"The artistic practice which I pursue involves performance/dance, choreography, installation and the creation of films. My goal is to create my own unifying visual language to work across media by obscuring the lines between them to the point where their boundaries become invisible"
Antonia Economou is an Athens based director, choreographer and performer. After studying dance at London Studio Center she returned to Athens and studied History of Art (BA Hons Degree, American College of Greece). She established a close academic relationship with the discipline and it now constitutes her source of inspiration for creating images on stage. Since 2017 she has attended dance workshops and intensives in Athens and abroad (Ridicule and Transformation/ Euripides Laskarides, Bending Reality/ Falling Workshop with Samuel Lefeuvre, Hofesh Shechter repertoire workshop with Mickaël Frappat and Attila Ronai, Akram Khan Summer Intensive at The Place with Kristina Alleyne). She is the co-founder of ERGO Collective (Non-Profit Organization, 2017) a creative platform and artist-run space in Athens founded on the premises of collaboration and osmosis. A team formed by five core members and a growing number of contributors from Athens and abroad. Through ERGO, Antonia finds a way to develop her artistic process as a choreographer in an open field, not limited in the theatre space, as it extends in the Visual Art practices. Her works created and performed in Athens between 2017-2022 include: CORPO, TO THE ABYSS, HOLY FATHER (2017, Contemporary Theatre of Athens), PiETA (2018, Roes Theatre) and PiETA II (2019, Alternative Stage, Greek National Opera, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre), ATITLON figure n.3 (2020), Composition for six bodies (2020, Plato’s Academia), GLOSSOLALIA (2022,ERGO space), TABI (2022, Athens Video Dance Project) .
While experimenting with her practice through cinematic means, she created a short dance film titled COMPOSITION: snakes for her (2021), about a woman and her dreams at night that merge with reality and make it unstable. The film is currently distributed in film festivals in Athens and on an international level (Official Selection Screen Dance International 2022, Official Selection Dance Camera West, Official Selection at Dance Camera Pandemia, Istanbul/ Official selection at Cinedanza Festival / Official Selection at Thessaloniki Cinedance International/ Best experimental film at Berlin Indie Film Festival / Official Selection at Los Angeles Experimental/ Dance & Music festival / Finalist at Lonely Wolf: London International Film Festival /Official Selection at enCore: Dance on Film/ Selection at Athens Video Dance Project).
In 2021, she started with her group of dancers THIS IS A SPACE, a experimental character based continuous research which unfolds and is presented to the audience in phases (phase 0- online performance / dear absence, farewell- phase one, dance theatre performance at the Drama School- National Theatre of Greece / PROVA GENERALE- phase 2, improvisational performance at Plyfa). In 2022 she performed in the BIG CYPHER by Ilias Hatzigeorgiou (Athens Epidaurus Festival) and in DREAMS OF TIME, a piece by Dafin Antoniadou (ARC FOR DANCE FESTIVAL). Her ongoing practice and research includes the creation of FALL(T) (Brussels Dance Contest 2022-finalist), her solo piece focused on the internal sensation of falling and abrupt interruption. In parallel with the work of the company, Antonia works as a freelance movement curator and consultant in the Athenian theatre scene.