My Experience, My Passion
Roxani Eleni Garefalaki (b. 1983) is a movement Instructor, director and performance artist from Athens, Greece based in London.
She is an Alexander Technique teacher and Teaches Tai Chi and QiGong emphasising on their healing and meditative properties.
She uses a holistic approach to performance combining movement with sound, in order to explore the connections between art and healing.
She specializes in Butoh and slow motion performance using symbolism through movement and investigates the ability to transform collectively the sense of the dimension of time by creating space through the use of organic movement. Her research is inspired by her love for the works of Bachelard, Palasmaa, Bergson, C. Yung, Mythology, Anthropology and ancient greek philosophy but also research on evolutionary biology, neuroscience and anatomy.
She has performed in all kinds of stages, from ancient Greek theatres ( Epidaurus, Herodeion, Phillipoi etc, with the National Theatre of Greece and the Hellenic Festival), Opening of the 2011 Athens' Special Olympics Ceremony, to street theatre for the Cultural Olympiad for the 2004 Athens' Olympics, children’s theatre, dance theatre and circus cabaret, combining singing with physical theatre elements, stilts, aerial acrobatics and fire juggling.
Showreel of her collaborations from 2002-2007 can be seen here.
For her current projects visit here.
She is also a creator performances being a songwriter, lyricist and script writer and has created productions addressing to different audiences, from dance theatre to open air stages and stadiums (Art Sung productions "Alma Mahler’’, and "Clara Schumann" by Elizabeth Mucha, at Wilton’s Music Hall, London 2017 (direction, stage management, lighting design), “Perform to Reform” Erasmus+ EU Program, Jugend & Culturproject e.V. producing the “Great Wheel” dance theatre (script, direction, music, scenography & performing), Dresden, Germany, “The Art of Basking” by Jugend & Culturproject e.V., EU funded program, Thessaloniki European Youth Capital 2014, “Seven” circus- cabaret dance theatre (Script, direction, costume design, scenography & performing), El Convento del Arte theatre, Athens Zen Garden’s “Semantic” opening the Future Sound of London in Athens (23.5.09) at Olympic Softball stadium).
She trained and qualified as an Alexander Technique Teacher at the Alexander Technique Studio with Karen Wentworth as head of Training. She has trained in music (Bachelor Degree in Harmony- Higher Theory of Music (Hellenic Conservatory), classical singing, Healing through Sound and voice (Joe Tornabene, Roy Hart theatre), and movement Butoh (with Moeno Wakamatsu & Sai Misima).
Art Sung, devised by pianist Elizabeth Mucha, is an imaginative and unique collaboration between Music, Art and Narrative in a series of dramatised song recitals. Her vision is to bring the richly diverse world of Lieder to as many people as possible.
For more information, please visit our website at www.artsung.com
Fire & Stilts
Roxani has 15 years experience in performing on stilts in different kinds of productions and venues, sometimes acting on stilts(as fairy, giant, totem etc), other times dancing or playing with fire juggling.
On stilts she is able to interact successfully with the audience, inviting them to dance and experience a magical side of reality through her performance. It is an efficient way of entertaining the audience in open festivals or heavily crowded events, as height allows the performer to be seen even without a stage, and invites a mythical and inspiring quality to the event.
She has taken part in European Fire Juggling festivals and has directed fire & circus dance theatre production including fire performers from 8 countries. ('The Great Wheel’ Thessaloniki, Dresden, Germany 2014)