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The English term 'pilgrim' originally comes from the Latin word peregrinus, which means a foreigner, a stranger, someone on a journey, or a temporary resident. It can describe a traveller making a brief journey to a particular place or someone settling for a short or long period in a foreign land. Peregrinatio was the state of being or living abroad.

'Peregrinus' is a site-specific performance/installation, which explores the act of walking, and of being 'abroad', for performer and audience alike.

The audience's journey begins in a van to the performance venue. Along the route, recorded voices speak of real experiences of peregrination and pilgrimage, of heightened senses and a longing for familiarity. Once at the site of the installation, the audience is invited to walk through a structure that echoes a labyrinth, in which they become both spectator and pilgrim. The performer, also part of this journey, appears and disappears, acting as the catalyst for unexpected turns and deviations.

What if the starting point for this journey is refusal? Walking defines a direction but the end point is never achieved. What if the contemporary invitation is not to leave your bed and walk but to pick up your bed and walk? In other words, to take with us in our mobility an anomalous stillness; and to walk alongside our supine, horizontal and impulsive selves. Each new step a fall or a stumble, caught up, recovering, in dance.


Concept, Choreography, Artistic Direction: Zoi Dimitriou

Performance: Zoi Dimitriou

Set Design, Costume Design: Eva Manidaki

Lighting Design: Eleftheria Deko

Sound Design: CotiK

Dramaturgy: Joe Kelleher

Artistic Consultation: Peter Von Salis

Research, Interviews: Betina Panagiotara, Zoi Dimitriou

Production: Delta Pi Productions and Arts Management

Location Scouting: Dimitris Chalkiadakis

Associate Architect: Efthymios Dougkas

Assistant to Set Designer: Myrto Megaritou

Associate Producer: Lia Prentaki


Produced by Onassis Cultural Centre Athens (Fast Forward Festival). Supported by Firkin Crane, Laban Theatre, Metal Southend, Duncan Research Centre for Dance and Zoi Dimitriou Company.


One Dance Week / Focus Greece / Bulgaria

12-19 May 2021

DAR Conference / National Academy of Dance / Rome

26 October 2019

Laban Lecture Theatre / London

31 January 2018

Firkin Crane / Cork

20-23 July 2017

Fast Forward Festival 4 / Onassis Cultural Centre / Athens

10-14 May 2017

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