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Efrosini Protopapa

Efrosini Protopapa’s choreography (Dis) Appearing Acts (in Rooms made of Theatre), commissioned and produced by the Laban Centre, was first presented in London in October 2007 and is to tour Britain until the summer of 2008.

The choreography was created for 16 graduate students of the Laban Centre and together with works by Jeremy Nelson, Sean Feldman and Odette Hughes constituted the repertoire evening 2007-08.

According to the choreographer, “taking as a starting point a multitude of answers to the questions “What would you like to see on stage?”, this work explores theatre as the main domain for expectations and demands, and the feasible and viable. This is a strictly structured, and at the same time unpredictable game that evolves differently each evening as the dancers play with actions, costumes and roles, following the basic rules of the game but also developing strategies to take the audience, but also themselves, by surprise.

Efrosini Protopapa is a candidate lecturer at the Roehampton University. She is a First-Class Honours graduate of the State School of Dance and the Department of Theatre Studies of the University of Athens. With scholarships from Greek State Scholarships Foundation and the Onassis Foundation she went on to study at the SNDO in the Netherlands and the Laban Centre from where she obtained a postgraduate degree with distinctions in choreography, aesthetics and stage design.

She is the artistic director and choreographer of the international London-based performance group Lapsus Corpi, with which she has presented works in London, Leeds, Nottingham, Lester, Eastleigh and other UK cities, and recently in Athens. She has also collaborated with Jonathan Burrows, Xavier Le Roy, Deborah Hay, Gill Clarke and Carol Brown. She teaches motion, choreography and theory of performing arts in university institutes in the UK and Greece.