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Argyropoulou Yota/Michalis Konstantatos (Blindspot theatre group)

Yota Argyropoulou is a performer and writer. She was born in Αthens and studied Theatre Performance at Goldsmiths, University of London, and History of Art at the University of East London. Co-founder of the blindspot theatre group, she has performed and contributed artistically in: “Ghosts” (Αthens & Epidaurus Festival, 2018), “Hedda Gabler” (Onassis Cultural Centre, 2015), “HOTEL” (Αthens School of Fine Arts, 2015, and Dimitria Festival, 2016), “Blink” (National Theatre of Oslo/ Ibsen Festival, 2016), “X-Tokio” (Apo Mixanis Theatre & Theaterlandschaft Südeuropa 2015 at Theatre an der Ruhr), and others. She created the solo long-durational performance “One Person at a Time” for the exhibition ‘As One’, organized by the Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI) and NEON at the Benaki Museum, and she was invited to participate in the “watch & talk” residency at Zürcher Theater Spektakel. She has performed in theatrical productions in England, Spain, Italy, and Greece in plays such as Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” (Ophelia), Strindberg’s “The Storm” (Gerda), Martin Crimp’s “Attempts on Her Life,” and in the performance “An Oak Tree” directed by Tim Crouch. She played in the feature films “Before Midnight” by Richard Linklater, “Luton” by Michalis Konstantatos, in the film installation “The Airport” by John Akomfrah, and in the upcoming film “All the Pretty Little Horses” by Michalis Konstantatos. She has been selected for the residencies of the Zürcher Theatre Spektakel in Zurich and the Onassis Air of the Onassis Foundation. Her first play “HOTEL” was selected among the 17 finalists in Berliner Festspiele 2017 at the Theatertreffen’s Stückemarkt. She has also written “Looking for Holden Caulfield,” a theatrical adaptation of “The Catcher in the Rye” by Salinger (Onassis Youth Theatre Festival, 2016), the theatre performance “Blink,” and a co-written adaptation of “Ghosts” by Ibsen. She has run workshops on theatre, performance, and poetry. She is currently working on her research performance <<ALEXA(A)>> along with her colleagues and playwrights Igor Dobričić and Miguel Angel Melgares. The first performance of the project took place this summer at MIRfestival 2021.

Michalis Konstantatos is a film and theatre director. He has studied Directing at Stavrakos Athens Film School, Sociology at the University of Athens and holds a postgraduate degree in Architecture from NTUA. Since 2002 he has been directing theatre plays, experimental short films, TV dramas, music videos and video installations for public spaces and theatrical performances as co-founder and director of the theatrical group “blindspot”. He has written and directed two shorts, winning prizes in Greece and abroad. His first feature film “LUTON” premiered at NEW DIRECTORS section of the San Sebastian International Film Festival in 2013. The movie was nominated for the Best First Feature award at BFI London Film Festival and for the competition program of the Stockholm International Film Festival. He received the Copenhagen CPX,  Best Directorial Debut at the 2013 Athens International Film Festival and CPH:PIX Award – Honorable Mention. For the blindspot theatre group, he has collaborated with international institutions and theaters, such as the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, NEON Cultural Organization, Stegi – Onassis Foundation, the Norwegian National Theater in Oslo, the Theater an der Ruhr in Germany, the Dimitria Festival, etc. His last project was the solo performance «One Person at a Time» conceived and designed with performer Yota Argyropoulou and was presented at Benaki Museum for the exhibition «As One» of Marina Abramovic Institution and organization NEON. ALL THE PRETTY LITTLE HORSES is the second feature film of writer/director Michalis Konstantatos. It is a (horsefly) production in co-production between Belgium, Germany and Greece. It world premiered at the Shanghai International Film Festival in the summer of 2020 and continues its journey around the world.

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