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“CUMPLICIDADES” International Festival of Contemporary Dance and Performance, Lisbon, PT.

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Very happy of being one of the choreographers and performers selected for the International Project “Territories of the Bodies”, commissioned by, and presented at, “CUMPLICIDADES” International Festival of Contemporary Dance and Performance, in Lisbon, Portugal. From March 10th to March 16th 2018.

The International Project is based on the idea of generating a greater dialogue between artists of the Mediterranean area, and creating a space where they can confront their individual aesthetics and universes, giving rise to a collaborative process between artists who meet for the first time. The 5 selected artists have created together, during a month of residency with AADK, in Blanca, Spain, a piece of 7 variations presented in 7 different locations during Cumplicidades Festival 2018.

 

 

“URBAN EMPTINESS” Festival – Nicosia, CY

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I’ll be performing “You Are My Skin, Nicosia”, a site-specific outdoor performance, at Dance House, as part of “Urban Emptiness” Festival of Nicosia, Cyprus. From Dec 1st to Dec 8th 2017.

Urban Emptiness Nicosia is an artistic laboratory over 10 days in the city fabric of Nicosia, with artists from the US, Puerto Rico, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, UK, Holland, Catalonia/Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Greece and Cyprus.

The Festival, happening between 1-10 December 2017, explores the interconnection among walking and new media in digital and physical spaces.

The aim of the project is to generate collective experiences and documentation of the diverse processes within the urban landscapes contributing to the dialogues and practices of the Urban Emptiness Network, investigating silence and emptiness in contemporary cities, through parallel and simultaneous actions in New York, Brussels, Athens and in Edinburgh.

Collaborative creation and decision-making, open dialogues of the experiences, and documentation of the process are crucial for it prompts critical thinking about aesthetic experiences in relation to our everyday life.

By generating transversal dialogical encounters with participants we root the aesthetic practice on relationships-relations; among each other and with the space we transit and inhabit as an ever changing dynamic.

Focusing on emptiness-silences-sounds-spaces-movements, this Festival consists of artistic practice and research based outcomes relating to an interdisciplinary approach to the relationships between body and movements, sounds and silences, digital and physical spaces.

Special attention will be placed on the exploration of the city of Nicosia which draws our attention to people’s everyday actions and negotiations of city spaces revealing the potentiality of space with walking explorations and performances.

Outcomes for the audio-visual part of the project are an exhibition of video, digital mapping and walking related indoor installations, documented walks through Nicosia, simultaneously happening in other cities, together with workshops, presentations of work in progress by art students of New York, Brussels and Athens and a round table.

Urban Emptiness Nicosia organizers are the Urban Emptiness Network, CSCA Lab at the European University of Cyprus and Dance Gate Lefkosia.
Curators: Geert Vermeire and Sophia Hadjipapa-Gee in collaboration with Arianna Economou.

“POP MOVES: Celebrating the Popular, Practicing the Urban” International Conference – London, UK.

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I’ll be a speaker at the International Conference: “Pop Moves: Celebrating the Popular, Practicing the Urban”, organised by University of East London, Stratford Square Campus, Sat Nov 18th 2017, from 9:45 am to 6:30 pm.

As part of their ten-year anniversary celebrations, The PoP [Performances of the Popular] Moves committee, in partnership with the CPAD research group at the University of East London, invites you to celebrate our annual conference. The conference engages with intersections between popular practices and the Urban: the city as a space where culture is created, represented and disputed.

Questions considered include:

What are the risks and opportunities that Urban environments provide for the emergence, spread and survival of popular practices?
How do notions of hybridity and cultural exchange operate between the Urban and the popular?
How does cultural memory intersect with popular practice in city environments?
What are the representations of city and bodies on screen?

“ART & SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT” International Conference – Vilnius, LT.

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I will be one of the keynote speakers for “Art and Social Engagement: Challenges and Opportunities” International Conference, Oct 26th and 27th 2017, at  Vilnius City Hall, Vilnius, Lithuania.

The conference  will bring together researchers, academics, artists, social workers and policymakers to discuss on the role of art in the way of social change. It aims to encourage debate around various forms and methods of applied art in the context of contemporary social, political, environmental, technological and
economic challenges. The conference will focus on the aesthetics, politics and history of applied art
with a particular focus on performing arts, existing and future potential role of socially engaged art practices.

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“ENGAGE”: Public School for Social Engagement in Artistic Research – Milan, IT.

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I am one of the selected artists for “ENGAGE”: Artistic and Social Research Residency, curated by Viafarini DOCVA Foundation, in collaboration with the Municipality of Milan, at Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italy, from Oct 11th to Oct 20th 2017.

ENGAGE is a training and research program, curated by Viafarini in collaboration with Sunugal, addressed to Italian and international artists, inviting them to spend a period of one week residency / workshop in Milan between 11 – 20 October 2017, in dialog with local social and creative mediators, aiming at researching and experimenting innovative ways of interaction between art practices and social sphere. The Public School will gather in Milan 20 artists whose practice implies interaction with local communities; research on contemporary collective imaginaries; analysis of the implications of great changes under way from an artistic as well as social, political and anthropological point of view. The selection took into account the ability of the artists to foster, through their practices, communication between diverse fields of knowledge: from science to religion, from economy to politics, so as to overstep the self-reference of art-based discourse, aiming towards the creation of alternative models of public action. During the School we will collectively discuss in depth strategies capable of making visible and intervening in issue linked to transcultural dialogue and social and urban exclusion and vulnerability such as: gender oppression; racism and xenophobia; discrimination and oppression based on religious belonging.

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“PPSA”: Performance Philosophy School of Athens, 2nd International Symposium – Athens, GR.

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Happy to being part of the 2nd International Symposium of Performance Philosophy, Sept 23rd and 24th 2017, at EMST – National museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece. I’ll be presenting my latest research project and leading a public workshop on “The Poetics of Embodiment”.

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“USTRUCTURE”: Collective Exhibition – Gjilan, Kosovo.

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I’ll be part of “USTRUCTURE” : Contemporary Art Exhibition, supported by the National Ministry of Culture, and taking place at the Theater of the City, from 24th to 28th June 2017, in Gjilan, Kosovo.

Theme for this initiative is Inclusiveness. The letter “U” in ‘’Ustructure’’ stands for “YOU”, which addresses the artist, the structure of his/her artwork, and the structure of his/her personality. The selected artworks will be arranged within the exhibiting space of the theater, which precisely takes the architectural shape of the letter ‘’U’’.