PARTICIPANT BIOS 2017

PARTICIPANT BIOS 2017

GUEST OF HONOUR – KATALIN LADIK (HUNGARY) – YOKO ONO PRIZE 2016

Katalin Ladik is a Hungarian poet, performance artist, and actress. Born in 1942 in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, she lives and works in Budapest, Hungary and the island Hvar, Croatia. She explores language through visual and vocal expressions, as well as movement and gestures. Her work also includes collage, photography, records, performances, mail-art and happenings in both urban and natural environments. She has published numerous volumes of poetry. Growing up in a multiethnic, multilingual and multicultural environment, her creative imagination in literature (poetry and fiction writing), in fine arts (visual works, visual scores), in sound poetry, in radio plays and in performances has been fueled by multiethnic landscape of his home town. Inspired by multi-faceted folk traditions and neo-avant-garde practices, both local and international, Ladik combined them in different ways of expression through visuals, movement, sound and writing. She often explored the subject of being both a woman and an artist in radical, challenging and provocative ways. In 2016, she received the prestigious YOKO ONO PRIZE.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katalin_Ladik)

TOMOMI ADACHI (JAPAN)

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Tomomi Adachi is a sound poet, performer/composer, instrument builder and visual artist. Known for his versatile style, he has performed his own voice and electronics pieces, sound poetry, improvised music and contemporary music, also presented site-specific compositions, compositions for classical ensembles, choir pieces for untrained musicians in all over the world including Tate Modern, Maerzmusik, Centre Pompidou, Poesiefestival Berlin and Louisiana Literature. He has been working with a wide range of materials; self-made physical interfaces and instruments, brainwave, artificial satellite, twitter texts, 3D printer and even paranormal phenomenas. As the only Japanese performer of sound poetry, he performed Kurt Schwitters’ «Ursonate» as a Japan premiere in 1996. CDs include the solo album from Tzadik, Omegapoint and naya records. He was a guest of the Artists-in-Berlin Program of the DAAD for 2012.
http://www.adachitomomi.com

PAMBOS VOSKARIDES (CYPRUS)

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In 2014, I decided to confront my introversion and interrupt a 62 years period of speechlessness. Whether that was a good idea, it remains to be seen.
So I joinED an extensive story-telling workshop. The teacher, however, crashed my dreams. He spoke of tricks, for which I was not good enough.
Then he brought in a British-Cypriot lady teacher, who told me that if I cannot mimic the cow and mumble maaa and mouou and such noises
my words will never meet your ears. Through persistence, however, and a thousand miseries I finally managed to graduate and become a story teller. Amid the storm of financial crisis, The country covered with clouds of poverty,
and greedy bankers devouring people’s property, your humble, naive servant turned to poetry, and here I stand in front of you as a bonsai lyricist.

JESSΥ JAMES LAFLEUR (GERMANY) – TYCHONAS MICHAELIDES (CYPRUS)

Jessy James LaFleur, a nomad with conviction, a Spoken Word artist and rapper who’s taken a million and one paths around the world over the last 14 years.
Aachen born, Belgium raised, she has brought her music and poetry to more than 15 countries in 3 different languages (German, French, and English) on the stage.
Dubbing herself a ‘Street Poet’, she travels with ‘Viktor’ – her suitcase – from one city to another spreading the spoken word. She’s connected to a vibrant network of Spoken Word and Hip Hop collectives located in Liege/Charleroi (Belgium), Warsaw (Polad), Estonia, Austria, and Paris, all who believe in changing the world through the power of spoken word. To Jessy James LaFleur, the Spoken Word and Hip Hop culture is an engagement meant to empower people through music and literature. She will explore this concept further with her upcoming book projects. Her home base is Berlin, where she is a founder and organiser of the biggest Poetry Tour in Berlin called the ‘Kiezpoeten Subkul Tour’ which includes 3 of her 7 poetry slams in Germany.
With these slams, she also hosts poetry workshops and Spoken Word events in German prisons, schools, and youth centers around the world.
She is Co-organizer of the Berlin / Brandenburg Championship in Poetry Slam and the Lower Saxony / Bremen U20s Poetry Slam Championship in Poetry Slam, wich will take place in Celle in 2017. Jessy James LaFleur is also the Founder of the project ‘Prison Slam’, which establishes Poetry Slam workshops and Spoken Word events in German high security prisons where she teaches creative writing.

Tychonas Michaelides is a post-doctoral researcher at Southampton Solent University. He received his Ph.D degree in music technology from Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University and holds a Master’s degree in Digital Arts in Performance. His research interests focus on human computer interaction, gesture interaction, interactive systems, sensor technologies, electronic music performance and new media compositions. In particular, his research examines how vibrotactile and haptic feedback experience can advance interactive systems as well as how it can be used as communication tools in the arts and real world applications. As an electronic music performer, Tychonas has performed his music around Europe and worked with several composers and ensembles including Hilda Paredes (Mexico/UK), Yuval Avital (Italy), Grup Instrumental de Valencia (Spain), Court-Circuit (France), Meitar Ensemble (Israel). Recently he developed VARM (Vibrotactile Armband) to examines how non-verbal interaction can be achieved through vibrotactile feedback between two performers. More at http://www.tychonas.com

ANTONIS GEORGIOU & ELENA AGATHOCLEOUS (CYPRUS)

Antonis Georgiou was born in Limassol, Cyprus, in 1969. He studied law in Moscow and works as a lawyer. He is a member of the editing committee of the literary magazine Anef. He was also in the editing team of the Theatre Diaries, a series of publications that illustrate the history of theatre in Cyprus. He has MA in theatrical studies from Open University of Cyprus. In 2006, he published a book of poetry, Πανσέληνος παρά μία (Full Moon Minus One), and a book of short stories, Γλυκιά bloody life (Sweet Bloody Life), which was awarded the Cyprus State Prize for Short Stories. Ιn 2014 he published a book Eνα αλπούμ ιστορίες (Αn Album of Stories), which was awarded the Cyprus State Prize for Novel and with the 2016 European Union Prize for Literature. He has also contributed to several short story collections. Georgiou also writes plays, some of which have been performed by different theatre groups in Cyprus. His play My Beloved Washing Machine won the Theatre Prize of the Cyprus Theatre Organization and was included in its repertory. Antonis Georgiou is also the writer of the plays The Disease, 2009; Our Garden, 2011; La Belote, 2014; and I Was Lysistrata, 2016, which all are presented on stage. His book An Album of Stories, is being adapted and presented on stage in 2016.

Elena Agathokleous: Performer, culture operator, theater encounter, co-founder and co-director of the Center of Performing Arts MITOS. Coordinates the residency programme theYard.Residency, the festivals, the European projects and the theatrical productions of the Center. As a dramaturge and director explores poetic texts in a new context. As theatre encounter works in lipasma programme and collaborates with public schools in priority zones.

ELENA TOUMAZI REMBELINA presented by ALEXANDRA PAMBOUKA (CYPRUS)

Η Έλενα Τουμαζή – Ρεμπελίνα γεννήθηκε στη Λευκωσία αλλά έζησε και μεγάλωσε στην πόλη της Αμμοχώστου. Σπούδασε στη Γενεύη ψυχολογία του παιδιού και του εφήβου. Επιστρέφοντας στην Κύπρο προσλήφθηκε ως παραγωγός προγραμμάτων στο Ραδιόφωνο της Κύπρου. Αργότερα, παρακολούθησε σεμινάρια γραφής στο Παρίσι, στο Πανεπιστήμιο της Βενσέν. Από τα μέσα της δεκαετίας του 80, ζει και γράφει –κυρίως ποίηση- στη Λεμεσό. Το 2011 βραβεύθηκε με κρατικό βραβείο για την ποιητική της συλλογή «Έρχου». Χαρακτηριστικό των βιβλίων της, η συνοδεία των κειμένων με δικά της σχέδια. Εργογραφία : Ο μικρός τυφλοπόντικας και ο ήλιος, 1972, Αμμόχωστος / Λειτουργία του νεκρού παρόντος, Ιούνιος 1974, Λευκωσία / Τα σώματα της Χρυσόθεμης μετά τον δημόσιο αποκεφαλισμό της στα τέλη του 20 ου αιώνα μ.Χ, 1977, Λευκωσία / Παραλλαγές για τη γη, εκδοτική των γυναικών, 1981, Αθηνα / Ανάσες αληθινού ονόματος- σύνθεση, με στίχους αγαπημένων ποιητών και αποσπάσματα παραμυθιών, εκδόσεις Αφή, 2008, Λεμεσός / Έρχου, εκδόσεις Αφή, 2011, Λεμεσός / Marginalia, από κοινού με τη Μόνα Σαββίδου Θεοδούλου, εκδόσεις Αφή, 2015, Λεμεσός.

Alexandra Pambouka was born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1993. She graduated from the Fine Art School of Florina in Greece in 2016. She has participated in several group exhibitions, projects and workshops. She has been an apprentice in basketmaking in the UK for six months. She is currently discovering the field of basketweaving in Cyprus. She aims to create contemporary artworks using traditional craft methods, inspired by nature.

XENIA PAPADOPOULOU (GREECE)

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Xenia Papadopoulou was born in Drama, Greece. She has studied conservation of works of art and art history and she currently works as a conservator. She is also a writer. In 2015, her first poetry book was published by the name ‘’The pheasant’s call’’.

OGUTU MURAYA (KENYA) – ELEANA ALEXANDROU (CYPRUS), in cooperation with EVA KORAE

Ogutu Muraya is a writer and theatre-maker whose work is deeply embedded in the practice of storytelling. He engages the sociopolitical with the belief that art is an important catalyst for advocacy, for questioning our certainties, and for preserving stories often ‘miss-told’ or suppressed in the mainstream. Ogutu studied International Relations at USIU-Africa and recently graduated with a Master in Arts at Amsterdam School of the Arts – Das Theatre. He has been published in the Kwani? Journal & Chimurenga Chronic. His performative works & storytelling have featured in several theatres and festivals including- La Mama (NYC), The Hay Festival (Wales), HIFA (Harare), NuVo Arts Festival (Kampala), Spoken Wor:l:ds (Berlin), Globe to Globe Festival (London), Ranga Shankara (Bangalore), Afrovibes Festival (Amsterdam), Spielart Festival (Munich) & within East Africa. He is a recipient of The Eric Brassem Exchange Certificat.

Eleana Alexandrou obtained the DasArts Master of Theatre from the Amsterdam School of Arts in 2016. In 2009 she completed her BA in Dance and Choreography at Bath Spa University, UK. She has been working as a performer since 2004 and making her own work since 2011. She presented work at the Open House Festival of Dance House Lemesos, the Athens Festival, the Come Together Festival of Amsterdam and the B.Motion of Operaestate in Italy. A close collaborator of the Center of Performing Arts MITOS, Dance House Lemesos and .pelma.lia haraki. With Arianna Marcoulides and Eva Korae she founded bytheway productions, a dance, theatre and applied arts company. Since January 2017, she is the president of the organisation Cyprus New Movement of Dance Companies, Dancers and Choreographers.

EVA KORAE (CYPRUS)

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Eva Korae studied Furniture Restoration and Craftsmanship (BA Hons – UK) and holds an MA in Furniture Design and Technology (MA – UK). She designs, makes and exhibits her own contemporary furniture/ three-dimensional designs in Cyprus and Europe with an emphasis on sustainability and upcycling. She has been teaching in Tertiary Education since 2003 and presently works as Special Training Staff at Cyprus University of Technology.
She has been collaborating in the field of contemporary art, dance and theatre as a visual artist since 2005 and has travelled to international festivals with several works.
In June she graduated from the Fab Academy (2016) Amsterdam where she specialized in contemporary fabrication techniques.

ANNALISA MARI PEGRUM (SPAIN)

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Born in Spain, Annalisa is a multilingual poet and spoken word artist. She won the 2010. Mallorcan Poetry Slam Competition and came third in the 2011 Spanish Poetry Slam Championship. She cofounded Poetry Slam Mallorca in 2010- and it has been pumping ever since! From 2012 to 2015 she presided the Spanish Association of Poetry Slam, which strives to broaden and strengthen poetry slam and the slammer community in Spain. She has organized successful festivals in Mallorca, in Reims and in Nice, where she now lives. She has spent the last couple of years conceiving and working on all sorts of poetry events, festivals and workshops. She has hosted poetry slam workshops in Barcelona, Mallorca, India and France and read her poetry in places such as Indonesia, Australia, Portugal and Belgium. She now hosts and coorganizes Poetry Slam Nice, and organizes workshops regularly for children, teenagers, and adults who are still children in their hearts. She translated Dorothea Lasky for New Wave Vomit (El Gaviero Ediciones, 2012) and she has been published in several webs, zines and magazines. She selected and translated Beat Attitude (Bartleby Editores, 2015),the first poetry anthology written exclusively by the female poets of the beat generation.

SAIBAN (FRANCE)

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A big poetry slam activist, Saiban is to be found at the very origins of the poetry slam scenes in Reims, as well as in the European Poetry Slam Festival “Reims Slam d’Europe” and Slam Tribu Collective. His principles include choosing words wisely as well as using a powerful and direct style of writing. He somehow always manages to put the listener out of breath. Inspiration, exhalation, silences and everything left unsaid leave place in his texts for the language of the heart. His inner colours turn into a “blue weapon” as well as what is both an engaged and an engaging form of poetry. Saiban manages to surpise the audience with lexical fights which will leave no one indifferent. Some of his references are: French Poetry Slam Championhip Finalist 2013, Runner-Up in the International Poetry Slam Madrid 2013, Poetry Slam Mallorca 2013, Runner-Up in the Slam-So What 2012 Paris en toutes lettres (June 2009), creation by Arte TV Channel, Solidays Festival 2009, Reims Scènes d’Europe, Paris Pompidou, Frac Champagne Ardenne, Reims Musée des Beaux Arts, Artothèque de Sciences-Po, Chinese Alliances Françaises, Budapest Institut Français, French Embassy in Armenia, United Arab Emirates Institut Français.

BRICE VERDURE (FRANCE)

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Brice Verdure, first and foremost, is a guitar player. He also plays in several bands, ranging from Celtic music to the African-groove and spoken word. Brice discovered the Poetry Slam movement in 2010 thanks to the Reims Slam d’Europe Festival. In 2011 he joined the Slam Tribu Collective, and began taking part in the slam scene as well conducting poetry workshops. In 2012 he participated in the National French Grand Slam. Brice’s performances are influenced by various musical styles, such as Jazz, Blues, the Beat Generation, as well as other poets, eg. John Keats.

MARIOS HATZIPROKOPIOU (GREECE)

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Μarios Chatziprokopiou works between poetry, performance, and ethnography. He studied History and Theatre in Thessaloniki and Visual Arts in Paris. He pursued postgraduate studies in the Anthropology of Performance (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales de Paris), and completed his PhD in Performance Studies (Aberystwyth University, U.K.). He collaborates as a dramaturgy with the theatre group Geopoetics (Athens and Epidaurus Festival, Dimitria Festival e.t.c.). His live performances explore the interrelations between poetry, voice, and performance, and they have been presented in international festivals and conferences (Onassis Foundation Library, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens Biennale, Dimitria Festival, Oxford University, Birkbeck University of London etc.) His poems have been published in several literary reviews and collective volumes, and they have been translated into English and French. He translates from Portuguese the works of Clarice Lispector. His first book of poetry entitled Topic Tropics will be published in 2018 by Antipodes.

CHRISTOS KRASIDES (CYPRUS)

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Ο Χρίστος Κρασίδης γεννήθηκε στην Κύπρο. Σπούδασε στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο, την Ελλάδα και την Κύπρο και κατέχει BSc with honours in Music Technology και MA in Music Business Management. Έχει πραγματοποιήσει περισσότερες από 150 παρουσιάσεις μπροστά σε κοινό, έχει συμμετάσχει σε πολλές συναυλίες, παραστάσεις και φεστιβάλ μουσικής στην Κύπρο, την Ελλάδα και στην Ευρώπη, ενώ διδάσκει από το 2005. Υπήρξε ο κεντρικός παρουσιαστής των προϊόντων Apple Mac OS X Leopard, Apple Logic Studio και Apple Final Cut Studio (2007) σε Ελλάδα και Κύπρο, για την εταιρεία Apple VAD Ελλάδας και Κύπρου. Σε συνεργασία του με το Υπουργείο Παιδείας και Πολιτισμού της Κύπρου (2011-2012) έχει διδάξει σε περισσότερες από 60 τάξεις μαθητών ηλικίας 12-18. Έχει ήδη κυκλοφορήσει μουσική του και έχει παρουσιάσει πολλά δικά του έργα Μουσικού Θεάτρου σε παραστάσεις και φεστιβάλ στην Κύπρο. Διδάσκει Μουσική Βιομηχανία στο Cyprus College από 2014, Μουσική και Θέατρο στους φοιτητικούς ομίλους του Πανεπιστήμιου Λευκωσίας από το 2013 και διάφορα καλλιτεχνικά αντικείμενα στο Veramand Academy από το 2012. Το 2016 παρουσίασε για πρώτη φορά την μέθοδο 3D•Speech® στην Αθήνα και στην Κύπρο, ενώ συνδυάζει τη μέθοδο με τη δημιουργική γραφή, μέσα από το εκπαιδευτικό πρόγραμμα Alternative Writing του Veramand Academy.

MICHALIS PAPADOPOULOS (CYPRUS)

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Ο Μιχάλης Παπαδόπουλος γεννήθηκε στη Λευκωσία. Σπούδασε φιλοσοφία στο Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης. Έχει εκδώσει τις ποιητικές συλλογές «Αμμόλιθος» (1997), «Εντός Συνόρων» (2000) και «Έλικας φανταστικού ελικοπτέρου» (εκδ. Φαρφουλάς, 2010). Για τη δεύτερη συλλογή τιμήθηκε με το Κρατικό Βραβείο Ποίησης της Κύπρου. Ποιήματά του έχουν εκδοθεί σε κυπριακά, ελληνικά και ξένα περιοδικά, ενώ έχουν επίσης μεταφραστεί σε διάφορες γλώσσες. Εργάζεται ως συντάκτης και δηµοσιογράφος στον κυπριακό γραπτό και ηλεκτρονικό Τύπο.

LOIZOS OLYMPIOS (CYPRUS)

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Loizos Olympios lives and works in Limassol, Cyprus. He has a BA Honours in Fine Art/Art Practice and the Community, from Middlesex University and an MA in Fine Art: Drawing, from Wimbledon College Of Art (UAL), UK.

His current practice combines photography, cutting as drawing, collage and artists’ publications.

He has participated in group shows in Cyprus (Ethnological Museum, Lefkosia), London (Tenderpixel Gallery, The Nunnery Gallery), New York (Bronx Art Space), Dusseldorf (Art Space Dusseldorf )and more recently at the MCA 2017 zine fair under the “umbrella” of Terra Firma magazine in Sydney, Australia. He has had his work featured in publications like Ellipsis Journal (UK), Politis Newspaper (CY) and OWK zine (CY), the current issue of which he has edited. In addition he has co-curated “Re-Possessed: Possession in contemporary cinema” with Dr. Markos Hadjioannou, for Cyprus Film Days in 2011.

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Yannis Stiggas was born in Athens in 1977. He studied medicine.

He has published five poetry collections :

The vagrancy of blood, 2004, Gavriilidis ed.,

Vision will start again, 2006, Kedros ed.,

An even wound, 2009, Kedros ed,

The road to the newspaper kiosk, 2012, Mikri Arktos ed.

I saw Rubik’s cube eaten up, 2014 Mikri Arktos ed.

 

His poems appear in poetry magazines, have been included in anthologies and have been translated in german, french, swedish, spanish, english, catalan, serbian and bulgarian.

His first book The vagrancy of blood has been published in french under the title «Vagabondages du sang» by Les Vanneaux editions in 2012.

Also, a collection of his poems has been published in german under the title «Zehn Gedichte» by hochroth verlag editions in 2010.

 

He has participated in many international festivals :

Athens Biennial 2007,

Athens Biennial 2009,

Thessaloniki Biennial 2009,

Berlin Poesie festival 2010,

Voix de la Mediterrane festival, France 2011,

3rd international meeting of ancient drama 2011,Greece

Berlin Poesie festival 2012

Poetry and crisis, Cyprus 2013,

Dimitria festival, Thessaloniki 2015,

La busqueda del sur, Barcelona 2015

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Patricia Kolaiti was born in Athens and grew up in the island of Aegina. Her first poetry book ‘Celesteia’ (Nefeli Publishings, 2007) was nominated for the 2008 Diavazo First Book Award. Her books ‘The Lithopedion’ and ‘The Return’ are currently expected by Nefeli Publishings and FRMK. Her poems have been translated in English, Italian, Boulgarian and Dutch and appear in various literary journals, anthologies and online literary platforms. Patricia’s work systematically explores the interaction between the corporeal origin/ materiality of the voice and bodily action as kinetic form, attempting experimental presentations of her poems as performances, interactive readings and somatic events. She is also an emerging philosopher of literature and art. Her first theoretical book ‘The Limits of Expression; Language, Literature, Mind’ is under consideration by a leading UK publisher. 

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VASSILIS AMANATIDIS (GREECE) / WORKSHOP «WRITING-TOUCH: THE BODY OF A TEXT» / SARDAM SOLO PERFORMANCE

Vassilis Amanatidis is a poet, writer, translator, performer. Born in 1970. Grew up in Thessaloniki. He has published seven books of poetry (more recently: μ_otherpoem: mono-logue, 2014) and two collections of short stories (Don’t Eat Me, 2005 and Charybdis’s Dog, 2008). He also performs his texts to an audience. He has been translating poetry and prose for the last ten years (e.e. cummings, Witold Gombrowicz, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Anne Carson and others). His essays and poetry reviews have been published in newspapers, literary reviews and websites. He has also curated exhibitions. Since 2006 he is on the editorial board of “Entefktirio” and has collaborated with “Greek Poetry Now” (www.greekpoetrynow.com) and “frmk” magazine. His work has been translated in thirteen languages and has been included in magazines and collections in Greece and elsewhere.

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Kinga Toth: visual and sound poet, performer, philologist and teacher, cultural manager, activist. Sher writes and performs in Hungarian-German-English languages. Books: Village 0-24 (Eng, Melting books, 2016), All machine (Hu, Ger, Magvető-Solitude 2014), ZSÚR (Hu, PRAE 2013)

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Laura Wihlborg is a poet, radio producer, sound artist and spoken word artist from Sweden. She won the Swedish national poetry slam championship in 2008 and has since then performed at several international poetry events, festival and venues such as Poetry Parnassus in London, Harvard Univerity and Poetry Africa in Durban, South Africa. In 2009 Laura won the Slam!Revue poetry competition at the International Litterature Festival in Berlin. Laura lives in Stockholm were she produces, writes and directs documentaries and radio drama for the national public radio. She is also part of a performance group, creating digital sound art in public spaces and night clubs in Stockholm.

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SERGIO GARAU (ITALY) / WORKSHOP «POETRY SLAM!» (with the participation of the contrabassist IRENEAOS KOULLOURAS)

Sergio Garau (Sardinia, 1982) since 2001 has been taking part in poetry slams, poetry and videopoetry festivals in Europe and America. He’s been writing and performing the collective play IO game over (2010), along with musicians, videoartists and software developers. Since 2007 he’s been leading writing and performance workshops in Italy and abroad. He’s been recently working for the LIPS (Italian Poetry Slam League), for Poetry Slam Sardegna and for the literary review Atti Impuri (www.attimpuri.it). He’s been published in the internet, DVDs, albums, anthologies, reviews but mostly live. Won his first international poetry slam in 2004, his best one in Madrid 2014, the first Italian Slam Team Championship in 2002 and the first Italian Videopoetry Festival in 2005, both in Rome. 3rd at the european slam cup in 2015, last at the first slam world cup in Paris 2007. He’s part of the sparajurij writers’ collective.

Ireneaos Koullouras was born in Limassol in 1965. From 1975 to 1991, he worked as a bassist in Cyprus, England and Germany. Ιn 1994, he moved to USA to enroll at the Berkley College of Music where he obtained a BA in Professional Music. He, concurrently, studied with Ron Carter, Charlie Banacos and Ed Barker, performed with well-known musicians such as Ofer Ganor, Amos Hoffman, Avishy Cohen, Christos Rafaelides, Steve Hass, Walter Smith, Asaf Uria, Rea Bar Ness, and Bruno Piroth and, regularly, performed in Boston and New York with jazz bands. In 2001, he moved to Athens – Greece where he worked with professional musicians such as Haris Alexiou, Christos Leontis, Nikos Xydakis, Nena Venetsanou, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Pantelis Thalassinos, Socrates Malamas, Alkionoos Ioannides, Phivos Delivorias, as well as with foreign musicians such as Arturo Sandoval, Larry Harlow, Ofer Ganor, Avishay Cohen and others. In 2009, he obtained a Diploma in Bass Performance from the Athens Conservatory (class of Tasos Kazaklis). During his stay in Greece, he taught contrabass at the Nakas Music School and worked as a session musician in recording studios. In 2010, he returned to Cyprus where he regularly works and develops projects with several Cypriot musicians and cultural bodies such as Evagoras Karageorgis, the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. He founded the “Trio Koullouras” together with George Krasides and George Koulas.

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Avgi Lilli, Bulgaria, 1980. Lives and works in Nicosia. She studied Classics and Modern Greek Literature (University of Cyprus, 2001, 2006) and is a PhD candidate at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her thesis focuses on the work of Modern Greek postwar novelist and critic Alexandros Kotzias (1926-1992).

Her poetry collection Rough notes on a life vest was published in 2011 (Armida Publications, Nicosia). Her work has been published in various literary journals and has been translated in English.

She was one of the 100 participants from 37 countries of the European literary project Crowd Omnibus Reading Tour 2016.

Avgi Lilli is particularly interested in the interaction of poetry with other art genres. In May 2016 she participated with the theatrical monologue Clytemnestra, self-exposed (concept, dramaturgy, text selection; production: corpoριάλιτι art group) in the 4th Mikro Ancient Drama Festival (Limassol), while in 2014 her poems were part of the corporeality. variations on the same theme exhibition (isnot gallery, Nicosia).

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Stavrinos Kyriakou was born during the ‘80s in Nicosia, where he currently lives with his wife and daughter. While he works as an Information Technology Systems Analyst, in reality he aspires to publish the ever expanding collection of small stories, he keeps in his computer. He writes for “Parathyro” which is the cultural inlet for “Politis” newspaper. He keeps a column named “Letters for Rhea” and for the past ten years he has been updating his online blog named “New Ledras Stories”. Stavrinos prefers the Cypriot dialect and his writing themes usually focus on modern stories with a twist of fiction. In addition, he is a storyteller and researches folk stories.

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Georgios Makridis designs, teaches, writes, and walks on the dichotomy between architectural space and space of existence. His research focuses on the mutual ground between architectural history, theory and contextual practice, the social, the philosophical, the living and the literary. D&RTT (Development and Research Through Thinking – pronounced dɑːt) and DO:GMA (Design Office: Georgios Makridis) are the entities that he established to house its interests and collaborations.

Nora Nadjarian is an award-winning poet and short story writer from Cyprus. She has published three collections of poetry: The Voice at the Top of the Stairs (2001), Cleft in Twain (2003) and 25 Ways to Kiss a Man (2004). Her second poetry collection Cleft in Twain was cited by The Guardian in an article on the literature of the new European Union member states in 2004. In addition to two books of short stories, Ledra Street (2006) and Girl, Wolf, Bones (2011) she has had work published online and in journals in the UK, the United States and elsewhere. She has also won prizes and commendations in various international competitions. She has appeared at international poetry and literature festivals, among others at Frankfurt Book Fair 2007, Poesiefestival Berlin 2010, Dresdner Bardinale 2013. Her work was included in two prestigious anthologies:  Best European Fiction 2011 (Dalkey Archive Press) and Being Human (Bloodaxe Books).

Baret “Duke” Bedelian is a born again drummer.

Having had to abandon his musical career in pursuit of entrepreneurial escapades 35 years ago, he has returned to drumming recently in his retirement.

In the early 70’s he travelled to Morocco with some friends and bought his first drums, simple ceramic pots with stretched skins. That was the beginning of his rhythmic quest. Inspired by the Latin rhythms of Santana and the African rhythms of Osibisa, back in London, he started playing with his friends. It was not long before he acquired more percussion instruments and his first drum set.

He is currently drumming for “the Handmade”, a 5 piece band that plays their own compositions of progressive folk /rock music.

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EXHIBITION «ONCE UPON A THREAD»

Persephoni Krasidou is a fine artist, an educator and an art therapist who lives and works in Limassol.

She explores creative writing from a contemporary arts perspective.

Her creative expression includes play on words, thoughts, meanings, images and feelings. She shares a passion in multible readings, dialects, research, humour, and the unexpected.

Her stories have been published and awarder in Greece and Cyprus. Her first collection of “Adult Fairy Tales” is published in September 2016 by VERAMàND ARTiViTY.

AnnaMaria Charalambous is a fine-art graduate of Kingston University, UK, (2012) and a Master graduate in MA Fine Art: Contemporary Art Practices in Frederick University, Nicosia. She has participated in several group shows including: «Asterism 1»,Final Degree Show, Pharos Centre of Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus(June 2016), «UNACCOMPANIED. An exhibition», group exhibition,Nicosia,Cyprus(October 2015),,«dis-LOCATE/a New Threads Project»,group exhibition, NeMe,Limassol,Cyprus,«Rambling forms», The Museum of Pancyprian Gymnasium, Nicosia, Cyprus, group exhibition of Frederick University, «Effective Spaces», group exhibition/workshop with Hermann Pitz(De), INSPIRE 2014, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (February 2015),participation in the performance of Dagmar’s I. Glausnitzer-Smith(De), Mowing, CIPAF, Nicosia, Cyprus (June 2014), Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture Undergraduate Degree Show, Kingston University,London, UK(June 2012). She has also co-curated and participated in the group exhibition «IMBROGLIO a state of mind», Cultural Centre “Miloi”, Nicosia, Cyprus (September 2013) and worked as an assistant for Maria’s Loizidou exhibition,“A TRANSFER”,Kerameikos Museum and Archaelogical Site, NEON CITY PROJECT 2015, Athens, Greece(September-Octomber 2015).

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ΕΝΟΤΗΤΑ: «ΣΑΡΔΑΜ ΣΤΙΓΜΗ» / ΒΙΝΤΕΟ -«SARDAM MOMENT» / VIDEO

 

Ο Πάνος Ιωαννίδης γεννήθηκε το 1935 στην Αμμόχωστο της Κύπρου. Ζει στη Λευκωσία. Έχει στο ενεργητικό του πολυάριθμες εκδόσεις βιβλίων, μεταξύ των οποίων: Τρία Θεατρικά Έργα (Μπάνιο, Εγγαστρίμυθοι, Γρηγόρης), Η αβάσταχτη φιλοπατρία του Π.Φ.K., μυθιστόρημα (Λευκωσία, 2η έκδοση 1990), Face of an Island, 24 short stories from Cyprus, διηγήματα (εκδ. Αρμίδα, 1997), Εν Παρενθέσει, ποιήματα (εκδ. Αρμίδα, 1997), Gregory and other stories, διηγή­ματα (εκδ. Αρμίδα, 2009). Τα θεατρικά του Gregory, Peter I, Der Koffer und Bau­chredner έχουν ανέβει και στη Γερμανία. Έχει τιμηθεί με 4 κρατικά βραβεία για τα μυθιστορή­ματά του Απογραφή και Η αβάσταχτη φιλοπατρία του Π.Φ.K. και για τις συλλογές διηγημάτων του Κύπρια Έπη και Η αθέατη όψη. Το έργο του Gregory διακρίθηκε με το Πρώτο Βραβείο Διεθνούς Φεστιβάλ Θεατρικού Έργου. Το 2007 του απονεμήθηκε το Αριστείο Γραμμάτων της Κυπριακής Δημοκρατίας.

Ο Γιώργος Καλοζώης γεννήθηκε στη Λευκω­σία το 1963. Σπούδασε φιλολογία στην Αθήνα και εργάζεται στη Μέση Εκπαίδευση. Έργα του: « Μεταμορφώσεις », Λευκωσία 1992 / « Πρώτη δολοφονική απόπειρα κατά του Μακαρίου », Λευκωσία 1998 / « Ο ανάποδος κόσμος », Εκδόσεις Γαβριηλίδης, Αθήνα 2000, Κρατικό Βραβείο Λογοτεχνίας Υπουργείου Παιδείας και Πολιτισμού της Κύπρου / « Η μετατόπιση της γης », Εκδόσεις Γαβριηλίδης, Αθήνα 2005 / «Η κλίση του ρήματος», Εκδόσεις Φαρφουλάς, Αθήνα 2009, Κρατικό Βραβείο Λογοτεχνίας Υπουργείου Παιδείας και Πολιτισμού της Κύπρου / « Το μάθημα της περίληψης», Εκδόσεις Φαρφουλάς, Αθήνα 2011 / « Τα νύχια του κόκορα», Εκδόσεις Φαρφουλάς, Αθήνα 2013.

Ο Στέλιος Ανδρονίκου γεννήθηκε στη Λεμεσό το 1982. Είναι απόφοιτος της δραματικής σχολής του Κρατικού Θεάτρου Βορείου Ελλάδος. Στο θέατρο συνεργάστηκε με τούς σκηνοθέτες: Η.Κουνέλα, Λ.Βογιατζή, Σ.Λιβαθινό, Λ.Μελεμέ, Γ.Μαρκοπούλου, Ν.Κοντούρη, Ν.Τσακίρογλου, Γ.Αρμένη,Π.Μιχαηλίδη, Ανδρέα Βουτσινά,Μ.Τίγκηλη, Α.Αραούζο, Μ.Βρόντη κ.ά. Σε έργα των: Φ.Μ.Ντοστογιέφσκυ, Λ.Τολστόι, Ε.Hemingway, H.Pinter, Δ.Δημητριάδη, W.Shakespeare, M.Ravenhill, Ευριπίδη, Ν.Καζαντζάκη, Αριστοφάνη, Σοφοκλή, Β.Μ.Koltes, T.Williams, Γ.Οικονομίδη,Μ.Μπρέχτ, Δ.Ψαθά, Χ.Γιάννου κ.ά. Έπαιξε στις ταινίες: «Πέντε σελίνια νάυλον» σκηνοθεσία Χ.Σιοπαχάς, «Σταγόνα» σκ. Ζ.Χατζηπαύλου, «Ήχος Σιωπής»σκ. Μ.Φελάνης, «Μη Φεύγεις» σκ. Α.Πανταζούδης (υποψήφιος για βραβείο Ά ανδρικού ρόλου και βραβείο κοινού καλύτερης ελληνικής ταινίας στο 45ο φεστιβάλ Θεσσαλονίκης). Σκηνοθέτησε έργα των: Τζ.Ρουμί, H.Pinter, K.Gibran, Άδωνι, Ζ.Πρεβέρ, Β.Μαγιακόφσκι, Τ.Λειβαδιτη, Ηλία Πετρόπουλου,Γ.Κλεανθους, B.M.Koltes κ.α. Τελευταία συνεργασία στο θέατρο στη Αθηνα ήταν με τον Ηλία Κουνέλα για τη δραση «επισκεπτήριο», (δράση που στήριξε και στηρίζει το Εθνικό θέατρο, και απευθύνεται στους ασθενείς συνανθρώπους μας που νοσηλεύονται κυρίως στα δημόσια νοσοκομεία. Η δράση αυτή έχει συμπληρώσει ήδη δυο χρόνια παραστάσεων και συνεχίζεται) . Σε συνεργασία με την ηθοποιό Βαρβάρα Χριςτοφή δημιούργησαν το φθινόπωρο του 2015 το «επισκεπτήριο» κυπρου και συνεχίζουν τη δράση και στον τόπο μας. Επίσης αυτή την περίοδο σε συνεργασία με τον μουσικό Δημήτρη Σπύρου με τον οποίο συνίδρυσαν την ομάδα Υπόγα (απο το 2011) παρουςίαζαν στον πολυχώρο +εργειο στη λεμεσο την δραση Ανθολόγιο, Μια δραση που ασχολείται με την εξερεύνηση του βίου και του έργου σημαντικών καλλιτεχνών κυρίως ποιητών και φιλοσόφων . Το ´´Ανθολόγιό´´ θα συνεχίσει τη δραση του και φέτος στο +εργείο .

Ο Στέλιος Κυπριανού σπούδασε σκηνοθεσία κινηματογράφου στη σχολή κινηματογράφου Εντροπία Θεσσαλονίκης με καλλιτεχνικό διευθυντή τον Βασίλη Μπουντούρη. Έχει σκηνοθετήσει μια ταινία μικρού μήκους Ο ΣΚΟΙΝΟΒΑΤΗΣ το 2004.  Συμμετείχε ως βοηθός παραγωγής στην κινηματογραφική ταινία Κόκκινη Πέμπτη του Χρίστου Σιοπαχά και επιμελήθηκε πολλές θεατρικές/χοροθεατρικές παραστάσεις μεταξύ άλλων την Άκρη του Βατήρα της χορογράφου Μαρίας Γοργίας και Το ημερολόγιο ενός κλόουν του σκηνοθέτη Ηλία Κουνέλα.  Πρόσφατα ίδρυσε τον πολυχώρο Συνεργείο στην Λεμεσό στον οποίο είναι και καλλιτεχνικός διευθυντής.

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SARDAM 2016 / OPENING ACT – INSTALLATION

GROUP EN.ACT & JULIA BRENDLE

Η θεατρική ομάδα εν.άκτ δημιουργήθηκε τον Ιούνη του 2014 απο τις Μαρίνα Μακρή και Έλενα Καλλινίκου. Η πρώτη θεατρική παραγωγή της ομάδας πραγματοποιήθηκε με το έργο του Βραζιλίανου συγγραφέα Ρομπέρτο Ατάυντε «Η Δεσποινίς Μαργαρίτα». Η παράσταση έλαβε χώραν στο Παλιό Ξυδάδικο στη Λεμεσό, στο καλλιτεχνικό πρόγραμμα the.YardResidency.14 του πολιτιστικού ιδρύματος ΜΙΤΟΣ, στα πλαίσια του Ευρωπαϊκού φεστιβάλ Songs of my Neighbours. Η Δεσποινίς Μαργαρίτα παρουσιάστηκε επίσης στο καλλιτεχνικό πρόγραμμα του TEDx Limassol στις 20 Σεπτεμβρίου, στο 2nd Handmade and Re-cycled Theatre festival στην Αθήνα καθώς επίσης και στο πρώτο Buffer fringe Per-forming Arts Festival στη Λευκωσία που πραγματοποιήθηκε τον Οκτώβρη του 2014. Τον Απρίλη του 2016 η ομάδα εν.άκτ διοργάνωσε σεμινάριο στη Κύπρο «Υποκριτικής και Σκηνικής Γραφής» με το Γιώργο Βαλαή (μέλος της ομάδας blitz theatre group). Στο παρόν στάδιο, η ομάδα εν.άκτ ετοιμάζει τη νέα της θεατρική παραγωγή με τίτλο «Αισθητή η μείωση της σκόνης από αύριο», η οποία θα παρουσιαστεί το Νοέμβριο του 2016 στο Παλιό Ξυδάδικο, στα πλαίσια του the.YardResidency.16.

Julia Brendle studied at the Palucca-School and at Codarts University/Rotterdam (BA). She graduated from the FU Berlin with an MA in Dance Studies where she is recently enroled as a PHD candidate.

She gained her professional experience with different international choreogrphers and companies.

Since 2010 she lives and works in Cyprus and has been part of the Cypriot dance scene ever since, working with different Cypriot choreographers.

Julia has been creating her own choreographic works since 2011 which have been presented in international theaters and festivals. Her work «within and between“ created for the Cypriot Dance Platform 2015 has been invited to the Zawirowania Festival in Warsaw/Poland, the Baltic Dance Festival Vilnius/Lithuania, to the European Dance Festival and the Buffer Fringe Festival in Cyprus. 

Julia has participated in several theater productions as a choreographer and movement coach for actors. Since 2010 she is a part time lecturer for dance and dance theory at the University of Nicosia.

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WORKSHOP «OBJECTS AS LITERARY PROTAGONISTS IN SHORT FICTION»

 

 

Maria A. Ioannou was born in 1982, in Limassol, Cyprus. She studied English Literature in the UK (MA 20th Century Lit, King’s College London / BA English Lit, 1st Class Honours, University of Reading, UK) and she is currently a PhD Creative Writing student at the University of Winchester. She has won awards in both local and international writing competitions and she often combines her writing/readings with other forms of art. Her collection of short stories – “The Gigantic Fall of an Eyelash” (Gabrielides Publishing, Athens 2011) – has been awarded the Emerging Writer Literary Prize by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus and has been selected to represent Cyprus in Budapest First Book Festival 2014. She has also been invited to Kikinda Short Story Festival in Serbia in July 2014. Some of her short stories have been translated into spanish, romanian, serbian and hungarian. She works as a teacher of English language, literature and creative writing to children and adults and she has been writing short stories for “Simio Stixis”, a collaboration with the artist Marina Yerali in “Politis” newspaper from 2013 to 2015. She is also the founder of “Sardam”, an annual literature festival which started in 2013 and which presents alternative literary readings and workshops by writers from Cyprus and abroad. Her second short story collection – «Cauldron» – has been published by Nefeli Publishing (Athens, 2015).

 

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