15 – 17 JULY     .    10:00 – 14:00     .

The workshop analyses the concepts: Topic – Performance – Art Space – Environment – Costume – Duration – Audience.

Performance_Lab invites dancers, actors, artists and people who are familiar with performing in front of audience. We will engage in techniques and ways that will help us create our own work. With our physical presence being necessary, we will explore things in depth and we will share experiences drawn from the process of elaborating and conducting a complete Performance.

The works that will be created will be performances that may be at times premeditated following a certain scenario and other times spontaneous (improvised). They will always be presented to an audience but will not always require the audience’s participation. The key elements that will occupy our mind is how the performance will evolve inside a physical context, how it will evolve in specific time limits, the artist’s presence inside that context and the particular relationship that will develop between the artist and the audience.

The performance is an art medium that has a significant importance in high-culture art throughout the 20th century. Performance has been an inherent part in the development of art movements such as Futurism or Dada, which reflected, quite provocatively, artists’ shift from the conventional forms of painting, traditional sculpture, dance or theatre. In this new context, many artists turned to performance in order to redefine their art practice in a fresh eye.

The works created will be presented during the 9th Dance Days festival in Chania.


IoannisKarounis is a performer, choreographer and co-artistic director of the International Dance Film Festival – ATHENS VIDEO DANCE PROJECT. He is also a filmmaker with a keen interest in video and documentaries. He studied dance in Jacob’s Pillow Dance School (Massachusetts – US), in National School of Dance (Greece) and in Kontaxaki Professional Dance School (Greece). He has studied performance in the University of Athens. Most recently, he has collaborated with Marina Abramovic Institute, NEON Organisation, Benaki Museum, National Museum of Contemporary Art (Greece), National Theater of Norway, Niarchos Foundation, Documenta 14 (Athens- Kassel 2017), stART – Robert Bosch Stiftung, David Dorfman Company NYC, XVII Festival International de Danza Contemporanea (Mexico), Greek Festival, National Theater of Greece, International Dance Festival of South Korea, Hellenic Dance Company, Biennale Athens AB5to6, Echo Echo Dance Festival (Ireland), Off Europa Festival (Germany), Arc for Dance International Festival, Greek Contemporary Dance Platform, Dance Days Chania (Greece) etc. He has collaborated with many artists from Greece and abroad such as Marina Abramovic, David Zabrano, Ted Stoffer, RafikaChawishe, Michael Kliën, ErmiraGoro, Georgia Sagri, AthanasiaKanellopoulou, Hermes Malkotsis, ApostoliaPapadamaki etc. He has taught contemporary dance in National Dance School, University of Athens, Athens School of Fine Arts, Dance Cultural Center, EU Programs (Action 1&2) and in many other places in Greece and abroad. He is a founding member of BelleVille non-profit organisation, Athens Video Dance Project, Society of Dance, and Saltator Physical Dance Group. He is an active and inspired performer, choreographer and dance teacher with a great interest in martial arts and yoga.