September 29 & October 6, 2010
Dance By Yourself (part of the Proverbs series)
The title for this piece "Dance by yourself and you can jump as much as you want", comes from the translation of the Greek proverb "Μοναχός σου χόρευε, κι' όσο θέλεις πήδα", which we interpret as, "If you are alone you can do as you wish, but in a group you have to take others into consideration; compromise".
Dance By Yourself displays this proverb in both Greek, and its translation into German and refers to the recent German-led EU and IMF bailout of Greece worth €110 billion ($143.5 billion). The bailout prevented Greece from going into bankruptcy.
Dance By Yourself recontextualizes a Greek proverb into German not only to examine the current relationship between the two countries, but also to consider the challenge of language, culture and compromise between all the eurozone member states.
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