Xenia Aidonopoulou is a dance artist with a background in dance dramaturgy and performance. She makes visually compelling dance-theatre works and collaborates with multidisciplinary artists with stories to share.

Xenia is committed to collaborative exploration. As a dramaturg and creative consultant, Xenia is devoted to actively inspire and support choreographers and dance artists to develop their work and their creative practice. To assist them to shape and refine their ideas, as well as explore the multiple ways to communicate with their audience. She is a keen observer and has always been intrigued by what cannot be verbally described. She is passionate about dance and her practice is based on dialogue, exchange and creative collaboration.

As a director Xenia is mostly interested in challenging the boundaries between dance and theatre, creating narratives that reflect the human experience and are expressed in the confluence of movement and text. She has created devised, site-specific work that was presented in non-conventional spaces (an ex-military camp, a gallery, an old stock exchange).

Since 2002, she has worked extensively in dance, for the National Theatre of Greece, the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the Onassis Stegi, the National Theatre of Northern Greece, the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, the Athens International Dance Festival and smaller art institutions. Since 2005, she has had an ongoing collaboration as a dramaturg with choreographer/director Konstantinos Rigos, the current Artistic Director of the Greek National Opera Ballet and Oktana Dancetheatre. In 2018 Xenia moved to the UK and started working as a freelance dramaturg and director. She has collaborated with various choreographers and directors including, Sivan Rubinstein, Georgia Tegou, Michalis Theophanous, Susan Kempster, Kate Flatt, Krishna Zivraj-Nair, Alexandros Efklidis, Simos Kakalas, Konstantinos Arvanitakis, Lenio Kaklea, Victor Arditti.

Her work has been presented in venues including Greek National Opera, Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry and Polka Theatre. She is a member of the Dramaturgs’ Network, UK and a member of the Artist Development Troop at Cambridge Junction.

Xenia has been an Associate Lecturer at the School of Drama, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki for three years delivering the course “Theatre for Children and Young Audiences” and has a long experience working as a Drama Teacher in Primary Education.

In 2022 Xenia created Underwater – a multi-sensory dance theatre show for babies and their grown ups, co-directed with Georgia Tegou, co-produced with Greek National Opera Alternative Stage and funded by Stavros Niarchos. Underwater was commissioned by Belfast Children’s Festival, Watford Palace Theatre and The Lowry, Salford; and supported through public funding by Arts Council England. Underwater has toured extensively to great acclaim, throughout the UK including Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry, Belfast Children’s Festival, South Bank Centre, Polka Theatre and is concurrently being presented in Athens at the Greek National Opera’s, Alternative Stage. 

More recently Xenia was awarded the Little Big Dance Cycle Two Artist Commission to create and tour Skydiver, a visual dance theatre for early years. Little Big Dance is a pioneering national initiative creating new dance work for under fives and their families, led by South East Dance in partnership with Dance East, Take Art and Yorkshire Dance and co-commissioned by Dance Umbrella and Strike a Light Festival. Little Big Dance is funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England. Skydiver premiered in London on 21st October as part of Dance Umbrella Festival 2023. 

Xenia’s qualifications include:

PhD with Distinction from the School of Drama, Faculty of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece 

Master of Arts in Theatre Directing from Middlesex University of London, UK

BA in Dramaturgy and Performance Theory, School of Drama Faculty of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Xenia Aidonopoulou is a dance artist with a background in dance dramaturgy and performance. She makes visually compelling dance-theatre works and collaborates with multidisciplinary artists with stories to share.

Xenia is committed to collaborative exploration. As a dramaturg and creative consultant, Xenia is devoted to actively inspire and support choreographers and dance artists to develop their work and their creative practice. To assist them to shape and refine their ideas, as well as explore the multiple ways to communicate with their audience. She is a keen observer and has always been intrigued by what cannot be verbally described. She is passionate about dance and her practice is based on dialogue, exchange and creative collaboration.

As a director Xenia is mostly interested in challenging the boundaries between dance and theatre, creating narratives that reflect the human experience and are expressed in the confluence of movement and text. She has created devised, site-specific work that was presented in non-conventional spaces (an ex-military camp, a gallery, an old stock exchange).

Since 2002, she has worked extensively in dance, for the National Theatre of Greece, the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the Onassis Stegi, the National Theatre of Northern Greece, the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, the Athens International Dance Festival and smaller art institutions. Since 2005, she has had an ongoing collaboration as a dramaturg with choreographer/director Konstantinos Rigos, the current Artistic Director of the Greek National Opera Ballet and Oktana Dancetheatre. In 2018 Xenia moved to the UK and started working as a freelance dramaturg and director. She has collaborated with various choreographers and directors including, Sivan Rubinstein, Georgia Tegou, Michalis Theophanous, Susan Kempster, Kate Flatt, Krishna Zivraj-Nair, Alexandros Efklidis, Simos Kakalas, Konstantinos Arvanitakis, Lenio Kaklea, Victor Arditti.

Her work has been presented in venues including Greek National Opera, Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry and Polka Theatre. She is a member of the Dramaturgs’ Network, UK and a member of the Artist Development Troop at Cambridge Junction.

Xenia has been an Associate Lecturer at the School of Drama, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki for three years delivering the course “Theatre for Children and Young Audiences” and has a long experience working as a Drama Teacher in Primary Education.

In 2022 Xenia created Underwater – a multi-sensory dance theatre show for babies and their grown ups, co-directed with Georgia Tegou, co-produced with Greek National Opera Alternative Stage and funded by Stavros Niarchos. Underwater was commissioned by Belfast Children’s Festival, Watford Palace Theatre and The Lowry, Salford; and supported through public funding by Arts Council England. Underwater has toured extensively to great acclaim, throughout the UK including Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry, Belfast Children’s Festival, South Bank Centre, Polka Theatre and is concurrently being presented in Athens at the Greek National Opera’s, Alternative Stage.

More recently Xenia was awarded the Little Big Dance Cycle Two Artist Commission to create and tour Skydiver, a visual dance theatre for early years. Little Big Dance is a pioneering national initiative creating new dance work for under fives and their families, led by South East Dance in partnership with Dance East, Take Art and Yorkshire Dance and co-commissioned by Dance Umbrella and Strike a Light Festival. Little Big Dance is funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England. Skydiver premiered in London on 21st October as part of Dance Umbrella Festival 2023.

Xenia’s qualifications include:

PhD with Distinction from the School of Drama, Faculty of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Master of Arts in Theatre Directing from Middlesex University of London, UK

BA in Dramaturgy and Performance Theory, School of Drama Faculty of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

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