Choreography / Dance Theatre Workshop

The poetics of body through the passing time

Αthanasia Kanellopoulou

18 - 24 Aug

Duration: 20 hours
Working time: 10.00 – 14.00
Rehearsals time: 19.00 – 20.00
Language: English, Greek, German

This dance theatre workshop focuses on the construction and deconstruction of movement, the clear understanding of the concept of the inner and outer space and the  transformation of the body through the repetition as a central theme. Through this process we form an ambiguous universe where movement and stillness, linearity and circularity, sound and silence, individuality and teamwork co-exist.

The workshops will be divided in two parts. We will concentrate on the technical part using tools such as the strengthening of the center, the  right use of breath, the use of the space, in combination with the change and the different qualities of the dynamics. These elements will lead the participants through the space into a dynamic dance.
 The second part will be research work based on the theme of repetition that evolves other topics such as ‘’fall-recovery’’, ‘’illusion- reality’’, ‘’boundaries- infiniteness’’. We will discover how one interacts with other participants and  create a common space. Combining voice, body and character we will be lead to a transformation into a structured subject based on the personal undergoing and experience of each participant.  The generating power will be our physical and emotional state. The  goal is to break the common ways that are totally 'ours' and search deeper but also further.  Participants must be open to create improvised suggestions and compositions.  

Through the workshops will be elements and references of the methodology of Pina Bausch and Les Ballets C de la B.

Rehearsals for the final group performance

Participants of all 1st period groups will be working on the preparation of  the final performance named “diapasson”. This will be under the guidance of the workshop coordinators; every coordinator will be coaching the rehearsal every following evening between 19.00 - 20.00 h, so as all participants will have the opportunity to work with all coordinators. More than 100 actors, musicians and dancers will take part in a chain of sound, speach and motion aiming to embrace the whole village of Aghios Lavrentios.

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Athanasia Kanellopoulou, is a dance performing artist, choreographer, researcher and pedagogue, who owns a rich history of collaborations. She is currently working as a freelance dance artist creating her own creative methods from teaching into choreographing and collaborating with various artists from different art disciplines. She has studied with a scholarship both at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, London and at Martha Graham School, New York and Spanish Literature and Culture at Hellenic Open University. Over 15 years she lived and worked in Europe with artists and companies  as,  Les Ballets C de la B, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch (guest artist), Cocoondance, Alexandra Waierstall, Gregor Zoellig, In jung Jun, Guy Weissman, Rami Levi, Jossi Berg. Since 2008 she has started developing her own choreographic works presenting them in numerous festivals in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. Her research has been affected  by the evolution of ideas about female identity and in general the female figure through the past decades.  She has been invited  to deliver workshops of contemporary dance technique, choreography and improvisation in companies and  dance institutes in Greece and abroad such as: SEAD Academy, Greenwich Dance Agency, Malta University, Seoul Arts Centre, Cairo Contemporary Dance Centre, State School of Athens ( KSOT), Iceland Academy of Arts,  Garage 29 Brussels, Dance Cultural Centre, Athens, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Istanbul etc. She has been invited as a guest choreographer from JV2 ( Jasmin Vardimon), ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble , Iceland Academy of Arts, University of Malta Dance Studies, SEAD Salzburg.