COMPANY BIOGRAPHY

Levantes Dance Theatre is a young company doing extraordinary things. In a short space of time this Anglo-Greek duo of young women have caught the eye of a number of venues, commissioners and artists alike. The company have trained in a multitude of disciplines including ballet, live art, visual art, dance theatre, contemporary performance, design and fashion. Their practice fuses these artistic disciplines to create vivid, inclusive experiences. There is an overwhelming sense within the work of a provocative visual design, costumes and set forming the focus for their use of visual dialogue.

“We want you to eat us with your eyes, to create a sculpture which may be entered into and explored”.

Levantes Dance Theatre are playful, vivacious and vibrant. They are the designers, choreographers, performers, and directors, and look to creating something whole and inclusive rather than managing an artistic patchwork of concepts and ideas. Eccentric worlds are created from a fascination with routine and a desire to marry the lavish and mundane, exploring the perverse and odd idiosyncrasies of human behaviour.

“Mischief, humour and tenderness explode with equal measure to highlight themes of resistance and compliance. We encourage an intimate exchange between audience and performer, hoping they are both drawn in to and repulsed by our work”.

Moments from everyday situations are juxtaposed with lighting, sound and a visual aesthetic to reveal their beauty and significance.

Room Temperature Romance premiered as part of BITE09 at the
Barbican, London in October 2009 and is available on tour from May 2010.

 

Eleni Edipidi - Co artistic director/choreographer/performer

Originally from Greece, Eleni trained at Laban and gained a MA in European Dance Theatre Practice (2005) and has a BA in Dance and Live Art Practices (2004, MMU). Eleni is a freelance performer and choreographer. She has performed and toured internationally with the Belgian based company Victoria with the work "For All The Wrong Reasons" by Lies Pauwels. She has also danced for Marie-Gabrielle Rotie in "Brutality of Fact", Aud Aasbo in "Pulse"
and has performed in the Opening Ceremonies of the Athens 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games amongst others.

Eleni is the recipient of The Marion North Mentoring Scheme 2009 and is working with Lindsey Butcher as her mentor.

She is currently performing in an aerial dance piece choreographed by Rachel Freeman (Blue Eyed Soul Dance Company).

Bethanie Harrison - Co artistic director/choreographer/performer

Bethanie has a BA in Dance and Visual Art (2004, MMU). Since 2004, Bethanie has co directed LDT and created work as a choreographer and performer for their productions. Bethanie has collaborated with art practitioners Andre Gingras and Anna Macdonald and has lead workshops in schools in the Northwest with “Charged 2 Dance”.

Gopan Iyadurai - Multimedia Artist

Gopan has an MSc from Goldsmiths College, University of London (2006) and a BA in Live Art and Visual Art (2004, MMU). His work has been shown in Singapore and in the U.K. Gopan is an interdisciplinary artist who works primarily with moving image. He works in broadcast television and is the founder of the production company RUN4MEDIA.

Kleoniki Edipidi - Stage Manager

Kleoniki is a Roehampton University graduate with a BA Hons in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. Since 2006, she has been working closely with Levantes Dance Theatre. She has worked as a stage manager in both the UK and Greece in venues such as the Arcola Theatre (London), the greenroom (Manchester), the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus (Epidavros, Greece), the Athens Concert Hall (Athens, Greece), the Ancient Theatre of Herod Atticus Odeon (Athens, Greece), Theatro Dasous (Thessaloniki, Greece). Her latest project was being host stage manager for the Athens-Epidaurus Festival 2009 with visiting artists such as Jiri Kylian, Romeo Castellucci, Michelle Anne de Mey, Victoria Chaplin and Jean Baptiste Thierree amongst others.

Kristina Hjelm - Lighting Designer

Kristina trained at Rose Bruford College, 1998-2001. Design credits include: Cutting the Cord (Flying Eye), The Unknown (Cecile Feza Bushidi, BITE Barbican), Any Which Way (Only Connect), The Race (Gecko, international and national tour), Meltdown (Rambert Dance Company), Pagliacci (English Touring Opera), Guernica (Theatre Lab Company, Oval House Theatre), Edward II (Eyestring Theatre Company), MIE (Cathrine Kontz) 30 000 Lies (site specific 24 hour performance installation in Turin, Italy), Venice Preserved (Arcola Theatre), She and In between… (Meghan Flannigan Dance Company, The Place and Laban), Restricted Area, The Dark Room and 22 Rooms (site specific performances by F2, Athens, Greece) Always (Mkultra, BAC), As It Is (Gary Rowe Dance Company, Arcola Theatre).

Samantha Stockdale - Producer

Samantha trained at Lancaster University, graduating in Theatre Studies in 2005 and since has been based in the North West of England, working with Quarantine, hÅb and the greenroom, Manchester, LANWest, and Skylight Circus Arts. She also makes her own film work.