B.A.D. POLEDANCING

Does the flow of pole dancing celebrate freedom, or is its constant need for a grip a sign of dependency?

Does Maro willfully choose to be part of this flow, or does the pole dictate her every move? Is it a modern tool that her body uses to perform dancing the like of which escapes other styles, or is it something that our minds – like the remnants of another age that they are – poorly translate as a phallic symbol?

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Une Étude de Ballet

The forces of inquiry and experimentation, or mere curiosity, led us to our latest photoshoot. The photographs you are about to see are to be viewed as our photographic take on a study of ballet; this should help explain our second header in French! Using the unofficial trains’ cemetery of Thessaloniki as our set, we were given the chance to use a very harsh environment (one that, thankfully, only philosophically resembles an ordinary ballet class) to experiment and learn on one of the most classical styles of dancing. Needless to say, we were very lucky to have Eleni with us in this very educational endeavor. Read More

A formidable combination of power and grace, Kákia astounded us when her dancing proved to be amazingly robust but fluid at the same time. This fusion of control and imagination demonstrated a contradiction we were happy to witness during this specific photoshoot. To explain her dancing style and philosophy she had to educate us in the ways of Martha Graham; whose legacy Kákia considers her greatest influence. Kákia is a great example of a very new breed of dancers in Thessaloniki, one that has also been quite fashionable abroad, where the delicate dancing figures and clear cut motion of more orthodox dancing styles give way to physically stronger builds and more robust and abstract motion; which in our heads helps in manifesting a clearer and more dynamic, rather than ordained and expected, set of feelings. Read More

As our “circle” of dancers steadily grows so does our appreciation of the different styles, personalities and backgrounds that merge before our lenses to manifest the concepts we want to convey. We are very happy to present to you Karmela, another acquaintance we made through Maria and an incredibly dedicated dancer with ample talent and experience in contemporary dance. What we wanted to give you with Karmela’s photoshoot is a continuation of a previous set, the promise of one to follow, and as always, a photoshoot that we hope you will enjoy.
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And after a long time of being away from the action (only online, we can guarantee you that), it’s time we gave you a small treat. The photographs you are about to see in the end of this post come from a photoshoot we had to organize, shoot, develop and present in 48 hours for an exhibition at Action Field Kodra (AFK). AFK is an initiative created by the Municipality of Kalamaria that aims to promote the arts, using at the same time the area of what was until 1991 known as the Macedonian Resistance Captain Kodra military camp.
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Korina is a dancer we met through Maria and Eftihia. She has been dancing for many years and she claims she will be dancing even at an old age if she is able to. She has been experimenting with all kinds of dancing including ballet, jazz, latin, hip hop, contemporary, pole dancing, and aerial dancing. We chose Korina for this photoshoot because the concept we had at hand, combined of course with the area we gained access to, matched Korina’s “rougher” characteristics and style.

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We first met Eftihia in Maria’s photo shoot at Nea Paralia, the two of them are cousins so Eftihia was present to boost Maria’s morale. When we found out that one of Eftihia’s passions is dancing, and that she had been practicing it for the biggest part of her life, we knew that she had what it took to pose for B.A.D.. Having a first-hand experience of what our photo shoots looks like, agreeing on a collaboration came naturally; as did shooting our third set!

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