Pharmacist or Balloonist

Pharmacist or Balloonist

17-29 July 2017 
PHARMACIST or BALLOONIST
A Dance and Herbs laboratory
by Elpida Orfanidou and Guests

PHARMACIST or BALLOONIST is a choreographic pharmacy which mixes dance, music and discussion with the live production of herbal remedies. With this new interdisciplinary work the choreographer, dancer and professional pharmacist Elpida Orfanidou undertakes the risk to “choreograph confusion”, in order to subvert the hierarchies of knowledge and raise a state of true wonder and of peculiar attending.


The work emerges within an innovative solo format which employs the enigmatic performing of invited “assistants” and “guest-stars” and a conversation with the spectators. Questions and demands are offered with intuitive mastery to everyone present in the room, lunatic dances appear out of nowhere, a herbal laboratory is constantly active, ethiopian jazz and greek rembetiko is played in an autopilot mode. In parallel to its enigmatic nature, PHARMACIST or BALLOONIST seeks for a new understanding of productivity and time with great regards to ecological ways of living and movements of degrowth. Avoiding binaries and oppositions it wants to discover the magic of transformation as an artistic as well as a scientific process.  Can we assume that the social phenomena of time, productivity, work, while owning a natural potential to act as a killing poison, can also, in the hands of a choreographer, become instruments of healing? Can the poison of time be transformed into a medicine of timelessness, the poison of  forced productivity into a medicine of deliberate creativity, the poison of labor into a medicine of work?


Premiere on the 30th November 2017 at Ballhaus Ost  Theater (Berlin).