Antonia Economou is an Athens based 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 primary source of inspiration for creating images on stage. Since 2017 she has attended dance workshops and intensives in Athens and abroad (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 premise of collaboration. A team formed by six 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 2017-2019 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). Her study during these years to create the aforementioned works was focused around the vivid images and narrative in Dante Alighieri's Trilogy and later around the form and body in Michelandelo Buonarroti's artistic practice (poems, painting, sculpture and architecture). In 2020, the full lockdown interrupted the materialization of her piece ATITLON figure n.3, a figurative allegory of the universal imperative of man to create through the body, which is designed to take place in 2022.

During the pandemic she conceived Composition for six bodies performed in July 2020 in Athens (Amaxostasio, Papagou Festival, archeological space of Plato's Academia).

While experimenting with her practice through cinematic means,  the piece acquired a digital dimension as 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 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, an experimental character based process with the digital work Phase 0 as the first expression of findings from their research. The group presented the finding of phase one, dear absence, farewell at the School of Athens- Irene Papa (Drama School- National Theatre of Greece) in January 2022. In an attempt to reapproach the findings of phase 0 as raw material. The languages of expression born and elaborated in the dance theater workshop constitute an inexhaustible core of research and creation.  A never-ending staircase with its steps exposed.

Her current practice includes the creation of ''Solo" (Brussels Dance Contest 2022-semifinalist), her solo piece focused on the intense 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.

 


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