Kinitiras is an internationally recognized artistic network connecting professionals and amateurs through the performing arts. It was founded in 1995-96 as a dance-theatre group, called Kinitiras Dance spectacle. Kinitiras’ features that are worth to be mentioned are:
- the emphasis on diversity of performers and other collaborators,
- the participation in European programs and festivals in Greece and abroad,
- the approach in education and its proposals in this area through the performing arts,
- the emphasis on research and intercultural through the establishment of Kinitiras Studio, the first Residency Centre for performing arts in Greece,
- the sustainability and growth in periods with different challenges,
- the participation character that goes further than local and professional boundaries.
Kinitiras has created the project EK PLIXI which brought dance into the school and especially in primary education. Since 2010 Kinitiras has established the In Progress-Feedback Festival for young artists as well as contest performances through which young artists have emerged with influential contribution in the cultural map of the country. Finally, Kinitiras Choreography Lab, creating a multicultural environment, has been an important innovation within the dance sector in Greece and internationally from 2011 to 2014.
Antigone Gyra creates dance and theatre performances as well as video art. Antigone is the mother of three children.
She graduated from the London Laban Centre with distinction and she was awarded with the Graduates’ Choreography award in 1993. In 1996 she created Kinitiras Dance Spectacle (Chorotheama) company with which she has choreographed many works until today. She has also facilitated workshops and has given lectures on dance and theatre subjects.
In 1995 she received the seconf award of young choreographer of Rallou Manou dance school with her work “The stories, you grew up with, they grew up”. Her works have been performed in Greece and abroad. In 1997 her work “Doors and Clouds” represented Greece in the Young artists Biennale in Turin and in other festivals in Greece and Italy. In 2002 her solo work “Ksekola” with Ioanna Kampylafka was qualified for the Choreography Competition in Hanover. In 2004 she created her works “1896”, “Lisistrati” and street dance theatre works, after being ordered by Athens 2004. In 2006 she started creating her trilogy on war. The first two parts of the trilogy “«Lysistrata’s Cry» (2006) and “Klitemnistra invisible” (2008) were chosen and performed in the 2nd and 3rd Dance Platform (Athens Megaro Mousikis). With her work “Klitemnistra Invisible” she represented Greece in the 8th Internation Fringe Festival in Thailand. In 2009 her work “Plektani” toured in provincial areas supported by YPPO and E.KE.THE.CH. In February 2010 she presented her solo work “Gone” during the European program City to City Cabaret in Sofia and Athens. From 2010 until 2012 she was the artistic director of the European Network SPIDER ARTISTIC NET representing Greece during which she presented the third part of her trilogy “Handle with Care”.
In theatre she has cooperated as a choreographer and movement director with many theatre companies and directors, like Theatro Technis (G. Lazanis), ΘΟΚ ( Ch. Siopachas), National Theatre (G. Theodosiadis, Efi Theodorou), Theama Company, Dh.Pe.The Kalamatas (G. Kakleas), Theatro Porta (A. Kalogridis), Theatro Mousouri (T. Vasileiou), Theatro Simio (A.Diamantis), Theatro tou Neou Kosmou (D. Arapoglou), Ison Ena Company (I. Remediaki), Opsis Company (A. Tompouli), Theatro Diana (G. Paloumpis – E. Rantou) etc.
Since 1993 she is a movement teacher in drama schools, like the Athens Higher Drama School of G. Theodosiadi and the Veaki Drama School.
Since December 2008 she is a co-director of the first residency centre for the performance arts in Greece, Kinitiras Studio, together with Vicky Adamou and Flora Kalomoiri.
During the period 2011-2012 Antigone was the director of the awarded performance of G. Iliopoulos “4 ever” and she cooperated with Di.Pe.The Patras and Lithografeion for the Lost Man (Anthropos Chamenos) project, where she presented the “Miss Human Being” (Miss Anthropos) performance. During the last years she is creating video art ( “Filippos, the belly dance”, “ Three wishes for a bee”, “ ExtraTango”) as well as corporate video for companies like Lito Maternity Hospital, the English School Manetaki and others. Moreover, she cooperates with production and marketing companies in creating advertising events (BMW, Mini Cooper, Buldoza. Gr etc)
Antigone is a volunteer in the 2nd Primary School of Voula where she organizes for the last two years the big Celebration of Happiness.
Nowadays she is working on the new action EK PLIXI (Sur Prise) that brings dance in schools (www.ekplixi.com).
Vicky Adamou is an actress, performer and director. She is a graduate of Athens Drama School of George Theodosiadis (1996) and of the Vakalo Visual and Applied Arts School (1992). She has been a student of I. Grammatikouli (Yoga and Meditation, 1998 – 2004). She has attended a series of specialized courses in Movement, Improvisation, Experiential Listening, Devised Theatre, Grotowski Αcting and Scenography.
She is one of the founding members of Kinitiras Dance spectacle (Chorotheama) company and, together with Antigone Gyra, she is the artistic director of the first Artistic Residency Centre in Athens for the performative arts, Kinitiras Studio.
Some of the Kinitiras’ performances she has taken part in are:
“Klitemnistra Invisible”- participation in the 2008 Dance Platform in Megaro Mousikis & in the International Fringe Theatre Festival in Thailand, “Lisistrati”- participation the 2006 Dance Platform in Megaro Mousikis, “Plektani”, “Karderines”, “Doors and Clouds”, participation in the Biennale of young artists from Europe and the Mediterranean countries, Turin, Parma, Biel 1997. In 2009 she presented together with the Kinitiras team, her first directorial work, the performance “Foreign Language”.
Vicky Adamou has been distinguished as one of the 10 best first time appearance actors and she has received unique reviews from critics and from well-known artists (L. Lazopoulos).
She collaborates with “Splish-Splash” company of Johnny O. and she was a member of the “Omada Drasis” company (Vasilis Mirianthopoulos) with which she took part in the following productions: “I just broke up”, “ The Patty world”, “ Black out”.
In the past she has worked with various theatre and tv directors. She is also active as a Scenographer, Costume designer and Graphic designer.
She was born in Athens, where she currently lives, and she is the mother of two children.
Ioanna Kampylafka graduated from the London Laban Centre (Bachelor of Arts in Dance Theatre) and Middlesex University (diploma in Interior Design). During the academic year 2003-2004, with a scholarship from the Fulbright Foundation, she attended various dance schools in New York (Movement Research, Trisha Brown, Dance Space, Susan Klein, Barbara Mahler). During Spring and Summer of 2007, with the support of the program of Unesco, Aschberg Bursaries for Artists, she worked as a dance teacher, choreographer and dancer in Bangkok Thailand as a guest resident artist at the faculty of Dance School of Performing Arts. In the spring of 2008, after being invited by the organization “Temple of Fine Arts”, she taught composition and improvisation in Singapore and Malaysia.
Ioanna is member of Kinitiras since 1998 and member of the artistic collective Medea Electronique since 2008. As a choreographer she has worked with: “Splish-Splash” (Yannis Economides), Point Theatre (Nikos Diamantis), Theatre Art (Kugiumtzis), Regional Theatre of Kalamata (Stavros Tsakiris), Kalouta Theatre (George Frantzeskakis) etc. She has taught movement and improvisation in drama schools “Themelio”, “Theatre Arts”, “D.Fotiadi”, “Theatre of Changes” and “G. Theodosiades “.
She is a distinguished graduate of the Ministry of Culture, the Athens Drama School of G. Theodosiadis (2006) and a student of Italian Philology. Since 2006 she is a member of the Kinitiras dance spectacle (Chorotheama) company and since 2008 she is a co-founder and manager of Kinitiras Studio-Artistic Residency Centre, the first residency centre for the performance arts in Greece. During the recent last years she attends theatre and dance workshops with well known Greek and foreign artists, like Maya Matilda Carroll, Matej Kejzar, Lily Kiara, Anthi Theofilidou, John Paul Zaccarini , Dimitirs Imellos, Christos Siopahas, Dimitris Agoras, Vahid and others.
She has taken part in the 4th International Festival “Creating theatre” where she attended workshops with Maria Porter, Martina Morasso, Phillip Mackenzie, Evdokimos Tsolakidis, Martina Morasso and others. She has also attended for many years ballet and music classes (percussions, guitar, bass guitar). As a member of Kinitiras since 2006 she has taken part in the works “Klitemnistra Invisible”, “Plektani”, “Lifestyle drug” and “Handle with care” with which she has toured in Greece and abroad.
During the last two years she is cooperating with Ilektra Ellinikioti and she has taken part in the performances “Trauma®beit” (Kinitiras) and “The night is falling in Athens” (Vrissaki).
During the summers of 2011 and 2012 she participated in the performance ‘Roadtrip’, a performance of Violetta Gyra that took place in moving cars, in Athens and provincial areas.
She has also participated in the TV series “Ambitions”, “Oh mirror, my mirror.”, “For Anna”.She has also interpreted the role of Katerina in the William Shakespeare’s play “ The Taming of the Shrew , in Epi Kolono theatre (translated by Errikos Bellie, directed by.I.Ellinikioti), and she has participated in Kinitiras’ dancetheatre action EK PLIXI (www.ekplixi.com).
Iasonas Venetsanopoulos was born in 1984 in Athens. He graduated from the School of Fine and Applied Arts of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2009. He lived in Indonesia, China and Spain before returning to Athens and connecting with Kinitras: as a performer, with Kinitiras dancetheatre company, as a set designer for the performance "My own fish" and other works and finally as a co-founder of Kinitras new artistic group, GAB. At the same time, he continues his artistic activity with constant individual and group exhibitions.
Elisavet Pliakostathi is a performer, choreographer and dance teacher. She has studied Dance Performance at the Greek State School of Dance, (Athens, 1998-2001), she has an ΜΑ in Choreography with Performing Arts from Middlesex University, (London, 2001-2003) and she holds a diploma in Theatre Education and Practice from the Centre of Cultural and Pedagogical Activity, ‘Pedion Drasis’, (Athens, 2006-2009). Since 2001, she has been participating as a performer in contemporary and dance theatre performances and interdisciplinary artistic activities, while, since 2003 she has been teaching dance, improvisation and composition to children and adults and professional and non-professionals. In 2005, she founded ’58+3 Dance Company’, wherein she choreographed five dance performances. Since 2009 she works as a freelance choreographer. Her works have been presented in Greece, Germany, Italy and Poland, while in 2008, the work On/Off was presented in the 13th Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean in Bari (Italy). In 2016, she was a trainer of the multimedia educational platform INNER MOVERS, concerning video dance and site-specific practices. Since 2014, she is a member of the ATHENS VIDEO DANCE PROJECT, that takes place at the Athens School of Fine Arts. She is a member of the Association of Greek Choreographers and the Greek Association of Dance Employment. She is interested in the mobility of people, ideas, thoughts and images and the constant development of personal capacities for a better understanding and perception of human behavior.
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