Stella Zannou is a choreographer, dancer and dance instructor with Greek origin, who lives in Berlin since 2009. She has studied dance and choreography at the London Studio Center and London College of Dance (England), the American College of Greece (BA) and the Greek State school of dance. As a dancer, she has collaborated with Johannes Wieland at Staatstheater Kassel, Maya M. Carrol – Lipsker, Clint Lutes, Richard Siegal, Walter Bickmann, Athina Vahla, M. Klien, Nicolas Mortimore, Kunst-stoff (Yannis Antoniou), Editta Braun, Thomas Mettler, Apostolia Papadamaki, Haris Mandafounis, K.Mixos und Prosxima Dance Company, etc. In 2006, Stella created Smack Dance company, with which she has performed her creations in festivals such as the 5th and 6th Athens International Dance Festival, “Tanzwelten 2009”, as well as in many international Theaters. She has also choreographed for the Vienna Opera house, „Bodhi Projekt“ / SEAD, Staatstheater Kassel, Sozo Visions of Motion, American College of Greece, etc. Stella is offering workshops, dance classes and mentoring for dance companies, state theaters, festivals, dance and theater schools and universities, such as: Staatstheater Braunschweig und Kassel, Toula Limnaios Co., “Iwanson International School of Contemporary Dance”, DancePAT, “Sozo Visions in Motion“, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz – Köln, Danceworks – Berlin, Dock 11, Marameo, Laborgrass, Tanzfabrik, Potsdamer Tanztage, B12, Hollins University, SEAD, Anton Bruckner University, “Greek State School of Dance”, “International Dance Festival of Kalamata”, opening ceremony – Paraolympic Games, Athens 2004, “The American College of Greece”, “One Small Step Festival”, Akropoditi Festival, Proda, Nachschub and Lincoln University- Gnarl Festival.
My interest as a dance instructor, choreographer and dancer, is finding the fine balance between “losing myself” while dancing and at the same time staying alert and conscious of what is happening around me – of external stimuli – respecting the others and acknowledging the group dynamics. I’m interested in how to make improvisation and set choreography look as one, keeping from both the best they can offer. Being precise, complex and technical, but without losing the instant possibility of adapting or changing plans or stepping back. Therefore my classes are offering a playground of movement possibilities based on different qualities and ideas which are being framed through a set of rules and regulations. Within this set frame we create the space and freedom for personal choices and “colours” to exist.
Discovering different movement qualities and dynamics, and encouraging my dancers to move without fear and hesitation, are central elements in my dance training. A strong focus exists on key skills of working with the floor, using improvisation tasks, strengthening exercises and basic acrobatics, as well as gradually creating complex choreographic sequences.
My class allows a variety of different levels and backgrounds to co-exist since each one can work on his/her own limits.