Symeon Kyriakopoulos is a London based choreographer. He received his BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Hertfordshire and his BA (Hons) from Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance. Ballet and Wushu are the primary movement practices that inspire him and the main disciplines for The Crossword Ballet. Along with these movement styles, the works of Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung, and other modern analytical psychologist has shaped his perception on the psychological nature of the human psyche. He created in 2013 “The Crossword Ballet” as a ground for artistic exploration and expression of the individuation process and the hero’s journey. This was made possible with the support from the Arts Council England and the Swiss Church in London.
In the past he has performed with various dance companies alongside creating his own work. He has choreographed: “Visual Echo” in collaboration with Maria Karapanagiotidou, which was performed at various festivals in England and Greece. In 2009, he choreographed his second dance piece performed at Resolution!2009. In 2011 he joined Puppic Dance company under the direction of Justine Reeves . He performed with the company at various festivals. In April 2013 he was rehearsal director of the Puppic Youth Dance Company.
Tania is a London-based performer, storyteller, lecturer/ facilitator and drama movement therapist . Her educational background combines studies in psychology and acting while she also completed a MA in the Sesame Drama and Movement therapy and a practice as research PhD at Central School of Speech and Drama. The bridging of the two fields of psychology and theatre had produced an influential amalgamation on her thinking, perception and performance practice. She is interested in the invisible and intangible qualities that the performer communicates to the audience and so the significance of the emotional body. She has been working professionally as an actor, assistant director, dramaturge and lecturer in Greece, London, Tallinn and Berlin.
Currently she is working as a mentor for the MA course Performance Practice Research and Drama and Movement therapy course at Central School of Speech and Drama, she is running dramatherapy projects around Mental Health while she is also devising and collaboration in artistic projects. This is her first collaboration with Symeon Kyriakopoulos with who they found a common interest in mythology, the psyche and the space between these and performance.
Michelle Buckley hails from Virginia, completing much of her early dance training with the Washington School of Ballet and Richmond School of Ballet. She completed her BA Honours in Theatre Dance focusing on ballet at London Studio Centre. Since 2007, Michelle has predominantly worked with Julia Gleich of Gleich Dances and Norte Maar for performances in New York City and London, performing leading roles in such works as Speak Easy Secrets and The Brodmann Areas. Alongside Gleich, Michelle holds the position of co-director and co-founder of Aegis Live Arts, as well as being a company performer and costumier. Holding several film credits, costume commissions and previously modelling in London Fashion Week she has also had the opportunity to sing with Situation Opera in London and Operafest at the University of Mary Washington. When not on stage, Michelle is an acclaimed Tour Guide in London focusing on London’s history. This is her first opportunity working with Symeon Kyriakopoulos and is excited to be a part of the development of Exodus and The Crossword Ballet.
Katelyn started dancing at the Redhead-Scott School of Dance in Nottingham, participating in the Fonteyn-Nureyev Competition in 2004. She was also and associate with the New English Contemporary Ballet, and performed several times with the English Youth Ballet before continuing her training at Ballet West in Scotland; where she achieved Distinction in both her degree and RAD Advanced 2, giving her the opportunity to perform as a semi finalist in the Adeline Genee International Competition in 2011. Whilst there Katelyn also toured both the UK and China with the Ballet West Company in both 2010 and 2011, with performances of The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake. Since then, Katelyn has worked as a dancer for promotional events with companies such as Penhaligons and Nestle, as well as continuing to train, and is excited to be a part of this production.