Year Premiered: 2020
Champions is an emotionally impactive performance that deals with universal issues of parent-child relations, loneliness and individual resilience. The performance features the interview recordings of the artist’s father, mother and himself in conversation with his therapist.
During this 30 minute performance Andreas Constantinou challenges himself to do nothing in front of a live audience. Gradually a personal story is revealed. A story of a strained relationship between a gay man, his homophobic father, a stern mother, and a lonely individual who is facing his deepest vulnerabilities.
The set comes to life, the walls erupt into sudden action as video projections spill across the room. A full blown wrestling match fills the walls as two men throw each other between different landscapes.
Violence and intimacy become ambiguous as their bodies entwine with each others. The images tell of a subconscious battle within the self. The videos switch on and off in rhythmic intervals between the silent room where the performer endures sitting with himself and the audience.
Champions was nominated for a Danish National Theatre award (Reumert award) in 2020 in the category of best performance
Artistic Director/Choreographer/Concept&Creation: Andreas Constantinou
Collaborating artist: Dagmara Bilon
Performers: Andreas Constantinou, Aris Papadopoulos, Jesper Holm Hermansen
Video design: Christoffer Brekne, Andreas Constantinou
Video editing: Christoffer Brekne
Installation design: Jeppe Cohrt, Andreas Constantinou
Technical Manager: Jeppe Cohrt
Sound Design: Jeppe Cohrt, Andreas Constantinou, Christoffer Brekne
Music Samples: Ghosteen by Nick Cave, Pluto by Bjork
Psychologist/Dramaturg: Kristine Graugaard
Wrestling Coach: Mikkel Wind
Artist Assistant: Rita Maria Munoz Farias
Co-Producers: Bora Bora - dans og visuelt teater
Funded and Supported by: Statens Kunstfond, Aarhus Kommune, Ceres Park & Arena, Teatret Svalegangen