DUENDE has a number of Associate Artists connected to the company - these are artists from various disciplines and at various stages of their careers whom DUENDE supports, promotes and wishes to encourage. DUENDE Associate Artists are the first performers the company looks to when seeking collaborations, though DUENDE also works with other Artists when appropriate..
DUENDE Associates connect with the company for a fixed period of two years, after which any relationship is reviewed.
Fenia is a dancer at Bodhi Project, which is an Artist in Practice dance programme based in Salzburg. Having come from an intense dance training into ballet and contemporary dance, her interest mainly focuses on the body’s possibilities to move and express itself in different ways. Having the privilege to work with renowned choreographers of various dance styles, she has understood the importance of adaptability and transparency that the performer needs to maintain in order to dive into each creation with honesty. These are skills that she is deeply interested to explore in this journey. Her intention is to expose herself in different body languages and see how the body’s physicality is influenced by an idea, a storyline, a spoken language, an imaginary world etc and finally, how this process transforms the individual and his world.
Giedre Degutyte is a Lithuanian born hula hoop practitioner, researcher, physical theatre and clown performer; based in between Paris and London. Graduated from the DUENDE School in 2015, she finds pleasure in the unlimited potential of improvisation. During her MA in Performance Practice as Research at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama she developed a hula-clown practice. The problem of being bored of doing trick after trick led her to explore circus skills by applying clowning as a state of mind and a framework for decision-making processes to (de)compose established yet essential canons of virtuosity and failure within the contemporary circus context. She holds a BA (Hons) in Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds.
Natassa Diamanti is a performing artist currently based in Athens, Greece. After practicing aerial acrobatics for 4 years, she moved on to theatrical clowning. She briefly joined Who Nose, a non-profit clowning group, with whom she performed for refugees in various refugee camps. She is a graduate of the Duende School of Ensemble Physical Theatre and has attended numerous seminars and workshops on physical theatre, voice, rhythm and musicality. She has also explored various acting and improvisation techniques in both fields of drama and comedy. She has performed in circus arts festivals, in the street, in physical theatre plays, theatre improvisation shows, and short films. Moreover, she has been collaborating with Greek photographers in various conceptual photography projects, both as model and as co-creator. She has, also, collaborated with the 31st Panorama of European Cinema as a voice artist. At the moment, Natassa is part of an independent theatre production called ‘Sub Rosa Motel’, which premieres on 12 January and is working on a solo performance about women and verbal violence.
Sara Regina Fonseca
Sara Regina Fonseca is a Colombian dancer who lives in Bogotá. She started studying contemporary dance and classical ballet in her hometown Bucaramanga since she was 8, attending what was then the Escuela Departamental de Danza (DICAS). Later she moved to Cali, to finish an artistic secondary school with emphasis on classical ballet at the Colombian Institute of Ballet (INCOLBALLET). She did a BA in Dance Theatre at the Laban Centre in London, and then finished a Post-graduate Course in Theatre Studies and a Master in Dance Studies at the University of Stockholm. As a university teacher, she has worked in Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana de Bucaramanga -one course-, Balletakademien of Stockholm -part of the staff-, Dancehogskolan of Stockholm -seminar- and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá where she is working since 2011. She is currently working on physical improvisation with independent artists, dancing occasionally with local companies and being part of the performance group La Bestia. In 2019, Sara co-directed two works: Cancionero para Señoritas which won a grant for dance creation from IBERESCENA, and Iris which won the Residency for Dance Creation of Detonos Festival in Bogotá. She also coordinates de Area of Research and is a member of a Colombian network which organizes the National Congress of Dance Research.
Marco Aurelio Di Giorgio
Born and currently living in Venice, Marco Aurelio comes from a background of classical music, having a diploma in flute and having performed several times as a flutist, pianist and singer, as a soloist, ensemble and orchestra member. Gradually he has shifted to physical performance, conducting his own artistic research across disciplines, from Butoh and contemporary dance to martial arts, theatre acting, shamanism and neurology. In 2017 he met the DUENDE training and graduated from the DUENDE school of ensemble physical theatre the same year. His research consists of information from several fields of knowledge and practice that revolves around theories of the mind, studies on the functioning of the bodymind, ancient traditions and his own perception of the world. These understandings inform a perspective on the individual’s relationship with time, history, society and our environment through which to observe today’s world looking for a harmonious vision of life. This research informs the crafting of contemporary ritual as a binary process of addressing repressed and undefined-but-present voices and designing stories told through different media of performance.
Thekla is a Greek actress, singer and performer based in Athens. She has worked with Greek and international directors, producers, singers and composers in theatre and cinema productions and concerts. She was the leading singer of “Klein Mein”music band, with which she was given the opportunity to sing along with famous Greek artists in small and big concerts all over Greece and make numerous TV appearances. Lately, she’s been singing with “Perseus Dream”, an experimental trip hop music band. In her work as a performer, she is interested in exploring nudity and finding new artistic ways of expression through the naked body. She has participated as a model in conceptual photography projects, several of which have gained distinction in International Photography Contests. She is an Associate Artist of DUENDE, an international collaboration of artists committed to Ensemble performance, teaching the Duende performing technique "Self-With-Others" in Athens. Currently, she is working as an actress in cinema and theatrical productions based in Athens.
John Gustafsson is a physical performer based in Uppsala, Sweden. He started practicing solo improvisation and performance through a longer workshop with Sharar Dor and has since then been exploring his physicality through workshops, festivals, performances and his own practice. He is a multidisciplinary performer with a foundation in acrobatics, circus and dance and he likes to move in-between the gradients of movement and dance, creation and training, choreography and improvisation. After finishing at The DUENDE School of Ensemble Physical Theatre in Athens he founded the multi-disciplinary performance group "Den Utökade Familjen (The Extended Family)". Since then he has been part in creating shows at Gottsunda Dans och Teater in Uppsala and dancing in a theatre adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's "The Seventh Seal" at the Uppsala Stadsteater.
Photo Credit: Micke Sandström
Tamsin Ella Harding
Tamsin is a trained performer and dancer based in Sussex. A lover of physical theatre, she is particularly interested in widening the spectrum of physical theatres, within dance, immersive & children’s theatre. She has been dancing Brazilian Forró for many years and teaches regularly in Brighton. Tamsin first worked with Duende in 2015 in Athens and returned for more Duende training in 2016 at the Lesvos Performing at the Edge residency. In 2017 she returned to Athens to develop her solo show under John’s direction. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies from the University of Surrey and also works as a supporting artist in TV & Film.
Katherine Jett is a theatre artist, dancer, and writer based in Seattle, Washington. She holds a BFA in Theatre from Cornish College of the Arts and has trained with John Britton and members of DUENDE in Seattle and on the island of Lesvos. As an actor in Seattle and in Nashville, Tennessee, she has performed across many disciplines; and her original work as a playwright includes a female adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, a musical about Sasquatch, and an historical drama about 17th Century Venetian nuns. At this time, her passions lie in reimagined classics, theatre for young audiences, little-known history, dramaturgy, and highly physical interdisciplinary performance work.
Zoe is a dancer, musician, singer, theatre maker and improviser. Currently based in Glasgow, Scotland, Zoe works across Europe. Her current practice focuses on the relationship between voice and movement, with a particular interest in storytelling as an inspiration for choreography. Zoe is a co-founder of ICEBERG improv, a group of international improvisers which explores the integration of disciplines within improvisation. She is an associate of DUENDE, Sura Medura, SBC Theatre company, as well as a freelance performer and teacher, producing her own performances and workshops. In 2017, she founded The Moving Voice Laboratory in Glasgow, a space for performers, dancers and actors to investigate relationships between poetry and choreography. Zoe creates performances as a way of highlighting her observations of the world and aims to provoke discussions with her audience around politics, selfhood and community.
Irini Erofili Klepkou
Irini is a Greek dancer, performer and choreographer based in Athens. She has graduated from the Higher Professional Dance School of Greece. Since then she teaches contemporary and ballet dance in Thessaloniki and Athens. She has worked with Greek dance companies as a contemporary dancer, musical performer, actress and dance captain. During last year she collaborated with Sofia Spyratou company and also she choreographed two theatrical plays in Athens, “Der gute Mensch von Sezuan” Berthold Brecht, and “Wedding March” Agelos Terzakis. She has participated as a model in many advertisements and photography projects. She became an associated Artist of DUENDE after she graduated from DUENDE School of Ensemble Physical Theatre in Athens. She is interested to explore her body abilities (movement, voice, expression). At this time she works as assistant choreographer and director at the National Theatre of Greece on the musical “One Way Ticket”.
Alix is a performance artist based in Brussels working primarily within the discipline of acting with a specific interest in physical theatre. She studied acting at the Cours Florent Bruxelles and Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. She has further developed skills in the aerial discipline of fixed-trapeze, within the realm of dance and movement and more recently has commenced an exploration of the world of African chant. In 2016 she played in a youth television series and today she is starring in the movie 'Binti' by Frederike Migom which will premiere on the big screen in 2019. In 2017 she graduated at the DUENDE School of Ensemble Physical theatre which encouraged her to start an ensemble - she invited a musician and a trapeze-artist to join her. Currently they are creating a new performance which will premiere in 2020. Alix has continued her research in the universal language of performance. Through this she seeks to investigate the role of performance as language, exploring the influences that inform it - emotional contexts, specific sites, audience and is intrigued by the simple needs and emotions that connect people and how complex they are to express. Her research focuses on the desire to communicate and to question this complex simplicity.
Abhishek is a Mumbai-based performer trained as an actor (Duende School of Ensemble Physical Theatre, Birmingham School of Acting & Barry John Acting Studio), singer (Indian Carnatic and Western Contemporary) & dancer (Ballet, Jazz & Contemporary from The Danceworx Academy for Performing Arts). He is the founder of The Misfits Co., an arts & events company and creators of the arts-driven micro-fest, Jhamela. His stage credits include NCPA’s Gandhi- The Musical (title role), QTP’s Mother Courage and her Children, Birmingham-based Studio 3’s Riot, Ace Production’s Grease amongst many others (2+2, Last Over etc.) His screen credits include 2-time Oscar winner, Claude Lelouch’s Un + Une, Sony Liv’s Tan Lines, Shoojit Sircar’s Stupid Cupid, Sudarshan Shetty’s Shoonya Ghar, Disney’s Oye Jassi and commercials for Vodafone, Samsung, ICICI Bank & Vivel. His mottos in life are Jayus and Hakuna Matata.
Amruta is a Physical Theatre performer, Clown and Dancer currently based in India. She holds a Masters degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Mumbai and has also graduated from the DUENDE School based in Athens, Greece. Her interest lies in exploring interdisciplinary practices (Kalari, Contemporary dance, Tai-chi), mindfulness in movement and Body-mind awareness, and sharing her skills. She is the founder of Madman and Me, an organisation that explores diverse art forms and finds their connection to society. Through her company, she has organised training opportunities for Physical Theatre and Clowning through several workshops and residency programs in various places around India. She is also associated with Clowns without border Germany. She has recently opened her Solo show, which was directed by John. Currently she is working on a month long Clowning project. Which will be performed in government’s children home, for sex workers children and around the City. Her work is highly influenced by John’s self with others and by clowning.
Roshan Mathews is an Actor based in Hollywood, Los Angeles. He graduated from DUENDE School of Ensemble Physical Theatre in 2016 and is currently part of a conservatory program at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Apart from being an Actor, he is also a part of Madman and Me, an artist collective collaborating with artists from diverse art forms.
Rebeca Medina is a choreographer and a dancer originally from Colombia. In 2011, after getting her masters degree in interdisciplinary theater and live arts she moved to Brooklyn, New York, where she currently lives and work as a solo performer and ensemble member. She uses her body to enter into non-human or non-civilizational experiences of temporality. She accomplished this through the observation and embodiment of nature, a focus on movement that is detailed and that responds improvisationally to the environment around it at any given moment, and to the emphasis on the interplay of light and movement. Her practice as a mover is an constant exercise in the embodiment of the foreign. It is a practice of being in irrepressible bodies, bodies that not only move in space, but which grow, are deformed, and change the environment around them.
Jiaoyin Mei is based in Italy and China where she works as a physical performer, creativity dance teacher and researcher of art education. She holds a PhD in Educational theory and research, a Master in Arts therapy, a Bachelor in Contemporary Dance in Italy. As part of DUENDE she has performed in Performing on the Edge #5.
Anthi is a physical performer and yoga instructor based in Greece. She’s currently running yoga lessons at “Ektos” artspace and teaches yoga at Present being performer laboratory. She is a 300 hours certified yoga instructor (Y.A.I.) IN Vinyasa flow yoga,Nidra yoga and Aerial yoga by BFS Academy. She graduated from Duende school of ensemble physical theatre in 2016 and attended DUENDE's Performing at the Edge #5 in Lesbos island, Greece. She trained with Aliki Dourmazer at Present being performer laboratory for 3 years, in many theme workshops ( Project M* , Vertical time) and personal training at physical research and voice. Being passionate about theatre as a teenager she attended many laboratories trying to find out which one fits her best and she started her theatre studies at Vasilis Diamantopoulos Drama school with a scholarship. Furthermore, she has been trained in dance from an early age. She is performing as a freelance artist for the last 5 years in several performances : “Her body”, “The prophet”, “Ready”, “Infinity” and in one of DUENDE's Collision Performances in Thessaloniki. She, also took part in the short films “Normal”, “8:02”. Anthi is interested in body research, performing and combining yoga, physical theater, voice and dance.
Aimilia Siafarika is an actress/ physical performer and theatre translator currently living and working in Greece. She holds a BA from the department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpretation of the Ionian University and a degree from the Drama School "Dilos- Dimitra Hatoupi" where she studied acting. Having a strong urge to explore theatre through movement, in 2016 she studied and graduated from the Duende School of Ensemble Physical Theatre. In 2017 she became a core member of the theatre group “Kaleidoskopio”- a group devising and creating physical theatre performances for children.
She loves challenging herself by exploring territories that initially scared her such as dance, music and improvisation.
Nefeli Stamatogiannopoulou has participated in many kinds of performances, theatrical plays and films as a composer, performer or director. She is a nominated composer. She has presented her work at the Short Film Festival in Drama, the Aeschylean Festival in Eleusina, the Performing Arts festival in Limnos, the theatre of Neos Kosmos, the Athens Concert Hall: Megaron, the National Theatre’s Experimental stage, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center, the NEZ festival in India, the Kadikoy Teatr, Art Festival Berlin, the Grotowski Institute etc. She is collaborating with a lot of universal artistic groups, most of all with the Duende ensemble, Milena Principle, Teatr Andra. She is the founding member of the musical group Spooky RedRum and the research artistic group Oν OFF. She began her music education from an early age, however, composition is what won her over. She participated in masterclasses – intensive schools, on physical theatre and voice under the supervision of Grotowski Institute, the Song of the Goat Theatre, L.I.S.P.A., Linklater Voice Center and others. She finished her postgraduate studies at the department of Composition for film, theatre and performing arts of the Ionian University, where she is a PhD candidate. She is exploring a lot - rhythm and voice- and composition as an instructor.
Dariya Trubina is a Russian-Italian artist and performer currently based in Venice (Italy), but actively traveling to many places. She graduated from DUENDE School of Ensemble Physical Theatre (2016) and since then got involved in a number of projects in different art fields. She appeared in several independent theatre plays and short movies in Bologna, participated in workshops and other activities concerning theatre practice, voice and the interrelation of performative arts in general (with people such as Mamadou Dioume, Instabili Vaganti, Grotowski Workcenter actors). She has also collaborated with various photographers, touching the subjects of nudity, isolation and paradox. Currently she is developing a mixed media art project (photography, collage, painting..), researching the interrelation of gentrification and art environment. She also enjoys the philosophical investigation of themes such as language, home and belonging.
Alexandra is a dancer, improviser and performer based in Thessaloniki (Greece). She studied Law in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and dance in the Professional Dance School “Andromachae Kafantari” and trained in Ensemble Physical Theatre in the UK. She has attended various workshops on different dance techniques and improvisation in Europe. She has collaborated with the National Theatre of Northern Greece as a choreographer in theatre productions and with Kontakt Ensemble and Vis Motrix Dance Company as a performer. She is teaching contemporary dance and improvisation and currently she has been accepted to ArtEZ University (NL) to attend a Master in Theatre Practices, where she will focus on the development of her own practice. As a DUENDE associate artist she performed in Performing at the Edge #1’ and ‘Collision #1 , #5 & #7 and #11.
Judita Vivas is a Lithuanian actress and physical theatre artist. She is a Founder and Co-Director of Foxtale Ensemble (international female theatre collective) as well as Double Trouble (female theatre-duo with Miriam Gould). Since 2008, Judita has trained with a number of international physical theatre practitioners and companies, and worked on solo as well as ensemble performance projects in Europe and the UK. In 2018 Judita joined Acting Now, a social theatre company, as an applied physical theatre practitioner. She is interested in a collaborative approach to making theatre, including interdisciplinary collaborations. Her performances are physically and visually dynamic, drawing on real stories, mythologies and autobiographical narratives. Judita holds a PhD in theatre studies from the University of Kent and regularly leads physical theatre workshops, where her work combines somatic sensitivity with movement and voice, ensemble work, storytelling and playful experimentation with tangible materials.