1st Week (8-12/7) – 2,5 hours/day
17:30 -20:00, 4th Elementary School
Friday 12/7, 19:30
4th Elementary School
Dance improvisation is a condensed form of life. We co-exist, we move autonomously, but also together; we communicate, make decisions, solve problems, observe ourselves and others, persist or let go.
At the ‘Autonomous Moves’ workshop we will focus on the idea of autonomy, a fundamental human right, through dance improvisation. The workshop will create a safe environment for disabled and non-disabled people, where the individual traits of each one of us will be a starting point for the creative process, rather than an obstacle for our interaction or a diversion from our artistic aims.
During this process we will explore the body and our movement, we will discover unfamiliar positions and dispositions, we will move through different rhythms and dynamics, we will activate our imagination looking at images, using objects, writing and sketching, and above all, we will improvise!
The workshop is addressed to disabled and non-disabled people aged 16+. No previous experience in dance is necessary.
Medie Megas was born in England in 1978. She is a graduate of the Greek National School of Dance (1998) and has a Master of Arts in Contemporary Dance from Kent University (in affiliation with the LCDS, The Place). She works as a choreographer, dance teacher, history of dance teacher, writes articles, gives workshops and lectures on dance and performance. She collaborates with artists and professionals from various disciplines and has been active in the field of inclusive dance since 2013, as artistic collaborator of the Onassis Cultural Centre in dance and disability programs. Her recent choreographic work reflects on the Greek sociopolitical reality, attempts to physically engage with philosophical concepts and actively explores notions of embodied identity. Medie Megas is a founding member of the Greek dance network ‘Syndesmos Chorou’, which organised educational, artistic and community building projects all over Greece between 2010 and 2016, and was a member of the board of the DBM International Network (Danse Bassin Mediterraneé, 2009-11). Her works include: ‘Poetic Asylum’ (Athens Festival 2008), ‘The Guardog. An allegory about the Media’ (Athens and Thessaloniki 2010-11) ‘Metapolitefsi’ (Onassis Cultural Center 2012), ‘Sweet Abyss‘ Onassis Cultural Centre, 2014), ‘Transforming Me, a bilingual solo’ (ΜΙRfestival, Kalamata International Dance Festival 2015 and Thessaloniki Biennale of Performance 2015 and Danae Festival, Milan 2015), ‘Dribbles and Triplets’ (youth dance performed in school sports halls, produced by the Onassis Arts Centre 2018), ‘Trapped’ (Fast Forward Festival, co-produced by the Onassis Cultural Centre and the Greek National Theatre, 2018).
Photo credit: Nikos Iliopoulos