Eleni Mylona is a choreographer, performer, movement practitioner and researcher, coming from Athens, Greece, and based in Zurich, the last nine years.
Within her practice as and through research, she explores the possibilities of language and body within time and space, the relation of language to imagination, the movement of thought and the thought of movement. During the last years, she has been exploring ways to read, think, exchange, and imagine together.
Her work has been invited by festivals, art fairs, and biennales and it has been shown in theaters, galleries, and experimental spaces, in Athens, Thessaloniki, Zurich, Basel, Berlin, London and Arnhem.
In Zurich, she has collaborated with several institutions and companies (Tanzhaus Zürich, Rote Fabrik Theater, Holzke, Maxim Theater, Trop cher to share, Terrasse Ensemble, and others) as a choreographer, performer, movement practioner and initiator of reading and writing groups.
She holds an MA in Theatre Practices, a practiced-based artistic research masters, from ArtEZ University of the Arts, in Holland.(Research Entitled : 'Language Choreography:Re-imagining Autobiographical Narratives, to Creating Fictions of Mental Motion').
Writing, describing, speaking out loud, and performing autobiographical narratives in order to create alternative fictional scenarios, was at the core of this research. The action of intervening and transforming the dominant narrative of a story, is Mylona's proposition on how to converse with the social and the political. The socio-political proposition that emerges from her work is to create a social and public space, where engagement with imagination can happen. In that space, events are placed out of their spatial and temporal contexts; they move away from the personal and towards the relational and the public (in the world). Narratives are understood as open-ended.
During this two-year process, she has presented her work by making and performing the following performative events: 'KONTA or how we get together- a rehearsal', 'I see the woman in the blue pullover and the ponytail', and 'Three orange trees. In the future'. She has also created the publication : 'Do you believe in God, my dear Institution?; Auto fiction letters: a public space for an engagement with imagination', which is now part of the collection of WALTER books in Arnhem and has also been presented in Volumes Publishing Days 2019, in Zurich .
Mylona has studied dance at the National School of Dance in Greece (K.S.O.T) and holds a dance teacher diploma from the 'Morianova-Trasta Professional School of Higher Education' in Athens. She has collaborated as a performer and/or taken part in research projects after invitation with the following artists: Michael Klein, Vera Mantero, Juan Dominguez, Danae Theodoridou, Anna Sanchez, Jean-Paul Jaccarini, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola and others.
9th International Digital Storytelling Conference, Loughborough University//March 30th-April 1st
Performance: 'Three Orange Trees. In the future.'
Volumes '19: Art Publishing Days 29/11-1/12 Kunsthalle Zurich//
Performance presentation : 'Three Orange Trees. In the future'.
Hosts my publication : 'Do you believe in God, my Dear Institution? Auto fiction letters: a public space for an engagement with imagination' by Eleni Mylona.
9th Storytelling Festival Athens- 9ο Φεστιβάλ Αφήγησης Αθήνας //23-24-25th of November
Presentation of the story : 'Letter to Frau D.' from the publication 'Do you believe in God, my Dear Institution?
Αφήγηση της ιστορίας : 'Γράμμα στη Φράου Ντι', από την έκδοση 'Πιστεύεις στο Θεό, Αγαπητό μου Ινστιτούτο;'
'7th to the 7th' Arnhem: Seven to the Seventh is an event that will connect synchronically artists and their artistic communities, in multiple urban sites, across seven-time zones on the week of 24th-30th June
Choreographer Eleni Mylona will be leading a series of city walks that will have as a point of reference (the walks will start from and finish at ) ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arnhem’s Art Academy, at the city centre. Participants --whilst walking, listening and moving—reflect on the following questions: ‘What is a community?’ ‘What is a community of one or a community of strangers?’ ‘What role do proximity, intimacy and relatedness play in the creation of a community?'
On Thursday 27th of June @ 19pm outside the main entrance of ArtEZ.
'Three orange trees. In the future'. Developed version. Artistic Research Presentation.
On July the 1st @ ArtEZ, Institute of the Arts, main building studio 6,@ 15.00
'Three orange trees. In the future'. Artistic Research Presentation
Theater aan de Rijn, Arnhem, NL, 27th &28th of February
'An imaginary Symposium' (stage version)by Danae Theodoridou//
kunstencentrum BUDA, Belgium, 23rd of February @17:00
New dates for the Reading Group: 'Living in a time of crisis and insecurity? How to imagine the future?'
Always @ the foyer of the Tanzhaus Zürich from 19:00-21:00, we read in movement.
'An Imaginary Symposium' (stage version) by Danae Theodoridou//Veem Theater Amsterdam 5th of October@ 20:00
'I see the woman in the blue pullover and the ponytail making brilliant arguments' //
Artistic Research Presentation, Posttheater Arnhem, 21st & 22nd of June, Benaki Museum Athens 14th of July.
Terrasse Ensemble / 'HouseKeys', (Choreography, movement guidance)
Premiere June 7th/June 10th Theater Stok Zurich,
10-12.11, Athens, Kinitiras
Zurich moves! 2018//Reading group : 'Living in a time of crisis and insecurity? How to imagine the future?'
Wednesday 21/3 18:00-20:00, Thursdays 5th & 28th April 19:00-21:00, May 17th, June 28th, July 5th @ Tanzhaus Zurich foyer
'KONTά or how we get together, a rehearsal' // Research presentation ArtEZ, University of the arts 29th of January
'KONTά or how we get together', sharing and conversation, Stillpointspaces Zurich, January the 8th
Lecture performance on the research of "KONTά" group, 1st and 2nd July at Stillpoint Zurich
"Greece A Cry" sketches for a Gallery, Zurich Tanzt '17, May the 6th at Hohlzke, Zurich
"A look in the consulting room: people-spaces-objects", installation performance for the launch of Stillpoint Spaces London, March 18th and March 19th , at Stillpoint Spaces London
KONTά group research - The practice of waiting (working title) Jan.- April
"Fit to Fit" Research on integration. (work in progress)
KONTά collective group creation- November '16
"ALATI" : 21st of October, MAXIM Theater Zurich, followed by a psychoanalytically moderated discussion
"greece a cry I mutatis mutandis" Manifesta 11, 2nd of September, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich. Joint Partner: Akis Gourzoulidis
"ALATI" : 3rd, 4th June, Rote Fabrik Theater Zurich
"Greece - A Cry, ή απο το προσωπικό στο συλλογικό": 22,23,25,27th February :Booze Cooperativa, Athens,Greece
"Greece -A Cry , oder Ich bin die Tochter von": GZ Basel, International Fair of Contemporary Art '16
2015: "Greece -A Cry, or I am the daughter of" on tour :
April : Stillpoint Spaces Berlin
October : Sfageia , Thessaloniki
October : MAXIM Theater, Zurich
Athens Video Dance Project/50th Dimitria Festival: Took part in the Promenade
Stillpoint Spaces Zurich : Movement Awareness Practioner / Performance Artist
Zürich Tanzt 2015: Creative Dance Course
2014-2015: Started writing a blog about life as a foreigner, art , and difficulties in the time of crisis in Europe: elenimylona.worpress.com
: 5th International Choreography Lab, Athens Greece (self contained 100 hour MA module) Direction: Ana Sanchez-Colberg.
Worked on the piece: “Collaboration in two/parts”, with Hilly Bodin (USA)
: Urban Lanscapes II , Zurich/Athens : Facilitator of 3 different Research groups in these two cities. Using improvisational tools to test the performativity of identity in the urban environment , the use of perfomative text, and the body image in a psychological and socio-historical context, in adults and in children.
: Creative Dance Teacher at Wings School Zurich
:Research group focused on guided improvisations and experimentation using body movement, speech, and writing. (Facilitated the group and the private sessions from October 2012 to May 2013)
2012-2014: Contributed as a writer at the column "Expat Corner" at the Mothering Matters Magazine (Switzerland)
: ImpulsTanz Vienna: Invited to participate at the Research Project “The Thinking Body” with Vera Mantero
: “Greece- A cry”. Started researching how crisis in Greece affected "identity"and "being". Worked with speech, movement, and text. The research continued in the following years, and included interviews, research based on a psychoanalytic approach (cooperation with an analyst) and cooperation of several people from different fields. This lead to a piece that is changed every time every after performance and each time new people get involved in it.
2011: ISAP (Institute of Analytical Psychology Zurich): “Moving our Bodies, Minds, and Souls” research group.
“It-Itself-Is-Not”-Choreographic Piece for one Body : Performance followed by a public discussion.
"It-itself-is-not" is a "work in progress" in the sense that it is not supposed to be a finished piece, because continuity and repetition produce a loop that form its basic core.
2010: Tanzhaus Zurich : Frei Raum: A three day lab exploring processes of identity formation in 'kinesis' through movement, voice, speech and sound . (In collaboration with Sharon Feder)
TanzPause : 30 minutes open rehearsal and discussion about the research conducted the previous days .
Invited to participate at the “FIELDWORK” with the group of the newcomers.
: Performed her solo “It-Itself-Is-Not “ – Choreographic piece for one Body
2009: “I’m not my body”: Choreographic work for 2 bodies based on the research done the previous months. (Participant on the duet work : Katerina Aravosita)
2008: “Tanz Im August” Berlin: Invited to Participate at the Research Project “From…To” linking linguistics with movement practices with Juan Dominguez
2007- 2008: Dance Research on “Openness and Fear”, “Eros and Death”: Worked with 5 professional dancers .
“Not Even Close…” Dance Research Project
“Urban Landscapes I “-8 hours of solo improvisations in Athens : A series of solo improvisations conducted in a banal Athenian apartment. Outside eye: Evangelos Tsempelis
“Gravity 8” Dance Company: Danced at the “8+1” piece.
2007-today: Has given classes and workshops to children and adults in improvisation, contemporary dance(release), creative dance, creative movement.
2017-18: Master of Theatre Practices, ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem, Holland
2004-2007: “Morianova-Trasta, Professional dance school”, Dance teacher and dancer - National diploma given by the Greek Ministry of Culture / theatre and dance department.
1994-1999: Deree College, The American College of Greece, undergraduate division, Bachelor of science, concentration: Marketing Management, attended 4 year courses, (Credits earned : 122, Required credits for Graduation 128)
1987-1989 and 1990-91: The Greek National School of Dance (Κ.Σ.Ο.Τ.).
1981-1993: Moraitis High School
Workshops/Seminars/Classes with the following artists :
Dance/Movement : Michael Klein, Jean-Paul Jaccarini, Robert Clark, Vera Mantero, Juan Dominguez, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Renate Graziadei, Arthur Stäldi, Juliana Neves, Camilo Betancor, Christina Sougioultzi, Stella Zannou and many more.
Klein Technique- Barbara Mahler, Hanna Hegenscheidt. Hatha Yoga: Different Teachers.
Authentic Movement: Dr.Peter Mai.
Drama Therapy : Barbara Schmidiger (private sessions since 2013).
Other Work Experience : 1996-2000: Lambrakis Press S.A. – Assistant to Marketing Manager
2000-2002: Geo Young and Rubicam S.A – Account Manager
Languages spoken : Greek (mother Tongue), English (Fluent), German (Intermediate), French (Basic)