Eleonora Siarava is a choreographer, performer, researcher and artistic director of Per_Dance platform of choreographic research. She graduated with Distinction from Coventry University (UK) acquiring an MA in “Dance Making and Performance” with a focus on reflective methods of dance composition and somatic practices. She has attended classes at the Choreographic Centre of La Rochelle (France) and she completed the on-line educational program of the California Institute of Arts “Creating Site-Specific Dance and Performance Works”. She also holds a BA in Psychology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a specialization on Cognitive Psychology (Greece).
As a choreographer she has presented her work at Make>Shift Festival (Coventry 2010), Moving Out Festival (Coventry 2010), Espacio 3-Kodra Festival (Thessaloniki 2011), contACT#3-Cross My Art Festival (Thessaloniki 2011), Dance Days Festival (Chania 2012), 11th and 13th Festival of Greek Choreographers (Athens 2012, Thessaloniki 2014), International Conference of Society of Dance History Scholars/Congress of Research (Athens 2015), Blackbox Theatre (Thessaloniki 2015), Megaron Concert Hall of Thessaloniki (2016), Kapani Project/51st Festival of Dimitria (Thessaloniki 2016), StART Goethe Celebration/Warehouse C (Thessaloniki 2017). For this project she collaborated with media artist Nefeli Dimitriadi creating a Site Specific and Real-time Interactive 3D Visual Performance (a commission by Goethe Institut of Thessaloniki and Robert Bosch Stiftung). Her video dance “co-topia on screen” was presented at the Off Borders Festival/Contemporary Art Centre of Thessaloniki (2018), Wicklow Screendance Laboratory (Ireland, 2018) and is selected for the 1st International Screendance Festival Freiburg (Germany, 2019).
As a performer she has collaborated with choreographer Meghan Flanigan for an installation performance based on movement and interactive live video projection that was presented in Making Space Festival (Coventry 2010). Furthermore, she has worked with Cathy Washbrooke in the Dance Summer School of the University of Bedfordshire (2010) and she participated in “Site Echoes” presented at Inside Out Festival (in association with Coventry School of Art and Design) at the Edge (Birmingham 2010). In Greece she has collaborated with Future Mellon for the 2th Dance Festival of Lazaristes and with Adrasteia Dance Theatre for the 2th Festival of Contemporary Dance of Thessaloniki. She also had a secondary acting as a dancer in the film of the awarded director Theodoros Aggelopoulos “The Weeping Meadow” (2004).
Currently, she is a PhD Candidate at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki-Department of Theatre researching “The multiple meaning in Abstract Dance: The choreographic synthesis and the possibilities provided by Perception Theories”. In this context she studies the work of Oskar Sclemmer, Merce Cunningham, William Forsythe, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Mette Ingvartsen et.al. Her research refers to the relationship between aesthetic forms, experiental awareness and the notion of atmosphere, the connection between cognitive principles, moving patterns and kinesthetic empathy.
She has taught the course of Psychology/Pedagogy of Dance at the Higher Professional Dance School of Thessaloniki, contemporary dance and ballet at the State Dance School of Kalamaria/Thessaloniki and she cooperated with the National Centre for Youth of Greece for an artistic project specialized in dance. She led the Choreography Lab “Embodying Abstraction” at the International Conference “Cutting and Paste: Defending Dance in a Time of Austerity” (Athens, 2015) and she was invited to instruct it as short term guest lecturer at the Theatre Studies Department of the University of Peloponnese (Nafplio, 2018). She co-facilitated the movement workshops “Let’s Improv It: Introducing Somatic Experience to a Wider Audience” (Centre for Dance Research, Coventry 2017) and ‘Let’s Improve It’ (Plymouth University, 2016) together with Abigail Jackson, Klara Lucznik and Aska Sakuta. She has offered dance classes at Perform[d]ance Centre (Germany, 2015) and the Youth Center of La Rochelle (France, 2007). She was also responsible for the Dance Program of the Erasmus + European Meeting of Lifelong Learning Schools across Europe (Greece, 2017). In addition, she has attended the “Mind the Dance Lab, Reaching the Intangible” organized by the International Organization for Documentation in Contemporary Dance Education-IDOCDE (Frankfurt, 2017).
She has been selected for stART Fellowship Program, a program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung conducted in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki and the German Network of Community Art Centers and in this context she presented the site-specific performance Co-topia (Berlin-Stralsund-Stuttgart, 2015). Additionally, she has participated at the Campus College of Ruhrtriennale International Festival (Bochum, Germany 2017) and ‘Resources Lab of Motion Bank’ (Academy for Music and Performing Arts, Frankfurt, 2017). Motion bank is an on-line platform about Documentation and On-line Digital Scores of Dance initiated by choreographer William Forsythe. Besides, she was chosen for the Lab “Masks and Avatars” of ArTeC Research Center of Université Paris 8 Vincennes – Saint Dennis (Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Athens 2018) while during her MA she took part in the research program “Digital Dance Archives” of Coventry University.
Moreover, she was offered a full scholarship to attend the program ColLaboratoire/CogNovo at Plymouth University/UK aiming to approach creativity through Interdisciplinarity (2016). The participants were from the fields of dance, new technologies, cognitive sciences, artificial intelligence at. al. From ColLaboratoire emerged the collaborative on-going research-artistic program for dance of Abigail Jackson, Klara Lucznik, Aska Sakuta and Eleonora Siarava “Let’s Improv’ It” that until now has been presented in various formats
at “Dance Fields: Staking a Claim for Dance Studies in the 21st Century” Conference at Roehampton University (London 2017), at the Centre for Dance Research as a participatory performance (Coventry 2017), at the “Off The Lip Symposium” as a workshop (Plymouth 2017).
For the period October 2016 – March 2018 she made part of her doctoral research at the Institut for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen University and the Academy for Music and Performing Arts of Frankfurt (Erasmus+ Program & Guest Researcher). During 2019 she was invited to the Tanznetz|Freiburg – Professional Training (Germany) to facilitate the Choreographic Lab “Moving and Choreographing in the Third Space” in collaboration with the Frankfurt based dance artist Ioulia Kokkokiou. Moreover she took part at “Moving Digits” Project, a partnership between Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, Hochschule Düsseldorf, Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava (Estonia), Tanzhaus NRW and University of Greenwich (UK) and she was a resident artist at SE.S.TA Centre for Choreographing Development for Interdisciplinary Incubator 2019 (Prague). Her new choreographic work was selected in the context of »Transfer International« programme, supported by NRW KULTURsekretariat (NRWKS), in order to create a contemporary dance performance complemented with digital technologies in collaboration with the Hochschule Düsseldorf (2019-2020).