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Vassia Valkanioti

2017/18 Athens

Vassia was born and raised in Athens. She studied management (Athens University of Economics and Business) and acting and theater (Dilos Drama School). The two fields converged within a master’s program in conflict/disaster management (Netherlands, Belgium, Indonesia), specializing in the role of art and the potential for both individual and community within crisis and liminal situations.

As a performance maker, her practice oscillates between physical theater and dance. She closely collaborated with Teater Garasi, a multi-disciplinary artist collective based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia; there, she co-created and performed in several productions.

Seeing theater and dance as a pathway towards active citizenship and community participation, Vassia designed and facilitated workshops in Tanzania, Indonesia and Greece for groups of diverse ages, background and needs. Her work “Street Horizons” for the 2017 Athens Festival explored ways to reside and move our bodies within urban settings.

Project Progress Phase II Phase I

Phase II

Project implementation in Greece

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Duration

Dec - May

Project Title

Flying Duets

Flying Duets is a personalised platform bringing actively together people with diverse social and cultural identities through art. It is an attempt to activate a process of constructive social ‘osmosis’.

Opening up unmediated dialogue between just two people at a time, within a distinctive space to freely interact beyond norms and rigid mindframes. It is an attempt to challenge preconceived views and build social bridges, through a free process of co-creation, within a dynamic and constantly changing environment.

Duets are formed by individuals, from different strands of life and background; different social status,ethnicity, cultural values and physical abilities. Two people who rarely have the chance to exchange views, interact and create a ‘bond’, in average everyday life, within the present societal structure and rhythms.

The regular sessions have flexible format, are based on movement exploration and experimentation, as the basis for transformative learning ‘through the other’; as the departure point for coexisting, communicating and creating together.

Moments of the encounters' process, in paper or video, objects used, the process’ ‘imprint’, will be exhibited and presented in a final open event which attempts to share and communicate the platform to the wider audience.

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Phase I

Capacity building in Germany

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Duration

Sep - Nov

Project Title

“Antamomata / Ichi-go Ichi-e” and “German-Polish Duets... Fly So Close So Far”

“Antamomata / Ichi-go Ichi-e”: this interactive installation was created in a deserted kitchen of the castle, not touched since several years in the context of the 25 Years schloss bröllin celebration festival. This was a special invitation for only two guests at a time to enter a space that the public normally has no access to and be immersed in a unique experience shared only by themselves. It plays with proxemics, memories and duet dynamic. It is a call to move together, relate with the architecture of the space, make a pause from the hectic life rhythms and oscillate. 

“German Polish Duets... Fly So Close So Far”: Adolescents and adults from the two countries formed duets and engaged in indirect introduction to each other; moving and creating together. The work played with and moved beyond borders. Some moments of their encounters’ process were filmed and screened as part of the youth musical they performed at schloss bröllin.

Host Institution

schloss bröllin

schloss bröllin e.V. is an international production center created by artists for artists and for guests from around the world. The 800-year-old, landmarked manor complex is located on the German-Polish border some 40 km west of Stettin and 130 km north of Berlin.

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“Antamomata / Ichi-go Ichi-e” and “German-Polish Duets... Fly So Close So Far”
“Antamomata / Ichi-go Ichi-e” and “German-Polish Duets... Fly So Close So Far”
“Antamomata / Ichi-go Ichi-e” and “German-Polish Duets... Fly So Close So Far”