Pharmacist or Balloonist (Elpida Orfanidou & Guests)
Pharmacist or Balloonist is a choreographic pharmacy that mixes dance, music and discussion with the live production of herbal remedies. Choreographer and pharmacist Elpida Orfanidou undertakes the risk of "choreographing confusion" in an attempt to discover the magic of transformation as an artistic, as well as a scientific process. 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?
Ballhaus Ost, Pappelallee 15, Prenzlauer Berg, 10437 Berlin
Concept: Who cares?
Performance: Friends and Colleagues
Lights: You will see
Sound: Something melodic
Dramaturgy: Whatever works
Outside Eye: You
Artistic Assistance: Does miracles
A Production of Louise Bernadette Mochia, Martin Beeretz, Igor Dobricic, Kahori Furukawa, Olaf Giesbrecht, Hermann Heisig, Claudia Hill, Ena Matso Kores, Ixchel Mendoza Hernandez, Krisztina Kassay, Ines Moreno, Elena Polzer, Juliette Quilici, Tian Rotteveel, Simone Truong, Saadet Türköz, Christina Themeli, Anna Weißenfels, May Zarhy, Elpida Orfanidou.
Produced by Onassis Cultural Centre Athens
Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin
Supported by Ballhaus Ost Berlin, Isadora & Raymond Duncan Research Center Athens, agora collective Berlin and ehrliche arbeit -Freies Kulturbüro, universe.
Elpida Orfanidou (*1981) is a Greek choreographer & performer based in Berlin. She studied dance in Athens in parallel to her degrees in piano & pharmaceutical studies. She continued her dance studies in Arnhem, Montpellier and London. For her studies abroad, she received the Greek State Scholarship. In 2009, she was the Greek recipient of the DanceWeb scholarship for the Impulstanz festival in Vienna. She creates works alone or in collaboration with other artists such as Hermann Heisig in United States, Juan Perno in Elpid’arc and lately with Alma Toaspern in Zeitfischen. Her works have been presented in a variety of venues and festivals in Europe such as Tanz im August, HAU – Hebbel am Ufer, Sophiensaele, Athens Festival, Onassis Cultural Center Athens, Tanzquartier Wien, La Casa Encendida Madrid and the Brisbane Festival.
Ballhaus Ost is a production space for independent theater, performance and dance. Located in the former celebration and assembly hall of a Berlin Free Church Community and built in 1907, Ballhaus Ost cooperates with groups and artists from all fields of the performing arts, including well-established groups and artists as well as newcomers and emerging members of the independent performing arts community. As an experimental stage for various forms of contemporary theater, Ballhaus Ost invites its audience to experience and discover new ways of artistic debates with today's reality of life. During the German Democratic Republic (GDR), before the venue was used as a theater, the ballroom was used as the Casion des Handwerks and became a pool hall and nightclub after the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Ballhaus Ost was founded by the directors Uwe-Moritz Eichler, Philipp Reuter and the performer Anne Tismer in 2006. Daniel Schrader and Tina Pfurr have been the artistic directors since 2011.