Skiagraphia is a dance project that embraces flamenco dance, contemporary dance, sculpture, and music.
The world première took place during the festival Julidans in Internationaal Theater Amsterdam on 12 July 2022.

“Two dancers compete against each other in letting go of egos. The first is the Spanish dancer Andrés Marín, known as the stirrer of flamenco because of his radical take on the Andalusian dance form. His sharp and resolute dance skills breathe an unruly angularity in everything, a resistance against death.”
(Annette Embrechts, de Volkskrant)
The title Skiagraphia derives from Greek and can be translated as ‘drawing/writing with shadow’.

The creation myth of Pliny is central to this interdisciplinary production. This myth expresses the human urge to hold on to life, with themes such as transition, loss, mourning, letting go, creation and hope. Skiagraphia takes the age-old myth into the future and connects it to the speculative philosophy of transhumanism. This movement is trying to achieve what humanity dreams of: continuing life beyond our expiration date, for example by uploading our brains in digital format.

In Skiagraphia we meet a man who has taken that step towards immortal life. He is free from worries of limited time, and explores his capabilities of an infinite life. But he also lacks the emotions that come with impermanence, loss and a limited lifespan. If death is the driving force behind life, what urge does he have to live?

Skiagraphia explores these themes using two versions of the same person: the mortal (Marín) and the immortal (Morrow). The theme of recreation is made tangible through an ingeniously designed set, that consists of a landscape of transforming, geometric sculptures, which can be set in motion by the performers.

Creative Team:
Initiative, artistic concept and stage design: Siba Sahabi
Choreography and dance: Andrés Marín
Choreography and dance: Kalin Morrow
Stage direction: Marinus Groothof
Dance interns: Lotte Leppers, Quincy Otgaar, Dovilė Krutulytė
Light design: Tom Visser
Costumes: Anne de Grijff
Music: Renger Koning

Production Team:
Business manager: Paul Dijkema

Pr & marketing: Marleen Paping 
Technical coordination: TOT B.V. 
Sound engineer & technical coordinator: Seb Jongejans
Light engineer: Niels Kingma

Production of sculptures: De man met de hamer en Seb Jongejans
ProductionSiba Sahabi Foundation
Production assistant: Rik Schippers
Campaign photography: Henri Verhoef
Photography of scenes: Ben van Duin

The project is made possible by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Fonds 21, BNG Cultuurfonds, AFK, Zabawas and Fonds Podiumkunsten.


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