Sadler’s Wells, Lilian Baylis Studio, Rosebery Ave, London EC1R 4TN 31 October & 1 November 2024, 8pm Price: £17

Αγρίμι (Fauve) is a new performance commission by Lenio Kaklea which choreographs a rewilding of bodies and forests.

The Ardennes, the Black Forest, Broceliande, the Vexin. Forests are spaces that can elude immediate understanding. Here, humans and animals scatter and hide, stalking, pursuing and trapping each other. Places of calm and meditation, of ecstasy and vivid life, forests can also be threatening and toxic environments. In Αγρίμι (Fauve), Lenio Kaklea meticulously choreographs a ‘rewilding of bodies’. Through on-stage exercises, dances and rituals, she explores the forest as a place – both physical and imaginary – for identities to dissolve and bodies to metamorphose. As the first performance that links Kaklea’s choreography to the geographical, environmental and poetic richness of the forests, Αγρίμι (Fauve) presents dance as another wild zone to be defended.

Αγρίμι (Fauve) is co-commissioned by Serpentine and Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels; Athens Epidaurus Festival; Centre national de la danse Pantin; Festival d’Automne à Paris; Theater Spektakel Zürich; Pôle Sud – CDCN de Strasbourg; La Briqueterie – CDCN Val-de-Marne; ImPulsTanz International Festival; DanceWEB Life Long Burning Network; Le Dancing – CDCN de Dijon.

The UK premiere of Αγρίμι (Fauve) is presented by Serpentine in partnership with Sadler’s Wells.


Choreography and Stage Direction: Lenio Kaklea
Performance: Lenio Kaklea, Georgios Kotsifakis, Ioanna Paraskevopoulou
Sound Design, Video and Technical Direction: Éric Yvelin
Set: Clio Boboti
Light Design: Bruno Pocheron
Light Technician: Sanja Gregoric
Costumes: Olivier Mulin
Landscape: Sophie Laly
Dramaturgy and Research: Lou Forster
Creation Assistant: Dimitris Mytilinaios
Assistant Set Designer: Filanthi Bougatsou
Pole Dance Training: Mandy Fragiadaki
Administration and Production Management: Olivier Poujol andChloé Schmidt
Bookings: KUMQUAT | performing arts (Gerco de Vroeg & Laurence Larcher)
Production: abd

With the support of Fondation enterprise Hermès
abd receives the support of DRAC Ile-de-France and the Hellenic Cultural Center in Paris.

Curated and produced by Kostas Stasinopoulos, Curator, Live Programmes, Serpentine and Holly Shuttleworth, Executive Producer, HS Studio, with Daisy Gould, Assistant Curator, Live Programmes, Serpentine, Isobel Peyton Jones, Production Coordinator, Serpentine, Andy Downie, Production Manager, Velocet, and Eva Speight, Curatorial Assistant, Live Programmes, Serpentine.

Artist Bio

Lenio Kaklea is a dancer, choreographer, director, and writer born in Athens, Greece and based in Paris, France. She studied at the National Conservatory of Contemporary Dance in Athens (SSCD), and in 2005, she was awarded the Pratsika Foundation Prize and moved to France, where she studied at the CNDC in Angers. In 2011 she completed the SPEAP programme at the Sciences Politiques in Paris, an experimental Arts and Politics Masters programme directed by Bruno Latour. Her work has been presented by institutions and festivals throughout Europe, and she also teaches choreography at dance festivals and national schools across the continent. 

 Since 2009, Lenio Kaklea’s artistic practice uses a wide range of media including choreography, text and video and is informed by feminism and postcolonial critique. In her work, she explores the production of subjectivity through the organised transmission of movements and reveals the intimate spaces in which we construct our identity. Along with her personal choreographic work, Kaklea collaborates with other artists. In 2013, she presented a collaboration with the American choreographer Lucinda Childs on the music by Ryoji Ikeda. She was then an invited curator in 2016 at the Scène nationale de Brest, where she presented a programme led by female choreographers working in Athens. In 2022, Kaklea collaborated with the Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta to create a performance at Punta Della Dogana with clothes designed by Matthieu Blazy. 


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