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ANGELIKI STELLATOU, THE SAINT OF MOVEMENT
A CONTEMPORARY GREEK DANCER AND CHOREOGRAPHER
That's how the Greek press calls her: "THE SAINT OF MOVEMENT". She is one of the most accomplished contemporary greek dancers and choreographers. Her choreographic work has become world-famous in the "Klepsydra" part of the opening ceremony of the Olympic games of 2004 in Athens. An exceptional artist and a person very dear to me, my sister.
Angeliki Stellatou came to the world on March 14th 1963. A difficult day for our family as she was premature and in danger of dying. In order not to pass away without having been baptized, she was baptized in the air. The Angels were invoked to save her life and she was named after them. A very symbolic birth, wasn't it? The little baby stayed in the hospital for some time and then she was brought back home, where she grew up a thin but very healthy child.
Angeliki would always move. She would run, jump, and dance all the time. Her biggest dream was to become a dancer. But our Greek parents, a little anxious about her health due to her premature birth would not even think of it.
In her seventeens Angeliki joined a school of economics , in the city of Patras. What a disappointment for her artistic soul! She started her studies, but very soon she found herself deppressed, and the only way out for her seemed to be dance. This time our parents gave in and, a few days later, there she was, taking her first class.
Real talent cannot hide, and her teacher of dance realised very quickly that she could go far in her Art so he suggested to her to enter the National Dance School, which she graduated with a scholarship for a postgraduate degree in M. Cunningham's school in New York.
During her career Angeliki Stellatou has given many performances in Greece and abroad. She has also worked as choreographer and stage director in various theatres, including the National Theatre of Greece. In 1999 Angeliki Stellatou was honoured with the National award of the best Greek dancer.
In this lens I would like to present some snapshops of her work both as dancer and as choreographer. I hope you will enjoy watching.
THE SPECTRE OF THE ROSE
IANNIS XENAKIS: ORESTIA
ANGELIKI'S ENCHANTING HANDS
THE CHOREOGRAPHY OF KLEPSYDRA
2004 was a milestone for Angeliki. She was honoured to be assigned the choreography of one part of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, the Klepsydra part. The concept and the total management of the ceremony was Dimitri Papaioannou's with whom Angeliki had started her career, forming the dance group Omada Edafous. Photis Papanikolaou worked with her for the production of Klepsydra and Angelos Mendis was the designer of the costumes.
The whole history of Greece passes before the spectators'eyes in only ten minutes. The Minoan and Mycenean years, the archaic ones, the classical period of statues and theatre, byzantine years and the modern greek history of the revolution as well as the contemporary years.
During the time of preparation our father fell ill of lung cancer. He died in two months' time. Angeliki would visit him in the hospital to spend her scarce free time and, as an excellent performer, she would make the whole hospital ward laugh with her jokes.
A hard time for her to see our father dying, and a very hard and exhausting working period. The outcome came in August, when the whole planet watched the sublme Greek panorama. The rainbow always comes after the storm.
SOME OF HER CHOREOGRAPHIC WORK
JUST BEFORE - RIGHT AFTER
Irine Margariti, Lena Moscha, Atalanti Mouzouri, Anthi Theofilidou, Irine Tzanetoulakou, Katerina Fotiadi (dance)
A very exciting piece, based on the myth of Phaedra and was made in collaboration with one of Greece's great contemporary composers, Theodore Ambazis.
The tragedy "Hippolytus" by Euripides tells the story of Phaedra's love for her stepson Hippolytus, which is the result of a curse and ends in Phaedra's suicide. In the original, Phaedra's rejection by Hippolytus is the cause of this; in the modern adaptation "just before( )right after", however, there are five women, which gives Euripides' text a new twist.
What was very interesting in this performance was the scenery. It was composed by 35..............cheap plastic chairs., that Angeliki used both as background and as musical instruments. The last scene, Phaedra's suicide, took place on top of two piles of chairs, where Phaedra had climbed and which collapsed abruptly due to her desperate and violent suicidal move.
A witty performance on every day's antagonistic behavour between each other. Little PacMen, eating each other, and striving to be First.