Zoi Dimitriou

Commissions

Coordination and Navigation of Heterogeneous Humans Stabilised under a Visual Relative Localization

About

Inspired by artificial life simulations this work explores emergent systems of behavior and their application to choreographic practice and sonic environments towards the creation of intense and visually challenging landscapes.

Credits

Concept & Choreography
Zoi Dimitriou
Performers
Theo Arran, Gabrielle Atherton, Alice Bonazzi, Megan Brewer, Georgia Brown, Kieran Covell, Stephanie D’Arcy Collins, Kristopher Davies, Charlotte Eaton, Jodie Mai Evans, Rachel Greer, Tanisha Groome, Csenge Kliszki, Callum Lawrence, Coral Montejano Cantoral, Lewis Rhomes, Marine Tournet, Cosmin Vasile
Composition
Hollie Harding
Costume Design
Martina Montorfani
Lighting Design
Ashley Bolitho

Dates

  • 20-21 October 2016, Laban Theatre, London, (GB)

Side Effects

About

Side Effects is concerned with the notion of Paradox and Transformation. Paradox as something that contradicts itself but can potentially also be true. Taking as a starting point Woody Allen's film Love and Death, the creation resulted in a chamber work imbued with intrigue, playfulness and vulnerability. Focusing on relationships, the piece is intertwined with fragility, darkness and humour.

2015, Transitions Dance Company

Credits

Concept
Zoi Dimitriou
Choreography
Zoi Dimitriou and dancers
Composition
Dominic Murcott
Lighting Design
Andy Hammond
Set and Costume Design
Suzie Holmes
Dancers
The Company

Dates

  • 27, 28, 29 May 2015, Laban Theatre, London, (GB)
  • 21 May 2015, The Connaught Theatre, Worthin, (GB)
  • 16 May 2015, Egomio Cultura Centre, Nicosia, (CY)
  • 7 May 2015, The Space, Dundee, (GB)
  • 30 April 2015, Chichester University, (GB)
  • 25 April 2015, The Royal Swedish Ballet School, Stockholm, (SE)
  • 16 April 2015, The House, Plymouth, (GB)
  • 20 March 2015, Bernie Grant Arts Center, London, (GB)
  • 14 March 2015, Firkin Crane, Cork, (IE)
  • 4 March 2015, Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, (GB)
  • 27 February 2015, Deda, Derby, (GB)
  • 5, 6 February 2015, Laban Theatre, London, (GB)

Hatsu Yume

About

This piece is inspired by the nature of images as these appear both in the phenomenal world and in other realms of perception like that of dreams.The fascination lies not in the image whose source is in the phenomenal world but rather in the image that is determined by some inner realisation and is an artefact, or result or imprint of that. The image then of that inner state becomes completely accurate and realistic. It becomes the image of that which is not an image.The movement, visuals and sound develop gradually as dancers move in and out of form, of a place, of a captured moment in time. Like physical reality, all the fineness of resolution is always there, we just determine the appropriate ratio for our display.

2013, Focus Dance Company, The Resident Youth Dance Company at Dance Digital

Credits

Concept, Choreography and Artistic Direction
Zoi Dimitriou
Original Sound Composition
Sabio Janiak
Video artist
Robert Gentle
Dancers
The Company

Common Bodies in a Space of Difference

About

The idea in this piece stems from the question how is it possible in contemporary times to construct that which is 'common' and can be shared, experienced and communicated. The conceptual basis for this work is very much influenced by Charlie Kaufman's film 'Synecdoche, New York'. It draws from some of the narrative structures used in the film, the notion of simulation and the concept of synecdoche as a means to produce a performative event whereby the line between the world of performance and that of reality is blurred; exposing perhaps that which is 'common' to present itself in its representation.

Company-like experience of intensive performance projects led by visiting artists starts the final year of Laban Students. Guest choreographers have included in the recent years artists such as Rosalind Crisp, Jeremy Nelson, Eva Karczag, Nik Haffner, Rosemary Butcher, Matteo Fargion and others. The created work is performed at Bonnie Bird Theatre, London's leading theatres for contemporary dance and is then toured in venues in London and abroad.

2011, Trinity Laban

Credits

Concept, Choreography and Artistic Direction
Zoi Dimitriou
Dancers
Graduating students of Trinity Laban
Composer
Pete Yelding
Lighting Designer
Karsten Tinnap
Costume Designer
Martina Trottmann

Dates

  • 17 February 2012, Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Athens, (GR)
  • 21 October 2011, The Laban Theatre, London, (GB)
  • 20 October 2011, The Laban Theatre, London, (GB)

Little Creatures

About

Commissioned and produced by Sadler's Wells, The Place and Company of Angels, this new work for 8-10 year old audiences and their families explores the rich imaginative world of children's games. In another galaxy… Inside your computer… Beyond the stars… Deep within your hard drive, little creatures are starting to evolve. From the water they climb, discovering the land, building towers into the sky and rockets to the moons. They're coming to play their games… Little Creatures took as a starting point the exploration of games as these manifest both in imaginative play and the hi-tech world of cyberspace.

2011, Sadler's Wells, The Place and Company of Angels

Credits

Concept, Choreography and Artistic Direction
Zoi Dimitriou
Dancers
Christopher Brown, Anne Claire Mary, Sophie Robinson, Jenny Reeves, Eithne Kane, Mathew O'Hare, Anne Marie Kristensen, Naoko Yamakawa.
Sound and Original Composition
Jamie McCarthy
Lighting Design
Jackie Shemesh
Costume and Set Design
Holly Waddington
Dramaturgy
Jenny Worton

Dates

  • 25 February 2011, 2:30pm & 5pm, Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells, London, (GB)
  • 23 February 2011, 2:30pm & 5pm, The Place Theatre, London, (GB)

If I told him

About

'If I told him', is inspired by the use of 'scores' found in various sources as a way to realising complex temporal structures and spatial configurations. The creation then becomes a space that hosts and negotiates the old with the new, where the dancer's history mingles with Gertrude Stein's poetry, Chopin's elegance and Ryan West brilliant deconstructions.Company-like experience of intensive performance projects led by visiting artists starts the final year of Laban Students. Guest choreographers have included in the recent years artists such as Rosalind Crisp, Jeremy Nelson, Eva Karczag, Nik Haffner, Rosemary Butcher, Matteo Fargion and others. The created work is performed at Bonnie Bird Theatre, London's leading theatres for contemporary dance and is then toured in venues in London and abroad.

2009, Laban Centre

Credits

Concept, Choreography and Artistic Direction
Zoi Dimitriou
Dancers
Graduating Laban Students
Text
'If I told him' by Gertrude Stein
Music
Chopin's 'Prelude in E-Minor', Jon Traynor
Sound Design and original composition
Ryan West
Lighting Design
Karsten Tinna
Costume Design
Lizzie Barker

Dates

  • 18 December 2009, Laban Students' Graduation Ceremony, Bonnie Bird Theatre, London, (GB)
  • 23 October 2009, Bonnie Bird Theatre, London, (GB)
  • 22 October 2009, Premiere, Bonnie Bird Theatre, London, (GB)

Panthalassa

About

Graduating students from the world-leading conservatoire perform works by invited choreographers each year alongside repertoire work from renowned artists such as Richard Alston and Siobhan Davies, student choreography and improvisation. The programme of works is then toured to schools and colleges before returning to its home theatre for final performances.

2007, London Contemporary Dance School

Credits

Concept, Choreography and Artistic Direction
Zoi Dimitriou
Dancers
Third Year performance Group of London Contemporary Dance School
Music
'Panthalassa' by Miles Davis

Dates

  • 14 December 2007, Premiere, The Place Theatre, London, (GB)

You're too short for that gesture

About

Shift is the resident youth dance company at The Place for 13 to 19 year olds. Selected through audition each September, students come from all over London and many ex-Shifters have gone on to train professionally both at London Contemporary Dance School and in other leading dance institutions. Each year they work with professional choreographers who make specially commissioned pieces of work for Shift to perform. In 2007 Shift have had a commission for a new work by Robin Howard Foundation Commission recipient Zoi Dimitriou entitled You're too short for that gesture, which was successful in winning Shift a coveted spot in the National Youth Dance Festival 2008, the first time Shift have been selected to perform in the festival.

2007, Shift Company

Credits

Concept, Choreography and Artistic Direction
Zoi Dimitriou
Dancers
The Company
Music
'Nuevo' by Kronos Quartet

Dates

  • 12 July 2008, National Youth Dance Festival, Peacock Theatre, London, (GB)
  • 8 December 2007, Premiere, Fresh Festival, The Place Theatre, London, (GB)

Limen

About

Limen was commissioned in 2006 by artistic director Lyn Seymour of the Greek National Ballet after seeing Zoi Dimitriou's first solo work 'Can You See Me?' at the 12th Kalamata International Dance Festival. Limen is part of a triptych under the general theme American Dream, whereby for the first time three Greek contemporary choreographers are invited to create works for the ballet. For Seymour this evening reflects her profound interest in nurturing creativity and collaboration. Limen is the latin word for threshold or liminal point. Based on Steve Reich's music, Limen reflects a postmodern aesthetic and concept of condensed time/space. The dimension of space is condensed in terms of time and divided into a series of endless moments of the present. Once the threshold is passed then one enters in a world where human geography looks like the result of constant negotiation and struggle. Within this framework, with strictly defined parameters and constantly shifting balances, the question that arises is to what extent the highly personal elements remain alive or whether they become the subject of a fleeting recognition?

2007, Greek National Ballet Company

Credits

Concept, Choreography and Artistic Direction
Zoi Dimitriou
Music
'Triple Quartet' by Steve Reich
Set, Costumes
Kenny MacLellan
Lighting
Lefteris Pavlopoulos
Assistant to Choreographer
Christiana Stefanou
Assistant to Lighting Designer
Nikos Vlassopoulos
Live Orchestra
New Hellenic Quartet
Dancers
Komi Kloukinou, Vanessa Kourkoulou, Christina Makridou, Popi Sakellaropoulou, Agapios Agapiadis, Fotis Diamantopoulos, Nikos Moschis, John Benetos, Esmeraldo Bitto, Dimitris Ferras.

Dates

  • 6 May 2007, Acropol Theatre, Athens, (GR)
  • 5 May 2007, Acropol Theatre, Athens, (GR)
  • 4 May 2007, Acropol Theatre, Athens, (GR)
  • 3 May 2007, Acropol Theatre, Athens, (GR)
  • 2 May 2007, Acropol Theatre, Athens, (GR)
  • 29 April 2007, Acropol Theatre, Athens, (GR)
  • 28 April 2007, Acropol Theatre, Athens, (GR)
  • 27 April 2007, Acropol Theatre, Athens, (GR)
  • 26 April 2007, Acropol Theatre, Athens, (GR)
  • 25 April 2007, Acropol Theatre, Athens, (GR)
  • 24 April 2007, Acropol Theatre, Athens, (GR)
  • 22 April 2007, Premiere, Acropol Theatre, Athens, (GR)

Reviews

Mirka Dimitriadi Psaropoulou, 8 May 2007, Eleftherotipia Press

Technically challenging both conceptually and performatively, Zoi Dimitriou's choreography creates a strong impact with its excellent composition and inventive movement vocabulary.

Vena Georgakopoulou, May 2007, Eleftherotipia Press

From the entire triptych under the title 'American Dream', I will remember for a long time and with great pleasure only one piece 'Limen'. Zoi Dimitriou offered both her audience and the dancers of the National Ballet twenty minutes of mature, well-composed and inspired choreography placed on the excellent score of Steve Reich and interpreted live by the New Hellenic Quartet.

Sandra Voulgari, Kathimerini

Dancing the American Dream Three Greek choreographers create a triple-bill expressing what the term means to them today. Zoi Dimitriou takes an abstract and formalist approach for 'Limen', which uses music by minimalist Stephen Reich. 'The object is to create structures that correspond to to what America is today', she says.

Three leading Greek choreographers have been invited by the National Opera to present their individual understanding of the American Dream at the Acropol Theater. Constantinos Rigos, Fotis Nikolaou and Zoi Dimitriou have come together and created a triptych, which premiered last week and will run on May 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. For Dimitriou the American Dream is all about speed. Taking an abstract and formalist approach, the choreographer uses music by minimalist pioneer Stephen Reich to create 'Limen'. "The object", explains Dimitriou, "is to create structures that correspond to what America is today, which to me, is the result of formalist relationships. The piece is more abstract, minimalist, than symbolic or theatrical". The young choreographer - who made a stunning debut at the Kalamata International Dance Festival, drawing the attention of National Opera Ballet Director Lyn Seymour - studied at the National School of Ballet in Greece and under Trisha Brown in New York. In 2005, she completed postgraduate studies at the Laban Center for Contemporary Dance in London. She wowed audiences and critics in Greece from her very first collaborations with the Horeftes and Lathos Kinisi ensembles, while she has also worked with acclaimed choreographers in New York and London.

Coordination and Navigation of Heterogeneous Humans Stabilised under a Visual Relative Localization
Side Effects
Hatsu Yume
Common Bodies in a Space of Difference
Little Creatures
If I told him
Panthalassa
You're too short for that gesture
Limen