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GRIFFON DANCE CO

Ioanna Portolou and Griffon dance co

artistic director and choreographer for griffon dance co.


Ioanna Portolou was born in London. She studied Fine Arts at Central St. Martin’s School of Arts (BA) and Slade School of Fine Art (ΜΑ). She took up a two year choreography course at Laban Centre London and presented with her company Allmouth her first choreographic works at The Place Theatre, Jackson’s Lane Theatre, and Laban Centre London.

In 2000 she founded griffon dance co, with which she had a 3 year cooperation with the Notos Theatre Group in Athens, after an invitation by Yiannis Houvardas, the artistic director of the theatre, and had the opportunity to perform at great theatres and dance festivals in England (The Place Theatre, Jackson’s Lane Theatre- London, Leap Dance Festival -Liverpool), in Germany (Internationale Tanzmesse, Duesseldorf), in Egypt (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria), in Skopje (3rd Balkan Dance Platform), in Novi Sad (5th Balkan Dance Platform) and in Greece (Kalamata International Dance Festival, Dance Month in Thessaloniki, Greek Dance Platform, Megaron, Athens Concert Hall, Vironas Festival).

In her works she uses non linear time while guiding the performers to reach their dramaturgical limits. Tight rhythm and use of time guide the spectators gaze to particular points of the work, therefore the audiences knows where to look exactly at each moment of the choreography. However, without over-explaining and highlighting the meaning it helps the audience to create its own meaning. The use of surrealist elements are there as remains of reality and not as decorative elements of the choreography

The Press has referred to her choreographies in a jubilant strain:

«Portolou has managed to lure us in front of the mirror with strange, idiosyncratic danced body language, in most imaginative colorful costumes, beautifully lit and cheerfully furnished with cartoon ingredients.»

(Katja Werner, Dance Europe)

Since 2007, the company manages its own dance studio (in the centre of Athens) in which it runs rehearsals, classes and seminars as well as produces and presents its own work. Under the name Motêl Griffon it invites and presents works by older and new members of the company who are taking their first steps in choreography and creation.

 

griffón WORKS

 

 

Boudoir 1810 (2001)

 

A game with time, where present is a self-constructed obstacle and past is the lost paradise….

Present: The brain free of memory and recollection.

Details from the past are sporadic and unfinished

Past: A dreamy world, without confinements, that arrives from far away and departs leaving behind only a sense of nostalgia.

Choreography: Ioanna Portolou

Set design: Ioanna Portolou

Costume design: Ioanna Portolou

Lighting design: Tasos Palaioroutas

Music: Nikos Zygouris

Dancers: Sesil Mikroutsikou, Aggeliki Papadatou, Sia Sourelou, Thomi Stamouli.

4.2.1 (2001)

 

A duet. The two sides of a human. The relationship between the two.

Passing through roles of imposition and submission, testing their autonomy and finding (or not) balance. Sometimes they meet, some others they don’t. However, they always carry the features that identifies them.

 

Choreography: Ioanna Portolou

Set design: Ioanna Portolou

Costume design: Ioanna Portolou

Lighting design: Tasos Palaioroutas

Music: Nikos Zygouris

Dancers: Maria Mavridou, Sesil Mikroutsikou

 

Κênnel (2002)

Kênnel unfolds the arbitrary course of a pack of people which appears to be so similar to a pack of stray dogs. The leader, the outsider and the homeless one lead the group to situations of empowerment and submission, subordination and independence investigating the paradox of human relationships.

Looking for a warm and familiar 'nest’, they play a game of survival where costumes, houses and places act as signifiers of social status. Along the way they have to stand up to dogmatism, behavioral codes and arbitrariness.

Their aims and the necessary conclusion of their course is the location of a new place of existence within the mass, always influenced by the animal roots .

Choreography: Ioanna Portolou

Set design: Ioanna Portolou

Costume design: Ioanna Portolou

Lighting design: Tasos Palaioroutas

Music: Nikos Zygouris

Dancers: Maria Mavridou, Sesil Mikroutsikou

Music: Nikos Zygouris

Music editor: Petros Depian

Photo : Tatiana Karapanagioti

Dancers: Sesil Mikroutsikou, Vaggelio Radou, Stavroula Siamnou,

Katerina Skiada, Thomi Stamouli.

 

 

Τupper (2003)

A tupperware preserves memories, compromises and revolutions within family. It is the plastic box of the family excursions, gatherings, of food maintenance, of memory. An utensil that has been transformed into a word or even a situation. It is what connects us to the family and transfers us into another era in the past. A symbol of family and of the atmosphere that surrounds each and every one of us.

Choreography: Ioanna Portolou

Set design: Maria Vasilaki

Costume design: Ioanna Tsami

Lighting design: Tasos Palaioroutas

Music: Nikos Zygouris

Music editor: Petros Depian

Dancers: Sesil Mikroutsikou, Giannis Nikolaidis, Stavroula Siamnou,

Katerina Skiada.


Pick-Nick-Trick-Sick-Mick (2003)

 

 

 

 

They are walking in the wood looking for something. They set the table to eat but they forget something. When they remember they run backwards, forwards and in every direction. They serve, and start to eat. In the end they fall asleep and dream that they could start again.

 

 

Choreography: Cesil Mikroutsikou

Costume design: Ioanna Tsami

Lighting design: Tasos Palaioroutas

Music composition: Vangelis Kodopoulos

Dancers: Rania Glymitsa, Konstadina Mikroutsikou, Nikoleta Karmiri

 

 

Napoleon & Napoleon II (2004)

When fame precedes you, then your costume becomes synonymous to your name. Napoleon's hat became synonymous to his figure and legacy. What object is "Napoleon's hat" to other people what would they substitute it with? Costume, as the other significant half, becomes an essential accessory on the way to a person's integration. What is left if you subtract that object from the person?

 

 

Choreography: Ioanna Portolou

Costume design: Ioanna Tsami

Lighting design: Tasos Palaioroutas

Music: Nikos Zygouris

Music editor: Petros Depian

Dancers: Giannis Nikolaidis, Alexander Keivanai

 

Μonotonia (2004)

 

 

Choreography: Cesil Mikroutsikou

Costume creation: Irini Igglesi

Lighting design: Tasos Palaioroutas

Music: Thanos Mikroutsikos

Dancers: Rania Glymitsa, Konstadina Mikroutsikou,

Atalanti Mouzouri, Gerasimos Genatas, Nikoleta Karmiri

 

 

 

Lapland (2004)

 

 

“In nature animals leave traces and prints as they go along. So do human beings, because they have a need to leave traces too, to confirm that they have gone through life.”

Lapland takes place in a vast white landscape of deathly silence and cold. This is where survival becomes an end in itself, and the need for warmth, companionship, and hence, reproduction, become primary life goals.

This work looks at ways we print our traces on the landscape as a confirmation of our own existence.

Choreography: Ioanna Portolou

Set design: Maria Vasilaki

Costume design: Ioanna Tsami

Lighting design: Tasos Palaioroutas

Music composition: Thodoris Abazis, Studio 19

Video Director: Lefteris Haritos

Dancers: Rania Glymitsa, Timos Zechas, Nikoleta Karmiri,

Cecil Mikroutsikou, Giannis Nikolaidis

 

A commission by the ATHENS 2004 Cultural program of the Parolympic Games.

 

 

Melia (2004)

 

 

Melia is a dancetheatre piece based on the fairytale “Melia” by Emmanouil Roides and is appropriate for children and adult children.

Melia has all the features that make a fairytale. Use of magic powers and imaginative, a search or adventure with a happy ending, the use of social role models. The heroine Melia overcomes all the difficulties in life due to the close relation she has with archetypes - a tree, an animal, nature- and in the end “they live happily ever after”.

Choreography: Cesil Mikroutsikou

Set design: Maria Vasilaki

Costume design: Ioanna Tsami

Lighting design: Tasos Palaioroutas

Music composition: Christos Thivaios

Dancers: Rania Glymitsa, Nikoleta Karmiri, Alexia Kosti, Konstadina Mikroutsikou,

Elisavet Plioakostathi, Pegy Psychoyiou

Actress: Elita Kounadi


A commission by the Megaron Athens Concert Hall.

 

 

Fractal (2005)

In Fractal three different female elements meet cautiously.

Their ensemble follow a common route of transformation exploring the range of femininity from childhood through to adulthood.

Is there a crucial point of transformation along the line? Is there a point of no return to innocence?

Choreography: Ioanna Portolou

Costume design: Ioanna Tsami

Lighting design: Tasos Palaioroutas

Music chosen by: Ioanna Portolou

Sound editing: Petros Depian

Dancers: Vaso Giannakopoulou, Cecil Mikroutsikou, Katerina Skiada

 

Action xt (2005)

 

 

A motorbike is a way of living. The feeling of the air, the freedom of escaping, the horse power between your legs, the game with danger without which life would be boring………

A constant two weal puberty. Action xt is all that but also about the riders of a daily fun park, and a study case for the orthopedics.

 

Choreography: Cecil Mikroutsikou & Giannis Nikolaides

Lighting design: Tasos Palaioroutas

Music composition

And performance: Vaso Dimitriou

Dancers: Cecil Mikroutsikou & Giannis Nikolaides

 

 

Solitaire (2006)

 

 

The lonely card game transforms itself into a group expedition in the nature of human relations. The four dancers take part in a game of “solitaire” without knowing where this is going to lead. Going back in time and in space they come across old “wounds”. Some win and some loose, but they all learn the rules of the game and reflect on the different ways they could play their cards, if they had a second chance.

 

 

 

Choreography: Ioanna Portolou

Costume design: Ioanna Tsami

Lighting design: Tasos Palaioroutas

Set design: Maria Vasilaki

Dancers: Cesil Mikroutsikou, Konstadina Mikroutsikou, Giannis Nikolaides, Katerina Skiada

 


Apollo 3 (2007)

Part of Motêl griffon, the invitation from griffon dance co to older or newer members of the company to use the premises and staff of the company in order to create their own work.

 

 

Since when synchronization was a synonym for likeness? And since when difference was an indicative of dissimilarity? Trio work “Apollo 3” finished off a study on the variety of differences created through the slightest changes. Mundane movement is automatically transformed to unnatural when done synchronized, a small alteration in the manner of execution changes the quality of the movement phrase while a way of avoiding synchronization is emulation. If such minor details make the difference then is “Apollo 3” is the celebration in the beauty of difference by means of resemblance.

 

Choreography, dancers: Olia Lydaki, Sesil Mikroutsikou, Katerina Skiada.

Set design: Maria Vasilaki

Costume design: Ioanna Tsami

Lighting design: Tasos Palaioroutas

Music: ALPHA P, Adriana ΤΟΟΤ.

Photos: Pericles Akoyounoglou

Photo editing: Lefteris Stavrakas

Produced by: Griffón dance co


Cinderella’s house (2008)


A woman is trying to get rid of her everyday image and find her other half in a way that society considers as ideal and beautiful. This transformation makes her realize that true beauty lies inside her and that freedom and independence but also love are won with originality and truth.

Based on the classical fairytale of Cinderella, Cecil Mikroutsikou directs and choreographs her own solo version that plays with truth and lie, dream and reality.

 

Choreography: Cecil Mikroutsikou

Costume designer: Ioanna Tsami

Stage designer: Maria Vasilaki

Music selected by: Cecil Mikroutsikou

Lights designer: Tasos Palaioroutas

Performed by: Rania Glymitsa

 

 

 


Flesh (2008)

Is there a human relationship without taking on a role? In every human connection a convention occurs between two people. This requires that one will position itself in relation to the other. The strong and the weak, the male and the female. Someone could offer respect while the other ask for ill-treatment. A coexistence fundamentally creates a certain dynamic.

Influenced by the religious ceremony of marriage, "Flesh" questions the possibility of this union, and the contradictory term of unity. Can the 2 become 1? Can they coexist? Or is there only one left in the end? Who decides that the man will take on the male role and the woman the female role? And finally, within this role playing game, what is male and what is female?"

 


Choreography: Ioanna Portolou

Dancers: Katerina Skiada, Nikoleta Karmiri

Original lighting design: Tasos Palaioroutas

Costume design: Ioanna Tsami

Original set design: Maria Vasilaki

Music selected by: Ioanna Portolou

 

 


 

Arizona (2009)

Originally set in the studio of griffon dance studio and dealing with the norms and rules that are set in a small space, before your existence there (like the studio, a family house or even a jail), Arizona is dealing with the feeling of suffocation occurred to those entering the space. Sometimes, personal “needs” exceed the quantity of the space and take up more space then the one we inhabit.

 

 

Choreography: Ioanna Portolou

Assistant choreographer: Konstadina Mikroutsikou

Dancers: Katerina Skiada, Nikoleta Karmiri, Olia Lydaki, Vaso Giannakopoulou, Rania Glymitsa

Original lighting design: Tasos Palaioroutas

Costume and set design: Andonis Volanakis

 

 


Viewmaster (2010)

10 years griffon!

 

 

- An optical game

- A fragmented narration

- Or a panoptical view?

VIEWMASTER explores the multiple possibilities of proximity within a dual relationship. Using syncopated time to assemble the snapshots, it ends up in a rhythmical consequence where the contact between two people remains a memory.

Placing the spectators in the periphery of the stage, the choreography focuses on the role that the eye of the dancer and viewer plays, as the two-dimensionality of the stage is broken down allowing the piece to be seen form every possible corner and aspect, even feeling that you are becoming a part of it.


choreography: Ioanna Portolou

set/costumes: Adonis Volanakis

music: Antony P. - Andriana TooT.

lighting: Tassos Palaioroutas

assistant choreographer: Katerina Skiada

performers: Rania Glymitsa, Nikoleta Karmiri, Cecil Mikroutsikou, Atalanti Mouzouri

 

 

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