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Persephone Reconsiders Her Fate

Prize(s) Winners in Stage Lighting
Company Eleftheria Deko & Associates
Lead Designers Eleftheria Deko
Other Designer's names Vasiliki Gogou, Nasia Lazou, Afrodite Neri
Client 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture
Photo Credits Gavriil Papadiotis / John Stathis
Other Credits Sara Pearson & Patrik Widrig, Nefeli Myrtidi, Sam Crawford, Stavros Gasparatos
Completion Date 2023
Project Location Elefsina
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Entry Description

“Persephone Reconsiders Her Fate” was a dance performance that incorporated light and projection in an equal role.
The choreography draws inspiration from the myth of Persephone, renegotiating and subverting it. All the dancers were different aspects of Persephone’s personality.
The lighting design’s intention was to create an atmosphere of the in-between world of living and the underworld. The vibrant world of Persephone's life on Earth was represented with warm colors of light while through light and projection we dove into the subconscious mind or underworld darkness in a symbolic way. The projection was projected on Logos - a ship lying for decades there and served as the set of the performance, following either the movement of the dancers or the music.
The other abandoned ships in the sea landscape revived through light and projection. Towards the end of the choreography all except one dancers left the stage, stepped in 3 small boats lit by battery operated candles sailed in the sea, while Demetra stood alone in front of the “gate” - a ring light installation, at the edge of the shore waiving goodbye and also waiting for her daughter’s next return. During her expectation the ring changed colors while the stage and the ship transformed into a vivid audiovisual 5’ spectacle with light and projection mapping.
Company Description

Eleftheria Deko and Associates is an award-winning lighting studio specializing in architectural lighting design, stage lighting, and event lighting. With an extensive experience in numerous and significant lighting projects, implemented in public and private spaces, the multidisciplinary team, provides integrated lighting solutions and design approaches that respond to the specific needs of diverse clients.