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Sites Embodied Cyprus festival was a bicommunal and international festival on Ecology, the Arts and the Environment.

The festival brought  together site specific performances created during the  Eco Art Incubator workshop and existing dance performances by invited artists. The festival took place in the frame of the Cultural Decentralization Programme of the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education & Culture in collaboration with the communities of Drousheia and Androlikou villages.

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Article about the workshop Eco Art Incubator Cyprus: Sites Embodied that took place in the Akamas Peninsula in Cyprus from 14 to 19 April 2017. It preceded the EDN Atelier Akamas: Nature Embodied, that was celebrated from 20 to 23 April. The Atelier had the form of a sharing and discussion of the previous workshop findings with EDN and local communities invited guests. This happened primarily at the site of exploration and experimentation.

By Denise Kenney and Nancy Holmes
Artists and professors at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Canada, and facilitators of the workshop
May 2017



Reflections on Atelier of Nature Embodied  by Alfredo Zinola, performer and choreographer.





Performing: ‘SheLL’ on Friday 21 April, 19:00, Droushia village

To έργο She/LL έχει σκοπό να αποκαλύψει τη σωματική και συναισθηματική πάλη τριών γυναικών στην προσπάθειά τους να κατακτήσουν την «τελειότητα». Οι γυναίκες αυτές φέρουν το βάρος της ενσωματωμένης ιστορικότητας, η οποία προκύπτει από τις επιρροές του κοινωνικού καταναγκασμού και δεν επιτρέπει την έκφραση της αδυναμίας. Ο συνεχής αγώνας τους για το άψογο, τον οποίο είναι υποχρεωμένες να κερδίσουν είναι ο τρόπος τους να μη θεωρηθούν «ευάλωτες».

She/LL reveals the physical and emotional struggle of three women who attempt to reach “perfection”. They bear the burden of their incorporated history, which derives from the influences of social coercion, prohibiting any expression of weakness. Their on-going struggle for flawlessness – in which they are requested to admirably succeed – is their only way to avoid being considered as “vulnerable”.


ΧΟΡΟΓΡΑΦIΑ: Sevim Akpinar

ΧΟΡΕΥΤΕΣ: Sevim Akpinar, Liliya Biroğul, Yuliya Meyzin Hermaniuk


ΒΙΝΤΕΟ: Israel Pimenta

ΜΟΥΣΙΚΗ: Kira Kira, Ran Bagno



PERFORMERS: Sevim Akpinar, Liliya Biroğul, Yuliya Meyzin Hermaniuk

SET /COSTUMES: Toya Akpinar

VIDEO: Israel Pimenta

MUSIC: Music: Kira Kira, Ran Bagno

Isabel Andes


Isabel Andrés Portí : Filmmaker and creative writer from Barcelona but living in Berlin. Studied History of Art at the UAB, Film and Television Screenplay at the Writers Workshop Foundation in Barcelona and EICTV San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba and also trained in Film Direction at Raindance Training and in Film History and Theory at the British Film Institute in London. Wide experience in different roles in all kinds of filmmaking. Last years focused on visual research, film directing and writing. Main interests are documentaries and multimedia art projects. http: //

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Performing: “BIOS”, Friday 21 April, 19:00, Droushia Village Hall

The bees and other pollinators are dying

all over the world.

BIOS is a visual performance meditation

around honey bees

and our relationshiop to them.

BIOS is about life.

About transformation.

BIOS is about listening to the sound of leaves in the wind

and what the bees are trying to tell us.

BIOS is an attempt to relate to a crisis so big

that its almost impossible to understand.

Actor/text: Nina Ossavy.

Technician: Marius Kolbenstvedt

       Music. There are no more four seasons/Marius Kolbenstvedt

Video: Boya Bøckmann/THomas Hildebran/Marius Kolbenstvedt

Supported by: Det Norske Komponistfond, Norsk Kulturfond, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, FFUK, Fritt Ord og Norsk Musikkfond. Co-produksjon: Black Box Teater.

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Nefeli graduated with a BA in French Language & Literature (University of Athens), an MA in Choreography (Middlesex University) and an MSc in Dance Science (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance), supported by 3 scholarships from Trinity Laban. Currently she is in the Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship Advisory Committee for Dance in Europe, she works as Associate Researcher Cyprus Musculoskeletal & Sports Trauma Research Centre, she is the Founder & Director of Project Breakalign, a prevention of injuries project. Moreover, she serves on the Board of Directors of Healthy Dancer Canada (HDC) and the United Breakin’ Association (UBA), organising the implementation of Breaking in the Youth Olympics 2018 in Argentina, for the first time in history. She is also a freelance Choreographer, Dancer, and a Sports Massage Therapist. Recently she has been added as a co-opted member of the Education Committee of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science Education Committee.

Nefeli has been dancing for 22 years, having as her main dance training classical ballet in Cyprus and Greece. She was a Lecturer in Dance in Universities across London from 2011-2015. She is also the Artistic Director of Scope Dance Theatre since 2010, making hip-hop dance theatre. In the middle of her journey as a professional dancer and maker, Nefeli got a serious operation due to injury which stopped her from continuing her journey smoothly. Nefeli has devoted her work to the mission of reducing the risk of injuries and promoting a healthier dancer for longer, with Project Breakalign’s research, lectures, workshops and her active participation in international breaking competitions since her return to performing in 2011.

Nefeli was awarded the following awards for her dance medicine and science research: Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund (NY, USA), Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship (Italy), Gill Clarke Resource Fund, ‘Centre National de la Danse’ research funding (France) to develop the ‘Breakalign Method’, ‘Dance UK’s Dancers’ Mentoring Programme’, finalist for the ‘Change Maker Award’ by London Inspires Awards.

International speaking engagements between 2012-2017 include Interweaving Cultures (University of Malta), Centre National de la Danse (France), Brazil-UK Network in Dance Medicine & Science (Brazil), Performing Arts Medicine Association’s Annual Conference (L.A.), Healthy Dancer Canada Annual Conference, International Association for Dance Medicine & Science Annual Conference 2016 (Hong Kong), Serendipity’s Blurring Boundaries: Urban street meets contemporary dance (UK), PoP Moves Emerging Scholars Symposium 2012 (UK), Conference of Contemporary Music & Dance (UK) and more.

Nefeli’s professional performance and/or choreographic credits include London Olympics Opening Ceremony 2012, RIOT Offspring/Sadler’s Wells, Open Art Surgery/Breakin’ Convention, Dance Umbrella/Barbican, B.Supreme UK Tour, Faraday’s Cage film/Company Bricolage, Barcelona International Dance Exchange, The Place, ELLE-Adidas MyGirl Global campaign, Folk Dance Remixed UK Tour, Opera in Revolution and more.


► Tsiouti, N., Constantinou, T., Philip K., Sanchez, E. & Paton, B. (2016). Evaluating the relationship between fatigue, pressure and weight distribution on the upper limb in breakers. Revista Movimenta. 9(4): 659-664.

► Brookes, P. (ed). Abraham, K., Adewole, F., Blackstock, I., Green, J., Hylton, R., Read, J., Tsiouti, N., Uzor, T-M. & Walde, D. (2016). Blurring Boundaries: Urban street meets contemporary dance. Serendipity, Leicester. ISBN: 978-0-9926319-2-5

Edrich, C. (ed). Tsiouti, N. (2014). Dance Today. Dancing Times. 58 (149), p.44-46.

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Performing: “Happiness” Saturday 22 April, 21:00, Open Air Thetre Droushia

According to Aristotle: Happiness is the ultimate end and purpose of human existence.

Happiness is not pleasure, nor is it virtue. It is the exercise of virtue.

Happiness cannot be achieved until the end of one’s life. Hence it is a goal and not a temporary state.

Choreographer/dancer: Milena Ugren Koulas

Music: George Koulas

Costumes: Ase Lazarou



Born creative, happiness grower, travelling (eternal) musician.

Finished studies in 2015 from Kingston University of London with an MA in “Music and the Creative Economy” and a BA in Business Administration. Following my studies I spent 10 months in Asia (Thailand, Cambodia and Japan). Returning to Cyprus i engaged myself into music activities as lead singer and rhythm guitarist in a blues/rock band playing in various cities in Cyprus.

The strong connection i have had to music since i was born has always followed me, very much so during my travels as well. Music for me during that time was the language of communication when normal language was of no use. It allowed me to connect with people with one of the most beautiful forms of expressing pure emotion. Experiencing music mainly came by collaborating with local and international artists, album recordings, playing live shows at local venues, festivals, living rooms and even in temples. Being exposed to many original and different genre oriented musicians, through both listening and playing, made me feel the vitality of expressing who I am through my music. It is a liberating feeling.

My relationship with Nature was not always as strong as it is today. It was out need to change myself where I began adopting a more healthy and natural oriented lifestyle. To me it was the only logical option. Accepting Nature as a teacher gave me the opportunity to work closely with her and learn a lot about myself through Nature. I began experiencing a sense of self which was completely new. I experienced working with farms, growers and creative collectives, seeing first hand how certain people still live in sync with the cycle of Nature; whether they live in a jungle farm or in a completely westernised metropolitan city. These experiences have shifted my view towards a certain eco-conscious perspective which evidently becomes a way of life. An ethical code of respect which life, Nature and each and every one of us deserves.



Zoe Balasch, born in Barcelona and living in Berlin.

Performer, researcher  and teacher. Her professional career combines performing arts  with interdisciplinary research linking  cultural syncretism, daily life and ephemeral. Since 2004 she has been  involved in many projects working as a choreographer, dancer and sound editor and  she also has worked as a collaborative artist in diferent art collectives: Fudo, Parinama Project, Gora, Inuter, Acciö Directa, 123 Picaparet within others. She has been involved in community art projects mostly working at CeRRCa, Center for Research Casamarles.

As a researcher she developes  cross-cultural studies on body perception  and the environment complemented with texts from contemporary Western and Eastern studies. Concern ing her research about body, architecture and place, she has  traveled to Ireland, France, Malta, India, Check Republic, Bask Country, Guatemala and lived in Menorca Island . Lately her artistic practices and research had  been linked up through landscape (cultural, urban, emotional, rural..etc) and she  continues  working  in this direction.

Since 2011 she works in Transitory Landscapes Laboratory a site -specific project  based on the connection between art and geography for creating new discourses and artistic experiences in contemporary landscapes. Until now dancers, musicians, visual artists,  architects and geographers had collaborated developing  walks, drifts, videos, workshops and site-specific performances. The project is currently underway with the aim of applying this methodology to different countries, climates and social contexts.Degree in Social Psychology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where she  also studied dance therapy.In paralel she studied dance  for over ten years  mostly influenced by BodyWeather at independent dance centers in Catalonia, Spain, Denmark, France and India with choreographers like Andrés Corchero, Hisako Horikawa, Anita Saj, Rhizome Lee and Fran Van de Ven, whithin others. She  received 4 years degree in Hatha Yoga ( accreditation  from Catalan government and  European Union). Later on she complemented hatha yoga studies with naad yoga (yoga of the sound) with Surinder Singh and Quim Altes and Non- dual Yoga(Tantric Shivaism from Kashmir) with Eric Baret. She has complemented  2 years of  Sanskrit language studies from Universitat de Barcelona. Since 2006 she teaches  workshops and courses mostly about yoga, naad yoga and dance at centers, associations and organizations from the field of art, health and sport in Catalonia, Menorca Island and Germany.

Ecologist and activist from many years she collaborates  in diferent projects related to participative democracy, organic producers and consumers networks, cooperativism and sustainability,exchange networks  and social currency projects,  within others. She considers eating as a political action.



Performing:” Sounding Silence”, Friday 21 April, 19:00, Droushia Open Air Theatre, and Saturday 22 April, 16:00, Androlikou village


The world is teeming: anything can happen.” (John Cage)

Anatomically an open organ, my ear, acts as my connector to my environment. I hear the silence and move on the edge of structure and chance.  No story will be told. My moving, the piece itself.  Sensing the stimuli of my surroundings, I acknowledge the moment and its becoming nature.

The solo “Sounding Silence” created for and with Harry Koushos is part of the series “A human study – a choreographical journal”. The series is pursued since 2006 in different formats / constellations and explores time-spatial configurations in relation to interpersonal unfoldings.

Concept / Choreography: Alexandra Waierstall

Performer: Harry Koushos

Sound: Marios Takoushis


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Performing: Saturday 22 April, 14:00, Androlikou school

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PROFILE: I am a  Choreographer,  a Dance Artist and a Psychotherapist with an MA in Somatic Psychology & Dance Movement Therapy. I am a professional member of Dance Ireland and also involved in Ómós Áite: Space/Place Research Network, based at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway.

My specialisations include:  Socially Engaged Choreography,  Dance Movement Therapy, Somatic Psychology, Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy, Contemplative Dance and Urban Design

Key areas of engagement:  Walking as understanding and assessing the psyche at any stage of our human development through study of human gait.

Creating Contemplative Dance experiements to support  the eco friendly development of rural and urban landscapes and alternative methods of mapping  and making place.

Developing public performances to  reverse  the impact of public shaming and to heal wounded places through embodied practices –while engaging kindness, artistic excellence and new audience participation.

Recent projects include Ciúnas – a year long project that included contemplative dance workshops, performances and a specially commissioned video exploring place, presence and power in NUI Galway. Ongoing work includes DROP – dance, recognition, ownership and presence applied to developing new choreographic practices connected to place, relationship and environment. I have been collaborating with other artists on rural and urban development for Galway 2o20. My focus is on the body, memory and movement as in the Sugán Ballygar 2020 project. Most of my projects engage the art of walking and dance dates to work with urban and rural environments, such as the successful Walking Wisdom Woodquay project which continues to be researched by a new body of students of various disciplines including architect, Irish Studies and geography.

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Performing: Saturday 22 April, 16:00, Androlikou school

Performance Group Geopoetics was founded in 2012 by the theatre performer and researcher Anna Tzakou for the purposes of her doctoral research on a body-landscape performance practice. Its members derive from different disciplines such as theatre, dance, performance art, poetry, architecture and anthropology. The group devises and performs site-specific and walking performances with the aim to experientially examine communal myths of presence via the somatic experience of site, place and landscape. Geopoetics group has created rural performances in Aigina (The Bridge Project, 2012), Nisyros (Geopoetics, 2013) and in the landscapes of Czech Republic, England and France (2014-2015). It has devised site-specific walking performances in Athens (Anaparastasi, 2016) for the Platform for Young Artists: ‘Theme Civil War’, the Experimental Stage [-1] of the National Greek Theater and Athens Biennale 2015-2016 OMONOIA and for the exhibition OUT [TOPIAS]: performance and outdoor/ public space (performance Topophilia, 2016) for Benaki Museum.

Anna Tzakou is a theatre deviser, performer, and practitioner from Athens, Greece. Her performance training is organized by methods of somatic movement, psychophysical actor training, dance improvisation and meditation practices. Anna is interested in devising scores of physicality which investigate place as a performance site and test the performance act as a social and political event. She has participated and worked in site-specific performances, ensemble projects and festivals (Greek Festival, Onassis Cultural Center, Ancient Drama Festival of Athens, and Athens Biennale 3). Awarded by the Fulbright and Onassis Foundation scholarships, Anna has been elaborating a Buddhist inspired body-landscape performance practice as part of her PhD at the Drama Department in the University of Exeter.

Marios Chatziprokopiou is a poet, performer, performance theorist, and dramaturg. He studied History and Theatre in Thessaloniki (Greece) and Visual Arts in Paris. He hold an MA in the Anthropology of Performance (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) and he is a tutor and PhD candidate in Performance Studies (Aberystwyth University, U.K.). His studies and research have been funded by the following institutions: Greek State Scholarships Foundation, Michelis Foundation, French Ministry of Education, National Council for Scientific and Technological Development of Brazil, and Aberystwyth University. His poems have been published in the main Greek literature reviews, and in the edited volumes: Futures: Poetry of the Greek Crisis (Penned inthe margins 2015), NICE! Is Return Possible? (Salon de Vortex 2016) and Fonés (Nissos 2016). His performances have been presented in international conferences and festivals. Indicative recent participations: Onassis Festival NYU,Athens BiennaleBrunel University of London (2016), Dimitria Festival,Birkbeck University of London (2015). During the last four years, Marios collaborates with Anna Tzakou in different projects: Bridge (2012), Geopoetics,Topophilia (2013), Xenites (2014), Anaparastasis (2016).

Antonis Antoniou is a visual artist and performer. He graduated from the Fine Arts School of Athens in 2014, under professor Marios Spiliopoulos. In 2012 he attended drawing, painting, sculpture and photography at Barcelona University (UDB), funded by an Erasmus scholarship. Expressed through various media (performances, video, video installations etc.), his work explores the relationship between body, space, and/or sociopolitical context. Antonis has shown his work in festivals, exhibitions and artistic residencies in Greece and abroad. Recent participations: Art Athina, Petit Paris d’ Athènes, Art and Madness (Insitution Melina Mercouri), Cipaf festival Cyprus, electric Night Vol.3, in collaboration with Palais de paris / BETON7 / Contemporary Art Showcase (Athens-Tokyo), Transmission Arts Festival, Athens Biennale.

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Performing: “Glimpses”, Saturday 22 April, 21:00, Droushia Open Air Theatre

with Anna Tsiarta and Georgia Andreou

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Lara Haworth is an artist, writer and researcher.

As an artist, she makes participatory installations that ask audiences to re-imagine or reinterpret their lived environments. Her work focuses on public spaces that facilitate an interaction or exchange between people and site. The Library Project (2012) builds a local library where all the books are made, bound and authored by its local community. Citizens Exchange Bureau (2013) performs a one-on-one, reciprocal Citizens Advice Bureau. New National Parks (2013) builds a national park at a site of degradation, neglect or ugliness. Mobile Border Unit (2015) enacts a roaming, site-specific border control. Her fictive environments have a hold on the real, but through employing elements of play, agency and surprise, introduce a dynamic of uncertainty that casts a new light on the sites, spaces and structures with which she works.

Her newest work, Talk to Someone You Don’t Know About Something You Don’t Know, premiered at the Atrium Gallery at the London School of Economics in April 2016. The project, made in collaboration with LSE’s Gender Institute, invites visitors to have a telephone conversation with someone they don’t know, about a subject they don’t know about. The piece explores the limits of knowledge, and the liminality of waiting rooms and phone booths. All of her projects have a fascination with everyday, civic and bureaucratic rituals, and with the secrets, failures and joys of public places, institutions and ideas.

She has had poetry and articles published in magazines such as Visual Verse, Biography and LAKE and in the new book by Routledge, Theorizing Visual Studies. Most recently, 34 Ways to Coca-Cola, a set of 34 walking guides that map, using Google Street View and text, a route to a Coke in each of the 34 Bristols around the world, was published in ACME.

As a researcher she continues to work on a project in collaboration with Dr Ilya Parkins, supported by SSHRC, LSE and the Gender Institute, A Cultural History of Feminine Unknowability.


She is currently preparing the UK version of New National Parks to premiere in Coventry as part of their ‘UK City of Culture’ bid, following a year-long R&D period in the city. Talk to Someone You Don’t Know About Something You Don’t Know will travel to Toronto in May 2017.

Her work has shown nationally and internationally at places including Koganecho Bazaar, Yokohama, Japan; Barbican Centre, London, UK; National Theatre, London, UK; Library of Birmingham, UK; Begehungen No 10, Chemnitz, Germany; Buzzcut, Glasgow, UK and Festival Belluard Bollwerk, Fribourg, Switzerland.



From Norway, with background from physical (street) theater and contemporary dance. My main interest so far has been in the field of improvisation, and to the quest of bringing myself closer to a truly honest place as an artist. Recently Ive been playing around with women from fairytales, linking their stories to pieces of my own story, exploring how my struggles as a woman echo collective tales about the feminine.



Natalie Tsingis was born in Limassol, Cyprus in 1989. She studied Ballet and Contemporary Dance at “State School of Dance” and at “Niki’s Kontaxaki – Nikoletta’s Bakali” , in Athens, Greece, from where she graduated in June 2010. She participated in lots of seminars by worldwide dancers. She worked with various choreographers in Greece and Cyprus such as, Yolanta Zaharieva (Cinderella, The Waking of Flora), Jozef Csaba Hajer (Hungarian Sketches), Athanasia Kanellopoulou (The Revenge of Zizel), Harry Koushos (Bridal Ceremony), Mayia Kikkidou (Storm), Arrtitude Dance Company (For Sale), Elli Kostantinou (E..os VC T..os). She studied Pilates (450hr Mat and Equipment) and Hatha Yoga (200RYS) in “Studio One School of Fitness & Aerobics” in Athens. She followed further studies specializing in Antigravity Aerial Yoga (Fundamentals Diploma Levels 1, 2) at “A2Z Studio” in Athens and in Aerial Yoga (Diploma Level 1) at “Anahata Yoga Studio” in Thessaloniki.



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Film: ” Wild Greens”, Saturday 22 April, 21:00

Wild  Greens  by  pick  nick       in  The  UAW  Book  About  Urban  Awareness,  ed.  Socrates  Stratis,              DAMDI  Academic  series  5,  Seoul,  2013     Wild  Greens  started  as  a  one-­‐time  event/activity  in  the  city  of  Nicosia.  Going  for  a   casual  40-­‐minute  walk  through  a  selected  path  of  a  gentrified  part  of  Nicosia,  and   guided  by  a  professional  horticulturist/botanist,  Charalambos  Christodoulou,  who   addresses  the  planted  flowers  and  plants,  as  well  as  those  greens  that  are  normally   sidelined  as  they  aren’t  considered  part  of  the  landscape’s  “planning”,  the  aim  of  this   project  is  to  pause  and  pay  attention  to  details  of  the  city  which  are  typically   disregarded.  A  degree  of  serendipity  is  part  of  this  tour’s  theme  so  ‘stumbling’  upon   nature,  rather  than  following  the  order  of  a  park’s  path,  liberates  other  experiences,   otherwise  neglected.  Emphasis  is  placed  on  the  social  and  cultural  aspects  of  the  life   and  history  of  plants/trees/flowers,  etc,  and  on  how  the  inhabitants  in  this  tour   respond  to  them,  or  not.       Interested  in  this  kind  of  zooming  into  details  while  walking  in  the  street,  or,  as  a   matter  of  fact,  while  driving,  the  idea  was  about  reclaiming  the  street  by  presenting   types  of  existing  lives,  which  actively  but  silently  take  part  in  the  natural,  social  and   cultural  history  of  the  city.  The  tour  walked  amidst  these  different  kinds  of  urban   layers,  encourages  inhabitants  to  engage  with  the  botanist  in  different  ways.       In  retrospect,  Wild  Greens  triggered  a  process-­‐driven  experience.  People  were  given   significant  freedom  –  to  spend  time,  to  situate  themselves  environmentally,  to   achieve  a  trajectory.  Acts  of  negotiation  happened  in  real  time  and  the  path  of  the   walk  was  finally  determined  by  the  discontinuity  produced  by  the  multiple  bodies   operating  as  a  team;  a  collaborative  improvisation  that  moved  itself  through  the  city   landscape.  What  started  as  a  presentation  (on  behalf  of  the  “guide”)  was  quickly   transformed  to  open  conversations,  which  established  a  non-­‐hierarchy  of  thoughts,   movements  and  sensations,  becoming  a  series  of  indications  for  a  diverse  spatial   experience.         about  their  history,  can  lead  to  other  forms  of  becoming  aware  on  the  street,  as  for   example,  being  inclusive

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Dancing through Dementia workshop

Folkloric Dance & Dementia Project 2016

Sponsored by: Dancehouse Lefkosia & Movement Matters

The workshop “Dancing though Dementia” happened at the Dancehouse Lefkosia, Cyprus 25-29th of October 2017. Richard Coaten was a leader and facilitator of the activities.

Richard Coaten is a Dancer & Dance Movement Psychotherapist with the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, employed part‐time. He runs a Dance

Movement Psychotherapy Service with the Day Services Liaison Team in Calderdale and on an Acute Assesment & Treatment Ward at Calderdale Royal Hospital. An experienced arts psychotherapist, dancer, arts/health worker and trainer, he is a leading UK specialist in movement and dance based work with older people with neuro‐degenerative conditions, especially dementia syndrome. He has a doctoral thesis on, ‘Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Dementia’ from Roehampton University, and recognises the need to develop the evidence base for bio‐psychosocial approaches.

The training of dancers, care staff and others in the fields of embodiment, embodied practices and nonverbal communication are a priority. He has also been pioneering the use of folkloric music and dance traditions with people with dementia in Athens and Istanbul (2013/14). He has published work in the form of papers, articles and chapters in books, and in 2010 as a Churchill Fellow spent a month in Toronto, Vancouver and the Rockies, disseminating his researches and working with leading specialists and researchers in the field.

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6th no_body festival 2014

Με μεγάλη χαρά το Dance Gate   ανακοινώνει το 6ο Φεστιβάλ Χορού & Παραστατικών Τεχνών  NOBODY στα πλαίσια του  PEDIAIOS DANCE FESTIVAL στις 6-8 Δεκεμβρίου 2014 στη Στέγη Χορού Λευκωσίας, Άγιος Αντρέας , Λευκωσία.

Dance  Gate was happy to  announce the 6th No_ Body : Dance & Performance Arts Festival in the context of the PEDIAIOS DANCE FESTIVAL 6th – 8 th December 2014 at the DANCEHOUSE LEFKOSIA, Ayios Andreas , Nicosia.


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To φεστιβάλ no body μπαίνει στον έκτο του χρόνο το 2014. Όταν ξεκίνησε το 2009 καμιά πλατφόρμα σύγχρονου χορού και παραστατικών τεχνών δεν υπήρχε στη Λευκωσία. Το φεστιβάλ κατάφερε μέσα από όρους, κανονισμούς και προϋποθέσεις να φέρει σε συνεργασία καλλιτέχνες από το χορογραφικό πεδίο, το θέατρο, τα εικαστικά, τη μουσική, την αρχιτεκτονική, τη λογοτεχνία και τον κινηματογράφο. Ο χορογράφος είχε υποχρέωση να συνεργαστεί με άλλους  καλλιτέχνες στα ρευστά  σύνορα των παραστατικών  για ενδυνάμωση του χορογραφικού πεδίου και επαναπροσδιορισμό του. . Πέραν των παραστάσεων, στις παράλληλες εκδηλώσεις συμμετείχαν καλλιτέχνες με έρευνες, εργαστήρια, σεμινάρια, διαλέξεις, παρουσιάσεις κλπ.

Διεθνής/ και Τοπική  συμμετοχή στο Φεστιβάλ

Επίσης στο φεστιβάλ υπήρχε συμμετοχή καλλιτεχνών διεθνούς εμβέλειας από Ελλάδα, Αγγλία, Ολλανδία, Τσεχία, Γερμανία, Βραζιλία κ.α. δίνοντας στο φεστιβάλ τη δυνατότητα επικοινωνίας με τη διεθνή καλλιτεχνική κοινότητα και διεθνούς αναγνώρισης του.  Σε αυτό βοηθησε και η συμμετοχή του οργανισμού στο Ευρωπαικό Πρόγραμμα  Modul –Dance 2010 -2014 parnter of European Dancehouse Netwrork

Η διοργάνωση του no body από το Dance Gate είχε από το πρώτο έτος μεγάλη επιτυχία σε αιτήσεις συμμετοχής. Στα 5 φεστιβάλ αιτήθηκαν συμμετοχής το 2009 15 ομάδες καλλιτεχνών, το 2010 15 ομάδες, το 2011 20 ομάδες, το 2012 20 ομάδες και το 2013 27 ομάδες  και  για το φετεινό 25 ομάδες παρόλο τα πολύ χαμηλά κονδύλια για συμμετοχές και διοργάνωση.! Δηλαδή ένας αριθμός αιτήσεων συμμετοχής σχεδόν 100 καλλιτεχνικών ομάδων από όλη τη Κύπρο! Η πλατφόρμα αυτή

Προσφέρει , την ευκαιρία σε 70 ομάδες από 300 καλλιτέχνες να συμμετέχουν με παραστάσεις και άλλους τρόπους σ αυτή τη πλατφόρμα. Δημιουργήθηκε παραγωγή 50 πρωτότυπων έργων σε παραστάσεις. Η προσέλευση του κοινού στο φεστιβάλ υπήρξε μέχρι στιγμής  αθρόα και μαζική, γεγονός αδιαμφισβήτητο, που ίσως κανένα άλλο φεστιβάλ χορού και παραστατικών τεχνών τέτοιας μορφής δεν είχε αυτή την επιτυχία  στη πόλη μέχρι σήμερα..


Είναι φανερό ότι το no body είναι ένας μεγάλος καλλιτεχνικός θεσμός που αποτελεί καλλιτεχνικό και πνευματικό δημιούργημα του Dance Gate και σήμερα είναι το μοναδικό φεστιβάλ στο είδος του που πραγματοποιείται στη πρωτεύουσα του τόπου μας.

Είμαστε περήφανοι γιατί το φεστιβάλ έχει αναγνωρισθεί ταυτόχρονα τόσο από την καλλιτεχνική κοινότητα όσο κι από το κοινό αλλά και από το εξωτερικό, όπου παίρνουμε δεκάδες αιτήσεις για συμμετοχή απο εταίρους μας στο ευρωπαικό πρόγραμμα των Ευρωπαικών Κέντρων Χορου  (  EDN)   Το φεστιβάλ αναμφίβολα θα μπορούσε εάν υπήρχαν τα ανάλογα κρατικά κονδύλια να καταστεί ένα Παγκύπριο αλλά και συνάμα Πανευρωπαικό Φεστιβάλ με προσφορά ανταλλαγών με σύμπραξη στη δημιουργία νέου έργου μεταξύ Ευρωπαίων και Κύπριων καλλιτεχνών από το χορό, μουσική, εικαστικά και περφόρμανς. Με παραπλήσια εργαστήρια και διαλέξεις και παρουσιάσεις



6ο Φεστιβάλ Χορού Κίνησης & Παραστατικών Τεχνών

6-8 Δεκεμβρίου 2014, στις 8μμ,

Στέγη Χορού Λευκωσίας (Αγορά Αγίου Αντρέα), Παρθενώνος 25, Άγιος Αντρέας, Λευκωσία


NO_BODY  / 6th Dance, Movement & Performance Arts Festival

6 – 8 December 2014 at 8 pm

Dancehouse Lefkosia ( at the disused Ayios Andreas Market, Ayios Andreas , Nicosia)


PERFORMANCES / Παραστάσεις:

Σάββατο 6 Δεκεμβρίου 2014/ Saturday 6 December 2014

-Julia Brendle / Nightplay

-Paranormal Ability / Equidistant Tangented Curves of Reality

-Harry Koushos / Creative Quality

 Juxta-position  Performing arts company / Bodytrap

– Vision Q / .QUEST

Κυριακή 7 Δεκεμβρίου 2014/ SUNDAY 7 December 2014

– Klinisch getestet / Sal (ώμη)’s [lap] dance


– Nadia Mowafy / You are it

– Alexandra Waierstall / LIVING THE COMPOSITION

– Crisina Planas/ Jasmina Krisaj / The Very Delicious Piece*

(* MODUL DANCE- EU programme )


Παράλληλες Εκδηλώσεις / Parallel Events

Δευτέρα 8 Δεκεμβρίου 2014/ Monday 8 December 2014

-Echo Arts / A sited Music and Dance Performance

– Maria Karolidou / The melancholy of return- 10 years later

 Panayiotis Tofi / Keep door shut at all times

 University of Nicosia Dance Programme / Rituals



Παραστάσεις: 10 ευρώ/ένα βράδυ

Παράλληλες Εκδηλώσεις: Είσοδος Ελεύθερη

Κρατήσεις θέσεων (από την 1 Δεκεμβρίου 2014 )

Dancehouse Lefkosia  22 780 960 ( 9 am – 3 pm )

Τηλέφωνο Telephone  : 7000 5035 (3pm- 8 pm)


Πληροφορίες / Information :

 0035797772264 / 0035799576778


Χορηγοί / Sponsors :

-Πολιτιστικές Υπηρεσίες Υπουργείου Παιδείας & Πολιτισμού/ Cultural Services Ministry of Education and Culture

-Modul Dance EU  Project & -EDN (European Dancehouse Network)


Συνδιοργανωτής / Co Organizers :

-Στέγη Χορού Λευκωσίας/ Dancehouse Lefkosia


Συνεργάτης / Collaborators

-Δήμος Λευκωσίας/ Nicosia Muncipality


Υποστηρικτές / Supporters :



– Eurofast/ euroglobal


-Vassos Eliades


-Echo Arts


Χορηγός Επικοινωνίας/  MME Sponsor :

-Ρ.Ι.Κ./ CyBC


Διοργανωτής / Organizers  :

Dance Gate Lefkosia-Cyprus


7th no_body festival 2015

Movement & Performance Arts Festival (21 – 23 November 2015, Dancehouse Lefkosia) which was under the auspices of the Mayor of Nicosia, Constantinos Yiorkadjis.

The 7th No_ Body was organized by Dance Gate Lefkosia and co organized by Dancehouse Lefkosia. It included new works by 7 Cyprus dance & performance artists and a performance from Portuguese artist Mafalda Deville. The programme included artists: Konstantina Skalionta (cheoreographer) and Dyphaine Deluap (performer)/ Panayiotis Tofi (choreographer) and George Kolias (voice recordings)/ Eva Korae (visual artist- performer) and Constantina Peter (Dramaturge) in collaboration with Eleana Alexandrou/ Nektarios Rodosthenous (musician) in collaboration with Vicky Kalla (performer) and Lea Maleni (Dramaturg)/ Aneesha Michael (choreographer) and Dimitris Spyrou (musician)/ Athina Georgiou (choreographer) in collaboration with Marios Konstantinou (performer), Elli Konstantinou (performer) and Anna Tsiarta (video). Also, the festival includes the works of the T/C choreographer and dancers Sevim Akpinar and Toya Akpinar. Mafalda Deville led a workshop on Monday morning, 23rd of November at the Dancehouse Lefkosia (10 – 13 hours).

We would like to add that it is the first time that Turkish Cypriot choreographers of contemporary dance participate in such a platform of dance and performing arts. This participation is very important not only for the festival but generally for the performing arts, especially contemporary dance in Cyprus and this particular participation of Sevim Akpinar is adding to the contemporary and innovative spirit of the festival. This participation strengthens the possibilities for communication, cooperation and exchange of ideas and experiences between all the artists on the island and provides the basis for coexistence for a common creative artistic future in Cyprus.

Finally, Mafalda Deville, an important artist of contemporary dance from Portugal, participated also at the parallel events with a 3-hour workshop (Monday, 23rd November, 10:00-13:00).

The festival and the parallel events was supported by many sponsors amongst others, the embassy of Portugal and TE.PA.K. / Department of Fine Arts and all the listed below in our press release.


FULL PROGRAMME view or download

8ο Φεστιβάλ Χορού, κίνησης & Παραστατικών Τεχνών NO_ BODY_Flyer_1

8th no_body festival 2016

Dancehouse Lefkosia in collaboration with Dance Gate Lefkosia have produced the 8th No_body Dance/Movement & Performance Arts Festival, which took place on the Saturday and Sunday  19th-20thof November 2016 at the Dancehouse Lefkosia at 7.30 pm

The festival was under the auspices of the Mayor of the Municipality of Nicosia in co-operation with the Municipality of Nicosia and supported by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture.

The 8th No body Festival included the participation of nine choreographers / dancers and their groups both local and international.

These include Ioannis Mandafounis from Switzerland with the support of the Swiss Arts Council/ Pro Helvetia and Athanasia Kanellopoulou from Greece. Also, Pascal Caron and Melissa Garcia Carro, Georgia Andreou, Elly Constantinou (of this year’s Artists in Progress programme of Dancehouse Lefkosia), Melissa Garcia Carro with a new work and Milena Ugren with George Koulas (musician). Furthermore, Maria Kamberis participates with the seminar/workshop ‘Εν Φαντασία’, which address to pre-primary teachers.

As a Pancyprian Dance & Performance Arts Festival we were particularly happy and proud to have for the second year the participation of the Turkish Cypriot Artist Sevim Akpinar and her team, further establishing the Dancehouse Lefkosia links to Turkish Cypriot Artists strengthening all possibilities for communication, collaboration and exchange among all artists on the island, to share research and ideas for a creative future together.

FULL PROGRAMME view or download




European Dancehouse Network Atelier Cyprus


20- 23 April 2017

Droushia Heights Hotel, Droushia village

Performances, sharings and discussions with local and invited artists from the member Dance Houses of the European Dance House Network (EDN) to research ecological art methodologies as they pertain to a particular contested site in order to generate new artistic and ecological resonances.

The shared work will take many forms and might include photographic documentation and readings of reflective writing as well as discussions and sharing around eco art practice and creative methodologies as they relate to this site and to the participating artists’ own practices and future work. The sharing will happen primarily at the site of exploration and experimentation.

The European Dancehouse Network  (EDN ) ATELIER 20 – 23, is a collaboration of Dance Gate & the Akamas Project of the European Capital of Culture Pafos 2017. The performances taking place during the EDN ATELIER are part of the SITES EMBODIED CYPRUS FESTIVAL (14- 23 April) organized by Dance Gate Lefkosia Cyprus in the framework of the Cultural Decentralization Programme 2017 of the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education & Culture in collaboration with the Communities of Droushia and Androlikou. 


The natural environment –as a vital space for survival, for man’s spiritual development and creation– is an inextricable part of culture. Therefore, the European Capital of Culture, Pafos 2017 has included in its programme the natural environment of a particularly beautiful area of Cyprus, that of the Akamas peninsula, setting the basis for the promotion and protection of the environmental and cultural value of this natural area and the sustainable development of the communities of Akamas.  


Arianna Economou: Director at Dance Gate ( EDN partner)

Georgia Doetzer: Director of the Pafos European Capital of Culture 2017 Festival

Keynote Speakers

Nancy Holmes and Denise Kenney: Associate Professors, University of British Columbia— Okanagan, Canada, Co-Directors of the Eco-Art Incubator research project, Kelowna, B.C., Canada.

Supporting Speakers

Daniella Mouyiannou: Coordinator of the Akamas Project- Pafos 2017

Marina Christodoulidou: Curator, “The ephemeral in the Arts”

Speakers/ Artists/ Performers

Sevim Akpinar Dance Group (CY), Isabel Andrés (DE/ES), Yiannis Avraamides (CY), Zoe Balasch (DE/ES), Bernadette Divilly (IR), Geopetics Group: Anna Tzakou, Marios Chatziprokopiou and Antonis Antoniou (GR), Athina Georgiou with Anna Tsiarta and Georgia Andreou (CY), Lara Haworth (UK), Ida Johannesen (NO), Harry Koushos & Alexandra Waierstall (CY), Nina Ossavy (NO), Pick Nick Group (CY), Natalie Tsingis (CY), Nefeli Tsiouti (CY), Milena Urgen Koulas & Giorgos Koulas (CY)





Welcome by Arianna Economou- Director Dance Gate (EDN partner)

Welcome by Georgia Doetzer- Director of the Pafos European Capital of Culture 2017 Festival

Presentation by Daniela Mouyiannou : Coordinator of the Akamas Project Pafos2017

Pavlos Papacharitou: Representative of the Cyprus Environmental Department


Coffee break

11:30- 13:00

Keynote speakers Denise Kenney & Nancy Holmes: The practice of Eco Art Incubator and the application of their work in Cyprus.

Presentations by invited artists and workshop participants:

Sevim Akpinar (CY), Isabel Andrés (DE/ES), Zoe Balasch (DE/ES), Bernadette Divilly (IR), Geopetics Group (Anna Tzakou, Marios Chatziprokopiou and Antonis Antoniou(GR)), Nana Georgiou (CY), Lara Haworth (UK),Ida Johannesen (NO) Nina Ossavy (NO)


Lunch break



Eco Art Incubator workshop site specific performances and actions. Performances to be announced on the 18th of April on the website and facebook of Dance Gate Lefkosia

16:45 -18.45

Bus trip to Smigies mountain and Forestry Department Observatory Point where one has magnificent views of the whole peninsula and the mountain peaks are named after the passage of Aphrodite with her lover Adonis during their amorous meetings. Meeting point: Droushia Heights Hotel Lobby.



Invited Performances at Droushia Open Air Theatre and DROUSHIA Village Hall:

1. “ Sounding Silence” solo performance by choreographer Alexandra Waierstall and performer Harry Koushos

2. “ BIOS” by Choreographer and performer Nina Ossavy (Norway)

3.”SheLL” a trio dance performance by Sevim Akpinar’s Dance Group (CY)


Dinner break



Eco Art Incubator workshop site specific performances and actions. Performances to be announced on the 18th of April on the website and facebook of Dance Gate Lefkosia

12:00- 14:00

Visit to the Eco Art Project Paths on Common Ground-Works in situ areas and communities. This project aims to highlight the relationship between art and nature, open a dialogue on crucial issues and create an important legacy in contemporary art in Cyprus. Susan Vargas, visual artist is the assistant curator and Daniella Pistenti Mouyiannou the coordinator of the project .

The Atelier Visit will be guided by the curator of this project Thouli Missirloglou


Lunch break


Bus to Androlikou Village

Meeting point: Droushia Heights Hotel lobby

16:00- 17:30


Performances at Androlikou Village

1. Bernadette Divilly (Ireland) Performance & Presentation at the Androlikou Elementary School

2. ‘Sounding Silence’ Harry Koushos ( CY) by Alexandra Waierstall / at Androlikou Square at the square of Androlikou

3.Performance by Geopoetics: Anna Tzakou, Marios Chatziprokopiou and Antonis Antoniou (Greece). New creation at a selected spot between Androlikou & Pitokopou villages.

17:30- 19:30


Eco Art Incubator workshop site specific performances and actions. Performances to be announced on the 18th of April on the website and facebook of Dance Gate Lefkosia

20:00- 21:00

Dinner break



Performances at Droushia Open Air Theatre and Droushia Community Hall.

1.“Glimpses” Video-dance Performance by Athina Georgiou and Anna Tsiarta/ performer Georgia Andreou,

2. “ Happiness “ Milena Urgen Koulas solo performance with Giorgos Koulas– percussion

3. “Wild greens” film by Art Group Pick Nick


Panel Discussion: Denise Kenny, Nancy Holmes and artists participating in the Eco Art Incubator workshop.


Official opening of Eco Art Project Akamas, Pafos 2017

Visits to all the installations and Art Works of the ECO ART programme*

*Paths on Common Ground-Works in situ. Works will be created during the workshop happening April 17-22 and these works will be exhibited in situ from April 23 to the end of August in the Mylopetres area in the Arodes village. The curator of the project Thouli Misirloglou, invited visual artists Costis Velonis, Stavros Panayiotakis, Hermann Pitz, Mimmo Rubino, Rinos Stefani, Marinos Tsaggarakis, Horst Weierstall, and performers Marios Hadjiprokopiou, Antonis Antoniou and Anna Tzakou to create their works in Akamas natural areas and communities. The project will highlight the relationship between art and nature, open a dialogue on crucial issues and create an important legacy in contemporary art in Cyprus. Susan Vargas, visual artist is the assistant curator and Daniella Pistenti Mouyiannou the coordinator of the project.


Lunch break

View or download full festival programme:         English         Greek

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‘Come and dance with me’


A pilot project in collaboration with Goethe Institute and Dancehouse Lefkosia. The project consisted of workshops within 3 consecutive weekends 4/03-19/03 2017 and was addressed to youngsters age 13-18, with and without dance experience. For more information see below.


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A  PILOT PROJECT in collaboration with Goethe Institute and Dancehouse Lefkosia

Ημερομηνίες: 6 και 7 Μαρτίου, 12 και 13 Μαρτίου, 18 και 19 Μαρτίου

Χώρος Διεξαγωγής Εργαστηρίου: Στέγη Χορού Λευκωσίας

Διοργανωτές: Στέγη Χορού Λευκωσίας, Dance Gate σε συνεργασία με το Goethe Insitute

Ηλικίες: 13 μέχρι 18 ετών (μαθητές δευτεροβάθμιας εκπαίδευσης)

Προϋποθέσεις Συμμετοχής:          ΟΜΑΔΑ Α *: καμία

                                                      ΟΜΑΔΑ Β **: να παρακολουθούν μαθήματα μοντέρνου χορού       

                                                       *, ** γίνεται επεξήγηση πιο κάτω


Σύντομη Περιγραφή Εργαστηρίου:

To Εργαστήρι απευθύνεται σε παιδιά που φοιτούν στη δευτεροβάθμια εκπαίδευση και παρέχεται  σε αυτά δωρεάν. Κατόπιν ανακοίνωσης, θα γίνουν δεκτά  30 παιδιά τα οποία θα χωριστούν σε δυο ίσες ομάδες (15 έκαστη), με μοναδικό κριτήριο την ενεργή ή μη  συμμετοχή τους σε τάξεις χορού . Πιο συγκεκριμένα, το εργαστήρι θα διεξαχθεί σε 2 φάσεις, οι οποίες έχουν ως εξής:

Στην Α ΦΑΣΗ, τα παιδιά που δεν φοιτούν σε σχολές χορού και δεν έχουν εμπειρία με το χορό (συμμετοχή σε μαθήματα, παραστάσεις, εξετάσεις), θα έχουν τη δυνατότητα  να έρθουν σε επαφή με δημιουργικές δραστηριότητες με άξονα το σώμα και τις δυνατότητες έκφρασης της δημιουργικότητας  μέσω αυτού. Μέσω των δομημένων δραστηριοτήτων, θα τους δίδεται η ευκαιρία να  βιώσουν  την εμπειρία του καθοδηγούμενου αυτοσχεδιασμού, την παραγωγή πρωτότυπης κίνησης καθώς και την επεξεργασία και εξέλιξη της. Τέλος, τα παιδιά που θα συμμετέχουν στην συγκεκριμένη ομάδα (ΟΜΑΔΑ Α), θα παρουσιάσουν τη δουλειά τους σε μορφή παράστασης σε κοινό.

Κατά τη διάρκεια τη ΦΑΣΗΣ Β, η οποία αφορά στα παιδιά της ΟΜΑΔΑΣ Β, θα διεξαχθούν παρόμοιου τύπου ασκήσεις και αυτοσχεδιασμοί  με σκοπό την προώθηση της δημιουργικότητας,  αλλά και την ενθάρρυνση της έκφρασης μακριά από στερεοποιημένα βήματα και συνδυασμούς με τα οποία τα παιδιά έρχονται σε επαφή μέσω των τεχνικών τάξεων χορού που παρακολουθούν. Επιπρόσθετά θα έχουν την ευκαιρία να εμπλουτίσουν το ρεπερτόριο τους έχοντας ως  ερέθισμα και αναφορές σε  συγκεκριμένα  έργα της δημιουργού/χορογράφου Αλεξάνδρας Waierstall. Τέλος όμοια με την ΟΜΑΔΑ Α, θα παρουσιάσουν τη δουλειά τους σε μορφή παράστασης με κοινό στο χώρο της Στέγης Χορού.

Στόχοι Εργαστηρίου:

  • Να ενισχυθεί η δημιουργικότητα των παιδιών
  • Να δημιουργηθεί πρωτότυπη κίνηση, η οποία θα αποτελέσει υλικό προς επεξεργασία
  • Να αποτελέσει το σώμα ουσιαστικό εργαλείο προσωπικής έκφρασης, πειραματισμού και επεξεργασίας
  • Να δημιουργηθούν ευκαιρίες προώθησης χαρισματικών παιδιών στον τομέα του χορού
  • Να δοθεί ευκαιρία σε παιδιά που δεν έχουν τη δυνατότητα φοίτησης σε σχολές χορού να έρθουν σε επαφή με το σύγχρονο χορό και τη δημιουργική κίνηση
  • Μέσω της κίνησης, να δημιουργηθούν συνθήκες συνεργασίας , αλληλοκατανόησης και αλληλεπίδρασης μεταξύ των παιδιών
  • Η δημιουργία νεανικού κοινού
  • Η δημιουργία νεανικής ομάδας σύγχρονου χορού (contemporary youth)
  • Αναλυτικό Πρόγραμμα:


6.00-              ΑΝΑΧΩΡΗΣΗ ΓΙΑ ΛΕΜΕΣΟ (ΘΕΑΤΡΟ ΡΙΑΛΤΟ) ΜΕ ΛΕΩΦΟΡΕΙΟ Δωρεάν μετακίνηση. Θα δοθούν λεπτομέρειες στην πορεία.

7 Μαρτίου:       10.00-12.00 ΕΙΣΑΓΩΓΙΚΟ ΕΡΓΑΣΤΗΡΙ Α&Β ΟΜΑΔΑ

 12 Μαρτίου:      10.00-2.00 ΚΥΡΙΩΣ ΜΕΡΟΣ ΕΡΓΑΣΤΗΡΙΟΥ Α&Β ΟΜΑΔΑ

 13 Μαρτίου:      1.00-5.00 ΠΡΟΒΕΣ Α&Β ΟΜΑΔΑ

                              5.00 ΠΑΡΑΣΤΑΣΗ (Ανοικτή για το κοινό)


                              12.00-3.00 ΔΗΜΙΟΥΡΓΙΑ ΧΟΡΟΓΡΑΦΙΩΝ ΑΠΟ ΤΑ ΠΑΙΔΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΠΑΡΟΥΣΙΑΣΗ

                              ΑΝΑΤΡΟΦΟΔΟΤΗΣΗ, ΣΥΖΗΤΗΣΗ, ΚΛΕΙΣΙΜΟ

Το εργαστήριο έχει σχεδιαστεί και διατηρεί τη μορφή πιλοτικού προγράμματος και προσφέρεται σε όλα τα παιδιά που λαμβάνουν μέρος δωρεάν. Το κάθε παιδί που πρόκειται να λάβει μέρος θα πρέπει να παρακολουθήσει ολόκληρο το εργαστήρι και να συμπληρώσει την αίτηση συμμετοχής με τη γραπτή συγκατάθεση ενός από τους δυο γονείς, η οποία θα συνοδεύεται με πιστοποιητικό υγείας από ιατρό.

 Τα παιδιά που θα λάβουν μέρος θα πρέπει να έχουν πάντοτε μαζί τους τσάντα με επιπλέον ρούχα( χαλαρά ρούχα που επιτρέπουν την κίνηση, κάλτσες, νερό, σνακ και ένα άδειο τετράδιο συνοδευόμενο με γραφική ύλη όπως μολύβια, γόμα, ψαλίδι το οποίο θα χρειαστεί κατά τη διάρκεια του εργαστηρίου.

 Το συγκεκριμένο εργαστήρι σχεδιάστηκε και οργανώθηκε από τις:

Αριάννα Οικονόμου

Αλεξάνδρα Waierstall

Μαρία Καμπέρη




A  PILOT PROJECT in collaboration with Goethe Institute and Dancehouse Lefkosia

This pilot project consists of workshops within three consecutive weekends from 4th  March – 19th   March 2017 and it is addressed to youngsters age 13 – 18 years old.


Dates: 4th March , 11th & 12th March, & 19th  March 2017


25 Parthenonos Street, Ayios Andreas , AGORA ( the old Market Hall ) AYIOS ANDREAS

Tel: 00 357 22 780 960/ email:

ORGANIZER : Dance Gate  Lefkosia Cyprus ( EDN Partner ) & DanceHouse Lefkosia


The workshop addresses two groups of youngsters TOTAL number of participants 30

GROUP A (15 persons)  : NO prerequisites and they will come from PALLOURIOTISSA GYMNASIUM & LYCEUM

GROUP B (15 persons)  : Students of dance in collaboration with certain  private dance schools

THE AIM Contemporary Dance is something that is an encompassing art form bringing together much richness from all performance arts. It is an advanced art form, and addresses everyone,  and yet so few people know about it and the ways into its codes and expressions

This pilot project apart from the WORKSHOPS will encompass more activities concerning the theme of What is Contemporary Dance where Alexandra Waierstall will curate and organize more actions around the workshop/ performances in collaboration with the Dancehouse Lefkosia.


The overall aim of this pilot research project is to communicate dance for Audience Development starting from the YOUTH and to start with this age so as to begin to address the issue of WHAT IS DANCE. Alexandra Waierstall curating this project is involving many actions over a period of 3 weeks , during  3 intensive weekends  addressing today’s dance and its accessibility as a creative tool for pedagogy for all.
Alexandra Waierstall  renowned choreographer (D/CY) will work on this project with Maria Kamberis Dance Teacher in MA studies on Dance in Education from the University of Cyprus .

Co ordinator Arianna Economou / Director Dance Gate/ president of Governing board DH Lefkosia


The project is addressing two groups A and B

The project will bring students of dance and students with no dance experience together for a shared experience in learning about  Dance as today’s art form and sharing a workshop with many similar tasks , and mainly dance and the body’s movement as a creative tool

FIRST WEEKEND : The two groups will get to know each other and then share a journey and experience together the first weekend going to the Cyprus Dance Platform

SECOND WEEKEND : The two groups will work together and in parallel studios , and they will share and observe each other in the making of dances,  and the will with repertory material from works of Alexandra Waierstall . There will be a sharing at the end of this second weekend

THIRD WEEKEND : Will involve FILM SCREENINGS of two major German Dance Films KURT JOOS : GREEN TABLE and PINA BAUSCH film by WIM WENDERS open to general public

It will follow with the final workshop towards preparing dances to share at the end amongst the two groups participants to a wider public at the end.
The two  group participants will receive a DIPLOMA of ATTENDANCE


Saturday 4th March: 10.00 – 12.00 MEETING/ GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER / Information

The meeting will include THEATRE GAMES and PLAY to get to know each other, break the ice and to create ease in the body and unify in the common aim of creative play together through the coming weekends of getting to know more about DANCE for ALL

Saturday 4th   March 18.00 – Departure to RIALTO THEATRE to CYPRUS DANCE PALTFORM

(bus ride to LIMASSOL and BACK is FREE OF CHARGE  for both group participants)

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th   March : Main Workshop  A & B GROUPS (which will also include  parallel work in two studios)

Saturday 11th March  10.00 – 14 .00 A& B groups
Sunday 12th March
13.00 – 17.00 A & B groups / 17.00 PERFORMANCE

(OPEN SHARING to wider public)

Sunday 19th March : 10 – 12.00  film screenings



12.00 – 15.00 Make your own dance

Making their own solos, trios, duets, under improvisational structures to present to each other and the wider public

Discussion/ Reflection


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Eco Art Incubator Cyprus: Sites Embodied

14th-19th April 2017

Part of the Sites Embodied Cyprus festival

This Eco Art Incubator brought together local and visiting artists from various disciplines to research ecological art methodologies as they pertain to a particular contested site. These artists shared their expertise and use site-specific embodied research to respond to this site in order to generate new artistic and ecological resonances. The intent was for artists to experiment with their own practice through a thematic lens and to seed practices for on-going engagements in this region.

This work was done in dialogue with co-facilitators Denise kenney and Nancy Holmes (artists and professors at University of British Columbia, Canada).

The purpose of this 6-day workshop was to expand the participating artists’ own artistic ways of knowing by collaborating with the tangible and intangible web of sensory, spiritual, cultural, historical, ecological and economic complexities of Androlikou, a small village in the Akamas Peninsula.

This village, greatly depopulated after the Cyprus invasion of 1974, is home to a few inhabitants who live alongside ghostly abandoned stone houses. The village contains the abandoned temporary refuge ruined home of Cypriot poet Tefkos Anthias; a large quarry that visually dominates the panoramic view; rich red clay banks scooped out for pottery-making; a Turkish Cypriot graveyard which is featured in the film Akamas, the love story of a bicommunal marriage by director Panicos Chrysanthou; rock-strewn agricultural fields with old fig and orange trees bordered by stone walls and villagers’s homes; deep gorges rich in biodivesity; and stunning views of the Mediterranean sea. 50% of the Akamas Peninsula surface is part of the European Natura 2000 sites network regarding the protection of its species and habitants. Some areas are under pressure to touristic building development. At the same time Akamas Project Director under the Environmental Department and in collaboration with the local village communites, has developed an Action Plan for Sustainable Development of the Peninsula, which is currently in the process of implementation. Androlikou’s plans is for the development of organic gardening demonstrations, natural building education, developing a small scale multi-cultural center in an abandoned warehouse, the restoration of the traditional character of the village, the protection and the development of nature trains in the gorges, as well for re-conversion of the former Tefkros Antias refuge into a Centre for Peace and Intercultural Cooperation.

This workshop intended to support these aspirations.

Participants have spent most of the time in the village learning about the place and being given access to various creation resources. The conceptual lens of “Earth” informed the work as this is the element that emerges strongly from the village’s conflicts around land use, its ecological and agricultural issues and the dominance of stone and soil in the politics and ecology of this place.

The Eco Art Incubator Cyprus: Sites Embodied workshop intended to do the following:

  • To bring artist together in a retreat-like setting to develop an international network of ecological art practices and practitioners.
  • To explore how artistic practices can disrupt intransigent cognifive frames.
  • To focus on embodied practices for the creation of ecological art.
  • To support on-going projects in the region.
  • To respond to a complex, contested, inspirational place fraught with social, cultural and ecological anxietites.
  • To witness and acknowledge these anxieties, not to offer to solve or remediate them.
  • To work together and create art that acknowledges that the quality of our approach and our commitment to life-enhancing relationships between humans and the more than human world.

The workshop Eco Art Incubator Cyprus: Sites Embodied is organized by Dance Gate Lefkosia Cyprus in collaboration with the Creative Europe Desk Cyprus and supported by DanceHouse Lefkosia.

Photographs of Akamas by ERGENC KORKMAZEL

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