Our voices convey so much. They carry the weight of our history, our upbringing, our culture. They represent our psychology, our status. The meaning of the words we say is coloured by the phonemes that structure them.

In code bend time, Evangelia Kolyra responds physically to the infinite variations of tone, pitch and timbre brought to bear upon the phonemes of several languages as spoken by her audience. Variations in pronunciation are relayed back to the speaker as movements as distinct as the voice they respond to.

code bend time is a participatory, durational choreographic and performance installation for the diversity of cultural elements that movement and language carry. The audience is invited to experience the making of a performative gallery work taking the roles of performer, participant or viewer. This playful and imaginative kinetic experiment is open to spectators of all ages and the “personality” of every voice. 

Performed at Lace Market Gallery as part of Nottdance 2017Siobhan Davies Studios and Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens. Duration of performances 2-6 hours.

Concept and performance: Evangelia Kolyra

Set and Costume design: Lina Motsiou

Assistant Costume design: Alexandra Giannakandropoulou

Graphic design: Harry Lagoussis

Lighting Design: Maria Gozadinou

Commissioned by Dance4 and Lace Market Gallery. Co-produced by Onassis Cultural Centre and Dance4. Supported by Siobhan Davies Studios. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Promotional image by Eleni Tomadaki