Gigi Argyropoulou is a director, curator, researcher, and a PhD candidate in Performance Studies at Roehampton University, London. She studied Theatre and Performance at undergraduate and postgraduate level in Greece and UK (Dartington College of Art – MA in Visual Performance Time Based Art Practices). As both an artist and researcher Gigi’s work moves around alternative forms of dramaturgic analysis – a dramaturgy of space – in order to explore structures that operate between performance and curatorial practices and engage audiences in a temporary production of space within a performance context. During the last ten years her artistic work has been presented in theatres, festivals and found spaces in Greece, the UK and throughout Europe including The National Theatre of Greece, Hellenic Festival, Bios (Athens), West Yorkshire Playhouse (Leeds), Teatro Europeo (Turin), Schiume Festival (Venice). This work has received awards and support from Ministry of Culture – Greece, British Council, Arts Council of England, Royal Victoria Foundation, Minicipality of Athens, and Hellenic Festival amongst others. Gigi co-founded F2 Performance Unit, Institute for Live Arts Research (www.live-arts-institute.org) and MKULTRA (www.mkultraperformance.eu). Papers have been presented in PSi 17 Utrecht/Netherlands, Universities and Conferences in Greece and UK. Also working as a curator/producer in art spaces Gigi has initiated and organised festivals, workshops and cultural collaboration projects. She is an associate researcher on ”Performance Matters” a research project between Roehampton, Goldsmiths University and Live Art Development Agency. Gigi has given worshops, seminars and lectures at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in the UK, Greece and Italy at Universities and drama schools.
Konstantina Georgelou works in the fields of performing arts theory, dramaturgy and dance and teaches at the MA of Choreography in Arnhem (ArtEZ). She completed her PhD thesis at the University of Utrecht (with a scholarship from the A.S.Onassis Public Benefit Foundation), which proposes the philosophical notion of l’informe for the examination of radical dramaturgical strategies that appear in postdramatic theatre and dance performances. Previously, she has studied philosophy, psychology and education (School of Philosophy, University of Athens, GR), psychology (Freie Universität Berlin, DE), art theory and art management (City University of London, UK) and cultural analysis (Universiteit van Amsterdam, NL). She has presented and published academic and non-academic papers in conferences and journals in Greece (CID-UNESCO, PerformART-Page, Highlights, Kalamata Intenational Dance Festival, etcetera), Holland (Danswetenschap in Nederland, RTRSRCH, University of Utrecht, Simulacrum), Croatia (PSi#15), Canada (PSi#16), Colombia (Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotà), Spain (Escena Contemporanea). She has collaborated in artistic and educational projects with SNDO, the Amsterdam Master of Choreography and the University of Utrecht and is a founding member of the Institute for Live Arts Research in Greece. She has worked as dramaturgical advisor with choreographers in Greece and elsewhere and has been collaborating with the International Dance Festival of Kalamata for the last years.
Efrosini Protopapa is a choreographer and researcher in performance. She works as a Lecturer in Dance and Choreography at the Department of Dance, Film and Theatre, University of Surrey, and as a Visiting Lecturer on MA Programmes at the Central School of Speech and drama. She has also taught at Roehampton University, Coventry University, Goldmisths College, Laban and the Department of Theatre Studies, University of Peloponnese. A graduate of the State School of Dance, Greece, and the Department of Theatre Studies, University of Athens, she also studied at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam and holds an MA Dance Studies with distinction from Laban. In 2010 she completed a practice-based PhD at Roehampton University, looking at the notion of ‘possibilising dance’ and proposing a re-imagine of the theatre stage as a space for thinking in contemporary choreography. Her PhD research was supported by the State Scholarships Foundation and the Onassis Public Benefit Foundation in Greece. Efrosini is the artistic director of the performance group Lapsus Corpi, with which she has presented work throughout the UK, as well as in Greece, Germany and Holland. Her work has been supported by institutions, funding bodies, programmes and festivals, such as Arts Council England, Dance4, Europe in Motion, The Place, Laban, Lewisham Creative, Theatre Wrede, Tanzfabrik, Springdance Festival, Duncan Dance Research Centre, amongst others. In 2008 she received the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award. She has also collaborated with artists such as Gill Clarke, Carol Brown and Ivana Müller. Since 2010 she is an advisor on the Board of the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund and a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for Dance Research. Efrosini has published articles in Performance Research, Dance Theatre Journal, Choreographic Practices, and the Greek dance journal Choros, and has also written texts for the Kalamata International Dance Festival, the Athens Festival, and the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens.
Danae Theodoridou is a London-based performance artist. She is a PhD candidate at Roehampton University, London in the Department of Theatre, Drama and Performance. Her research is practice-led and considers notions and practices of drama and dramaturgy within contemporary theatre and dance practices, mainly by focusing on aspects related to fragmented poetics, voice and authority, representation, theatricality, performative writing and the spectator’s reception. Danae studied Greek Philology and Linguistics at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and Acting at the Drama School of the National Theatre of Northern Greece. She has worked as a Greek language tutor with students of all levels and ages for over 10 years. She has worked as an actress in theatre, cinema and television. Danae creates and presents solo and collaborative works and writings in the UK, Greece (with Construction works theatre company of whom she is also a founding member) and elsewhere. Her work has been awarded and supported by important cultural institutions both in UK and Greece, such as: the AHRC, the Theatre of Neos Kosmos, the Greek General Secretariat for Youth and the European Union. At the same time, she has been teaching and giving seminars, lectures and workshops in a variety of University Departments in London both at undergraduate and postgraduate level (Roehampton University, QMUL, Laban, CSSD). She is an associate researcher of Performance Matters, a three-year creative research project taking place as a collaboration between Goldsmiths, University of London, Roehampton University, and the Live Art Development Agency. More information about her work can be found at: http://www.danaetheodoridou.com
Steriani Tsintziloni is a dance researcher, dance history teacher and PhD candidate at Roehampton University (UK), Dance Department. Her research examines three contemporary Greek dance companies in the 1990s within their social, cultural and political context. She is a graduate of the State School of Dance (Distinction) and the Department of Education, University of Crete. She holds an MA in Dance Studies from the University of Surrey, supported by a scholarship by “Alex. Onassis Public Benefit Organisation”. She was a Research Associate of the Kalamata International Dance Festival, the Kalamata International Dance Centre (1998-2008), the “Isadora and Raymond Duncan” Dance Research Centre and a dance collaborator at the ‘Melina” Project. Her teaching activities include the University of Patras, Department of Theatre Studies (2004-2006), Professional Dance Schools, and educational projects for the Kalamata International Dance Festival and Centre. Member of the Advisory Committee for Dance Funding at the National Centre for Theatre and Dance (2008-2010) and co-author of the dance material, published by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education for the “Melina” Project. She is a member of the Society for Dance Research.