My journey as a Dancer and Dance Teacher

 

 

Mata is a mother of two, dancer, teacher, movement therapist and massage therapist

 She was born in Larisa, was raised in Athens and now living in Berlin since 2002.

  She finished her dance education with a BFA in Dance education and Movement Studies

at the Performing Arts Center, Southeastern College in Athens. 

After a scholarship from the National State Foundation of Greece, (IKY)

and a scholarship from the Merce Cunningham foundation in New York,

she obtained her degree in the Cunnigham technique, danced repertory work and

began teaching the technique at the Merce Cunningham studio. 

She has performed works amongst others, 

by Horeftes, Metakinisi, Dimitris Papaioanou, Stephan Koplowitz, Bryan Hayes, 

Liz Gerrin, Veronika Riz, Editta Braun, MS Schrittmacher, Jan Pusch, 

Cocoon dance, Ingo Reulecke, La Fura dels Baus, Juan Kruz de Garaio Esnaola, 

Davide Camplani, Felix Ruckert and William Forsythe in various cities worldwide.

She has presented her own choreographies,

in Athens, New York, Berlin, Potsdam, Bonn and Paris 

Mata improvises dances regularly in Berlin through "Freistill" in Tanzfabrik

and collaborates often with “Quartet Musiktanz 030" 

Her most recent creation was a multidisciplinary improvisation work together

with Jungsun Kim and 27 artists from different disciplines,  

for the project  "inc.lusive" in Dock11, Berlin 

Mata joined the ensemble of Sasha Waltz & Guests in August 2005 and

dances in the choreographies »Gezeiten«, »Medea«, «Jagden und Formen (Zustand 2008)», »Continu«,

«Metamorphoses», «Matsukaze», «Sacre» and «Tanhäuser»

She took part in numerous «Dialogues» and was part of the

«MusicTANZ Carmen» Educational program of the Berliner Philharmonie

Mata has taught Cunningham technique, Release Technique, Improvisation

and Repertory work from Sasha Waltz in different cities and schools such as: 

Merce Cunningham Studio, NY-  Danceworks, Berliner Philharmonie,

 Dock 11, TanzFabrik, Radial System, Berlin- 

Duncan Dance School, Athens-  Trinity Laban, London 

Mata directs together with Davide Camplani and Gabriel Galindez Cruz

the children`s dance company of Sasha Waltz & Guests in Radial system

She teaches regularly workshops and was twice invited to teach a dance workshop

and do the dance repetition of "Women" an excerpt from Sasha Waltz piece “Continu" 

in Trinity-Laban center, London

One of her recent collaborations was with Tino Sehgal in the pieces 

 "Yet untitled" and "This Variation” in Stedeljik museum, Amsterdam  and Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin