Dimitris Mytilinaios has been active in the dance field since 2012. He is a graduate of the Greek National School of Dance and master exerce in Montpellier. The latter he did with the support of Onassis Foundation which offered a full scholarship (2016-2018). Throughout his artistic trajectory he has collaborated with choreographers such as Yvonne Rainer, Iris Karayan among others but he has also started developing and presenting his own choreographic work. In 2020, within the frame of Artworks Fellowship from Stavros Niarchos Foundation he started composing his next piece while working as a dancer for four other choreographers (Lenio Kaklea, Mariela Nestora, Pat Catterson, Uri Shaffir) and last but not least became part of Dancing to Connect , an educational program of Onassis Stegi working with schools around Greece.
His first choreographic work was created in 2018, with With Nefeli Asteriou: “hardly the same: a dance guide to mess up body&mind”. In the meantime, he developed the experimental practice in public space “drifting” which up to now has been activated in Chania (city in Crete) and Kypseli (Athenian neighborhood). He has also produced some short films such as “fa-rolling” (AVDP 2019). Lately, he is busy with his current research departing from ballet technique and the way it has been written, noted and evolved throughout the history of its teaching. Aiming at a kind of deconstruction of the way of thinking ballet proposes, he wishes to find alternatives in the so far established correspondence between ballet-thought and ballet-form. “INORGANIC SEQUENCES”, his upcoming (December 2021) group piece, funded by the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports, is using this research and landmarks a subversive new collaboration with the noise-punk band, Rita Mosss.
Mariela Nestora makes performances for the stage as well as site specific and public space projects. She studied Contemporary dance and Choreography at the London Contemporary Dance School, Biology (B.Sc., Queen Mary and Westfield, U.K.), Human Molecular Genetics (M.Sc. St.Mary’s Medical School, Imperial College, U.K.), the Feldenkrais method (Greece, IFF International Feldenkrais Federation) and Master Theatre practices program at ArtEZ, Holland. She has participated in several artist collectives and occupations, instigated Collective Choreography Project-CCP and the artist-led initiative for the Greek dance scene from stage to page that includes publications of Greek choreographers’ interviews. As movement director in theatre she has worked on many projects and collaborated with several directors (Greek National Theatre, Athens & Epidaurus Festival, National Theatre of Northern Greece, Municipal Theatre of Patras, Experimental theatre festival Cairo, Patras Cultural Capital, National
Theatre of Albania and many others). She has taught movement classes and workshops to actors at the Experimental Stage of the Greek National Theatre and at the State theatre of Northern Greece.
YELP danceco. founded in London UK by Mariela Nestora is based in Athens since 2001 and has presented works in Europe (Maribor-Ljubljana/ Slovenia, Zagreb/ Croatia, Kassel-Berlin/ Germany, London-Brighton-Ipswich / U.K., Bologna/ Italy, Montpellier-Breste/France, Bucharest/ Romania, Parnu/ Estonia, Aarhus/ Denmark, Brussels/ Belgium, Athens–Kavala-Patras-Thessaloniki-Volos-Hydra-Heraclion-Chania/ Greece). YELP ‘s work has been selected by curators to participate in international dance festivals and platforms: International
Theatre System (ITI) platform, Greek Biennial Dance Platform, Athens Biennial, while productions have been co- produced by the Athens Festival, the Ministry of Culture, Kalamata International Dance festival and the Onassis Cultural foundation and performed at the Athens Festival, Onassis Cultural Center, Kalamata International Dance Festival. YELP has been regularly funded by the Greek Ministry of Culture, commissioned by Kaleidoscope
EU, Plesna Isba, Municipal Theatre of Patras, Patra Cultural Capital, The Place Commissions, The Video Place, participated in research programs and was financially assisted by Oxford Metrics, the Northern General Hospital & The Robin Howard Foundation.