Participants Biogs

Speakers:

Angeliki Avgitidou studied Architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (University of the Arts) from which she was awarded an MA and a PhD. She has exhibited internationally at venues that include the ICA (London) and the French Museum of Photography and has presented papers at international conferences such as Performance Studies International. She has taught the courses Performance, Experimental actions in the Public Space/Public Art and Time, Space, Body/Environmental Art at the School of Fine and Applied Arts of The University of Western Macedonia in Greece, where she has been appointed Assistant Professor. In 2010 she co-organised the seminars “Performance now, v.1 Performative practices in the public space and actions in situ”. She coordinated and taught at the workshop “Performance now, v.2: Body/Space”, part of the Performance Festival of the 3rdBiennale of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki. Her research interests revolve around the relationship of body, space and performativity and the field of art practice as medium and process for generating knowledge (contact: aaugitidoy@uowm.gr).

Bojana Bauer is a dance and performance theorist and a dramaturge. She received professional dance training in Belgrade, where she was a member of National Theatre Ballet and studied dance theory and aesthetics at the University Paris 8. She is currently carrying out a PhD in aesthetics and theory of performing arts at University Paris 8 – École Doctorale EDESTA. After being active as a producer in Alkantara Festival in Lisbon, she is based in Paris since 2007. In 2011-2012 academic year she starts teaching Master course in choreographic analysis, dance and performance theory at the Dance Department of Paris 8 University and a BA course in dance history and theory at the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Nantes Métropole. She is active in public talks and lectures in institutions such as National Academy of the Arts in Bergen or DasArts, and different academic or extra-academic symposia. As a dramaturge, she has been collaborating with choreographers Latifa Lâabissi, Vera Mantero, Mário Afonso, and the visual and performance artist Pedro Gomez-Egaña. Bauer’s writing and essays are published in Repères, The Walking Theory ,mouvement.net, and Performance Research amongst others.

Maaike Bleeker is a Professor and the Chair of Theatre Studies. She studied Art History, Theatre Studies and Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam where she also completed her PhD on Visuality in the Theatre (2002). Previously, she lectured at the Department of Theatre Studies of the University of Amsterdam, The Piet Zwart Post-Graduate program in Fine Arts (Rotterdam), Media Gn: Centre for Emergent Media (Groningen), The School for New Dance Development (Amsterdam), the post graduate program Arts Performance Theatricality (Antwerp), and in the IPP Performance and Media Studies Summer School of the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. Since 1991, she also worked as a dramaturge for various theatre directors, choreographers and visual artists. She performed in several lecture performances, ran her own theatre company (Het Oranjehotel) and translated five plays that were performed by major Dutch theatre companies. She was an Artist in Residence at the Amsterdam School for the Arts (2006-2007) and member of the jury of the Dutch National Theatre Festival TF (2007-2008).  Prof. Bleeker is President of Performance Studies International, Member of the International Advisory Board of Maska(Ljubljana) and of Inflexions: A Journal of Research-Creation (Montreal), and Member of the Editorial Board (Humanities) of the Amsterdam University Press.

Marios Chatziprokopiou (1981) has studied Theatre and History in Thessaloniki and Visual Arts in Paris. He holds a Masters of research on Anthropology of Performance (EHESS/Paris, Scholarship of the French Minister of Education and Michelis Foundation). He is a PhD candidate of Performing Arts in the Federal University of Bahia (Brazil), where he worked as a scientific collaborator. He attended several workshops on performance art, among them the LaPochaNostra workshop. He participated with papers presentations and performances in various colloquia and festival. He published theoretical texts in Greece, France and Brazil, and poems in the review Enteuktirion. He made two short documentary films (one of them in co-production with Aristoteles Workshop/ARTE).

Karen Christopher is a collaborative performance deviser, performer, and teacher. Her practice includes listening for the unnoticed, the almost invisible, and the very quiet. She was a member of the Chicago-based performance group Goat Island for 20 years until the group disbanded in 2009. With Goat Island, Karen performed and led workshops throughout the USA and the UK, and in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, and Switzerland. Karen now lives and works in London where she has launched Haranczak/Navarre Performance Projects and teaches part time at Central School of Speech & Drama. She is an associate artist at Chelsea Theatre (London), and recently received an honorary fellowship from University College Falmouth.

Ayrin Ersöz was born in 1975 in Bulgaria and currently resides in Istanbul, Turkey. Ayrin is a dancer/choreographer and academician based in Istanbul. She received her B.A. from the Dance Department at the School of Art and Design at Yildiz Technical University in 2003 and her M.A. in Art and Design from the same university in 2006. Ayrin is currently working on her dissertation for the PhD program in Theater Criticism and Dramaturgy Department at Istanbul University. Ayrin Ersöz performed as a dancer for CRR Dance Theater Company between 2003 and 2005, and for Istanbul Dance Theater between 2005 and 2007 where she has performed two times in Venice Dance Biennale. As a freelance choreographer her pieces have been presented in various national venues of Turkey. Her last piece “To dance or…” was performed at 17th International Istanbul Theater Festival and in Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, Berlin. Ayrin Ersöz also writes as a dance critic and has published articles in various publications in Turkey. She is currently the director of the Dance Department at Yildiz Technical University.

Zeynep Gündüz has studied classical ballet in Ankara, Turkey and modern dance in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Due to a knee injury, she has stopped dancing and has starting a university education. She has completed her BA and MA at the University of Amsterdam, Media Studies department where she is currently a PhD candidate. Her research elaborates on the role of computer technologies in digital dance practices. Her PhD project has been awarded the NWO (Dutch Organization for Scientific Research) Mozaiek grant. She is one of the organizers of the annual Amberconference, a two-day event, which forms a part of Amber Arts and Technology Festival in Istanbul, Turkey. Some say that she still dances on an amateur basis.

Zeynep Günsür Yuceil was born in Istanbul, 1968; holds her B.A in Sociology, Boğaziçi University. She went to India, Delhi University and worked on Indian Culture and Classical Dances in 1990-91. She has completed her M.A in Performing Arts at Middlesex University, London in 1995 and her PhD thesis at the Department of  History, Boğaziçi University in 2007 while spending one year of research at New York University, Middle Eastern Studies Department. She continues to teach at Yildiz Technical University, Art and Design Faculty and a full time scholar at Kadir Has University, Theater Department & Film and Drama- M.A programe. Also works as a board member of an independent dance network (DBM) in the Mediterranean area since 2005 and she is the founder member of ACPAI (Association of Contemporary Performing Arts Initiation) in Istanbul. Zeynep Günsür, since 1990 collaborated with different artists and has been a part of interdisciplinary performances as an independent artist. In 1999, she has formed Movement Atelier  and continues to work with the company since then.

Janez Janša is artist, writer, performer and director of interdisciplinary performances a.o. WE ARE ALL MARLENE DIETRICH FOR (with Erna Omarsdottir), PUPILIJA, PAPA PUPILO AND THE PUPILCEKS – RECONSTRUCTION and THE MORE OF US THERE ARE, THE FASTER WE WILL REACH OUR GOAL. His visual works include a. o. REFUGEE CAMP FOR THE FIRST WORLD CITIZENS (with Peter Šenk), NAME Readymade (with Janez Janša and Janez Janša) and LIFE [IN PROGRESS]. His work contains strong critical and political dimension and it is focused on the relation between art and social and political context. He is author of the book on Jan Fabre (JAN FABRE – La Discipline du chaos, le chaos de la discipline, Armand Colin, Paris 1994) and has been editor in chief of MASKA, performing arts journal from 1999 to 2006. He is the director of Maska, institute for publishing, production and education based in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Myrto Katsiki is a dance theorist and researcher and a dancer. She studied at the State School of Dance, Greece and holds an MA in Cultural Politics from the Panteion University, Greece and an MA in Dance Theory and Aesthetics from the University Paris 8, Dance Department. She is currently a PhD candidate in Dance History and Aesthetics at the University Paris 8 – École Doctorale EDESTA. For her MA and doctoral research she has received academic fellowships from the French Ministry of Education and the Alexander Onassis Foundation. Her PhD project examines the notion of Neutral in the dance of the 20th century. She teaches dance theory and research methodology at the Dance Department of Paris 8 University and has been a visiting lecturer at the State School of Dance, Greece teaching dance history and choreographic analysis. She is a member of the aCD-Association des chercheurs en danse and belongs to the editorial board of Funambule. Revue de danse. She has worked as a dancer in Greece and France and is a founding member of the Athens-based Zita dance company.

Joe Kelleher is Professor of Theatre and Performance. He is currently also Head of Subject for Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Roehampton. His publications include Theatre & Politics (Palgrave Macmillan 2009), Contemporary Theatres in Europe (co-edited with Nicholas Ridout, Routledge 2006), and, with Romeo Castellucci, Claudia Castellucci, Chiara Guidi and Nicholas Ridout, The Theatre of Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio (Routledge 2007). His current book project, provisionally titled The Suffering of Images, explores issues of rhetoric, image and spectatorship.

Bojana Kunst was studying in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and currently works at the University of Hamburg, Performance Studies Department. She graduated in 1994 from Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts. She began to work as a young researcher in year 1996 at the Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy – Aesthetics. With the young researcher grant from the The Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia she completed in the year 1998 her Master Degree from Philosophy with the thesis The Problem of the Body in Theatre, Impossible Body. In the year 2002 she completed and defended her PhD dissertation with the title Philosophy, Aesthetics and Art Between Organic and Technological, Aesthetics of the Body and the Art of Postmodernism. She has the PhD from philosophy – aesthetics. Her primary research interests are the problem of the body in the contemporary performance, theatre and dance, gender studies, philosophy of the body, art and technology, art and science, theatre and dance studies, representation of contemporary identities. Her essays are appearing in numerous international journals and publications and she is teaching and lecturing extensively in Europe. She published three books, among them Impossible Body (Ljubljana, 1999) and Dangerous Connections: Body, Philosophy and Relation to the Artificial (Ljubljana, 2004).

Ivana Müller is a choreographer, artist and author of texts. She grew up in Croatia but most of her life lived and worked as a foreigner. Müller’s dance and theatre performances, installations, text works, video-lectures, audio pieces, guided tours and web works have been presented in venues and festivals such as Rotterdamse Schouwburg, STUK Leuven, brut Vienna, Frascati Theater Amsterdam, Kampnagel Hamburg, La Villette Paris, Wiener Festwochen, Theatertreffen Berlin, DTW New York, National Museum of Singapore, Saddler’s Wells London, Springdance Festival Utrecht, HAU Berlin, Centre nationale de danse Paris,  Kaaitheater Brussels (for a more extensive list of works and  venues please look at the page WORKS). Some of the recurring subjects in Müller’s work are body and it’s representation, self-invention, place of imaginary and imagination, notion of authorship and the relationship between performer and spectator. In 2007 Müller received the Charlotte Koehler Prize from the Prins Bernhard Funds (NL) for her œuvre, as well as Impulse Festival and Goethe Institute Prize for her piece While We Were Holding It TogetherIvana Müller is one of the founding members of LISA (2004 – 2009), a collaborative production and discursive platform based in Amsterdam. Ivana Müller lives in Paris and Amsterdam and works internationally.

Vassilis Noulas (New York, 1975) is an Athens based performance director. He graduated with distinction from the Department of Drama Studies (University of Athens) and received a Master’s degree in Theatre-Performing Arts (University Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle).  He also graduated with distinction from the Athens School of Fine Arts. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in the Department of Theory and History of Art (Athens School of Fine Arts). He received grants from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation, the University of Athens and the Papadakis Foundation. He is a founding member of the Live Arts Research Institute |Π|, and a member of the Mavili Collective (a collusion of emerging artists). He is a founding member of the performance group “Nova Melancholía” (2006) where he works mainly as a director (2011: Meditation I – Concerning Those Things That Can Be Called into Doubt || 2010: Mourning and Melancholy || 2009: Walter Benjamin-Theses on the Philosophy of History || 2008: Disgust || 2007: Ophelia/LEGO). He has co-directed, with Manolis Tsipos, a short film (Skaribim-Skaribom, Greek Film Centre, Drama Festival 2009). He has participated in several art exhibitions (2011: Monodrome – Third Athens Biennale ||2010: Memorandum, Lesbos || 2009: Rooms 2009, St. George Lycabettus Hotel – Kappatos Gallery|| 2008: Photo Biennale, Thessaloniki || 2006: What Remains Is Future, Patras-European City for Culture 2006).

George Sampatakakis (M.Phil., Cambridge; Ph.D., London) is Lecturer in Theatre Studies at the Department of Theatre Studies, University of Patras. His areas of interest include Performance Studies, the Anthropology of Theatre, the Theatre of Asia, Theatre History and Theory. He has published articles in many international journals and volumes, as well as four books in Greece. Selection of publications: “Gestus or Gesture? Greek Theatre Performance and Beyond” [J. Nelis (ed.), Receptions of Antiquity, Academia Press, Ghent 2011, 103-115],”Codex Prometheus”[Frank M. Raddatz (ed.), Promethiade, Klartext, Essen 2011, 116-118],”The Metaphysics of Absence in Greek and Chinese Theatre: An Introductory Comment” [Liu Xiaocun (ed.), The Theatre and Method of Theodoros Terzopoulos, China Theatre Press, Beijing 2011, 133-142 (in Chinese)], “Heiner Müllers Mauser: Den Menschen im Zahnrad der Revolution”[Theater der Zeit, 06/2009, 55-56],”Geometrizing Chaos: Form and Metaphysics in the Theatre of Theodoros Terzopoulos”[Metaihmio Publications, Athens, 2008],”Dionysus Restitutus: Terzopoulos’ Bakchen” [Frank M. Raddatz, (Hsg.), Reise mit Dionysos: Das Theater des Theodoros Terzopoulos, Theater der Zeit, Berlin 2006, 90-102].

Anna Tsichli studied at the University of Athens (BA in Theatre Studies), The Central School of Speech and Drama (MA in Performance Studies), Panteion University (PhD). She devised and directed performances, video art and happenings. She is a co-founding member of the Hellenic Association of Theatrologists and PROVA.ZH theatre company in Switzerland. She is the dramaturge of the Kinitiras Dance Theatre Company and Fresh Target Theatre Ensemble, amongst others. She participated in festivals, congresses and european research programs, committees and workshops. Taught at The Central School of Speech and Drama and at drama schools, detoxification centers, arts centers and schools in Greece, Cyprus, Denmark, Switzerland and UK. She is a member of the Specialized and Laboratory Teaching Staff of the Department of Theatre Studies, University of Peloponnese teaching “Theatre Practice and Directing”.

Hypatia Vourloumis received her Ph.D from the department of Performance Studies at New York University. She is currently teaching courses on modern Greek cultural studies. Her teaching and research interests focus broadly on postcolonial studies, minority discourse, Modern Greek and SE Asian cultural production and performances of race, sexuality and gender.

Litó Walkey
is a performer and choreographer based in Berlin. She studied at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam and was a member of the Chicago-based performance company Goat Island from 2002-2009. Her own projects have been presented in Europe and America: ‘wings raised to a second power’, ‘The Missing Dance No.7’, ‘instanded’, ‘To fight a duel’ and ‘Like that, like this’. Litó has worked with choreographers Vera Mantero and Martine Piscani, and maintains ongoing collaborations with artists such as Lucy Cash, Alice Chauchat, Boris Hauf and Martin Nachbar. Her work focuses on collaborative methods and forms of writing dance. She is currently in the Masters of Choreography program at the Amsterdam Theaterschool. Litó is an Associate Lecturer at the Inter-University Center for Dance Berlin.

David Williams is a Reader in Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway University London. His research – both scholarly and practical – is focused on contemporary performance theory and practice. Alongside teaching, David has worked as a director, dramaturg, performer, writer, editor, journalist and translator. His is currently the dramaturg for Lone Twin Theatre, and co-editor of a forthcoming book about Lone Twin’s work – Good Luck Everybody: Lone Twin – Journeys, Performances, Conversations (May 2011). Other performance collaborators, in dance and theatre, have included Pete Brooks and Insomniac Theatre, choreographers Emilyn Claid and Jane Mason, Forced Entertainment, and residencies as guest artist with the Goat Island Summer School in Chicago. He has been a Contributing Editor with the journal Performance Research since its inception in the mid-1990s, and an Associate Editor with Writings on Dance (Australia).

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Vicky Adamou is an actress and performer. She graduated from “Vakalo-School of Art & Design” in 1992 and from George Theodosiadis’s “Drama School of Athens” in 1996. She has been an active member of “Kinitiras – Dance Theatre” group since 1996. She has also collaborated with Vasilis Miriantopoulos’s “Omada Drasis” theatre group between 1997 and 2001. She has worked, among others, with directors K. Kimoulis, K. Kokinopoulos, D. Papakonstantis in TV, and with G. Nikolaides, Y. Oikonomidis, and V. Gyra in theatre. She has created and directed the site-specific performance “Foreign Language” 2009. She is a mother of 2 children.

Marios Chatziprokopiou (see above)

Stella Dimitrakopoulou is a London based choreographer and performance maker. She grew up in Athens, Greece, where she completed her BA in Dance Studies (D.Grigoriadou) and her MSc in Mining Engineering (NTUA). In 2009 she graduated with distinction from the ‘MA Dance-Theatre: The Body in Performance’ at ‘Trinity Laban Conservatoire of music and dance’ in London, UK. During her MA she looked into the everyday through the lenses of public and private, places and actions. Currently undertaking a practice based PhD at Trinity Laban she is looking into copying, originality and authorship in dance and performance. Her MA and PhD studies are funded by the ‘State Scholarship Foundation’ of Greece. As well as working individually, she is co-founder of the international performance collective ‘Trio’ and she has worked and performed with Lea Anderson, Tino Sehgal, Ivana Muller, Hamish Fulton, Mehmet Sander and Aggeloskoni Dance Co. (http://stella-dimitrakopoulou.blogspot.com)

Zoi Dimitriou was born in Athens. She graduated from the Greek State School of Dance, (Honours), received the Onassis Foundation Scholarship to study at Trisha Brown’s Company in New York and completed her MA in European Dance Theatre Practice at the Laban Centre (Distinction) in London. She has danced with many contemporary companies in Athens and abroad such as Yvonne Rainer, Kirstie Simson, Felix Ruckert and Siobhan Davies among others. She is currently based in London, where she launched her choreographic career in 2006. In the recent years Zoi has been one of the chosen UK based choreographers to participate in various international research projects and teaches technique and choreography to various institutions such as Laban, The Place, Independent Dance and Central School of Speech and Drama among others. As an independent choreographer she has been commissioned to make Limen (2007) for The Greek National Ballet Company under the directorship of Lyn Seymour. In 2008 she was awarded the Robin Howard Foundation Award for ‘Goddesses in Exile’, in 2009 the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund Award for ’In The Process of…’ which also made it to the top 10 best works of Aerowaves and in 2010 the CfC Award (Choreography for Children), a project between Sadler’s Wells, Company of Angels and London Contemporary Dance School for the creation of ‘Little Creatures’ .

Christiana Galanopoulou is an art historian, curator, festival programmer and author of texts on art. She holds an MA in Gallery Studies from Essex University and a DEAin Art History from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. She collaborates with international institutions. In 2000 she founded VideoDance, a festival on movement and the moving image, which she directed until 2007. She is the artistic director of MIRfestival in Athens, which she founded in 2008. Her work focuses on the intersection between contemporary audio-visual culture and the performing arts.

Antigone Gyra graduated from the Laban Centre in London with 1st class Honours; she also gained the graduates’ choreographic award. Since 1993 she has choreographed many productions of ancient drama and modern repertory (Lysistrata, Eleni, Pressure Points, Skriker, Cyclops, Midsummers’ Night Dream, Electra etc) and has collaborated with a number of directors (Siopahas, Lazanis, Kakleas, Kalogridis, Theodorou, Markopoulou, etc). Since 1993 she has been teaching movement to actors and choreography to dancers at professional dance and theatre schools of Athens. Antigone is the artistic director of kinitiras dance spectacle (kinitiras.com) and she has choreographed most of its productions (2nd Rallou Manou Choreographic Award 1995, Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Medditerannean in Italy 1997, International Dance Festival of Thessaloniki 1999, International Choreographic Competition of Hannover 2002, Cultural Events of Athens 2004, 2nd and 3d Dance Platform, International Fringe Festival in Bangkok, City to City Cabaret in Sofia etc). In December 2008, kinitiras created kinitiras studio (kinitirastudio.com), the first artistic residency centre for performing arts in Greece and she is the artistic director together with Vicky Adamou.

Katerina Paramana is a London-based performance artist, choreographer and researcher. She is currently pursuing a PhD at University of Roehampton, London (Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies and Dance Departments) funded by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. In her PhD studies, she examines the construction, circulation and reproduction of meaning and value in postmodern performance and choreographic practices through the making and circulation of – material and immaterial – objects of performance. Her research has been presented in conferences and symposia in the U.K. and Greece. Her performance work takes the form of conventional theatre format or durational performance, as well as installation. It has been presented at various platforms in the U.K., U.S., Sweden and Greece. She has performed for various companies and artists in the U.K. and the U.S. at venues including Barbican Theatre, National Theatre Studio, Tate Modern, Southbank Centre, Laban, Lincoln Centre (NYC) and Kennedy Centre (D.C.). She holds an MA in Choreography from Laban (London), a BA in Dance and a BA in Theatre (University of Maryland, College Park, U.S.). She has taught seminars and lectures on dance, theatre and performance in the U.K. and U.S. She is a Visiting Lecturer at University of Roehampton, Review Editor for activate e-journal and Associate Researcher with Performance Matters, a three-year AHRC funded creative research project and collaboration between University of Roehampton, London, Goldsmiths, University of London and the Live Art Development Agency (www.katerinaparamana.com).

Spyros Petritis was born in Athens in 1978. He studied Theatre Studies at undergraduate and postgraduate level and is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Theatre Studies, University of Athens, since 2005, with a scholarship from the States Scholarships Foundation. He has presented his research in conferences, while texts of his have been published online, in conference proceedings as well as in scientific and literary research journals. Between 2007-2009 he was part of the team that realised the research project titled ‘The education of actors in Athens (1834-1941)’ at the Panteion University for Social and Political Sciences. He has also taught on subjects of his interest in primary education and in institutes for career advice from 2001 and until today. In 2008 he convened the module ‘History of Theatre’ for the Schools for Tour Guides of the Organisation of Tourism Education and Training. He has been President and is currently Vice President of the Pan-Hellenic Association of Theatre Studies Researchers.

Adonis Volanakis was born in Athens in 1976. Trained at: ΒA (Hons)- Wimbledon College of Art, ΜΑ- Central Saint Martins College of Art, School of Motion Picture- Helsinki. PhD Candidate /University of Athens. Scholarships/ Distinctions: Arts and Humanities Research Board, University of Surrey, London Institute and foundations: Onassis, Vardinogiannio, Leventis, Propontis, Spyropoulos, B&E Goulandris. He has directed performances among other I AM LI-eaVING at the Royal Opera House-Covent Garden 2003. Has exhibited in: Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art/ Thessaloniki, State Museum of Contemporary Art/Thessaloniki, European Cultural Centre of Delphi, School of Fine Art/ Athens, Contemporary Art Museum of Crete, 2nd Athens Biennale/ Heaven, National Theatre London- Linbury Prize 2003, galleries, site-specific projects and independent exhibition spaces. He has designed for various dance and theatre companies and has collaborated amongst other with the Athens Festival,  National  Greek Theatre, National Greek Opera and the Onassis Cultural Centre. Since 2007 he curates BLIND DATE#12, a collaboration platform where artists had collaborations with writers and philosophy researchers- blinddate12.blogspot.com. He lectures since 2004 at University of Peloponnese/ Nafplio and at University of Patras. His work encompasses public press interventions, performances, site-specific installations and video where the coexistence space of the viewer is performative as a paratheatrical idiom.

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Jeffrey Andreoni (Bezdomny) was born in Providence, Rhode Island; USA in 1977. He currently resides between the “Posta house” artist/healer community in the Province of Rieti in Italy and Athens. He studied Russian Literature at MGU (Moskovskiy gosoodarstvyenniy oonivyersityet) Moscow; Russia and has a BA in Art History from U.R.I. He also studied Material and Visual Culture (Anthropology Department) at University College London while simultaneously going to Law School. Jeffrey’s performances are usually participatory and involve “spectactors” to create semi-theatrical scenes in real life (or semi-real events within quotidian theatricality). Jeffrey founded the Bezdomny collective in Rome in 2006 and has directed events in London, Rome and Providence. The bezdomny collective uses everyday spaces to present work and has avoided gallery exposure; it is the antithesis of gallery work. Regardless, some of our work has been shown on CNN.

Angeliki Avgtiidou (see above)

Stella Dimitrakopoulou (see above)

Sozita Goudouna is the artistic director of “Out of the Box Intermedia” and associate editor for Intellect Publishers and contributing editor for the contemporary literature department of Routledge and for other academic journals. She has also worked as a director and art curator in London, in association with The Place London, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art and in Athens in association with the Byzantine Museum, the Benaki Museum and other institutes. Sozita has submitted a PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London, entitled ‘Mediated Breath: the Intersection of Critical Discourses in the Visual Arts and the Theatre.’ She holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Theatre Studies, London Metropolitan University (1999) and an MA in Directing at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and Kings College University of London (2000). Her forthcoming book will be published at Rodopi Academic Publishers, she has also contributed to journals and conferences (Documenta, Kassel, Tate Modern, Venice & Sydney Biennale‐ Psi, TaPRA, PSI, Prague Quadrennial, Brandburg Academy) on subjects like education, theatre and the visual arts.

Medie Megas was born in England in 1978. She is a graduate of the Greek National School of Dance (1998) and has a Master of Arts in Contemporary Dance from Kent University (in affiliation with the London Contermporary Dance School, The Place). In 2008, she founded the company Fora etc. with journalist and writer Manolis Andriotakis. Central to the company’s identity is to explore contemporary socio-political conserns, focusing ot the dramaturgy of choreographic structures, exploring potential qualities of performance and using mixed media inculding dance, text and song. The company’s first piece entitled Poetic Asylum premiered at the Athens Festival in 2008. After a subsidised period of research the piece which followed was called Guard Dog. An Allegory about the Media and was presented in Athens and Thessaloniki. Medie Megas is currently working on a new piece called Metapoliteush, which will premier at the prestigious new concert space in Athens of the Onassis Cultural Center in Febuary 2012. Between 2006 and 2009 Medie Megas was a dance editor for the Greek arts magazine, Highlights. Also, from  2008 to 2010 she was a member of the board of the DBM network (Danse Bassin Mediterranée). Since year 2000 Medie Megas has been teaching improvisation and contemporary dance to children, adults, professionals and actors. In 2010 she taught choreography at the National School of Dance in Athens and has taught History of Dance since 2008 at the professional dance school of Rallou Manou in Athens. As a dancer Medie Medie has worked for a number of Greek companies including X-it, Sine Qua Non, Wrong Movement, Analia, Eldor and others. She was member of the choreographic team for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games 2004. She has also performed in theatre performances directed by M.Marmarinos, T.Ampazis and S.Evagelatos and has choreographed for a number of theatre works. Along with the co-founder of Φora etc., Medie Megas has also directed three documentary films: Spray (a poetic commentary of the Athens stensil and graffiti, public art scene), Blogs, a new public space and Working with Jim (a personal and humorous view of the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris).

Eilon Morris is an actor, musician and educator specializing in rhythm based actor training and ensemble improvisation. He is currently undertaking a PhD in the UK at the University of Huddersfield investigating the use of rhythm as a tool in psychophysical actor training, and completed a Masters Degree in Ensemble Physical Theatre in 2008. He is Associate Director and performer in the international Duende Ensemble, alongside working with other performance groups including Obra Theatre, Clunk and Whitestone Arts. Other companies he has worked with include: Quiddity Theatre, Chol Theatre, IOU Theatre, and the Taller de Investigacion Teatral. He has presented academic papers: Relating Rhythms at the Encountering Ensemble symposium at the University of Huddersfield in 2010 and Sources of Rhythm at the University of Kent as part of the Symposium Grotowski: After – Alongside – Around – Ahead in 2009. He has also had his article Looking for the Empty Spaces published in Total Theatre Magazine in 2009. Eilon runs a module in Polyrhythmic Training for postgraduate Drama students at Huddersfield University and has also taught Masters and Undergraduate students at Edge Hill University, and Oldham University and has run workshops and master classes in Mexico, France, Australia and the UK.

Katerina Paramana (see above)

Nusa Pavko was born in 1978 in Slovenija (Yugoslavia). She qualified as a social worker (specialised in mental health/substance misuse) in 2001 at the University of Ljubljana and gained a diploma in sculpture and ceramics at Famul Stuart (school of applied Arts) in Ljubljana in 2005. During her MSc programme of Sociology at the University of Ljubljana, Nusa started researching performance art, specifically focusing on ‘victim’ and ‘death’ art. She spent one semester as an exchange student at the Institute of Applied social studies (University in Birmingham) in 2005 and permanently relocated to London in 2006. In the last ten years, Nusa has participated in various sculptural projects, mostly working with stone, clay, concrete, metal, plaster and mosaic and exhibited in Slovenija, Croatia, Austria, Spain and Finland. She has also created a permanent public sculpture in a park in her home town of Ljubljana as a part of a student ‘Park and Play’ project. Since being based in London, Nusa has been producing smaller ceramic works in a shared studio space – initially as part of ‘ Euroart studios’ around 2007 – 2008 and more recently in a private studio at her home. Her first performance piece ‘The Funeral’ was created for the festival TEMP in Ljubljana (Slovenija) in 2005. She has been performing in London as a part of ‘Space station festival’ (2009), Surveillance project (2010) and has also participated in ‘Liminal bodies’ DIY 8 workshop in London in 2011. Regardless of the form, Nusa’s artistic work could be considered to be some type of ‘social commentary’ as it is mostly inspired by people and events in her vicinity.

Xristina Penna (www.xristinapenna.com) works internationally as a stage designer, art director and performance maker. Her practice is cross-disciplinary and consists of creating visual environments by blurring contemporary reality with dreamy states that relate to the uncanny. Currently, as artistic director of the aswespeakproject (www.aswespeakproject.org) she collaborates with performance, visual and sonic artists to create performance and installation work ( Accidental Festival, The Round House,  London, May 2011, Benaki Museum of Modern Art as part of the project Locus Solus by Outofthebox Intermedia, Athens 2010 etc). As founding member of Poemstomyotherself, a collective of visual and theatre artists she has co-art directed and designed Holes by Gabriella Svenningsen, Round Chapel, London 2007. Other design work includes Black Tonic by The Other Way Works, Manchester 2008, funded by a Wellcome Trust  Award. Xristina holds an MA in Scenography from Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design and a BA from the School of Drama, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Anna Tzakou is a theater deviser, performer, and practitioner from Athens, Greece. She received her BA in Theater Studies from the School of Fine Arts of Aristotelian University in Thessaloniki.  In 2010 she graduated as Fulbright Scholar from the MFA in Contemporary Performance program at Naropa University where she studied with: Wendell Beavers (Mary  Overlie’ s collaborator ) the Six Viewpoints technique, Barbara Dilley ( of Judson Church Dance Theater) Open Structure Improvisation and  Contemplative Dance, Steve Wangh  Grotowski based psychophysical actor training, Carol Mendelsohn ( of the Roy Hart Theatre) Roy Hart Voice training technique,  Leeny Sack (of Schechner’s Performance Group) original making performance, Leigh Fondakowski (Tectonic Theater)Writing Performance and others. She is interested in laboratory research of the compositional and interpretive means of performance, in investigating the dynamics between space and body in and out of the urban environment, examining ways of co-creation and non verbal communication and redefining the spiritual in the post-modern culture. Over the past 7 years she has participated and worked in site-specific performances, ensemble projects and festivals (Greek Festival, Onassis Cultural Center, Ancient Drama Festival of Athens, Athens Biennale 3). Anna as an Onassis Foundation scholar is currently working toward her PhD in Performance Practice; investigating the interrelation of body and landscape as a tool to interpret culture, at University of Exeter in the U.K.

Adonis Volanakis (see above)

Rebecca Weeks was born in 1979 in London. She is currently working out of Penzance/London/Istanbul. She studied for a foundation BTEC at Falmouth College of Art and Design 1998 -1999, for a BA (hons) Fine Art, 2:1, at the University Of The West of England 2000 – 2003, and an MA, (Distinction) in Arts and Cultural Management at Dartington College of Arts 20005 -2006.

She has recently exhibited in Trade Routes, group show, Pi:ArtWorks, Istanbul, and taken part in the DIY:8 2011 ‘Liminal Bodies’, and ‘Entertainment Value’ workshops, London, supported by the Live Art Development Agency. Weeks has just returned from performing at the ‘Get A Desk’ project at 5533, Istanbul and the ‘Cura Bodrum’ Residency, Bodrum, Turkey. Weeks is a co -founder and co- director of the Artist Led project/ space/international network Cornwall Autonomous Zone, in Penzance, Cornwall. She is a member of the Project Base board charged with visioning and commissioning CAPE, a dispersed and socially engaged project in Cornwall of International scope and significance. She is also a co director of the artist led international touring show/event/network Trade Routes. Weeks is also an AIR activist taking part in national advocacy for artists. (http://rebeccaweeks.co.uk)

Welcome to Athens:

Antigone Gyra (see above)

Annalaura Alifuoco was born and raised in Naples, Southern Italy.
She now lives and works in London. She has a BA Performing Arts from London Metropolitan University and an MA in Physical Theatre and Performance from Royal Holloway University of London (2008). Since 2005, Annalaura has been an associate artist of LEIBNIZ, and has collaborated and performed in The Ship of Fools (2005->), The Book of Blood Human Writes (2006->) and Ghost Letters (2009->). She has also performed in Marina Abramovic’s An Artist’s Manifesto, (‘Manifesto!’ at the Serpentine Gallery, London, 2008) and FRANKO B’s I’m Thinking of You (for ‘Visions of Excess’ as part of SPILL, London, 2009). Annalaura is currently undertaking an AHRC funded PhD at Roehampton University, researching ways of ‘performing’ the archive based on embodied practices of recovering. Her artistic and critical inquiry focuses on the implications of ‘witnessing’, ‘recovering’, and ‘transforming’ articulating the ways in which performance can function as an accessible and vibrant means of counter-cultural documentation and socio-political regeneration. Part re-enactment, part ritual and/or parody, her work is always set in dialectic conversation with other bodies and texts in a compulsive journey of re-working and re-imagining.

Stella Dimitrakopoulou (see above)

Zoi Dimitriou (see above)

Christiana Galanopoulou (see above)

Kathrin Felzmann studied Applied Theatre Science in Gießen (D) and in Reykjavik (IS). She develops own concepts and researches on possible working structures e.g. ‘collectivity’ in theatre. As performer and singer she was part of ex.c.e.r.ce #2 guided by the choreographer Mark Tompkins at the Centre Choréographique in Montpellier (F) in 2010. In the same year her performance piece “who can I be now” was invited to the festival “Gießen goes Riga”.
In the latest project “The Body of a Diplomat” she explored as part of Lapsus Corpi with five contemporary artists the relevance of the figure of the diplomat in contemporary culture and the politics of diplomacy as an art of negotiation. The coming together of this particular group and their principles of collaboration were informed by the reading of Jacques Rancière’s “The Ignorant Schoolmaster”. It took place in the residency program flausen + in Oldenburg (D).

Kate Adams is a lecturer and performance artist who lives in Salford. Her PhD thesis examined the impact of the rise of the spectacle (Debord) in contemporary theatre, and now she is interested in experiential participatory theatre. In her recent performance, ‘I Found this Dirt under my Fingernails’, she used a series of ritual gestures and outbursts of poetic fragments to explore the tension between the everyday passage of time and a heightened shared presence in space and time. In her research, Kate explores how our experiences of theatre reflect broader trends in our relationship with the media and society. Her latest article, “Contemporary Theatre and the experiential,” she draws on Agamben to investigate how performance is able to create a shared intimacy and potentially transformative experience, beyond ‘Erlebnis’. Kate has also published articles on the work of Blast Theory and mixed reality theater, and online social collaboration.

Zeynep Gündüz (see above)

Writers-in-Residence:

Jeffrey Andreoni (Bezdomny) (see above)
Marios Chatziprokopiou (see above)
Georgina Kakoudaki holds a BA and an MPhil  from Theatre Studies Dpt, Philosophy School, University of Athens. She was a Visiting professor (2003-2007) in  theatrepedagogics in the Theatre Studies Dpt, University of Patras, Greece and Visiting professor (2007-) in puppetry theatre methods in Pre-primary Education University Departments in Greece. She has studied dramatic art and acting in Athens and in various educational and acting workshops. She has participated as a performer in theatre and devised theatre productions and as a dramaturge in dance and theatre/dance productions since 1994. She has taught drama and theatre education in professional drama schools since 1993 as well as in a series of workshops for adults. She has directed a number of theatre productions for young audiences (Vivid Film (2009), Jack Thorne’s Burrying your brother in the pavement/Rispect (2010), Aristophanes The birds (2011)). She is the author of two theatre-educational books.
Stefania Mylona, a dancer, performance maker and academic scholar. She received a BA in Dance from the school of Despina Gregoriadou and performed with Magnitis in Athens, Greece where she also studied Communication at The American College of Greece. Awarded a scholarship from The State Scholarships Foundation of Greece (I.K.Y.) to continue her postgraduate studies abroad, she also received the Glynne Wickham Scholarship Award from SCUDD and the Graduate Student Award from SDHS.  She holds an MA in European Dance Theatre Practices from Laban and a PaR PhD in Performance from the University of Surrey where she also lectured in dance and became an associate of The British Higher Education Academy. She presented her practice Dancing Sculptures in various venues in London (The Place, Laban, Siobhan Davies Studios) and her research in international conferences such as Society of Dance History Scholars, Performance Studies internationaland other symposia.
Betina Panagiotara was born in Athens in 1980. She studied Communication, Media, & Culture at Panteion University of Social & Political Sciences (GR) and continued with a Master of Arts in Dance Histories, Cultures and Practices from Surrey University (UK). She has worked as journalist for newspaper’s supplements such as Epsilon (www.enet.gr) and has also written about dance for Highlights and Classical Music Review magazine. For the last two years, she worked as researcher & assistant for educational activities, social media manager and website coordinator for Kalamata International Dance Festival (www.kalamatadancefestival.gr), while since 2008 she is the Production Manager & Social Media coordinator for αniμasyroς International Animation Festival + Forum (www.animasyros.gr). Co-editor of PerformArt Page online magazine and member of Society of Dance History.
Eleftheria Rapti is a PhD candidate at the British university of Roehampton (Department of Drama, Theater and Performance). Her- practice led- research attempts to stage together a writing and a choreographic process and explores in between them performance as practice and as framework. She has studied contemporary dance performance (MA, University of Limerick, Ireland). She also holds a degree in Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology from the School of Philosophy of Athens. Her work involves solo pieces, as well as collaborations with artists from various disciplines and has been presented in Ireland, UK, Greece and elsewhere.
Evi Sougkara (b. 1983) is co-editor of Floater Magazine (www.floatermagazine.com), a digital publication dealing with issues within the fields of art and architecture and co-founder of LambandLamp design group (www.lambandlamp.com) a communication design practice based in Athens. She holds a degree in  Architecture (University of Thessaly) and an MA in Performance Design and Practice (CSM College of Art and Design).
Communication co-ordinator: 
Anna Martinou specialises in Cultural Management & Communications for the Arts. For the last four years she has been working for international art organisations both in Greece (Athens Festival) and in the UK (London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) and SPILL Festival of Performance). After pursuing an MA in Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths University she worked at the Communications Department of Pacitti Company collaborating on their Cultural Olympiad commission and SPILL Festival. She is currently working as a Communications Manager for ]performancespace[ in London. Anna is also the owner of the digital performance platform iaround (www.iaround.co.uk).
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