An Imaginary Symposium constructs alternatives modes of sociability in order to reimagine our realities today and in the future. Its aim is to reactivate common thinking and imagining, by taking a close look on the way we build our social exchange and our discussions. This is done by reworking on ancient Greek modes of sociability, which are radically brought together on stage with contemporary technological modes of artificial intelligence. The project meets its audience in two distinct, closely interrelated forms, that of a group theatre piece (stage version) and that of an interactive performance (participatory version). In both cases, participants (seven female performers or ten audience members) experiment with structures, aesthetics and narratives in order to create live on stage an imaginary symposium where people eat and drink while discussing issues of shared concern and creating imaginaries for their societies.
Danae Theodoridou is a Greek performance maker, performer and researcher based in Brussels. She studied Greek philology and linguistics in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and acting in the National Theatre of Northern Greece. She completed her practice-led PhD on dramaturgy at Roehampton University in London. Since 2008 she creates her own solo and collaborative live works and artistic research projects all over Europe. Her artistic creation explores theatrical mechanisms of representation, fragmented poetics, performativity of language and playfulness in order to offer twisted views on realities and fictions. Since 2013 this work focuses particularly on the notion of ’social imaginaries’ and the way theatre can contribute to the production of social and political alternatives.