“Just For Today”
“Make everything that you need for yourself and attempt to not need what you cannot make, that is the ending view that we never arrive at.”Raymond Duncan interviewed by Orson Welles (1955)
The PLANT project evolves in 3 interrelated stages – dream, design, and celebrate – following an ongoing dialogue between what we need, what we make, and what routes and tools we activate in this process. During its first stage, from 27th to 29th October 2023, the Duncan Dance Research Centre in Athens presents: “Just For Today”, a three-day event drawing from Raymond Duncan’s legacy, routes and traces. Conceived under a situated and historical perspective, the event serves as a starting point from which to investigate the intimate threads that connect us with the physical and conceptual territories we co-inhabit. It questions notions of learning and ways of seeing, hearing and imagining in a shared manner, and explores the interdependence of our work to our daily lives and ultimately to a larger whole.
By interweaving different temporalities, the program presents practices from distinct fields (conceptual, movement, labor) and is willing to enact a framework for contemporary creation that can be textured by the particularities and imaginaries of diverse communities. “Just For Today” is an invitation to nurture a common space by visiting and translating examples of contemporary eco-communities, critical thinking and ancestral knowledge. At the same time, it offers encounters and hands-on activities that seek to widen the perspective of our actual needs and help us identify and reconsider our next steps. The event features workshops, talks, food preparation and sharing, ways of listening, screenings, walks and an exhibition focused on the figure of Raymond, with the participation of Vaskos (Vasilis Noulas and Kostas Tzimoulis), Marlen Mouliou, Anna Tzakou, Julie Loi, Iris Nikolaou, Vasiliki Tsagkari, Maro Pantazidou, Andreas Sell, Napoleon Xifaras, Samantha & Hermes Savvantoglou, rosanayaris (Rosana Sanchez & Aris Spentsas) and nyamnyam (Ariadna Rodriguez & Iñaki Alvarez).
The participation to the event is free of charge with the need for previous reservations for certain activities of the program. These reservations can be made through the email: [email protected]. When booking your activities, please let us know your name, phone number & email address, as well as which activities you’ll be attending. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Duncan Dance Center through the same email or by phone at 0030 6945714119.
The event will include seasonal and local food for the days of the event, provided by Samantha and Hermes Savvantoglou, grown and collected with the kids at Children’s Orchard, a space for children and adults, a warm household with the door open for everyone with a beautiful garden in a small village of Northern Greece. Please let us know, upon making your reservations, if you wish to join us for breakfast and/or lunch on October 28th, and for lunch on October 29th.
Duncan Dance Research Center
Chrisafis 34, Vironas 162 32, Athens, Greece
Curation: Penelope Iliaskou, Rosana Sánchez Rufete, Aris Spentsas
Administration: Anny Hadjikonstantinou
Graphic Design: Sara Jorge
Visual Documentation: Myrto Apostolidou
Communication: Mare Spanoudaki
Production Management: Maria Adela Konomi