Dance Prize 2025


Leon and Lykos

A collective entity on stage, with eyes fixed on the horizon, strides forward embodying a unified voice and purpose for a change to come, transforming breath into movement ,movement into sound and sound into words.Its movement wants to be a song in which the work moves.


Up to now Christos Papadopoulos work approaches movement like a hidden secret at its elementary characteristics. His extensive research was immersing his “gaze” and the audience’s “gaze” as well, into the movement , looking for the point where movement finds its cause and freedom.

Now he is brewing a new venture that leads grim to uncharted areas and he consciously pursues loosing his sense of surety that acquired art provides, and aim to unexpected areas that still ground on his personal questions and quests.

So his next step concerns text . A text that keeps on being charged with energy and rhythm ,reaching a point that is transformed into music throughout singing. He wants to connect movement with words. Words that keep on pulsating so intensely up to a point where their meaning is lost ,but we keep on understanding them throughout their materiality , pulse and vibration.

His first impulse for this adventure founds on hearing memories coming from his childhood and teenage years , memories that Papadopoulos shares with many more Greeks, collective memories connected with the fate of the Greek landscape even if this is not obviously visible.Specifically he wants to consciously process the music influence of the significant Greek musicians Mikis Theodorakis (Axion Esti, Epifania) and Manos Hatzidakis (Ornithes, Birds) and investigate if words can dialate ,reaching a state of abstraction that is closer to a movement, a rising hand , an oscillating body or a shaking leg. At the same time through out his experience from the Ancient Greek drama, he is taking references and inspiration from the Ancient Greek Chorus. This way he wants to expand his research on creating a moving entity on stage working on the collective memory and awareness. 

Is it possible to work and compose a text with the same principles that a body is being choreographed? How close can we bring body and words? Words and body? Can this be a common experience, transparent and simple?

Artistic Team

Concept Choreography : Christos Papadopoulos Greece; Music: Kornilios Selamsis Greece/ Turkey; Lights: Eliza Alexandropoulou Greece; Set : Clio Boboti Greece/Italy; Costumes : Angelos Mentis Greece; Dancers: Georgios Kotsifakis,Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, Themis Andreoulaki,Tasos Nikas,Sotiria Koutsopetrou,Danae Parzigiannidi ,Chara Kotsali,Antonios Vais,Maria Bregianni,Amalia Kosma. The creative team are people and friends that we collaborate often together. We forge an artistic family that constantly digs into the idea/concept and tries to grasp the outcome. In general choosing a creative team for music, sound, costumes, and set design is about assembling individuals who excel in their craft and share a deep sensitivity towards the project's vision. Effective communication is key, ensuring everyone understands and collaborates seamlessly. Thorough research informs creative choices, while flexibility allows for adaptation and continuous adjustments during the process even till the day of the premiere. Bringing only the absolutely crucial elements on stage is essential for me.This way there is a chance to throw light to qualities that easily can pass unnoticed . Each team member must contribute excellence in their area—whether composing music, designing soundscapes, creating costumes, or conceptualizing sets. This condensed approach emphasizes a focused, harmonious collaboration that prioritizes artistic integrity and impactful outcomes.

Co-producing Partners

JULIDANS festival



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