Elena Antoniou is a dance and performance artist from Cyprus. Since 2008 she has been collaborating with artist Polys Peslikas. Their work has been presented in Berlin, Athens, Tel Aviv and all over Cyprus. In 2016 she presented the long durational performance “An eight-hour journey”, commissioned by NEON and Marina Abramovic Institute, curated by Marina Abramovic, Serge Le Borgne, and Paula Garcia, on the occasion of AS ONE at Benaki Museum, Athens–Greece. She has also collaborated, as a choreographer and movement director, with theater directors and companies in Greece and Cyprus (Neos Kosmos Theater, Cyprus Theater Organisation, etc).
Her latest project–long durational performance In Situ, up to now has been presented for 13 days, 81 hours at Cyprus Museum, Rialto Theatre, Neues Museum Berlin and Archaeological Museum of the Lemesos District.
She focuses her artistic research on the physical and emotional limits and how sociopolitical factors impact her being as a human artist. Using her body and movement as tools, her aim is to identify the impact, study, elaborate and communicate it with the beholder, within a framework of an abstract dialogue. Body and movement exist in space as materials with different textures and dynamics, evoking in each given time the constant transition between the sound and the visual environment.
Elena Antoniou graduated from the Greek National School of Dance and the London Contemporary Dance School “The Place” as a member of the Edge dance company. She was a scholarship recipient from the Koula Pratsika Foundation and the Danceweb Programme at ImpulsTanz Vienna. She received the Choreography Award of the Cyprus Theater Awards 2008 for the play “Diary of a mad man” (directed by Maria Manaridou Karsera), and she has been nominated for the same award in 2011 for the play “Beckettx5” (directed by Maria Manaridou Karsera).