Spirals: As If
In Spirals project Hari Marini and PartSuspended group seek to articulate the female experience of time, movement, memory, nature and sense of belonging in a poetic and innovative way. The project consists of a series of performances, exhibitions, workshops and video-poetry. It employs poems written by contemporary female poets, recorded material, videography, music and movement. Hari has collaborated with female poets and has filmed video-poems in London, Broadstairs, Barcelona, Belgrade, Coventry and Athens.
Spirals is a poetic journey that crosses geographical borders and unites female voices in an exchange of languages, cultures, personal narratives and modes of expression. Through the symbol of a spiral, the project explores thresholds, migration, path, nature, home and sense of belonging; the spiral acts as a sign of becoming, transforming and awareness.
Concept & Direction: Hari Marini
Poetry: Barbara Bridger
Videography: Olga Lagun
Music: Maria Chatzipouliou (viola), Fotis Karagiannis (guitar)
Sound editing: Fotis Karagiannis
Performers: Benedetta Castello, Maria Chatzipouliou, Efi Dementi
Special thanks: Coventry Cathedral, Sebastian Hicks, Natasa Stamatari, Sam Williams
Hari Marini is an independent writer, performance maker, associate lecturer, and founding member of PartSuspended group. Her writing, practice and research are focused on poetics of spaces, performative architectures, urban space and women’s writing. Her work has been published in the academic journals Contemporary Theatre Review, Performance Research, Journal of Greek Media and Culture and Interim: A Journal of Poetry & Poetics. She has presented work in the UK, USA, Greece, Czech Republic, Serbia and Spain. Hari has taught performance courses and has delivered workshops both in the UK and Greece. Since 2006, she has been teaching performance at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). She holds a PhD in Performance from QMUL and an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from Central School of Speech and Drama (London), funded bythe Hellenic Scholarships Foundation (IKY). Also, Hari holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Patras.
Barbara Bridger taught Theatre and Performance Writing at Dartington College of Arts between 1990 and 2010 and is currently an independent writer, director and dramaturg. Barbara Bridger’s writing has been widely published, performed and screened. She was Prose Writer of the Year 2002 (Writers Inc.) and has been shortlisted for several other awards including Asham and Raymond Carver. At Dartington, Barbara Bridger helped to develop Scripted Media. This explored experimental approaches to script and scripting and her research also focuses on women’s writing and inclusive dramaturgical processes. She is currently dramaturg for companies and individuals operating across a range of performance practices. https://independent.academia.edu/BarbaraBridger
PartSuspended In 2006, Hari co-founded PartSuspended as a dynamic platform on which to foster performances, installations, writing and collaborations with artists from a variety of disciplines such as performers, visual artists, writers, videographers and musicians. PartSuspended is a multidisciplinary group, whose work seeks fragments, randomness and poetry in contemporary life.
PartSuspended has presented their work to a variety of venues such as Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (Prague), BIOS Tesla, National Theatre of Greece – Experimental Stage, Camden People’s Theatre (London), Arcola Theatre (London), Southwark Playhouse (London), Emergency 2013 (Manchester), Siobhan Davies Dance Studio, ]performance space[, ZealousX (Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf), OPEN 2013 (London), Railway Carriage Theatre (Athens), Epi kolono, Vrysaki Fringe Festival (Athens), Invention Theatre Festival (London), DVM Theatre (London), NoGrayInMyDay Gallery (London), QMUL, RHUL, You & Your Work (Bristol). For more information about PartSuspended’s projects, please visit: www.partsuspended.com