The 10th Muse

Personal journal on the Art of Isadora Duncan, the "mother of the modern dance".

(hardcoded subtitles in english / greek, italian, french, spanish, german, portuguese, bosnian, polish, arabic if it is requested)

Aristotle said «Gods live in Ether». We meet them once we tune in with the four elements in our body (earth, water, fire, wind) and feel an inner balance. The essence of Ether (the 5th element) lives in the Solar Plexus as well as the Soul. They are made of the same substances: sacred fire, pure – unconditional love. In that area, the soul and the whole body breathe freely – the feeling is like you falling in love for the first time. From that feeling also rises true creation, essential intelligence, direct wisdom. The Solar Plexus represents the Source of the Universe in the human body. Isadora's movements come from this center, this womb, this esoteric Sun. Every sun ray represents an emotion, a human feeling, or nature's force. Every Sun Ray creates poetry itself.

[In Greek, ‘Poetry’ comes from the verb 'ποιώ' which means 'I make', 'I create'.]

  • Alkistis Voulgari
  • Room 37 Artworks
  • Ross Daly "Erotokritos"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Η Δέκατη Μούσα
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 20, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
  • Language:
    Modern Greek (1453-)
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Short Films Panorama - Greek Directors Guild
    March 31, 2022
    World premiere
    Official Selection
  • Portobello Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    September 12, 2022
    Official selection
Director Biography - Alkistis Voulgari

Alkistis Voulgari was born in Athens. She is an actress and dancer specializing in Isadora Duncan’s Dance Technique.

The last two years she started her own filming experimentations and performance creations which embrace Theatre, Poetry, Literature, Dance and Radio Art.

Her work has been presented in many different countries, in festivals, exhibitions and theatres as the Short film Panorama and Academia Romantica of Athens, Avatar Center and Porcovete Pictures in Canada, UNU – Flores and Technische Sammlungen in Dresden, International Multimedia Art Festival in Serbia, Verti Films in Prague, On the Rocks Film festival in Italy, Museum of Dead Words in Brooklyn, NY.

The start was made by the experimental short film «Dancing in the Silence» from the «TERRACE PROJECT» which was hosted at Bibart’s Biennale Internazionale D’Arte di Bari and received an honourable mention from the Navajo Film Festival.

She is gradually visualising and working on the reconnection of the Theatre with its natural roots by improvising and exploring the primitive idea in an open, natural space where the film camera becomes the "eye of the director" and an eternal narration of the theatrical, performative, human and life experience.

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Director Statement

After a long time of personal and artistic research in many forms of Art as Theatre, Dance, Poetry as well as many different artistic ways I embraced strongly the idea that the most important Art is Life herself. Being an artist, for me, means to live sincerely and deeply the experiences that come along and then transform them into art.

That makes your unique way of expression and you find your “inner stand”. From this point everything becomes easier and the feeling is like you ride on a smooth river flow. Under this manner I create the last years performances that contain substances from Theatre, Music, Literature and Dance.

My base is the Art of Isadora Duncan and the Plastiques of Jerzy Grotowski in order to explore body movements, all the principles of Actor’s Studio as a guide in theatrical expression and Improv creative writing that helped me since the age of 9 to explore myself.

I never stop to learn, discover and interact with new artistic expressions and embrace collaborative work in all forms. It is always a pleasure to share and exchange new ideas and improvise on and about life’s special circumstances. I believe that we, artists, have a very important role to play in the coming years because this world needs for sure creative solutions in order to continue to exist. We must never give up but be flexible and playful in every situation that emerges.