Shellshock

1999

“Choreographer Paras Terezakis throws such a head-spinning mix of material into his ambitious Shellshock that audience members might succumb to a light case of the title disorder…”
– The Georgia Straight, Vancouver

The work itself is in four parts and explores the various kinds of conflict, passion and violence that are at the core of human nature. “We construct an elaborate mask of deception that disguises the truth behind our actions,” says Paras Terezakis, Artistic Director and Choreographer of Kinesis Dance. “By constructing a world in which we blame someone else for our insecurities and fears, we violate what is inherently beautiful within our own lives and the lives of others.”

Inspired by the myth of the Trojan War and the very human characteristics that story embodies, Terezakis has constructed a unique work that engages the dancers in a fierce battle between the physical and the emotional components of transformation. “I have carefully and deliberately used text to support a narrative, a thread of story that supports continuity by holding together the emotional theme,” he says.

PART ONE: PHOS/Light
PART TWO: AESTUS/Heat
PART THREE: KATEGIDA/Storm
PART FOUR: SHELLSHOCK/Trauma

* Phos was first created for the Kokoro International Dance Festival
* Aestus was created for the Chutzpah Festival

Length: 80 minutes

ARTISTIC DIRECTION & CHOREOGRAPHY
Paraskevas Terezakis
LIGHTING DESIGNER
James Proudfoot
VIDEO CREATORS
D-Anne Trépanier, Gordon Wong
SOUND DESIGN
Noah Drew
MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR PHOS
Ted Hamilton
SET & COSTUME CONCEPTS
Paraskevas Terezakis
SET CONSULTANT
Yvan Morissette
COSTUME DESIGNER
Andrea Hiestand
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER
Larisa Fayad
DANCERS
Anne Cooper, Caroline Farquhar, Delia Brett, Tomasz Wesolowski, Colin Atkins

HECUBA: Andy Thompson, Colleen Wheeler
CASSANDRA: Shauna Elton, Anne Cooper
HELEN: Caroline Farquhar
PARIS: Walter Kubanek, Farley Johansson