Nancy Stamatopoulou | Sugar-slave

The project begins on the island of Itaparica, in the region of Bahia. Opposite of the island, in the Bay of all Saints, is the city of Salvador - once the capital of Brazil.

Sugar, was gold then. Yet an average European still consumes roughly 7 kg of sugar a year.

Starting in 15th century, Salvador and Bahia becomes the most influential corner of the world. In order to sustain the newly built sugar-cane plantations millions of slaves are brought over by the Portuguese to the region. This is also the birth of Candomblé, the Afro-Brazilian religion considered to be as Animism - the Soul of Nature.

To dream of seeing or eating sugar implies that you are prohibiting yourself from experiencing joy, happiness, and satisfaction.
To see a sugar cube in your dream indicates that you should enjoy life rather than being too strict.

What does it mean to be a sugar-slave in a modern world?

Am I a sugar-slave?

Of my past, of my needs, of my speed, of my thoughts, of my health, of my image.

I need a change. Every moment.

I need to create my god, my own cleansing ritual, to be safe in my own invisible circle. I can not wait.

  Nancy Stamatopoulou was born in Thessaloniki in 1976. She graduated with honors from the Greek National School of Dance in 1997. She has collaborated with following dance companies and choreographers: Nigel Charnok, Jean Vinclair, Malvina Protogerou, Jackie Taffanel, Alfredo Fernandez, Nijel Jarnok and director Alexandros Eukleides.  She was a member of National Theatre of Northern Greece. Since 2003 she is a permanent company member of Oktana Dance Theatre Company collaborating with Konstantinos Rigos with whom she has presented a multitude of projects in Greece, Brazil, Russia, Portugal, Israel, Italy, France, Hong Kong, etc.