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Emelie Carlén

In the ancient definition for the binary structure, chora defines the third part; the one that can not be precisely described. A space without a beginning, a refuter of binaries. It makes its own structure, its own meaning, without a pre-historical contexts.

Chora explores the history of the amphitheater as male dominated, as well as this specific space. Centrally located in of the old parts of Athens lies a new version of an amphitheater situated between the the Hill of muses and the Hill of nymphs. At the very location where A midsummer night’s dream took place, this is where mythological stories has come to reflect on female essence. With a group of pole dancers from Athens we enter the stage, creating a situation made selectively for this group. They perform and dance, cheers each other on and impresses one another with skills and techniques. At the stage of this place we explore what this dance has come to mean, how to escape its presumptions and use it for us alone.

Keywords Dance , Feminism
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:04:22
Language No dialogue
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2014
Latest screening Mar 25, 2021
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About the artist

Emelie Carlén

Emelie Carlén is an artist based in Stockholm. She holds a degree in fine art from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå Academy of Fine Arts and Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. With a basis in research and text, she examines how inherent power structures in architecture and image production come to shape collective and individual ideals.