LECTURE: body/word – Christos Polymenakos
body/word – Performance Writing: creation, research, education, by, with, for the community? A discussion.
In this lecture-discussion, examples of applications of Christos Polymenakos’ body/word method in creation, research and education from 2010 until today are shared and an investigation of its utilization by, with, for different communities takes place.
body/word springs from Performance Writing as practiced in Dartington College of Arts, an academic institution known for its pioneering approach on artistic education in constant dialogue with other social, scientific and artistic fields.
Tools and principles of the method have been employed in creative, research and educational projects in Greece, the United Kingdom, Cyprus, Slovenia, Finland and online, for ages 11-88. These projects we realized by state and private institutions, universities and workshops, scientific conferences and publications, 1-1 collaborations, informal and ephemeral communities.
More information on the method, past, current and future applications available at: www.christospolymenakos.com
The lecture event welcomes all interested and also operates as an introduction to the weekend masterclass.
Free admission (booking only)
Akropoditi Dance and Performing Arts Centre
(at the backyard of the building)
Duration: 2 hours including discussion with the audience (195 words)
Christos Polymenakos is a creator, performer, researcher and educator, creator of the body/word – Performance Writing method. He is a Diomedes Photiades Upper Drama School graduate and holds and MA in Performance Writing (Merit) from University College Falmouth Incorporating Dartington College of Arts, where he studied with a scholarship from the Hellenic Centre for Theatre and Dance.
Christos develops and applies the body/word method in the field of Performance Writing as practiced in Dartington College of Arts, since 2010, in creation and dramaturgy, in teaching dramaturgy, improvisation, acting, critical analysis and feedback for professionals, amateurs and students. His creative, research and educational work has been hosted by state and private artistic and educational institutions and festivals in Greece, abroad and online. He was the chief dance editor of highlights, arts and culture magazine, and a member of the State Committee for Dance Subsidies of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. Christos has collaborated as a dramaturg in dance performances and films and as an actor and performer in dance theatre, contact improvisation performances, experimental, children’s and teenager’s theatre performances in Greece and abroad. His articles, essays and interviews have been published in journals, arts magazines, newspapers and catalogues and online media in Greece, France, Portugal, Germany, Cyprus, the UK and online.