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Danai Liodaki

2019/20 Athens

Danai is an artist and art manager who lives and works in Greece. She holds an MA in Architecture, a BA in Dramatic Arts and she is now finishing her MSc in Architecture-Space and Culture. She has worked as an actress and performer in Greece and abroad, as well as a theatrical writer, a director and a theatrical play provider for children. She has a great interest in public art and social theater and in re establishing the relationship between the artist and the audience. She agrees with Augusto Boal who once wrote that “anyone can do theater, even actors”, so in 2018 she co-founded the b.p.m. (beats per minute) theater group and started working on theatrical productions.

Danai has always been socially engaged in her life and is determined to use experiences such as her fellowship with START (2019), as well as her collaboration with Quartier (Bremen, DE), to maximize the social impact of her work in Greece. Her vision is to use social theater activities in order to question and reform the social structures rooted in Greece and empower oppressed social groups, and she is not going to give up, so stay tuned! 

Phase I

Capacity building in Germany

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Duration

Sep - Nov

Project Title

NITSA - Narratives of women Illuminated Through Social Theater Activities

NITSA project, aims to enlighten the women' s oppression and empower them through social theater activities. Nitsa is a common Greek female name, connected with women of lower social classes, symbolizing a powerless, depended woman and is used as an identity name to underestimate women. The project aims at reversing this negative discourse and help the female narratives to be brought up to the public sphere. The project is based on the island of Crete. Apart from the personal roots, the choice of this specific place is also related with its cultural tradition in women’ s oppression. Only during the last semester of 2019 two women were killed (one by her husband and the other by her father) on the island. Worth mentioning is that Crete, though the biggest island in Greece, offers its residents limited access to cultural events and contemporary art, especially regarding
theater.

Host Institution

QUARTIER

In close collaboration with artists and culture makers, QUARTIER gGmbH creates cultural education projects that are especially focused on the living situation of our fellow citizens in their respective neighborhoods. Children, young people and adults with a variety of social and cultural backgrounds produce art and culture together. The results of this collaboration are presented in theater productions, exhibitions, performance and (even) fashion shows.

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