Short Film: AN ICE THING TO SAY, 16min,. UK, Experimental

Directed by Mayra Stergiou
In an Icy land of ruins, a human being and a polar bear are meeting in an encounter of surviving the Anthropocene Era.
“An Ice Thing to Say” is an experimental dance film that blends Ice installation, original music and contact improvisation to explore our impact on nature. Drawing on inspiration from Erich Fromm’s book ‘To Have or to Be?’ and our personal diaries from lockdown, we invite the audience into a multi sensory experience of our inner and outer icy landscapes.

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Director Biography – Mayra Stergiou (Director), Spy Aronis (Video Director)

Mayra was born in Evia, Greece. She is a Director and Performance Artist. She trained in Lecoq Devised Theatre and Performance at London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) and in Dramatherapy at University of Derby. She also trained in Bunraku Puppetry and collaborated with prominent artists such as David Glass, Robin Guiver (War Horse), Mem Morrison (Arts Admin), and with the Institute Internationale de la Marionnette as resident researcher. Over the years she has trained in a variety of Physical and Ritualistic Theatre Practices such as Theodoros Terzopoulos Method, Voice Coordination with Grzegorz Bral (Song of the Goat), Directing with Sergei Ostrenko, Choreographic Theatre with Enrique Pardo, Tholpavakoothoo Puppetry, in Martial Arts (Taekwon-Do, Wing Chun) and Contact Improvisation. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Central School of Speech and Drama MA Scenography and a PhD candidate at Guildhall School of Music and Drama researching Visual Performance Making.

Director Statement

In a post pandemic world that came upside down, An Ice Thing to Say is a ‘stop and look’ invitation/provocation aiming to push the audience of their comfort zones and contemplate on our relationship with nature and the world around and within us.


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