Litsa Kiousi

I am a dancer, performer, and choreographer based in Berlin.

I want to explore the complexity of intimacy | manifest its beauty through a poetic exploration of the body | recognise and challenge my borders | continue finding different forms of collaboration and contexts | initiate clever/flexible/fair/ strategies to sustain my work practically and financially.

The human body is at the center of my artistic practice, which is influenced by the post-punk movement, the experimental music scene, the performing arts, film, painting and literature.

I am interested in process-oriented work, which is permanently altered by the performances and further developed, so that the temporary result is always lively and flexible.

As a social being I want to create spaces charged with questions, disturbances, confrontations and failures.

Collaborations with artists from various fields has a fundamental importance, it’s a form of collective intelligence not be reduced to a kind of accompaniment but to act as a challenging force. Different approaches, aesthetics, social, political, and cultural backgrounds have a place and are discussed, collide and challenge each other in order to come together, collapse momentarily or fall apart.

 

Biography

I was born and raised in Athens where I received my BA as a dancer. I continued my studies in New York at the Merce Cunningham studio and at the Movement Research. I have taken workshops with Meg stuart/Damaged Goods, hancockandkelly, La Pocha nostra, David Hernandez, Julien Hamilton, Foofwa d’Im0bilité, Kei Takei among others.

Since 2003 I am based in Berlin and have been engaged as a freelance dancer and performer in productions and events of various artists such as Sven Seeger, Guillermo Gómez Peña/La Pocha Nostra , Luise Wagner, LaborGras, Chantal Yzermans/Radical Low, Cosmin Manolescu, unitedOFFproduction, Veronika Riz, Camille Mutel a.o.

Since 2007 I am focused on developing my own work. The dance-concerts, „There´s been trouble in paradise“, „Where is the most beautiful funeral?“, „Dream Inspector“, and the solo, „watching alice“, have been performed in clubs, galleries and theatres such as Rebound club (Athens), Temporary Home- Documenta 12 (Kassel ), Brotfabrik, Schwelle7 (Berlin), Schaubühne Lindenfels (Leipzig ), Eira33, (Lisbon), 638 Kilo Tanz und weitere Delikatessen Festival (Essen ), Off-limits Festival (Dortmund), and Slim Week - A Multidisciplinary Music & Art Event (Berlin).

The live installation „Visiting Time“ has been presented at Weiße Würfel gallery in Leipzig, Panke Berlin, Henrys Dream Festival in Roskilde and Berlin Soup Art Festival in Copenhagen. „Visiting time(s)“, a series of curated performative events with visual artist Richard Hancock (hancockandkelly /UK) and musicians Jochen Arbeit (Einstürzende Neubauten/D) and Hopek Quirin (D) was presented in Panke Berlin.

I´ve been teaching classes and workshops on movement, improvisation and composition in several dance schools and universities in Europe.