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Danielle Oke (DMo)

Performing Arts
Title of the project: “Symbology: moving through”

Participatory Presentation
DMo culminates her residency in this participatory art playground style presentation, setting up the spaces of Akropoditi into creative stations for playing with and moving through different levels of awareness. The spaces will contain diverse inputs such as moving bodies, vibrational sounds, and symbols with corresponding exercise experiments.

DMo is an Australian artist and writer creating in film, music, the visual arts and other literary avenues. She is a produced scriptwriter and writer/director, and has also undertaken roles as producer, development writer, researcher and concept creator. Her painting and video art has been exhibited internationally. DMo develops creative projects for public involvement. She also writes and records as part of the music experiment Cityless. In 2018 she started The Art Playground aka TAP, an independent art production label, to release her creative work across platforms.

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Marlene Bart and Thore Yåw

15/10/2018 – 28/10/2018

Writing and Fine Arts
Title of the Project: “Encyclopedia of the Present”
Ukraine – Germany

20 October 2018, Image and Sounds in Music Videos
Saturday 20:00
Duration: 1,5 hours
Free Entrance

The history of music videos reaches back to the beginning of the 20th century and connects from then on visual artists, filmmakers, musicians and producers. After a short time travel through the history of music videos Marlene Bart (visual artist) and Thore Yåw (sound artist) are going to speak about their artistic practice in the medium of music videos and the connection of image and sound.

21 October 2018, Recordning and Composing Sound/ Music
Sunday 11:00-13:00
Duration: 2 hours
Free Participation

Is there a connection between natural sounds and contemporary music?
What makes a good composition for film?
And how do we use our sourrounding to achieve that?
To analyize and discuss these questions, we will record our own sounds & samples from different objects and nature. The participants will go outside and capture noises & soundscapes, which we will use for a composition or a beat afterwards. We will go into the sounddesign and find out about different stages of composing, arranging and producing for film.

Marlene Bart (*1991) is a visual artist and curator living and working in Berlin. She studied under Professor Wolfgang Ellenrieder at the University of Arts in Brunswick (HBK), the Villa Arson (École nationale supérieure d’art) in Nice and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She has been a docent at the University of Arts in Brunswick (HBK) since 2017 and started her PhD in fine art at Bauhaus University, Weimar in 2018.

Thore Yåw (*1992) is a guitarist, pianist and music producer living and working in Berlin. He studies sound engineering at the HdpK school, and guitar under Johannes Feige and Prof. Robert Kessler. He learned arrangement and composition under Stefan Behrisch and Prof. Bene Apperdennier. Since 2017 he works as an independent record producer, working for german Artist’s such as Sido, Mike Singer and many more. Also he composes music for film, some of them which have been shown on international film festivals, such as the Glasgow Short Film Festival and Cine-Music Berlin.

Konstandinos Katsmakis, Francesca Pedullà & Lorenzo Gasperoni 996 797 dancecenter

Konstandinos Katsmakis, Francesca Pedullà & Lorenzo Gasperoni

03/08/2018 – 10/08/2018

Music and Performing Arts
Title of the project: “POLYRHYTMIA”
Italy – Greece

Open rehearsal after the first week of residency
An inquiry into the dialogue between music and the moving body

Ideation: Francesca Pedullà and Lorenzo Gasperoni
Choreography: Francesca Pedullà and Kostantinos Katsamakis
Music: Lorenzo Gasperoni

POLYRITMIA springs from the desire to merge the inherent wisdom of tradition and the latest studies in somatic practice, anatomy and biomechanics with traditional percussions and modern techniques of electronic music, in the belief that ancient and current performative practices can communicate with and enrich each other.
Music, auditory by nature, is heard and can exist in itself.
In concert with dancers, music becomes integrated with the visible. It can counteract internal
sensations or vibrate with them, negating or enhancing their effect. It can mirror physical movements more or less explicitly. Together, music and movement create a metamorphic language, which becomes an element in the relationship, assuming the role of third performer. The apparent tension or conflict between analogue and digital music opens prospects and horizons.

Lorenzo Gasperoni
He is graduated in 1989 in classical percussion in Conservatorio di Verona and Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan. The same year following his inclination towards being an “eternal student”, he started his trips to discover the ethnical rhythms, going several times to Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Benin, Southern India, Morocco, and to Cuba. Now Lorenzo is a well known composer and percussionist actually performing with several band such as Mamud Band, La Frontera, Artchipel Orchestra all over Europe. During his career he wrote music for important dance- theater shows. Fundamental aspect of his research is the relation with dance, to find a way to talk and play the same language of the body in movement. Lorenzo has been playing with prestigious world-renowned musician and dancer such as Lester Bowie, Fred Wesley, Brian Auger, Paco Sery, Famoudou Konate, Herns Duplan, Frey Faust, Mama Adama Camara, Francesca Pedullà
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Francesca Pedullà
Dance artist, independent researcher and curator, dance teacher . She holds a masters in History of Theatre and Performing Arts, a diploma as professor of African Dance Expression – FEIDA Bordeaux. She is certified to teach the Axis Syllabus. Since 1998 she spends several months a year living in Benin, who’s culture has been a profound influence.
As choreographer and artistic director she develops artistic works and cultural cooperation projects both in Europe and Benin (West Africa). From 2008 to 2012 she  co-curated  together with Eric Acakpo the intercultural / international project Dialogues Inévitables   Since 2011 she is the artistic director of TRACES –   produced by the Association Sonagnon and the  Axis Syllabus Research Community in collaboration with the Centre Choréographique Multicorps. Since 2014  she curates in Berlin together with Kira Kirsch, the dance festival Sensing in, in the same year she initiated together with Elisa Ricci the modular project On how we see – Questioning the curatorial gaze.
Her latest choreographies were presented at Insitute Français de Cotonou, FITHEB (Benin), Teatro della Tosse (Genova), Teatro dell’Archivolto,  Teatro Akropolis, Hangart Festival (Italy), TroisC L (Luxembourg), Centre Culturel Cité Culture (Brussels),  festival the Biennale Passage 012 Bielefeld, TFK Berlin , Haus of the Berliner Festspiele (Germany) among others.
Currently based in Berlin, she choreographs, performs and teaches throughout Europe, Israel, Brazil the USA, Canada and Benin.

Konstantinos Katsamakis
Konstantinos Katsamakis studied dance in the Professional Dance School of Thessaloniki municipality and acquired a dance teacher’s degree from the Greek Ministry of Culture.
Since 2006 he teaches contemporary dance and improvisation to adults, as well as kinesiology and choreography to actors.
In 2012 he co-created KINOYME dance studio, where he works, teaching and choreographing for kids and adults.
As a dancer, he has worked with the companies OKTANA dancetheater, xsoma, L Reducta, National Theater of Northern Greece danctheater, Persa Stamatopoulou, technientos, Silvia Katsarou, balletan, inertia dancetheater etc. Also, with the artists Lilibeth Cuenca, Christodoulos Panagiotou and Rania Mpellou in videodances and live performances. He has worked as a dancer, choreographer and movement consulter in theater productions for the National Theater of Northern Greece, experimental stage of ‘Techni’, Akropol theater and Papalangi theater company, with directors Ersi Vasilikioti, Sotiris Hatzakis, Tasos Aggelopoulos, Nikolas Raptis, Efi Gousi etc.
The past six years, he also collaborates with Gestalt psychotherapists, in psychotherapy and movement workshops.

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Evita Pitara and Cédric Gagneur

11/04/2018 – 25/04/2018

Performing Arts
Title of the Project: “116th Dream”
Greece – France-Switzerland

Artistic Residency Presentation
Evita Pitara & Cédric Gagneur (Greece – France-Switzerland)
Saturday 21st April 2018, at 20:30
Free entrance

116th Dream

“I am about t’ sketch You a picture of what goes on around here some- times. though I don’t understand too well myself what’s really happening. my poems are written in a rhythm of unpoetic distortion/ divided by pierced ears (…) with a melodic purring line of descriptive hollowness — seen at times through dark sunglasses an’ other forms of psychic explosion.”
Bob Dylan

Η πρόθεση αυτής της δημιουργίας είναι να μεταδώσει μ’ έναν χορό και μια πρωτότυπη μουσική τέσσερα κομμάτια του Bob Dylan: Motorpsycho Nightmare, Bob Dylan’s 115th dream, Subterranean Homesick Blues και Love Minus Zero/No Limit. Αυτά αποκαλύπτουν μια πληθώρα χαρακτήρων που αναμειγνύονται σε παράλογες καταστάσεις. Με μια σουρεαλιστική διάθεση, το 116ο όνειρο είναι σαν όνειρο που ψάχνει να βρει εξήγηση, μια ανοιχτή πόρτα σε πολλαπλές ερμηνείες.

Choreography: Evita Pitara & Cédric Gagneur

Evita began ballet in a very young age and after graduating from the Central School of Ballet in London, she joined the Ballet Junior de Genève for two seasons. Cédric practiced Breakdancing for a few years and then joined the Ballet Junior at the same time. After the Ballet Junior, Evita dances in Geneva for Foofwa d’Immobilité, Perrine Valli, Cie Alias and in Athens for Giorgos Panteleakis. Meanwhile, Cédric entered the Bachelor in Contemporary Dance directed by Thomas Hauert at La Manufacture in Lausanne, continued to tour with the Cie Tenseï and created his first solo Labyrinthum. Over the last three years, Evita and Cédric have danced together in several projects, notably for the Festival Antigel and the Fête de la danse in Geneva. 116th dream is their first choreographic piece.

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Ainara Lopez & Anis Ouazzani

12/02/2018 – 11/03/2018

Performing Arts
Title of the Project: “Moonwalk Project”
Spain – France

Artistic Residency Presentation
Anis Ouazzani & Ainara Lopez (Spain – France)
Saturday 10th March at 20:30
Free entrance

Moving Landscapes I
Dancing the elemental body: The body that measures the landscape, the body in intercourse with weather, the body kissing mass of peat, the body in love-death relation to the day…

The Moonwalk Lab is a itinerant dance research duo (or group) that works mainly outside the studio, in contact with nature.Through observing and meeting different landscapes and its elements, we collect images, sounds, stories and explore how to put them into motion.
The Moonwalk Lab is a work in progress project coming from the Moonwalk Experience, an itinerant dance laboratory in nature aimed at exploring the meeting between body and landscape.
Moonwalk is meant to become a danced reflection on the world and its natural, human-built, symbolic, energetic, psychological or legal borders. It is an opportunity to question, through the body, our way of perceiving, of relating to the earth, to nature, to human constructions, to the group.
During this last month we have travelled around the island of Syros diving into the local landscape, encountering people, words, sounds, stories, myths. In this occasion we have given ourselves a little challenge bringing our experiences into the studio and see what happens when we reconnect with the souvenirs of landscapes, with memory and oblivion.
We would like to share with you some of these images through a short performance and a projection on Saturday 10th, at 20.30h.

Anis Ouazzani and Ainara Lopez come from several backgrounds in dance and movement practices and are organizers of The Moonwalk Project, an itinerant dance project in nature within a moon cycle. They are currently on residency at the Akropoditi Dance Theatre.
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Eve Ganneau & Antonis Nikiforos

07/01/2018 – 22/01/2018

Performing & Audio Arts
Title of the Project: “An Imaginary Country”
France – Greece

Artistic Residency Presentation
Eve Ganneau & Antonis Nikiforos (France – Greece)
Saturday 20th January at 20:30
Free entrance
Duration: 20 min

An Imaginary Country

Maps have proven to be a versatile medium through which to express our inquisitive nature and make sense of our physical world. Whatever their purpose or subject matter, even the most rudimentary maps have an inherent beauty, an attraction in their way of ordering things. They mark the division between art and science, known and unknown, good and evil. Hoping to generate a deeply personal map, “An Imaginary Country” is an attempt to look at the metaphorical potential of cartography, allowing space for dreaming.

Eve Ganneau is a dancer, performer and choreographer from France, based in Cologne, Germany. She has been working as a professional dancer in different companies around Europe (Scottish Dance Theatre, Joan Cleville Dance, Orjan Andersson Dance, amongst other) Besides her practice as a dancer she started to develop her own works, collaborating with actors and dancers. She is undergoing a Feldenkrais education since November 2016 to become Feldenkrais practitioner.

Antonis Nikiforos is a sound artist living in Athens, Greece. He has been working for over 10 years between music festivals (Release Athens Festival, Rock Wave Festival, Sync Festival amongst others) and theatre productions (Amorphy, Meeting The Odyssey, amongst others) He is working in close collaboration with artists from different fields.

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