FENIA KOTSOPOULOU (1981)


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A GREEK CROSS-DISCIPLINARY ARTIST WHO STRADDLES PERFORMANCE ART AND SITE-SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE, DANCE AND VIDEOGRAPHY. SHE CURRENTLY LIVES IN ENGLAND (LINCOLN) WHERE SHE ATTENDS MA/MFA IN CHOREOGRAPHING LIVE ART. SHE HOLDS A BA HONOURS IN DANCE FROM THE NATIONAL DANCE ACADEMY OF ROME (ITALY) AND A BA HONOURS IN ITALIAN LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE FROM THE ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKIS (GREECE). HER DANCE TRAINING BACKGROUND CONSISTS OF DIVERSE DANCE STYLES (MODERN, CONTEMPORARY, RELEASE, JAZZ, PRIMITIVE DANCE) AS WELL IMPROVISATION, VOICE AND MOVEMENT, TRADITIONAL DANCES, CONTACT IMPROVISATION).

SHE DEVELOPS INTERACTIVE AND SITE SPECIFIC PERFORMANCES, AS WELL AS CREATING SHORT DANCE AND DOCUMENTATION VIDEOS. DURING THE CREATIVE PROCESS, SHE EXPLORES DIFFERENT FIELDS LIKE PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO ART, PAINTING, PSYCHOANALYSIS AND PHILOSOPHY IN ORDER TO FIND ELEMENTS FOR FURTHER EXPERIMENTATION AND INVESTIGATION. SHE IS MAINLY INSPIRED FROM THE DAILY LIFE AND EVERY DETAIL RELATED TO HUMAN INTERACTION WITH TECHNOLOGY AND NATURE, GENDER ROLES AND DIVERSITY, SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ISSUES. THE BODY AS GATHERING PLACE OF EMOTIONS, PERSONAL AND COLLECTIVE MEMORY, FRAGMENTATION, TRANSFORMATION, THE ROLE OF ARCHIVE AND THE PERFORMATIVITY OF DOCUMENTATION ARE SOME OF THE TOPICS OF HER PROJECTS/PERFORMANCES.

IN SEARCH OF AN HOLISTIC WAY TO EXPRESS HER VISION (AND BASED ON A RHIZOMATIC APPROACH OF MAKING ART) SHE COLLABORATES WITH ARTISTS FROM DIFFERENT FIELDS AND DIFFERENT CULTURAL BACKGROUNDS. AN IMPORTANT PART OF HER MOVEMENT EXPLORATION REGARDS REVISITING GREEK/ BALCAN FOLK DANCES TO DISCOVER HOW THESE CAN INFLUENCE A CONTEMPORARY DANCE SETTING AND BECOME RICH SOURCE FOR SOCIALLY ENGAGED ART PROJECTS.

SINCE 2005 SHE HAS PARTICIPATED IN SEVERAL INTER-CULTURAL EXCHANGES, DANCE FESTIVALS AND ARTISTIC VENUES AND AS PERFORMER AND CHOREOGRAPHER, AS WELL AS COLLABORATIVE AND CROSS-DISCIPLINARY PROJECTS. HER WORK HAS BEEN PRESENTED IN GREECE, ITALY, GERMANY, SWEDEN, FRANCE, ENGLAND, CROATIA.



SHE GIVES WORKSHOPS IN CREATIVE MOVEMENT AND IMPROVISATION, BODY RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTAL FUSION OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE AND URBAN TRADITIONAL DANCES (IMPROFOLK WORKSHOPS).

IN 2013, AS PART OF HER STUDIES, HER ACTIVITY EXTENDED TOWARDS CURATORIAL PRACTICES. SHE CREATED/CURATED THE FIRST EDITION OF THE MINI FESTIVAL "INTERCONNECTIVITY & LIVE ART", WHICH WAS HELD IN THE LINCOLN PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE.

FENIA IS A MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL DANCE COUNCIL CID OF UNESCO.

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