PARTICIPANT BIOS 2016

PHOTO-YIANNIS STINGAS

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).

PHOTO-STAVRINOS KYRIAKOU

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).