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Educational lectures on dance

Athens Festival expands its activities and organizes educational lectures, aimed at students of professional dance schools, with the intention of informing them about the dance artists and performances to be presented at Athens Festival 2018.

Is it possible to have a choreography without using muscle energy?

What is the relationship between a border surveillance system and dance/choreography?

Taking off from the questions addressed in this year’s dance performances, these lectures will tackle contemporary concerns regarding dance practices.
The meetings will be held on 27 April & 4 May 2018, with the participation of over 200 students, most of them from professional dance schools based in Athens.
The meetings will be held at Alba Graduate Business School, The American College of Greece (Xenias 6).

Courtesy of Pierce, Deree, Alba / The American College of Greece.

Presentation: Dr. Steriani Tsintziloni (Co-curator for Dance, Athens & Epidaurus Festival), Dr. Betina Panagiotara (Dance researcher).

In collaboration with professional dance schools: National School of Dance, Greek National Opera Dance School, Niki Kontaxaki – Nikoletta Bakali Professional Dance School, Horohronos Professional Dance School, Anna Petrova – Maro Marmarinou Prtofessional Dance School, Rallou Manou Professional Dance School, Morianova – Trasta Professional Dance School, Aktina Professional Dance School.





“From the dramatic to the architectural space based on set design

Set design workshop, as part of the retrospective-installation
Rooms of Memory. Wandering in Loula Anagnostaki's World

20-21-22 April 2018

Exhibiting mostly unpublished and never-before-displayed footage, following an original archival research, this retrospective will present the life and work of the major Greek dramatist, anatomizing her career in post-WWII Greek theatre, starting in 1965 when Anagnostaki made her debut at the Greek Art Theatre to our times.

How is it possible to transform an exhibition about a playwright into an experiential event?

How is it possible to circumvent the merely expository description of a life’s work in order to be able to recreate the mechanisms of artistic creations? Free associations, references, correlations inspired by Anagnostaki’s plays will be utilized as the material of a new super-dramaturgy, one that is subjective and potentially infinitely in-progress.

The 3-day scenography workshop will emphasize this investigatory, ‘open’ and interactive qualities by wedding the artistic and educational aspects of this project.

The workshop is realized with the participation of 60 students from the Department of Interior Architecture of the Technological Educational Institute of Athens and the School of Architecture of the Technical University of Crete.

Goal and description

This workshop aims to explore the notion of space as an active field, with narrativity, mutability and movement as prerequisites for imparting the intensity and vivacity of artistic creation.

The most interesting works of the students (models, designs, videos, photos) to emerge out of this workshop will be exhibited as part of the scheduled exhibition.



Loukia Martha, Chara Agaliotou, Giannis Sgouras, architects (University of Western Attica)

Alexandros Vazakas, professor of architecture (School of Architecture, Technical University of Crete)

Dramaturgical team

Dimitra Kondylaki, co-curator of Athens Festival, curator of the retrospective

Grigoris Ioannidis, associate professor, Department of Theatre, University of Athens

Manos Karatzogiannis, actor-director


The workshop will consist of four sections:

A. Dramaturgical analysis- Introduction to Loula Anagnostaki’s theatre

Dimitra Kondylaki - Grigoris Ioannidis - Manos Karatzogiannis

B.  Set design

Creating architectural prototypes in 1/25 scale, drafts, sketches, collages, designs.

C.  Video recording

Capturing the entire workshop in photos and videos.

D.  Visual video

Loula Anagnostaki’s life and work will result in the creation of a work of visual art, bringing the participants in contact with constantly evolving audiovisual techniques.

Three student groups will be subdivided in working groups, each one tackling one of the above areas (scenography/video recording/visual video). The workshop’s end result will emerge out of a process of space design and video through the coexistence of 2D and 3D space.

Athens Festival, Peiraios 260, Hall A

20-21-22 April 2018

How long:
3 days, 8 hours/day


Athens & Epidaurus Festival - Department of Interior Architecture of the Technological Educational Institute of Athens - School of Architecture of the Technical University of Crete


Last year's parallel educational events can be found here