Kat Válastur

Strong Born


Kat Válastur’s Strong Born comes as a continuation of her previous work, a conversation with the myth of Iphigenia in Aulis, approached from a feminist perspective. Inspired by the origin of the Euripidean heroine’s name (she who was born strong’), the Anastenaria, a northern Greek custom where participants step on burning coals, and also the sacrificial dance from Vaslav Nijinsky’s Rite of Spring.

In Strong Born all these elements are intertwined to devise a new ritual, prevailed by the presence of a rhythm. In this ‘ritual’, within the confines of the stage, persistence and continuous interaction between three dancers reverse the demand for sacrifice. The sound that designates the choreography is produced by percussive surfaces on the dancers’ bodies. The sacrificial ritual becomes the starting point of an act of resistance. Resistance to sacrifice becomes a vital empowerment path. The dancers on stage are accompanied by the percussionist Valentia Magaletti.