Elena ChristodoulidouDancer & Choreographer
She studied dance at the Martha Graham school in New York, at Rallou Manou professional dance school in Athens , Greece , at Trinity Laban Conservatory in London, UK and at Goldsmith’s University in London. She has been a dancer of Rallou Manou Hellenic Chorodrama.
She arrived in Cyprus in a time when there was no professional dance and her only creation pathway was through her collaborations in the National theatre and other independent theatre organizations. In 1998 she choreographed the ancient comedy ‘Frogs’ for the Epidaurus festival in Greece under the direction of Nicos Charalambous for the National theatre of Cyprus(THOC).After this first collaboration many more happened. Out of her need to dance and create she founded Amfidromo Chorotheatro in 2002. She belongs to the first professionals to think, design and implement infrastructure on contemporary dance in Cyprus. She has been on the Board of New Movement of dancers , choreographers and dance companies for 8 years. During her service as a president of the New Movement , she has been on a continuous dialogue with the Ministry of education and culture for the creation of Dance House Lefkosia , a space which could be offered to the professional dance community. At the same time she was the president of the organization Dance Lab Nicosia which was created to gather the Nicosia dancers and choreographers and join the efforts on building the best conditions for professional dance.
Her disagreement on the model of the Dancehouse Lefkosia led her to leave the Board of the Dancehouse. As a result Dance Lab organization was no longer a member at Dancehouse Lefkosia Board.
In 2013 , feeling the disappointment of a long lasting project to collapse , she decided to search for a space to cover the needs of her dance company and also develop her educational programs, workshops, performances and host Dance Lab Nicosia activities. An abandoned clothes factory in the industrial area of Egkomi was turned into a unique multifunctional performing arts center with a black box theatre, rehearsal spaces, residency rooms, library and exhibition area.
She taught for almost 20 years creative dance for early childhood at the University of Cyprus and Frederick University. She directs the dance department at Egomio Cultural Centre and she is also the artistic director of the center. Her works are presented in different festival and independent projects in Cyprus and internationally. In 2011 she wrote the book ‘Contemporary dance in Cyprus from 1980-2010’. She is the artistic director of Dance waves festival and Moving Images International videodance festival happening each November.
Her works reflect her perception on the post-political role of art in the contemporary era. Many of her works are exploring human emotions, behaviors and expressions coming out of an absurd divided country, manipulation of humans. Her research has led her to the development of a movement language of innovative forms and qualities of movement driving the human bodies to expand physical limits and ?