Pharmacist or Balloonist is a choreographic pharmacy which mixes dance, music and discussion with the live production of herbal remedies. With this new work the choreographer and pharmacist Elpida Orfanidou undertakes the risk to ‘choreograph confusion’ wanting to discover the magic of transformation as an artistic as well as a scientific process. With regards to movements of degrowth and ecology, the work asks : Can the poison of time be transformed into a medicine of timelessness? The poison of forced productivity into a medicine of deliberate creativity? The poison of labor into a medicine of work?
Elpida Orfanidou, Greek choreographer, performer and pharmacist. Studied dance in Athens, Arnhem, Montpellier and London. 2009 prizewinner of the DanceWeb scholarship at the Impulstanz-Festival in Vienna. She worked among others with Hermann Heisig in “USA”, Juan Perno in “Elpid’Arc” or with Alma Toaspern in “Zeitfischen”. Her works have been presented at various venues and festivals in Europe, including Tanz im August, HAU und Sophiensaele Berlin, Athens Festival, Onassis Kulturzentrum Athen, Tanzquartier Wien, La Casa Encendida Madrid and Brisbane Festival.