Taking as a starting point Rudolf Nureyev’s 1991 staging of the classical ballet La Bayadère, choreographed while his health was critically deteriorating, Christodoulos Panayiotou’s lecture-performance The Paradox of Acting is a meditation on the impossible theatrical representation of death and an exploration of the vicious relationship between the spectator, the actor, and the characters trapped in the action.
A version of this performance was previously presented under the title Dying on Stage at (amongst others) Serpentine Galleries, London; PERFORMA 15, New York; Centre National de la Dance, Paris; Nouveau Musée National de Monaco; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Sharjah Biennial Act II, Beirut and Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich.
Duration approximately 2 hours 10 minutes.
Christodoulos Panayiotou's (b. 1978, Limassol, Cyprus) wide-ranging research focuses on the identification and uncovering of hidden narratives in the visual records of history and time. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held (amongst others) at the 56th Venice Biennial, The Cyprus Pavilion; Casa Luis Barragán, Mexico City; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Kunsthalle Zürich; Casino Luxembourg; CCA Kitakyushu; Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis and Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig. His work was also shown in a number of group exhibitions including: the 14th Lyon Biennial; the 13th Sharjah Biennial; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel; 8th Berlin Biennale; 7th Liverpool Biennial; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museion, Bolzano; Migros Museum, Zürich; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; Joan Miro Foundation, Barcelona; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Ashkal Alwan Center for Contemporary Arts, Beirut; Artist Space, New York; MoCA Miami.
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