When the time came for me to study I couldn’t decide what kind of performer I actually wanted to be. I wanted to be able to perform every kind of dance and that pushed me into starting my studies at a Musical Theatre college in England. However, after spending a year there I had the most enlightening moment of my life. Coming face to face with a reality you first thought suited you, makes you realize what you truly want or don’t want in your life, which for me it is way more important. I have decided I didn’t want to do a bit of everything, I wanted to focus and have the time and opportunity to dig into one kind of art. However, an art that it is so free in its nature it allows its combination with other kind of arts. An art where you can get inspired by anything you can imagine, an art with no boundaries. This for me is contemporary dance. This is what I ended up studying but had never regretted my studies in Musical Theatre, since up to this day it informs and inspires my practice. Feeling lost but going for it anyway, losing your path into something that doesn’t exactly expresses you, makes you learn yourself and helps you unlock different parts of you, parts you didn’t know existed.
Contemporary as I mentioned can be anything and everything and this is how I see it. It starts from any kind of movement or from stillness. From the simplest of movements, walking, to flipping into the air and landing in strange positions. Even though there are several techniques based on it, everyone’s practice and movement is unique. It is always influenced by the time it exists in history which explains its name. There are no rules, your purpose it is not to always entertain but to express yourself as it feels. It doesn’t always have to be beautiful to watch, it can be ugly, make you feel all kind of emotions, but it will be true. There are times you get to be another creature, discover another character and make it your own and there are times you have to show your most vulnerable self on stage and come face to face with your deepest emotions. Not always an easy journey but one of self-discovery and authenticity. For me the greatest reason any kind of art is used, is to portray the worries of society, of the world, to send a message as to matters that concern the artist as a human and invite the audience on this journey. It is always exciting after a show to find out what the audience felt and what crossed their mind. Most of the times everyone has something different to say which tells so much about our perception as humans, how we see the same thing but perceive it completely different ways.
During the years I had never had one role model that I admired and looked up to. I have always been drawn to and inspired by many dancers, my teachers, different kind of artists, my surroundings and my emotions. I came to realize that in different periods of my life I am drawn to artists that best describe my internal world at those moments. A few of the choreographers that I admire, is Akram Khan, because of how his culture influences his work, Ohad Naharin because I find the movement language he has developed not only exceptional but most of all therapeutic and a way for a dancer to break habits, finding new ways of moving. Choreographer Andonis Foniadakis, for how he reaches the extremities of technique and creates something new out of it and Dimitris Papaioannou for I find the way he portrays an idea always pushing the boundaries in unexpected ways.