6 Oct 2019

Exogenesis Trilogy (Angelina Voskopoulou, 2013)

☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼ out of 10☼

Silently floating in space, the illusion of her body gets liquefied into amorphous abstractions of deep purples and ethereal blues, piercing magentas and puzzling turquoises. At once radiant and opaque, she - a primordial force majeure - exists on both sides of the endless mirror of the universe. A star breath away from eternity, her feet rest on the imaginary ground, for a brief moment that seems to last longer in an elegant dissolution of time. Through a supernova sauté, she invokes Chaos, and instantly sways it away with her hair. The seed from her left eye becomes the light and ignites the night...

Based on the hypothesis similar to panspermia, as well as on Voskopoulou's yearslong exploration of 'minimal movement' and meanings that may be contained within empty space (i.e. void), Exogenesis Trilogy can be best described as a cosmic dance fantasy. Almost completely devoid of words, except for the chapter titles and a few Khalil Gibran's verses, it sees the performers transforming into alien entities or goddesses before our eyes, all by virtue of choreographed movements and the magic of digital manipulation. From the hypnotizing underwater scenes that pull you into another dimension to the incandescent conclusion of utmost intensity, this luminous phantasmagoria is replete with delicate, sublime imagery celebrating female body and elevating it to transcendental heights. As the physical becomes spiritual, the viewer who's immersed in mysterious beauty dreams awake 'at the very boundaries between the inner and the outer world', as the official synopsis suggests. Transfixed, we melt together with the poetic visuals wonderfully complemented by Stelios Sarros's haunting score.

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