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Kiriakos Hadjiioannou is a Basel based dance artist. His work focuses on various aspects of choreography, movement, space, art and ritual, within a historical and political context with the aim to make history tangible and accessible. He is exploring current developments in the performing arts, concerning questions of communication, specific production networks and cognitive developments in socio-cultural activities.
Over the last years, he has been producing a series of works in thematic contexts. The series «A past that has not left the body» with the creations «Axis» 2011, «Secondskin» 2012, «Oder wem gehört die Welt» 2014, exploring the body as an object of torture, of imprisonment, of suffering and resistance through historical and political encounters. The «Ballet Suisse – Stravinsky Trilogy» with the works «Le Sacre du Printemps – Suite Bâloise» 2014, and «L’Oiseau de feu - danse infernale» 2015, focused on pagan traditions and folk dances in Switzerland, working on the music of Stravinsky for Ballet Russes. The new series «Higher States» will premiere with his first creation «Mysterion» in May 2016 at Kaserne Basel.
As a performer, currently he is working with Simone Aughterlony and a group of seven artists for the project Uni * Form. Kiriakos is working on educational projects with kids and teenagers. He created «Slapstück» 2015 at Kaserne Basel, together with a class of 11 years old students, exploring on slapstick movies and «Beflügelt» 2015, commissioned by Gare des Enfants Basel, with the Sonatas and Interludes by John Cage for prepared piano, with teenagers.
He studied at the State School of Dance in Athens, Greece and Applied Theatre Science / Choreography and Performance at the University of Giessen, Germany. For 2014 and 2015 he is supported by The Swiss Arts Council ProHelvetia, as part of the pilot project «YAA! – Associated Artist» in cooperation with the theater Kaserne in Basel.