Antonia Economou is a performer, choreographer and director. Her creative practice investigates themes such as decadence and explores the human mind as a labyrinth balancing between the real and the imaginary. She focuses on expanding and challenging her expressive means in different creative fields and media involving representation and moving image. 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 (Akira Yoshida, Sharon Eyal, Maayan Sheinfeld, Euripides Laskarides, Samuel Lefeuvre, Mickaël Frappat and Attila Ronai, Kristina Alleyne, Archie Burnett, Viktor Bukovy, Yoshie Koda).
She is the co-founder of ERGO Collective, a creative platform and artist-run space in Athens founded on the premises of collaboration and osmosis.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, audiovisual and curatorial arts and practices. Her dance practice and education stem from ballet, jazz, contemporary, waacking, hip hop, and physical theater.
Her choreographic 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). In 2021, she started with her group of dancers THIS IS A SPACE, a continuous experimental character based research which 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). Her ongoing practice and research includes the creation of FALL(T) (20 min), her solo piece focused on the internal sensation of falling and abrupt interruption.
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).
While experimenting with her practice through cinematic means, she created a short 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 was distributed in film festivals in Greece and on an international level. Her upcoming short films I wonder,yes I confess, I wonder and SCOTÓMA will be released in 2023-24.