Elisavet Pliakostathi | choreographer, performer, teacher

Elisavet Pliakostathi is a dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Athens, Greece. She studied dance at the Greek State School of Dance and completed a Master’s degree of Arts in Choreography with Performing Arts at Middlesex University, London, UK. She also graduated from the Centre of Cultural and Pedagogical Activity, ‘Pedion Drasis’ with a diploma in Theatre Education and Practice. She was the artistic director and choreographer of the ’58+3 Dance Company’ (2005-2008) where she presented four dance works. Her work ON/OFF (2007) was selected by the 13th Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (Bari 2008), while the work A Brilliant World (2008) was presented in Athens and Milan, part of the transnational European Program ‘Jump the Barriers’. The project Terra and Freedom (2012-2013) took place at various outdoor public spaces in Athens with the support of the European Union, while the work infinito (2015) was selected by the Aeschylia Festival in Elefsina. EFI&ELI (2018 -today), a dance improvisation performance, has been presented in eight different venues and festivals in Greece (Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, ΜΟΝΙΤΟΡ ΦΕΣΤ 2018, Open Nights Festival etc). Her last creation SWELL (2020), part of a long-term residency at Lo Studio (Switzerland) with the supervision of Kinitiras and supported by Prohelvetia, is about to premiere in 2020. She collaborates with artists from various fields and was actively involved with  BelleVille Collective (2011-2013), creating site -specific and alternative venue interdisciplinary performances.  Since 2014, she has been co-artistic director of the non-profit organization ‘BelleVille’ with other artists, co-organizing artistic and educational programs. She has been part of the curatorial and training team of the multimedia educational platform INNER MOVERS (2016), involving video dance and site-specific practices supported by the stART program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation. Since 2014, she has been a member of the ATHENS VIDEO DANCE PROJECT that takes place at the Athens School of Fine Arts, and is funded by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. Since 2003, she has been teaching contemporary dance, improvisation and composition at various dance schools and studios. Since 2015, she has been leading an improvisation and composition workshop (PROMENADE lab.) in collaboration with the Athens Video Dance Project at the Athens School of Fine Arts, integrating artists from different backgrounds. Her works have received funding from the European Commission, the Youth and Life-Long Learning Greek Institution, the J. F. Costopoulos Foundation and the Sprach und Kulturboerse, Technische Universitaet Berlin. In 2019, she was a resident artist in Lo Studio, Switzerland, supported by the Prohelvetia.