Maiden Voyage Dance are delighted to have commissioned good times never seemed a new durational performance installation from Vasiliki Stasinaki & Sarah Gordon which will be presented as part of Belfast International Arts Festival 2023.
Running around in circles on the terrace holding a big white flag. Trying to skateboard. Jumping into a puddle. A jar falling down the stairs. Getting trapped inside bubble wrap.
Experiments in collaboration.
Dates & Times
Thursday 2 Nov 3pm to 8pm
Friday 3 Nov 12noon to 5pm
Saturday 4 Nov 12noon to 5pm
Queen Street Studios 2nd Floor, The Arches Centre, 11-13 Bloomfield Ave, Belfast BT5 5AA
Performers Vasiliki Stasinaki and Sarah Gordon
Tech and Photography Trevor Wilson
Video Damian McCann
Vasiliki Stasinaki is a dance and visual artist based in Belfast. She studied dance at the Greek National Opera Dance School and at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and performed with Maiden Voyage Dance in over fifteen new works between 2009-2019. She holds an MFA Fine Art from Belfast School of Art and an MRes in Art and Design from Sint Lucas Antwerp. Her work, Motherland is Calling, part of Array Collective’s Turner Prize winning installation is now part of Ulster Museum’s permanent collection. Vasiliki Stasinaki was included in The Irish Times 50 people to watch in 2023: Ireland’s brightest young talent. In 2018 she was awarded Ulster University’s Greer Carson Film Award for her video work Diamanti Daxtylidi She is undertaking a three-month residency at Morpho Antwerp in 2023 supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland SIAP-Artist International Development Fund. Her work has been shown in Safehouse Peckham, Camden Image Gallery, Menier Gallery London, Platform Arts Belfast, Catalyst Belfast, PS2 Belfast, QSS Belfast, CCA Glasgow, Morpho Antwerp, Draiocht Gallery and Mart Gallery Dublin.
Sarah Gordon is a Belfast based writer and director. She was part of the BBC Drama Room 21/22 cohort.
Her short films have been broadcast by BBC, RTE and France’s CINE+. During lockdown she was commissioned to write and co-direct one of six short comedy films for a project called SPLENDID ISOLATION (BBC4/BBCNI) nominated for RTS NI Best Drama, also nominated for a Celtic Media Award.
Other short film commissions include SHOPPED (Indie Move Company for iPlayer); and RAT (Púca Pictures, winner Best Short at Dinard Festival of British Film.)
Her first children’s book, BERNARD THE IRISH DINOSAUR is published by O’Donnell Press. Her feature script POKES was selected for development through NI Screen’s New Writer Focus scheme. She is currently developing an Irish language feature film called AONTAS for ILBF, TG4 and BBC through Púca Pictures.
Sarah has most recently been working in the writer’s room on new CBBC children’s animation YUKI (Score Draw Music).
Trevor Wilson is a photographer / photo assistant living & working in Belfast. After graduating in B.A (Hons) Contemporary Photographic Practice from UCA Rochester, he began assisting various unit stills photographers on film sets. Having previously worked with the photographer Helen Sloan on HBO Game of Thrones S5 – S8 & most recently Apple tv Foundation S1. With a large variety of skills from working on-set to assisting the publicity & campaign photoshoots. Trevor takes all these experiences into his own working practice as a photographer with a wide variety of knowledge from darkroom printing to studio and location lighting.
Damian McCann is an award-winning director with 15 years documentary experience working alongside BBC, TG4 and RTÉ. His first feature-length narrative film Doineann premiered internationally at Newport Beach Film Festival in October 2021 and was screened at Belfast Film Festival and Galway Film Fleadh amongst others. Doineann was released theatrically in January 2022 (Wildcard Distribution). Other drama work includes the short films Máthair, and Just the Two of Us, a BBC 4/ BBC NI short film commission in collaboration with the Lyric Theatre in Belfast.