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INTERSPACE/ URBAN EMPTINESS / Silence and the intimacy of the city / Saturday, 11th of February 2017, 18:30, Dancehouse Lefkosia

Please note that the presentation acts as an invitation for artistic participation by young dancers, young performers and young artists, designers and creatives of all discipline to engage in interactions with the city and public spaces. Attendance is advised for all artists interested to contribute to this international project. For this reason an open call will be launched shortly and will be introduced during the presentation. There will be opportunity for questions and guidance by the curator.

Η παρουσίαση λειτουργεί ως πρόσκληση για καλλιτεχνική συμμετοχή νέων και ανερχόμενων χορευτών/performers, εικαστικών και άλλων καλλιτεχνών από διάφορες πειθαρχίες για να εμπλακούν σε διαδραστικές δράσεις στο δημόσιο χώρο. Συνιστούμε όσοι ενδιαφέρονται να λάβουν μέρος σε αυτό το διεθνές πρότζεκτ να παραστούν σε αυτή την παρουσίαση, καθώς θα έχουν και την ευκαιρία να ενημερωθούν και να κάνουν ερωτήσεις.

Θα ανακοινωθεί σύντομα open call, για το οποίο θα γίνει μια εισαγωγή στην παρουσίαση.



URBAN EMPTINESS / Silence and the intimacy of the city

Saturday, 11th of February 2017, 18:30

Dancehouse Lefkosia

Free Entrance




We are happy to announce our first activity within the INTERSPACE forum at the Dancehouse Lefkosia with URBAN EMPTINESS.


Curator Geert Vermeire will present the Urban Emptiness Network, an international project about intimacy and silence that explores the contribution of performative and immersive techniques and new media to the experiential understanding of the cities of Brussels. Edinburgh, Athens and New York and its documentation/mapping.  Performative actions involve different communities by performing together and with intimacies at its core, including innovative methodologies within the creative process that focus on the relation of the body and the physical space, as well as on the immaterial realms of conscious and sensory experience.  Performative walking has been chosen as the key movement through the participating cities.

Geert Vermeire and Sophia Hadjipapa will present their ongoing work and talk on the prospect of actions of the Network in Nicosia at DH Lefkosia in collaboration with Arianna Economou during NO_ BODY dance / movement & performance arts festival. The presentation introduces as well the project as it evolved through simultaneous walks in New York and Athens by students  of Dr Lydia Matthews (Parsons New School of Design, New York) and performance artist Adonis Volanakis (Drama School of the Athens Conservatoire), who will be talking via skype.



Urban Emptiness Network

Geert Vermeire, curator


Geert Vermeire (Belgium) Artist, curator and writer with as main field an artistic practice focused on the performative, mixed reality and social practices, with the body in public space, community involvement and  ethical involvement of cultural action as key elements.  His  activities involve immersive formats of arts, and an interdisciplinary and artistic research involving walking. He engages in creative collaborations with choreographers, sound artists, new media artists, architects and writers. Since  2010  part  of   the noTours team,  exploring augmented aurality within  an international collective of  developers and  sound artists. Founding member of Akoo-o, an international group of artists and researchers (Belgium, Greece and UK) that use sound and mobility as vehicles of expression and social inquiry.





Parsons New School of Design New York

Dr Lydia Matthews


Dr. Lydia Matthews (US) is Professor of Visual Culture at Parsons School of Design / Art, Media and Technology, New York. Her courses encompass as well the “xstudio: walking as a practice”‘. Trained as a contemporary art historian at UC Berkeley and the Courtauld Institute, her work addresses how artists, artisans and designers foster democratic debates and intimate community interactions in the public sphere. As a 2001 Spencer Foundation Fellow, A curator/educational advisor for numerous institutions ranging from small artist-run spaces to artist residencies to major museums, she curates regularly in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia In 2010, she helped launch a Curatorial Design Research Lab at Parsons, whose activities included a collaborative endeavor with the Benaki Museum Pireos Annex in Athens, Greece. Entitled “Against All Odds: Ethics/Aesthetics” (2011), the project examined participatory co-design in response to urgent global and local environmental and social conditions.




Drama School – National Conservatory, Athens

Adonis Volanakis


Adonis Volanakis. Born in Athens, Greece in 1976. His practice is the interchanging amalgam of blind dates and aesthetics, poetry and politics, visual and performing arts, public and indoor spaces. Adonis has created installations on female narratives, urban walking projects with communities and strangers, collaborative platforms and residencies with poets, visual artists and philosophers and other social compositions/ togetherings. He studied at the Wimbledon College of Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London and Alvar Aalto University in Helsinki. His work has been presented in USA, UK, Greece, France, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland.  Since 2004 he has taught at the University of Peloponnese / Nafplio and at the University of Patras. In 2012-13 he was a Fulbright Visiting Artist at the Art & Public Policy Department, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University where he teaches since 2014 as a Visiting Professor.  He has been supported by the foundations: Fulbright, Linbury, A.S. Onassis, London Institute, Arts and Humanities Research Board/ UK, A.G.Leventis, Propontis, Spyropoulos, and B&E Goulandris.



Visual Artist

Coordinator of the MA Visual Arts in Education- European University

Sophia Hajipapa Gee


Dr Sophia Hadjipapa-Gee, was born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1977. Her first degree was in Painting from the National Academy of Arts of Sofia, where she also completed a Masters degree, in Painting and a PhD in Art History and Theory. Besides painting she has worked on illustrations of poems, covers of books and has been involved in Public art, interventions in Public spaces, participatory projects, and video art, which have been presented in international festivals.

Since 1999 she has presented her work in many solo and group exhibitions in Cyprus and abroad, among which Treasure Island, Nicosia Municipal Art Centre, Nicosia,26/9/2014-8/11/2014, Art in Odd Places: The Artifacts—selected ephemera 13/9/2014–28/9/2014, Governor’s Island, NY, Global Positioning System (So You Say You Want a Revolution), Westside Gallery, NY, 28/7/2012- 18/8/2012, At Maroudia’s: in the framework of Terra Mediterranea in Crisis, House of Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios (the Ethnological Museum), Nicosia, Cyprus, July 4/7/2012-30/12/2012, Ostrale 2011, International Exhibition of Contemporary Visual Arts, Dresden, Germany, 1/7/2011-4/9/2011, London Greek Film Festival, London, UK, 17/10/2011-25/10/2011, Chypre 2010, L’art au present, Espace Commines, Paris, 22/12/2010 – 9/1/2011, Holds a Thin Line, Goethe Institute, Ankara, Turkey, 17/5/2010-11/06/2010, Sign 2009, Art in Odd Places Festival, New York, 1/10/2009- 26/10/2009, DiverCYty, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 30/9/2008 -10.10/2008, Videoholica, Biennial August in Art, 1/8/2008-31/8/2008, Varna, Bulgaria, Presences/Absences: Women Artists and Architects in the Modern Art of Bulgaria, Sofia State Gallery, 1/11/2006- 30/11/2006.  From her capacity of research faculty at European University Cyprus, Sophia Hadjipapa-Gee has also participated in various research programs mainly funded by Culture, such as SHARE, Camille Claudel III and presentations in international conferences and symposia, membership on editorial boards etc.  More specifically, she is  a board member of the Research laboratory “Cultural Studies and Contemporary Arts” and from this position she organizes and participates in various events and projects.

Sophia Hadjipapa-Gee has participated in the organizing Committee of the International Motion Festival for three consecutive terms and helped win the European Commission label EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe).  She has curated pro bono the annual exhibition of Young Cypriot Artists at Akamantis Cultural Centre for three consecutive years and was project coordinator of the International Painting and Sculpture Symposium taking place in Samokov, Bulgaria in 2016. Sophia Hadjipapa-Gee was coordinator of the 1st Cultural Month of EUC in 2015, a major cultural endeavour, comprising numerous cultural events over the course of one month.

She has served in various professional bodies including sitting on the committees for the Selection of Works and  Artists for Biennales and serving as academic expert on the committee for composing the New National Curricula in Art, of the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture. She has been a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts (and has served as Board Secretary in the past). Sophia Hadjipapa-Gee  has  provided consultation and advising to various organizations,   for instance as jury in various art awards, was in the organizing committee of the major Cultural Event (YΠΟ ΚΑΤAΣΚΕΥΗ: ΕΝΑΛΛΑΚΤΙΚΟΙ ΜΟΥΣΙΑΚΟΊ ΧΏΡΟΙ) organised by the Ministry of Culture and Education, the Chamber of Fine Arts and the Municipal Arts Centre, in conjunction with the Pierides Foundation.  Since From the Fall of 2014 to Fall 2016 she served as Chairperson of the Department of Arts. She holds the rank of Associate Professor and is currently coordinator of the MA Visual Arts in Education.




Dance Artist


Director- Dance Gate Lefkosia

Arianna Economou


Arianna Economou is an interactive artist/ performer and dance and theatre- activist in the community. A pioneer and innovative artist giving dance a place as a performance and contemporary art form in the Cyprus Arts scene. Arianna Economou has been pioneering bi communal projects across the divide since 2004.

Arianna Economou has been an activist and instrumental in the creation of substructures for the support of Dance art as an independent art form on the island.  Economou has been founding president of the Nea Kinisi Association for Dancers and Choreographers (2004 – 2006) and Founding President of the Dancehouse Lefkosia ( 2012 –    and is the director of Dance Gate Lefkosia- Cyprus ( EDN partner) founding and member organization of DanceHouse Lefkosia. Arianna Economou is the artistic director with Creative Producer Pantelis Georghiou for the yearly No_ Body Dance/Movement & Performance Arts Festival founded by Dance Gate Lefkosia Cyprus (2009-

Arianna Economou is the founder of Echo Arts Living Arts Centre the vehicle for her own artistic work , with yearly participations at the Limassoll Summer Dance Festival of NEA KINISI, and the Cyprus Dance Platform from 2002 – 2012. Economou’s Solo work  ‘In a dank time’ received the  1st prize at the 5th Dance Platform, (2002) Economou since 2003 has been working with a team of creative artists: Dorinda Hulton (theatre director/ concept designer (Senior lecturer University of Exeter) – and Peter Hulton – Video Artist/Documenter (Arts Documentation Unit Exeter,UK) and associate artists, Horst Weierstall (visual artist) Ilker Captanoglou and Larkos Larkou (musicians).


Arianna Economou’s has been the receiver of the Terpsichore Research Porgramme of the Cultural Services to create : ” Riverscapes/Body Maps – City Maps” 2014,  “Les Fetes de Paphos” a dance performance / baroque opera was presented at the Dancehouse Lefkosia in JUNE 3-7 at the Dancehouse 2015, A far off land/ images in self biography a bicommunal Intergenerational project that took place at the Home for Cooperation June 2016.The Audio- Visual Installation of this project FAR OFF LANDS will be shown at the Municipal Gallery of Pafos for the opening ceremony of the Pafos 2017 European Capital of Culture Jan 26th – Feb 15th 2017

Arianna Economou is the receiver of the Tefkros Anthias / Theodosis Pierides Award for her pioneering work in dance in Cyprus (2005)



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