Borrowed Shoes

Living far from Nature and its flabbergasting wholeness and simplicity, in a city built out of all proportion and unavoidably lonely, succumbing to frenzied rhythms and “cheap” behaviors, which goes dumb by its own noise, a strong need was created for me to reach out. And go wherever this takes me. A need to reconcile my inner world with everyday reality. To travel through songs and sorrows along with people that are close to me but also with strangers. A need to re-live with no hesitation, my past years, those which have already grown old and dream of those to come, the ones which are new and thus youthful. And as words have become too narrow and overused, I have no choice but to stay silent and sing. And share. My joys and my sorrows. My memories, the existence of friends, the losses. My wishes and my weaknesses. My journeys. And all this beauty and vanity that the passing of time brings. And as a “wise man” taught me, to celebrate. It is thus that “Borrowed shoes” came to being. The songs are mostly Greek, from very old times to this day, songs we have all more or less murmured. Naked songs. Only the words and their melody. There are also some small excerpts from texts by Hatzidakis, Elytis, Leivaditis, Peresiadis, Palamas et al., used as a means of introductions to the songs. And although Solo is good, but nowhere near as good as Togetherness, when the mood and the occasion are auspicious, companionship thrives. Thus, there have been fellow travelers of the “Borrowed Shoes” up to now such as Olga Laskaratou, Phoibos Delivorias, Nikos Ksidakis, Apostolos Rizos, Matoula Zamani, Maria Papageorgiou, Alexandros Emmanouilidis, Fotis Siotas, Sofia Efkleidou, Ilektra Miliadou, Panos Lambropoulos, Pavlos Spiropoulos, Pavlos Melas, Spiros Bolovinis and Yiannis Andrianakis.

Photo Credit: Tania Palaiologou

THANKS

A very warm thanks to: Artspace KET (Television Control Center) Radiofono.gr Lilly Athanatou Kiriaki Ailianou Vasilis Alexakis Giorgow Antzoulatos Eliza Vellia Eleni Vergeti Mino Voutsino Gaby Gavriilidi Michalis Gelasakis Aris Gertsos Sozita Goudouna Nikos Graikos Lilly Eftaxopoulou Sozon Iriotis Nurmala Easty Thodoris Thanos Christos Theodorou Dionisis Theotokatos Zambia Kazana Alexia Karthagiou Giorgos Kartalos Vasia Kafritsa Eleni Kokkidou Elita Kounadi Efi Koufopoulou Kiriakos Konstantopaidos Mata Lambropoulou Panos Lambropoulos Sofia Lambropoulou Thanasis Laskaratos Eirini Limtsiouli Reggina Mandilari Pavlos Melas Giota Militsi Margarita Mitilinaiou Polina Bana Dimitris Baslam Aris Balafoukas Panagiotis Begiazis Sotiris Bekas Spiros Bolovinis Nikos Bosinakos Xanthoula Dakovanou Dimitris Daskas Eleni Ouzounidou Antonis Papavomvolakis Christos Papamichalis Akis Papastavridis Foteini Papachistopoulou Petros Paraschis Kostas Parissis Giota Peklari Haris Pechlivanidis Tatiana Pitta Sideri Printezi Roza Prodromou Manos Saviolakis Stella Serefoglou Anthi Spiliopoulou Stefanos Spiliopoulos Dina Stefanou Stavros Simeonidis Dimitris Sotiriou Dimitris Tzanis Lina Tziata Yiannis Tourlidis Angelos Triantafillou Maria Tsavari Pantelis Frantzis Katerina Fotinaki Stella Fotopoulou Antigoni Chalabardaki Ntinos Chatzopoulos Yiannis Chrisogonou Antonis Psarras Soundslike Studio
My family: Kostas Koula Iro
My acquired family: Kika Georgiou Yiannis Kalavrianos Christos Chanios Tania Palaiologou – Michalis Koilakos Agoritsa Oikonomou – Nontas Bouboulis Athina Tsiknia – Zaharias Paftinos Petros Gkertsos Stelios Iakovidis Giorgos Glastras Marietta Spiliopoulou Ignatios Simeonidis
And of course those who have participated in the performance up to now: Olga Laskaratou Foivos Delivorias Nikos Xidakis Apostolos Rizos Matoula Zamani Maria Papageorgiou Alexandros Emmanouilidis Fotis Siotas Sofia Efkleidou Panos Lambropoulos Ilektra Miliadou Pavlos Spiropoulos Pavlos Melas Spiros Bolovinis Yiannis Andrianakis and especially, Dimitris Alexakis Fotini Banou and Marili Zarkou