Maria Koliopoulou is an independent choreographer, performer and dance teacher living in Athens. She earned a scholarship to the Laban Centre fοr Movement and Dance and studied Fine Arts at Vacalo School of Arts & Design. She practices in the martial art of Aikido in which she holds the second black belt and is a founding member of Prosxima Dance Company in which she choreographs and performs since 1996.
She began choreographing collaboratively with the company and gradually branched out in her own choreographic works that have been presented in Athens, Algiers, Vienna, Hague, Karlstadt, Ljublana, Salzburg, Stockholm, Prague, Budapest, Chania, Serres ,Thessaloniki, and Kavala.
In the recent years she has presented works commissioned by the Onassis Stegi, the Athens Festival, the Ephorate of Greek Antiquities and the International Contemporary Dance Festival of Algiers.
She has been awarded: 2nd Prix at the Festival Culturel International de la Danse Contemporaine, Algiers 2013 /
Jarmila Jeřábková Choreography Award ‐ New Europe Festival 2008 / Audience Award ‐ 4th Duo Dance International Festival 2005
Choreography & Performance Award ‐ Napolidanza “Il coreografo Eletronico” 2005
As an independent choreographer she has collaborated with the Danish Institute – Bridges between Women Artists, the Neos Kosmos Theatre in W. Shakespeare’s Othello, the National Theatre in M. Gorky’s Lower depths, L. Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and N. Kazantzakis Zorba the Greek.
In 2017 Maria Koliopoulou was invited as a guest choreographer at the Belgrade Dance Institute. She choreographed 4only, a production for the Editta Brown Company in Austria. In November 2019, she was invited by Stop Gap Dance Company, choreographing a new work ‘Here and Where’ for Sg2.
While working for over ten years in primary and secondary education, she has been teaching movement skills to dancers, actors, artists, performers, people with disabilities and people who simply love dancing. She runs movement workshops for babies and toddlers, choreographic workshops for amateurs and professionals, and community dance seminars – among others at the International Kalamata Dance Festival, the State School of Dance, Skitali Project, the Unlimited Access, Europe Beyond Access programme and iDance: Dance without discriminations project at the Onassis Stegi.
PUBLICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
She has published the essay, “The development of the Artistic Skills in Dance Teaching”, in Culture and Art- seven essays on dance,(Propobos Publications, Athens 2000, Greece).
She is a member of the Greek collaborative dance network “Syndesmos Chorou” http://syndesmoschorou.wordpress.com/
She has been actively involved in projects with refugee artists from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran in the transit Idomeni Camp, in Northern Greece and in the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus through the project 'Common platforms: A blind date'.