ATHΕNA KASIOU - Starting from the text (Open Arts)
Through the use of practical methods and our imagination we will approach the theatrical scripts that intimidate us the most, and dare to tackle them in a modern manner. We will focus on the information that a text gives us about its world, its characters, its circumstances, its intentions, its main themes and facts e.t.c. and through exercises we will bring specific scenes into life. This way, a lot of emphasis will be put on what makes a scene immediate and spontaneous.
Athena is the founding member the Open Arts theatre group. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emerson College in Boston (BA), and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Middlesex in London, she studied at the Gitis Academy in Moscow and the Indonesian Art Institute in Bali. She also took part in Lincoln Center Theatre’s Director’s Lab in New York and in workshops in Film Direction coordinated by Katie Mitchell and Ian Rickson. Her first collaboration with THOK was with the organisation’s first site-specific production, «Diabolad» by Michael Bulgakov, later collaborating with painter Carl Krull in «In Two Minds» (THOK). She also co-directed the play «O Karagkiozis Ektos» which toured in Cyprus, Greece, Prague and at OPEN ARTS’ Arcola Theatre. With the OPEN ARTS team she presented the play «A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream» in an open field in Strovolos. In 2012 she presented Anton Chekhov’s «The Cherry Orchard», in an abandoned amusement park in Egkomi, and ended the Summer of 2013 with the presentation of Samuel Becket’s «Rough for Theatre I» at Fengaros Music Festival in Lofou.