Grigoris – G. Gaitanaros was born in 1984 in Athens (Greece). He graduated from the Democritus University (Faculty of Law, Greece, 2002 - 2007) and he is a member of Piraeus Bar Association since 2010. He studied dance at the Institut de Formation Professionnelle de danse Rick Odums (IFPRO - professional dance departement) to Paris (France, 2008-2009). He holds a Master’s degree (distinction) in design for performing & visual Arts at Middlesex University of London (UK, 2013 - 2014), as well as an ongoing Master’s degree in the interuniversity program of creative writing at the University of Western Macedonia in collaboration with the Open University (Greece, 2017). 

He has attended professional long-term workshops of dance, physical theater and martial arts in CVN Kalari Nadakavu (Kerala - India, 2012), Nrityalya School for Classical Dance (Kerala - India, 2012), Juste Debout School (Paris - France, 2011), Jacob's Pillow School (Athens - Greece, 2010), Centre des Arts Vivants (Paris - France, 2008), El Timbal Performing Circus Arts (Barcelona - Spain, 2005),  and master classes with Battery Dance Company (Athens - Greece, 2013), Akram Khan Company (Athens - Greece, 2012), Netherlands Dance Theater (The Hague - Netherlands, 2011) and he is also a certified stretching instructor by BFS Academy (2016).

Furthermore, he has attended workshops of applied arts (graphic design, video editing) at ΑΚΤΟ College and InfoQuality Center (Athens - Greece, 2013).

He is the creator of Face the Fact group (2012) and director of Face the Fact Studio (2016). Group's research purpose is the unity of performing arts and their connection with visual arts as well as with philosophy, psychology, literature and politics with the focus in dance, theater, cinema, creative writing and educational programs.

He designs live performances and short films, participating in festivals, exhibitions and lectures in collaboration with cultural institutions, research groups or freelance artists. Additionally, he writes articles published in online journals.

He works as a director and choreographer in audiovisual & dancetheater productions, as a teacher of dance and theater in schools and dance studios, as well as a freelance legal advisor/lawyer.

His work as a researcher and artist has been presented in Greece and abroad and is based on the process of synthesis, with a focus on social issues, and the innovation in educational methodologies and artistic creation.

 

CREATIVE WRITING - CINEMA

Soul Washer / Script - Direction - Choreography

London Greek Film Festival, 2018 (London, UK)

8th Athens Video Dance Project, 2018 (Athens - Greece)

Kubrick Short Film Festival, 2018 (Athens - Greece)

Intermediaciones - Videoarte y Video Experimental Festival, 2017 (Medellin - Colombia)

Tipperary Dance Platform's International Dance Festival, 2017 (Tipperary - Ireland) 

8th Bridges International Film Festival, 2017 (Peloponnese - Greece)

The class / Script - Direction - Choreography

7th Athens Video Dance Project, 2017 (Athens - Greece)

Breath in. Wear it. Move it / Script - Direction - Performance

Nike's competition / Best Video Award, Pansik Fashion School, 2016 (Athens - Greece)

Bankman / Script - Direction - Performance

London Greek Film Festival, 2016 (London – UK)

On Performance Symposium, Michael Cacoyiannis Foundation, 2016 (Athens - Greece)

8th Performance Dinners by Chelsea college of Arts & Maria Paschalidou, 2015 (Athens - Greece)

Expanding the Rhythm - Instructional Video / Script - Direction - Performance

6th Athens Video Dance Project, 2016 (Athens - Greece)

Expanding the Rhythm - Urban Landscape & Everyday Movement / Script - Direction - Performance

5th Athens Video Dance Project, 2015 (Athens - Greece)

Butterfly Fly / Performance

Melina Mercouri Foundation, 2012 (Athens - Greece)

 

DANCETHEATER

Aliss at the Fire (Jon Fosse) / Choreography & Performance

Semio theater, 2014-5, (Athens - Greece)

Museum of Human Behaviour / Choreography & Performance

Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2013, Benaki Museum (Athens – Greece)

I saw you / Choreography & Performance

In Progress/Feedback Festival 2013, Kinitiras Theater (Athens - Greece)

Expanding the Rhythm / Direction - Choreography - Performance

Semio Theater, 2013 (Athens - Greece)

Quasi Studio, 2013 (Athens - Greece)

Vyrsodepsio Theater, 2012 (Athens - Greece)

The Pathless Land / Direction - Performance

Page 31 Festival 2012 (Spring), Contemporary Art Meeting Point (Athens – Greece)

Analysis Project / Co-Direction - Performance

Page 31 Festival 2012 (Fall), Contemporary Art Meeting Point (Athens - Greece)

Billie Holiday / Direction - Choreography

Acropol theater, 2012 (Athens – Greece)

Kappa Theater, 2011 (Athens - Greece)

All is full of love / Choreography - Performance

Beton7 Theater, 2011 - 12 (Athens - Greece)

Eros Iros (Alexandros Papadiamantis) / Choreography

Philippi Festival/Thassos 2011, Municipal Theater of Kavala (Kavala - Greece)

Se dialoguer / Choreography - Performance

Avlea Theater, 2011 (Athens - Greece)

Delos Project / Choreography - Performance

Six Dogs Stage, 2011 (Athens - Greece)

Les 6 Eluards / Choreography - Performance

Six Dogs Stage, 2011 (Athens - Greece)

Trio Project / Performance

10th Festival of Greek Choreographers, Roes Theater, 2011 (Athens - Greece)

Street Philosophy / Performance

9th Festival of Greek Choreographers 2010, PK Theater (Athens - Greece)

 

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

The Third Bell (3rd high school of Nikaia) | Wet Dreams (Giorgos Maniotis) | Teaching - Adaptation - Direction - Choreography

Piraeus Municipal Theater, 2017 (Athens - Greece)

The Third Bell (1rst professional high school of Piraeus) | The Class | Teaching - Text - Direction - Choreography

Piraeus Municipal Theater, 2016 (Athens - Greece)

 

LECTURES

Us -and- the Others / VideoDance as an expressive & educational tool

Athens School of Fine Arts, 7thAthens Video Dance Project 2017 (Athens - Greece)

Performance & Politics / Is performance making anti-capitalist way of production (and if so, how)?

MCF, On Performance Symposium 2016 (Athens - Greece)

Research Design Concepts

AKTO Art & Design College - MA in Design 2015 (Athens - Greece)

 

TV ADS

Jumbo

Easter (2011) / Choreography

Jumbo

Summer (2011) / Choreography

 

TEACHINGS

Contempo-Jazz (classes)

Face the Fact Studio 2016-18, (Athens - Greece)

Dance In Studio 2013-14, (Athens - Greece)

Rhythmphrenia (workshop)

Face the Fact Studio 2017, (Athens - Greece)

360 Training (classes)

Face the Fact Studio 2016, (Athens - Greece)

Kalaripayattu (classes&workshops)

Husky martial arts academy 2016, (Athens - Greece)

Swaha Yoga Center 2015-16, (Athens - Greece)

Studio floor barre 2015, (N. Makri/Attiki - Greece)

Eagle Claw Kung Fu 2014, (Athens - Greece)

Lalo Studio 2013, (Athens - Greece)

Stretching - Flexibility (classes)

Face the Fact Studio 2016, (Athens - Greece)

Jazz Hop (classes)

Playground for the Arts 2015, (Athens - Greece)

Expanding the Rhythm (workshops)

Semio Theater 2013-14, (Athens – Greece)

Dance In Studio 2013, (Athens – Greece)

Vyrsodepsio Theater 2012, (Athens – Greece)

Meditating the dance (classes)

Quasi Studio 2013, (Athens - Greece)

Kivotos tou Kosmou 2012, (Athens - Greece)

Experimental Jazz (classes)

Playground for the Arts 2012, (Athens - Greece)

Citizens Theater 2012, (Kavala – Greece)

Street Modern Jazz (classes&workshops)

Echoes & Footprints 2011 - 12, (Athens – Greece)

Danzarin 2010, (Athens - Greece)

Jazz (classes)

Centre d'Alesia 2009, (Paris - France)