From January 2019, class is no longer accepting new participants
Photo: Tassos Venetsanopoulos
Coordinated by Ioanna Kampylafka in collaboration with
Antigone Gyra and Aliki Avdelopoulou and Marianna Varviani as guest
Grandmother: My child, when you’ll grow old, you won’t hear well, see well, walk well, dance well…
Grandson: No way! I don’t believe it!
Grandmother: Thank God you do not believe it, or else HOW are you going to get till my age?
Ioanna Sakellariou, 89 years old
This course is made for people of mature age with respect to their bodies and with the purpose for them to rediscover through dancing the child they carry within them. Through moderate exercise inspired by modern dance, rhythmic, physical theatre and yoga participants will activate their bodies as well as they will strengthen and cultivate their creative expression. In addition, they will learn to care for their body through exercise and reflexology so as to improve the daily lives.
At the end of the year, the group members, having gone through the same process, have a common purpose and vision as amateurs and professionals artists are brought together to create something unique. Our purpose is that the class and the rehearsal process will act as a healing factor in our daily life. In this way, the social benefits of the arts directly affects the everyday life of the local community.
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 “.
Antigone Gyra creates dance and theatre performances as well as video art. Antigone is a 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 the Kinitiras dance theatre company (kinitiras.com) with which she has choreographed many works until today. She has also facilitated workshops and has given lectures on dance and theatre subjects.
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 Liana ( 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.
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.
Nowadays she is working on the new action EK PLIKSI ( Sur Prise) that brings dance in schools (www.ekplixi.weebly.com).