7.45pm
An in-conversation event with Ioanna Paraskevopoulou and Hetain Patel. BSL-interpreted by Grace Buckle.

Presented by the Barbican and Dance Umbrella

Produced by Onassis STEGI and first presented as part of Onassis New Choreographers Festival 9. The presentation of MOS at Dance Umbrella is made possible with the support of Onassis STEGI Athens – "Outward Turn” Program.

Enjoy two acclaimed dance shows in one glorious night

Award-winning choreographer Pam Tanowitz's UK dance premiere, Song of Songs runs alongside MOS. Enjoy both in one night.

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