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Standup PerformDance Workshops for any body

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Standup PerformDance
Workshops of any body with Lia Haraki

Do you enjoy telling stories?
Do you enjoy telling stories from your life?
Do you enjoy telling stories from your life and be heard by others?

Everyone can be a performer if they wish to, and this is the opportunity to try it out in a safe environment!

The workshops are for anybody (amateur of professional) and aim towards the development of a solo performance based on biography.

The ‘Standup PerformDance’ method was developed by artist Lia Haraki and her collaborators when they were exploring different ways and degrees of creating intimacy between the performer and the audience. They looked at stand-up comedy as a form of live performance which uses material that is biographical and self-referential to establish communication with the spectator on a personal and general level.

During the series of workshops personal references and experiences as well as a particular way of creating life maps will be the basic tools for creating material. The use of speech, sound, song, movement, dramaturgy, any ability or disability, talent or fault will lead the participants into a journey of exploring their identity as the main element of their performances.

The weekly meetings will consist of physical and vocal warm ups and short presentations where the participants will be asked to share with the group 1-2 minute ‘Standup PerformDances’. The narration of stories and their embodiment, laughter as a bridge of communication, gesture as dance, the voice as text or sound and the various live showings will help the participants become familiar with the idea that performance can be an everyday ritual.

The last day of the workshops will be a presentation of the final solos of the participants to a particular audience selected by the group.

“The best performances I ever saw happened in the studio”
Lin Snelling once told me this and I have to agree with her!
In the frame of this workshop the last eight years, I have seen miraculous embodied expressions of people that do not identify as performance professionals. This comes to show that performance belongs to all and having access to that world is a matter of an inner desire to bring a part of who one is on stage.
        Lia Haraki


For whom it is
Individuals with an interest to explore the body and voice as expressive and creative tools.
Individuals that are occupied with performance on an amateur or professional level.
Individuals who wish to try out the form of solo performance.

There are 12 available spaces for the workshop and they will be granted on a first come first served basis.

OPAP City Theatre Nicosia (Tempon 2)

Dates and times
Every Wednesday 18:30-21:30 (for 9 Wednesdays and a Friday)
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6,13,20,27
April 3
Final presentations Friday April 5th
Participation in all days of the workshop is necessary

Reserve a space for the workshop by sending an email with your request and a short bio to
Trailers of works by the choreographer made with the ‘Standup PerformDance’ method:

Participation fee:
Pre payment 250 euros
Payment in two instalments: 135 euros x 2
In three instalments: 100 euros x 3
Students 10% off
Reduction for .pelma. members up to 25% To become a .pelma. member go here

In the framework of the collaboration between NiMAC [The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Associated with the Pierides Foundation] and the artistic structure .pelma. at the OPAP City Theatre

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Later Event: February 23
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