Who We Are?
Still Pilgrim Paradox is a contemporary dance company founded in Athens in 2013 by dancer and choreographer Stella Fotiadi.
The first production of the company under the title Hands/Χέρια, was presented in Athens in June 2015. Empty Frame, a renowned indy-alternative music band from Athens, wrote and played music live on stage.
In September 2016, the short dance film Whispers and wishes, premiered at POOL16 Internationales Tanzfilm Festival Berlin and will continue its journey in November 2016 at Moving Images International videodance festival in Nicosia, Cyprus.
The performance Unspoken, premiered at Evripidio Theater of Rematia in Halandri in September 2016. Next stop will be at OLVIO theater in Athens, in October 2016.
Stella Fotiadi (choreographer/dancer)
Stella Fotiadi has graduated in 2006 from the Rallou Manou dance school; in 2007 she has also graduated from the Communication and Media Department of the University of Athens.
Apart from her dance studies, she has attended several seminars/classes with distinguished teachers in Greece and abroad, while she is a teacher of contemporary dance and music education herself.
Since 2004 until today she has collaborated as dancer/performer with: Stella Zannou, Apostolia Papadamaki, Greek National Opera, Mariela Nestora, Maro Grigoriou, Dagipoli dance theatre.
In 2005 she co-choreographed and danced a duet, which won the 1st award of its category in the national dance competition Terpsihoris Erga; the duet was presented that same year in Barcelona.
In 2008 she moved to Berlin, where she gave contemporary dance classes and collaborated as dancer/performer with LaborGras, Howard Katz, Jessica Jobaris, Sybille Mueller. In 2010 she moved to Brussels where she worked along Willie Dorner.
That same year she came back to Greece and in 2011 she became a member of the “Theatre of Panic”. In 2013 she established her own contemporary dance company Still Pilgrim Paradox. Their first project Hands/Χέρια, for which original music was composed by Empty Frame, will premiere in Athens, in June 2015.
Aleksis Fousekis (dancer/collaborator)
Aleksis Fousekis was born and raised in Athens. Since his early childhood, he has taken up on artistic gymnastics, track and traditional dances in the dance sector of the Students Cultural Society of the University of Athens (POFPA).
He has taken dance lessons in the schools of Fokas Evaggelinos, Anna Petrova and Aliki Kontziou-Gousa. In 2008 he was accepted to the Greek National School of Dance, from which he graduated obtaining a scholarship for the Martha Graham School of New York. In 2012 he presented his thesis performance, the choreography “Maria”, in New Creators Dance Festival.
He has attended seminars of: Markela Manoliadi, Samuel Lefeuvre, Peter Jasko, Eulalia Ayguade Farro, Seol Jin Kim, Bruno Caverna, Filipa Peraltinha, Ryan Mason (Stasstheater in Kassel), DV8, Urs Stauffer, David Zambrano, Athina Vahla, Martin Lawrence, Martin Kilvady, Anton Lachky, Maya M.Carrol, Konstantina Efthimiadou, Myrto Katsiki.
He has collaborated as a performer with Fokas Evaggelinos, Konstantinos Rigos, Marivita Grammatikaki, Pierre Tavernie, Markela Manoliadi and Evripidis Laskaridis.
In 2013 he participated in the Athens and Epidaurus Festival in Dionisis Savvopoulos’ “Plutus”, a play choreographed by Ermis Malkotsis, and in 2014 he has danced in Konstantinos Rigos’ “Arcadia”, along with another 11 dancers, accompanying the newly-formed then dance theatre OKTANA.
Mary-Fofi Anestou (dancer/collaborator)
Mary-Fofi Anestou is a graduate of the Greek National School of Dance and, at the same time, of the Theology Department of the University of Athens; she is also an honors graduate of classical piano music from the National Conservatory of Athens.
She has attended several dance seminars in Greece and abroad with David Zambrano, Hofesh Shechter, Gill Clarke, Ivan Woolfe, Ted Stoffer, Juan Cruz, Nana Vachlia, German Jauregui, Chrysha Parkinson, Jorge M.Cresis, Atsushi Takenouchi etc. During the summer of 2009 she was chosen as a member of a 20 dancers group who participated in the coaching project of “Visual art, Choreography and the Practice of performance” with Trajal Harrel and Sarah SZE in Vienna IMPULSTANZ FESTIVAL. Furthermore, she is a founding member of the MRA dance group.
She has danced, choreographed and collaborated with several dance and theatre companies in Greece and abroad, i.e. συν+εργασία dance group, MRA Dance Company in Greece and Cyprus, Ditto dance company and choreographer Ioanna Vasilakopoulou for the Novi Sad “medkrv3” festival in Serbia and for the ”La Becquée festival choreographique” in France, with Mariela Nestora and YELP danceco for the 3rd Athens Biennale 2011 MONODROME, with ”exactly what I wanted-1” and “action 3-what I wanted”, with Aris Retsos in the ancient tragedy “The throne of Atreus” for the Athens Festival at Odeon of Herodes Atticus, with Circle Team as assistant choreographer and performer in the dance theatre performance of choreographer Olga Spyraki which was directed by Dimitris Zografakis, with Seresta Dance Company and choreographer Christina Beskou etc. In March 2013 her performance “distance”, which was choreographed in collaboration with Eva Kalomoiri, was chosen to be presented in the 13th Cyprus Contemporary Dance Platform.
Furthermore, she teaches in dance schools, cultural associations, self-managed social centers, creative programs, dance and theatre studios for children and adults.