Who We Are
Kinitiras is an internationally recognised 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.
Some of Kinitiras’ main actions include:
- emphasis on diversity. Working with people from different racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, geographic,academic and professional backgrounds
- participation in European programs and festivals in Greece and abroad
- alternative approaches in education through the performing arts
- research and intercultural collaborations through the establishment of Kinitiras Studio (the first Residency Centre for performing arts in Greece)
- encouraging sustainability and growth during challenging sociopolitical times
- social inclusion actions
Antigone Gyra creates dance and theatre performances as well as video art and is the mother of three children. She graduated from the London Laban Centre with distinction and she was awarded the Graduates’ Choreography award in 1993. In 1996 she created Kinitiras Dance Spectacle (Chorotheama) company with which she has choreographed many works up until today. She has also facilitated workshops and given lectures on dance and theatre subjects.
In 1995 she received the second award for young choreographers of Rallou Manou competition with her work “The stories, you grew up with, 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 “X” with Ioanna Kampylafka was qualified for the Choreography Competition in Hanover. In 2004 she created her street dance theatre works “1896” and “ Lysistrata’s Cry” after being ordered by Athens 2004 Olympic Games. In 2006 she started creating her trilogy on war. The first two parts of the trilogy “«Lysistrata’s Cry» (2006) and “Klytemnistra Invisible” (2008) were chosen and performed in the 2nd and 3rd Dance Platform (Athens Megaro Mousikis). With her work “Klytemnistra Invisible” she represented Greece in the 8th International Fringe Festival in Thailand. In 2009 her work “The Net” toured in provincial areas supported by the Ministry Of Culture. 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 this, she presented the third part of her trilogy “Handle with Care”.
In the theatre she has cooperated as a choreographer and movement director with many theatre companies and directors such as : Theatro Technis (G. Lazanis), THOC( Ch. Siopachas), National Theatre (G. Theodosiadis, Efi Theodorou, S,Fasoulis), Theama Company, Dh.Pe.The Kalamatas (G. Kakleas), Theatre Porta (A. Kalogridis), Theatre Mousouri (T. Vasileiou), Theatre Simio (A.Diamantis), Theatre of Neos Kosmos (D. Arapoglou), Ison Ena Company (I. Remediaki), Opsis Company (A. Tompouli), Theatre Diana (G. Paloumpis – E. Rantou), Theatre of Herodus Atticus (S.Evangelatos)etc.
Since 1993 she has been a movement teacher in drama schools, such as the Athens Drama School of G. Theodosiadi, the Veaki Drama School and Dilos Drama School. She has also taught choreography at the Greek department of Laban Centre (1994-1996) and at the Greek State School of Dance (2000-2002).
In December 2008 she funded, together with Vicky Adamou and Flora Kalomoiri, the first residency centre for performing arts in Greece, Kinitiras Studio.
During the period of 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 has been creating video art ( “Filippos, the belly dance”, “ Three wishes for a bee”, “ ExtraTango”) as well as corporate videos for companies ( Lito Maternity Hospital, the English School Manetaki etc.). Moreover, she cooperates with production and marketing companies creating advertising events (BMW, Mini Cooper, Buldoza.Gr etc.).
Antigone designed the action EK PLIXI (Sur Prise) that brings dance in schools (www.ekplixi.com), while being a volunteer for ten years at the 2nd Primary School of Voula. Since March 2017 since is a member of the artistic company GAV (Gyra,Adamou, Venetsanopoulos) with which they created the performance “Deep Sigh” with the support of the Greek Ministry of Culture, as well as the action “Pop Up Readings” which was ordered by the organization of Athens International Book Capital 2018.
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.