XENAI is a trilogy series based on the ideas of inception, challenges, and assertion of a new identity. It is a cross-disciplinary collaboration featuring electronic music with vocals, painting performance, and video projection. Each performer creates and improvises individual works that intertwine to become a cohesive whole. The video projected on the painter’s canvas is a response to the painting performance that becomes a dance in relationship to the music.
"Xenai" is an ancient Greek word meaning stranger welcomed as a friend. Throughout the performance, artists and audience experience transformation from the unfamiliar to that which they embrace.
Part 1: Birth
Part 2: Breaking Old Ties
Part 3: Luminance
- Cast -
The Painter [live painting] - Fotini Christophillis
The Inner Voice [electronic music / vocals] - Olga Kisseleva
The Light of Inspiration [analog video synthesis] - Christopher Konopka
The Inner Strength [duduk] - Inna Dudukina
Excerpt from "XENAI" Performance - Live on AM Garden Show (ACMi)
Xenai Part1: "Birth" and Part2: "Breaking Old Ties"@ Berk Recital Hall
Xenai Part2: "Breaking Old Ties" - Binge Watch Interdisciplinary Art Salon @ David Friend Recital Hall
November 13, 2017 - "Documentation of Olya's Interdisciplinary Piece" - Review of XENAI Part1: "Birth" at Berk Recital Hall by Alice Chi Xiao (The Odyssey)
May 12, 2017 - "New Connections: Student Performance Piece Reaches Across Artistic Disciplines" - Review of live performance "Connection" by Mike Keefe-Feldman (Berklee College of Music)