Katerina Giannakopoulou

                                                                                                MULTiDiSCiPLiNARY ARTiST & DiRECTOR

 

ONLY HUMAN – first part of the Documentary Series Music4Everybody! (Director, Dramaturgy, Coach)

PANDEMIA – interdisciplinary art film by Katerina Giannakopoulou (Director, Dancer, Actress, Producer)

THE TRAGEDY OF DOMNA VISVIZI – interdisciplinary art film (made by Katerina Giannakopoulou & Mixalis Iliaskos)

AS THE WAVE BROKE…. – a film by Alexandra Bekiou (Katerina Giannakopoulou in the role of Julia)

LIVE ON STAGE (Katerina la Greca & Friends)

ABOUT HER

Katerina is a multidisciplinary award-winning dancer, choreographer, actress, director & filmmaker of Greek origins working and living in Cologne Germany. “I combine modern dance with flamenco and dance theatre using complex rhythms, sounds and music from all over the world to create innovative performances and films with social impact. My approach is always to deliver a powerful message on a theme through a story performed by a highly developed character using the power of music & arts.”    
                                                                   
“ONLY HUMAN” (2021), documentary series about a journey that brings people together in a learning and healing process through dancing, singing, acting, and creating. When Germany opened its borders to refugees seven years ago, the non-profit association “music4everybody! e.V.” started an integrative music theater project with the aim of making it easier for young people with a refugee and migration background to arrive in Germany. Katerina is since 2014 part of the music4everybody! community – since then, she was contributed to more than 100 music theatre or film projects as a choreographer, coach, or director. Together with the film production company cineMars they started a campaign against racism in favour of tolerance and diversity.
“PANDEMIA” (2020), her multiple award-winning experimental music film, is her first solo project which she directed, performed, danced in, and produced. It is a poignant cautionary tale on the topic of global warning from the perspective of Mother Nature as the protagonist.
“The Tragedy of Domna Visvizi” (2020), her interdisciplinary production with her in the main role as Domna Visvizi, was honoured under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization and won 44 international awards. Her collaboration with Mixalis Iliaskos started 2016 with there first music video “To Filaxto” and the project “Greek Natural Videos” – showcasing their beautiful country and sharing the richness of Greece by combining poetry, history, music, dance and acting in a more modern and cinematically artistic documentary format.
Als die Welle brach… (As the Wave broke…) 2019, directed by Alexandra Bekiou with Katerina in the the leading role, tells the Epic Story of a woman searching for a better life after suffering the most terrible abuse. The odyssey of an autobiographical character in all her depth, resilience and complexity.

 

Katerina, also known as “Katerina la Greca” is part of the “Flamenco Zentrum Köln” Community since 2001. She works as a solist, performer, choreographer, coach or director with ” Oper Köln”, “La Fura dels Baus”, “Schauspiel Köln”, “Javid Afsari Rad Ensemble” & “Zarbang Ensemble”. 

                                                                                                      EDUCATION 

She was only 6 years old when she met her first teacher Pina Bausch who guided her when she entered the artistic world of dance theatre, giving her the opportunity to take part in all the involved aspects- from rehearsals to closing night.

Her formation at an early age was in classical ballet, modern dance, jazz dance, flamenco dance and voice training. Later she completed her education as a professional dancer and dance teacher in Theatre Bayer Erholungshaus at the age of 21. 

After that, she moved from Germany to Sevilla, Spain where she became “Katerina la Greca” mixing flamenco dance with dance theatre and sharing the stage at international flamenco festivals with Icons like Rocio Molina, Belen Maya, Leonor Leal and more. Her formation was with masters like Rafaela Carrasco, Manuel Betanzos, Israel Galván, Matilde Coral…

At the age of 25 she started to focus more on acting, working in the theatre “Viento Sur” in Sevilla Spain where she got the opportunity to play several main roles such as Phädra (Racine), Celestina (Max Frisch) and Mirandolina (Goldoni). 

With 29 she decided to move back to Germany where she took 2,5 years of acting training at Schauspiel Zentrum Cologne in the areas of film and theater.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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