©2017 BY MINDFULNESS IN MOTION, London UK

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PERFORMING

Embodying Art

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- Alma Mahler’’, 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). 

"INHABITING CSM"

'Being Light'

Lead by Gesamtatelier founding member Symeon Banos, "Inhabiting CSM" is a project which invites artists to “inhabit” the unfamiliar to them space of Central Saint Martins by using their medium of expression: their body. Roxani- Eleni Garefalaki's video documentation belongs to a series of performances by our collaborators.

Roxani's approach was called 'Being Light':

Mindfulness in motion. Being vertical while moving forward. Allowing time to create internal space, in order to receive the environment, perceive and process every external stimulus so that I remain light, continuously expanding. Being present with integrity of my whole self.

Something interesting to note: although it was cold and I was wearing light clothes and was barefoot, an internal heat wave kept me going as long as the performance lasted: coming all the way from the Earth through the soles of my feet and rising until the top of the head: the stimulus of cold wanting to contract my muscles Versus the expansion of self that I was directed towards produced this warmth...

PROJECTS

Art Sung 

Art Sung, devised by pianist Elizabeth Mucha, is an imaginative and unique collaboration between Music, Art and Narrative in a series of dramatized song recitals. Her vision is to bring the richly diverse world of Lieder to as many people as possible. 

Current production "Alma Mahler" is directed by Roxani Eleni Garefalaki. 

For more information, please visit our website at www.artsung.com

ながれ / NAGARE

Butoh dance, polyphonic singing of Epirus (Northern Greece) laments and live violin


"Beautiful. Enchanting. Transcendent. I wish to see it again." Merlyn Peter's

''This show is needed here and now in the UK as it helps and allows us to grieve -it asks the important question; are we able to grow and leave the trauma behind us?'' Elina Manni 


ながれ / NAGARE is a hybrid investigation of the limits between Butoh dance and polyphonic traditional singing methods of Epirus (North Greece) accompanied by electric violin soundscapes. 

Through the mixture of those two genres/styles ながれ / NAGARE creates a new form/technique which brings together Greek and Japanese performative elements. 
Through the investigation made on traditional Japanese forms such as Noh theatre, Kabuki dance and Greek such as ancient Greek mysteries (Kaviria, Eleusinia & Orfika) and polyphonic laments from Epirus (μοιρολόγια) we explored that these phenomenally different worlds share common ceremonial and spiritual aspects.

Performed at: St. Pancras Old church part of 'The Polaris Experience' curated by Gene Serene, London (July 2015), Apiary studios part of Modern Panic VI curated by Guerilla Zoo, London (November 2015), Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre (December 2015) and Librarylondon members club. (April 2016) and Strange Love Festival, Folkestone, Kent (March 2017), Butoh Festival Amsterdam March 2018. 

Production, Butoh/voice: Roxani Garefalaki & Eliza Soroga

Live violin: Takatsuna Mukai
Costume design: Yuliya Krylova 
Photo credit: Eleonora Cristin, Simone Pellegrini / Doris Shiffer. 

"INHABITING CSM"

'Being Light'

Lead by Gesamtatelier founding member Symeon Banos, "Inhabiting CSM" is a project which invites artists to “inhabit” the unfamiliar to them space of Central Saint Martins by using their medium of expression: their body. Roxani- Eleni Garefalaki's video documentation belongs to a series of performances by our collaborators.

Roxani's approach was called 'Being Light':

Mindfulness in motion. Being vertical while moving forward. Allowing time to create internal space, in order to receive the environment, perceive and process every external stimulus so that I remain light, continuously expanding. Being present with integrity of my whole self.

Something interesting to note: although it was cold and I was wearing light clothes and was barefoot, an internal heat wave kept me going as long as the performance lasted: coming all the way from the Earth through the soles of my feet and rising until the top of the head: the stimulus of cold wanting to contract my muscles Versus the expansion of self that I was directed towards produced this warmth...

 

Tuning-In to Elusive Times

Directed & edited by Orestis Dikaios.

After ii'ts award and participation in the London University Southwark University Alliance's annual report, Tuning-In To Elusive Times again won the first prize in his first Film Festival outside Academia. The London Greek Film Festival honored us with our participation in it and our award as Best Experimental Film.

 

FIRE & STILTS

Enchanting Reality

Roxani has 15 years experience in performing on stilts in different kinds of productions and venues, sometimes acting on stilts (as fairy, titan, totem, Spirit of the Earth, Pandora, etc), other times dancing or combined with fire juggling (fire fingers, fire fans, poi, staff).
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 audience in open festivals or heavily crowded events, creating an interesting perspective and using the height to create a new dimension, 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, you can see videos of the projects here.)

 
London Greek Film Festival

London Greek Film Festival 2017, Official Selection