Thank you for supporting "Arachnées", a dance-theater play, for our upcoming performances at the Avignon "Off" Festival this summer.


The project


A dance-theater play for two interpreters


Conception, choreography and interpretation : Maria Yannaros

Collaboration and interpretation : Mairi Pardalaki


Costumes : Katia Theurin

Music : M.Marais, D.Scarlatti, J.F Telemann, T.Merula, C.Francesco, G.F Haendel


Duration : 1h


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After having been presented in Paris and in Athens during 2013-2014, « Arachnées » will be performed at the Avignon "Off" Festival (Chapelle de l' Oratoire) from 15th to 27th of July.




Argument of the play 


Two undetermined creatures, half-women half-spiders, are imprisoned in a

narrow place away from light and life and condemned to spin for the eternity. Discontented and exhausted, they painfully try once more to go back to work; however, a window – a way-out? – opened, perhaps, towards an infinite still unknown, is imposed progressively at their eyes and grows into their soul…





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About « Arachnées »



"Arachnées" results from the desire to transpose the themes and the atmosphere, which are present in the symbolist theater of Maurice Maeterlinck (Belgian poet and dramatist), in a more accessible way that borrows elements from the dance theater. Having as background a revisited myth – the one of Arachne, the Spider Woman-weaver–, the story is unwinded while some of the themes that were dear to Maeterlinck emerge; among them the enclosure, the waiting, the horrific and impassable threshold or even the inevitability of fate and the indefinite anxiety hanging over the characters. "Arachnées" invites the spectator of the XXI century to dive into a strange world of uncertain times, and observe as through a keyhole, secret and isolated creatures, almost unreal, helpless and tragic, sometimes funny and awkward, between human and insect, without being able to reach them.







Why fund it?

The amount collected will be used to fund our participation to the Avignon Festival in 2014.


Here's how the collected money will be spent:


-1000 euros for the rental of the chapel.

-800 euros for the accommodation of the two dancers and a technician

-400 euros for all the communication material (posters, flyers, programmes)

-300 euros for the transport of the company (Paris-Avignon)


If the amount collected at the end, exceeds our goal, we will use the supplement to provide us with equipment (such as a dance floor, the sound system which is not included in the rental, additional lights ...) and everything else needed in order to embellish the performance.


Ahtenysti Company originated when two dancers, Mairi Pardalaki and Maria Yannaros, met in Paris. They formely worked together during “FormEnVie” by Margarita Amarantidi, but most importantly, on the occasion of “Kyma”, a play by Nina Dipla , which was presented in various choreographic structures in Paris and Greece. Maria started the creation of... See more