Athanasia Kanellopoulou (Greece)


Athanasia international performer of high calibre owns a rich history of  collaborations with choreographers such as Pina Bausch, Koen Augustijn (Les Ballets C de la B), Jasmin Vardimon, Rafaelle Giovanola, Gregor Zoellig, Renate Killman, In Jung Jun, Guy Weissman and Roni Haver, Yossi Berg, Lior Lev, Zeynep Tanbay etc.  Kanellopouloou studied with scholarship at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, London (1996-1999). In 2000 she received the ‘Scholarship for Artistic Excellence’ at Martha Graham School, New York. She collaborated with various contemporary companies all over Europe. Among others are: the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, where she toured with the company as a guest dancer in many festivals worldwide (2002-2008); Jasmin Vardimon Company (2006-2008), Les Ballets C de la B – Koen Augustihn (2008-2010); Rafaelle Giovanola- Cocoondance (2010-2011). As a freelancer she worked with Israeli choreographers Lior Lev, Guy Weissman, Roni Haver, Rami Levi, Jossi Berg and with Iker Gomez, In jung Jun., Zeynep Tanbay, etc. She also performed in high profile theatres such as the National Theatre of Japan, the Arts Centre of Seoul, Cirque Royal Brussels, the National Theatre of Beijing, Sadler’s Wells- London, Theatre de la Ville, Paris, Royal Opera House etc.  As a choreographer, she has created numerous dance pieces leading workshops/contemporary classes in professional art schools and professional companies in Greece, England, Germany, Malta, Austria, Belgium etc. She has choreographed for the Maltese company ‘Wireless Dance’ the video dance piece ‘Shadows’, where it has been presented at the 1st Athens Video Dance  Project, for the SEAD Academy in Austria, the professional School Niki Kontaxaki in Athens and for the Dance Council Ensemble, in Malta. Her choreographic solo work ‘In (n)ever loverland’ has been presented in high calibre festivals including: International Festival  NRW of Pina Bausch, Athens Festival, 3rd  Bonn Dance Solo Festival. 14th Solo Tanz Festival Stuttgart. She recently choreographed her new solo work ‘Penelope- dust in our awakened dreams’ in collaboration with the Maltese collective art group Rubberbodies premiered in March 2012.  In 2010 she was named by the German dance critics and Press as a ‘a dancer to watch


4th, 5th, 6th July 2012

The workshops are addressed to  actors / dancers with a strong physical  technical background and experience in movement and physical theatre. The workshops will be divided in two parts. Concentration on the technical sector using tools such as the right use of breath, the use of the floor 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 based on choreographic material and structured improvisation, which will be developed from the participants with  the guidance of the teacher, this  will lead during the days into a ‘Work in Progress’. We will discover how a dancer/performer moves during a performance and how one interacts with other participants. We will go on making suggestions for improvisation in order to create a common space. Combining voice, body and character we will be lead to a transition- transformation into a structured subject and to the way that this subject evolves 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 creating improvised suggestions and compositions.  This training aims to awake our sensations,  discover the sensitivity inside us,  to alert us in relation to the external environment to reach the joy and excitement through our bodies.