La Verità Dance Company / Alex Kyriakoulis Natasa Frantzi
La Verita ASBL / Brussels Belgium / +32 479669716 / info (@) laveritadance.com
In 2011 Alex Kyriakoulis (Alex Kros) and Natasa Frantzi, driven by their need to share their own messages through contemporary dance, they decided to found "La Verità Dance Company" in Belgium. Their creations are multidisciplinary and open to all ranges of audiences. Through their creations, the preoccupation with the body and its movement is at the heart of the inspiration and language of their pieces, as a means of expression and communication, mixing with other artistic forms such as architecture, video mapping and light installations, in order to achieve a cinematic result on stage. Each creation is identified and characterized by a particular body language where the dramaturgy is the main source which generates the different qualities of the interpretation. Both choreographers focus on the physicality of every movement beyond the aesthetic level, willing to achieve a deeper and an essential approach. La Verità is a Dance Company that speaks through their works about the truth of our reality, having the sole purpose of raising awareness among spectators and provoking reflections around socio-existential issues.
La Verità Dance Company
Natasa Frantzi
Awards / Premier Prix “Les Lendemains qui Dansent”La Barcarolle EPCC 2015 (FR) Nominations / Rotterdam International Duet Choreography Competition, 2019 (NL) La Grande Scène / Petites Scènes Ouvertes, 2019 (FR) Berner Tanz Preise, 2014 (CH) No Ballet Choreographic Competition, 2013 (DE) Machol Shalem International Choreographic Competition, 2013 (IL) Company is supported by / Stad Mechelen (BE)
DeSingel (BE) Stad Mechelen (BE) Radar (BE) Le Bateau Feu / Scène Nationale Dunkerque (FR) Centre Chorégraphique National de Roubaix / Ballet Du Nord (FR) La Barcarolle EPCC Spectacle vivant Audomarois (FR) Korzo (NL) Choreographisches Centrum Heidelberg (DE) Greek National Ballet (GR) TROIS C-L Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois (LU) CC Ter Dilft (BE) Conservatorium Mechelen (BE) Arc For Dance (GR) Tanz Art Ost West (DE) Dance Loft Aachen (DE) Arena Festival (DE) Tanzwoche Festival (DE) Shacoda Showcase Seoul (KO) Perform-now Festival Winterthur (CH) Feria Internacional De Teatro Y Danza Huesca (SP) Sperimentale Theatre Pesaro “Essere Creativo (IT) ProArt Festival (CZ) Coastal Currents Art Festival Hastings (UK) Salle Dane Boom (FR) Tanz Festival Bielefeld (DE) Festival des jeunes chorιgraphes Voreppe (FR) Mouvement Contemporain (FR) Theater am gleis Winterthur (CH) Dance Waves Festival (CY) Rotterdam International Duet Choreography Competition (NL) La Grande Scène / Petites Scènes Ouvertes (FR) Berner Tanz Preise (CH) No Ballet Choreographic Competition (DE) Machol Shalem International Choreographic Competition (IL) Studio Hybrid Brussels (BE) La Becque'e Festival Brest (FR) CC De Kollebloem (BE) CC Sint Niklaas (BE) Graig Bourgoyne (UK) Jan Van Landeghem (BE)
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Born in Greece, multidisciplinary artist, choreographer and dance teacher, Alex Kros is trained in dance, visual arts, theater and cinema. Holding a bachelor's degree in Economics, he studied dance at the Greek National School of Dance (K.S.O.T), Rallou Manou Professional Dance School (GR), and he has a diploma in the- ater and Direction. He began his artistic career in 1999 as an actor and later as Stand up Comedian by creating his own "one man shows" for several theaters in Greece. After his studies in dance, he performed for various companies in Greece and Belgium where he discovered his passion for choreography. He decided to stop his dancing career early because he wanted to deppen and research different methods of choreography that were driven from his diverse background. Since then his creations and artistic vision have focused on the creation of multidisciplinary perfor- mances integrating dance, visual arts and cinematographic tech- niques. To this he comes to add the development of his own method of choreography and movement vocabulary focusing in Contemporary Ballet. In 2011, he founded La Verità dance company in Belgium where he tours his own creations in theaters and festivals around the world. In 2015 with the creation "Behind the body" he won first prize of choreography in the competition “Les lendemains qui dansent” (FR).   As a guest choreographer he has created choreographies for Bremerhaven Stadttheater (DE), Oldenburg Staatstheater (DE), Greek National Ballet (GR), Koninklijk Ballet School Vlaanderen (BE), Ballet Du Nord / CCN Roubaix (FR), Conservatorium Mechelen (BE). Alongside his choreographic work, he teaches contemporary dance and repertoire to conservatories, profes- sional schools and companies like Balletto di Roma (IT), HJS (NL), Cie Toula Limnaios (DE), CND Lyon (FR), ACTS profes- sional dance school and others.
Dancer, choreographer and dance teacher, Natasa Frantzi graduated from the Greek National State School of Dance. Her career as dancer began with the Wrong Movement Dance Company by Konstantin Mihos where she worked for 6 years on creations specialized in improvisation and more specifically in Contact Improvisation, Instant Composition and Inclusive Dance. Natasa continued her journey as member of the Hellenic Dance Company, where she performed reper- toires of Ultima-Vez, Richard Alston, Martin Lawrence and as well as with sev- eral Greek companies such as Dancers Dance Company and Amalgama Dance Company. In 2007 she achieved by joining the dance company "Unterwegtheater" in Germany under the artistic direction of the choreographer Jai Gonzales. For the next three years, Natasa danced 5 productions with her before she moved to Belgium in 2011 to found her own company "La Verita Dance Company". Meanwhile she still continued dancing as a freelancer with many companies in Belgium, UK and Germany, Bud Blumenthal (USA/BE), Craig Burgogne (UK), Theater Mobil (DE) among others. In 2015 with the duo “Behind the body” she won the First Prize for choreography in the competition “Les lendemains qui dansent” (FR). As a guest choreographer, she has collaborated with companies, theaters, con- servatories and professional dance schools such as: Conservatorium Mechelen (BE), Ballet Du Nord / CCN Roubaix (FR), CulturBazaar (DE), Oldenburg Staatstheater (DE), ACTS Ecole de danse contemporain de Paris (FR), Grenzlandtheater (DE), Conservatorium Saint-Omer (FR). Alongside with her mutual dependence between dancer and choreographer, she is also a teacher of contemporary dance and improvisation for more than 17 years, sharing her knowledge and different influences from her personal experi- ence, giving courses and workshops at various professional schools, conservato- ries and festivals like: Marameo (DE), P.A.R.T.S. (BE), Luxembourg Choreographic Creation Center Trois C-L (LU), Tanzwoche (DE), Proart Festival (CZ), Dance Loft (DE), Ballet du Nord/CCN Roubaix (FR), ACTS Contemporary dance school of Paris (FR), Professional school of Rallou Manou (GR), Choros professional school in Athens (GR) and others. In 2019 she launched her collaboration with Platform-K, a company of disabled dancers in Belgium, and created “Mix and Match”, an inclusive dance workshop of improvisation and instant composition open to everyone that wants to experi- ence a non verbal communication through dance. Nowadays with La Verita she continues to create, dance and teach all over the world.
photo by Nuno Borges
photo by Nuno Borges
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