Anna Tzakou

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Saint Petersburg, Thessaloniki, Boulder Colorado, Exeter

Awards: Onassis Foundation; PhD scholarship in Performance Practice Fulbright scholarship for the academic year 2008-2009, Koukouflis Foundation’s financial grant for spring semester 2009, Gerondelis Foundation’s financial grant for fall semester 2009. Education: MFA in Theatre: Contemporary Performance (class of 2010), Naropa University, Boulder CO Projects; The Whale Song: thesis project. A study in constructing psychophysical scores and in creating content through form (texts from Simon Weil, Jean Paul Sartre, Ellen McLaughlin.) King Lear, directed by Stephen Wangh Luminous Emptiness: Butoh Dance Piece choreographed by Katsoura Kan. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Fine Arts. BA with major in Theatre, special field: acting (year 7/2003 GPA 3.46/4.00) Major Project: “Now or Forever, a performance about Time”, extracts from T.C.Eliot, Michael Ende, Eugene Ionesko, Louis Karol, Zorz Perek. Lecture: “Performance Art- Body Art- Marina Abramovic”. Theatre Arts Academy in Saint Petersburg: Exchange student in acting (1999-2000).


Professional/research experience

11 2012 - 2015:

Greece, UK

Performance Research co-facilitator; “Xenites”, embodied trans-lingua
poetry, laboratory, Marios Xatziprokopiou, Alexis Ioannou co-facilitators
(Athens, 2014);
Performance research participant; “The soma experiences” project in
psychophysical performance practice, Robin Riegels (UK, 2014);
Co-director and performer; Performance Topophilia, walking site-specific,
(Athens, 2013);
Body-landscape performance research facilitator ; Geopoetics,
residential project ( Nisyros, Greece, 2013);
Co-director; Performance Museum, Mag Theatre Group, Romantzo
(Athens, 2013);
Performer; Chickens and Fleas performance, Nova Melancholia and Mag
Theatre Group , theatre Empros, ( Athens, 2012);
Body-landscape performance research facilitator; The Bridge Project
residency (Aigina, Greece, 2012);
Performer; performance installation “Krostandi”, We Never Closed Group,
Athens Biennale 3, (2011);
Actors Training/ Movement Instruction; The Seven against Thebes,
director Anestis Azas, 1st Ancient Drama Festival of Athens (2011);
Actors Training/ Movement Instruction/ Assistant Director;The Mission
(Der Aufrag), Heiner Muller, directed by Anestis Azas, Onassis Cultural Center
Physical Training; performance “Autobiography” (Thomas Bernhard), Mag
Theatre Company, Greek Festival (2011);
24 hour durational performance: “The Sleep Project” coordinated by
Nostalghia Theatre Co, (Athens, 2011);
Solo Performance; “What did you say?” or how the everyday life abrogates
the necessary transformation of a woman, Epikolono Theatre ( Athens, 2008);
Devised, site specific and durational pieces, performer; (Restricted Area,
On the edge, Secret Location, 100 simply Secrets), Mkultra Performance Group
(Athens, 2004-2007);
Site specific performance butoh dance and conjectural techniques,
performer;”To the real self- the hymn to Demeter”, Group Syn+Ergasia
Yves Klein’s performances revivals, performer; “The Void,
Anthropometry”,the Klein Project, Nostalghia Theatre Co, ( Thessaloniki, 2006)


Where to? Steps towards the Future of Walking Arts Symosium; “Walking as Contempoative Practice to Perform Narratives of the Land” paper, (Falmouth, 2015)
Spaces of Attunement: Life, Matter and the Dance of Encounters;
“Performing the site as a meditation of the body-landscape sychronisation”
paper (Cardiff, 2015);
Performance, Place, Possibility: Performance in Contemporary Urban
Contexts;presentation of Performance Topophilia (Leeds, 2014);
Performance art and its pedagogical dimension; the artist as a citizen and
the citizen as creator, lecture “Geopoetics : seeking cultural identity through a
body- landscape performance practice”(Athens School of Fine Arts,2013);
International Symposium on Live Arts: Communication of Crisis,
performance “The Whale Song” (Nafpactos, Greece,2011);
AAO ethics/ aesthetics architecture strategies; NTUA in collaboration with Parsons New School for Design(Athens, 2011);
Athens Dance Week; improvisation performance “Do be dobe do”, Tzeni Argiriou co-ordinator (Athens, 2011);
Cultural Politics and Contemporary Theatre in Greece conference; paper
“Research in Performance Practice and Greek Culture” ( Athens, 2011);
Transnational performance research project; “Entropy. Redress” lead artist
Rhoda Soikowski (Seattle,WA,- Athens, Greece,2011);
Greek Festival,performance “The Shepherdess’ Lover”director Anestis Azas (Athens, 2007);
13t International Short Film Festival in Drama, fiction film “Rehearsal”, director Alexis Raptis, ( Athens, 2007);
Spotkania z kultura Grecji Warszawa Festival- Aisxileia Festival; performance “To the Real self-The hymn to Demeter” choreographer Aimilia Bouriti
(Poland, Elefsina- Greece,2006);
11th Kalamata International Dance festival, street performance on stilts “Alma”, Pantoum (Kalamata2005).


Graduate Teaching Assistant; Drama Module: Acting and not Acting, University of Exeter, (September 2013 -January 2014);
Worksop facilitator movement and meditation, Kathreftis centre of arts and
culture, (Chalcida, Greece,2014);
Actors training; One Year Lease Theater Company’s Apprentice program (Papingo, Greece, 2013);
Contemplative Dance Practice Facilitator, Athens Shambhala Centre
Meditation Group (2012-2013)
Workshop co-facilitator, Dance Art Lab in Athens, Barbara Dilley’s contemplative dance practices, Studio Quilombo Athens (2012);
School drama tutor and facilitator, 8th elementary school in Egaleo/ Athens (2012-2013)
Movement and Meditation, Oikia Karapanou, Aigina (2011);
Theatre History and performance practice tutor; Geitona’s high school (2007- 2008);
Theatre tutor; public elementary schools (2003-2008);
Physical Training for adults; Theatre Laboratory Plateia, (2004-2006)