Konstantinos Ntellas was born in Piraeus in 1976. He attended classes at Tota Sakellariou’s “Mavri Sfaira” (“Black Sphere”) theatrical workshop and studied at the Higher Ecclesiastical School of Athens and the Iasmos - V. Diamantopoulos Higher Drama School. He has studied piano, oud, traditional singing, traditional percussion, and Byzantine music. He directed Electra, the Last Blood (Athens Festival 2015), The Greek Vampire (Benaki Museum, Piraeus Municipal Theatre), I Have a Dream (Ianos), The Fallen Dervish (Vryssaki Living Space of Art and Action), Blood Wedding (Rages Arts Space), and Crime in Nijar (Paramythias Theatre). He has also worked as an actor with director Yannis Kalavrianos in the production of Sons and Daughters (Athens Festival, Bios). A teacher of traditional dances since 1998, he is a member of the Athens’ Lyceum Club of Greek Women dance group and has participated in performances at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and abroad (Paris, Cairo, Beijing, Shanghai, and Morocco).
Workshop: “The Circle and the Point”
The power of the spiral, the meaning of the circle, and the significance of its centre. When are we in orbit? When are we at the centre? Can a circle exist without a centre? What about the opposite? Who defines what and in relation to whom?
Could there be a Hero without a Chorus? Would a Chorus have any meaning without a Hero? What is the relationship between traditional dances and the codes that forge a group of people into a community?
From Van Gogh’s spiral motif in the painting The Starry Night to the Tsakonikos dance of the Peloponnese, this workshop will explore, among other things, the creation of an invisible and unwritten code of understanding, the connection between percussionists and dancers, common dance moves and steps based on age-old dance motifs, and the use of traditional group singing as a means of approaching the magical shape of the circle and enhancing the concept of community.