Mixalis Aristidou and Oya Akin
Travelling the distance between “local” and “foreign”, how does a conflict enable us to find our individuality? Using interdisciplinary practices, “Clutch” will attempt to create an environment where the intercultural and intracultural connect by dis/placing the personal and the collective. Through an ongoing digital and physical conversation between two movement artists, a Greek speaking Cypriot and a Turkish speaking Cypriot, what happens when they keep shifting between languages, dialects and silence in an effort to connect with each other and their own individual body and identity? How do these gear shifts manifest in the body and what forms do they take?
Mixalis Aristidou trained as an actor before moving to the UK to pursue an MA in Training Actors at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he specialised in movement. Currently, he teaches movement for actors at Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and is the Lead Movement tutor for the BA Acting programme at University of Northampton. As movement director he has worked for productions in the UK, France, Spain and Cyprus. www.mixalisaristidou.com