MA Choreography 22: Nefeli Gioti - there they go until they don't

A dance phrase as an imperative, as a companion, as horror, as debt, as an impossible thing, as a minor gesture, as a meta-narrative of western contemporary dance, as a practice of unlearning, as a concept, as a meaningless thing, as sense-making, as a dwelling place…it is just a dance phrase...on the side.

And short conversation(s) around and about dance phrases in non-isolated places.

From the conversation of Nefeli and Marie picture.jpg

there they go until they don't... parapaparapapim… (started when. and ended. while)

This sharing fluctuates between an installation, a dance performance, a studio practice, an encounter, a lullaby, a farewell, a conversation. It is also a momentum in an unfinishing process, therefore a study. Despite it is not interested in the act of definition, yet it faces the dynasty of defining. Although it does not wish to focus on repetition, it crosses through repetitive modes and while it is not occupied with making a dance piece, still would not mind if it happened.

It departs from the question: ‘What happens if one holds on to making a dance phrase as a minor gesture, while we are together?’ Flour, people, water, sounds, conversations, the belly of an aubergine, processes of transcription as reflections are encountering each other attempting to listen and to be listened, composing a place where layers, as a form of fragments are operating, exploring the difference between meaning and sense. From there, it attempts non-binary approaches and non-imposing overrides. Always ready to fail.

Choreographic composition by Nefeli Gioti

Performed by Sunniva Vikør Egenes and Nefeli Gioti

Music composition by Panos Giotis Svobotnik

Supervisor: Marie Fahlin, PhD

Thinking partner: Elena Novakovits

Short visual and audio sharing of the current artistic process:

Special Thanks to all the companions through this long journey. To Elena Novakovits, Marie Fahlin, Panos Svobotnik, Sunniva Vikør Egenes and Silja Tuovinen, Alexis Steeves, Korina Kordova, for giving the process flesh and bones. To Andrea Diaz, Stella Kruusamägi, Lena Kienzer, Valentina Parravicini and Mariana de Oliveira Costa who shared their time to support this process. To kilos of flour and litres of water that I have been hanging along with. To Johan Bodin from the Circus Department for making the ringing process possible, to Sara Manente for mentoring the process during spring 2021, to Ivana Muller for nurturing conversations, to Jenny Sunesson for an informative and generous contribution around and about fragments, to Sara Gebran for her criticality, to Vaso Polymeni for being around as an artist and as a friend and to all the artists and not only artists that are being part of this project in many different ways even if they are not aware of it. To Karin Hauptman for making the production possible and of course to all those who joined the conversation practice until now, with whom I have learned so much. 

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Invitation to conversation(s)

One-to-one short conversation(s) around and about dance phrases in non-isolated places.

About the practice

It is a conversation practice about and around dance phrases. The conversation takes place between me and you. On the one hand, through the practice, a conversation is explored as a place of dwelling together, a space where you and I meet in practice. It could happen through words, hesitations, silences and sometimes kneading dough or taking walks...Conversations as places that are unknown, that allow someone to get lost so as to be found again. As Rebecca Solnit writes “Stories that make the familiar strange again, like those that revealed the lost landscapes, lost cemeteries, lost species around my home….Getting lost like that seems the beginning of finding your way or finding another way…”. On the other hand, it formulates a way for me to listen and for you to share and vice versa, stories, memories, preconceptions, histories around the simple but for me an ambiguous question “how is a dance phrase for you?”.


This is an invitation for participating together in the artistic practice I am exploring with different people during the last 6 months and being with it in multiple ways a bit longer. In this context, I decided to open it up on the side of the presentations as an extended form of encounter. This invitation is open to anyone willing to participate with or without prior knowledge about dance phrases. Conversing about something unknown can open up new insights!

In this context of presentations, there are specific slots for the conversations. They will take place sometimes before another performance, sometimes in-between two performances and there will be one slot for a conversation while walking together from one performance (taking place at SKH) towards another performance taking place at Weld.

Important information is that if you wanna book one slot you have to contact me at this email: If you need any further information or clarifications do not hesitate to contact me.


Looking forward to practicing with you!


Thinking partner: Elena Novakovits
Supervisor: Marie Fahlin, PhD
Short visual and audio sharing of the current artistic process

Special thanks to all the people I have conversed with and practised together till now, the places we have dwelled together and the dough that we have been kneading along with our conversations. Specifically, to Xenia Kohilaki, Sara Manente, Peter Mills, Kellokumpu Simo, Alice Mackenzie, Erik Valentin Berg, Andrea Diaz Ghiretti, Stella Kruusamägi, Sunniva Vikør Egenes, Mariana de Oliveira Costa, Marie Fahlin, Maipelo Gabang, Eleanor Bauer, Hugo Hedberg, Caterina Mora, Korina Kordova, Mirto Katsiki. 

A few words about the artistic research: The artistic research considers dance phrases as a starting point for exploring how the choreographic practice can be a practice of situatedeness within  the field of choreography and dance. Through a practice of conversations, encounters practitioners from the field of dance and choreography and creates ways for reflecting on their historicity with a focus in the western context. Develops an embodied inquiry for the exploration of personal and collective memories, stories, canons and myths around “dance phrase”. Experimenting with the performative transformation of stories as minor events and the relation between facts and fiction turns to questions relating with the narrative operation in the fields of dance and choreography using the dance phrase as a metaphor for delving into the problem of the ontology and epistemology of those fields. Using methods as research as practice, grounded theory and lifestories proceeds into thinking through performances, video experimentation and oral conversations.

Short visual and audio sharing of the current artistic process

Elena Novakovits

Elena Novakovits is a cultural worker, dramaturg, dance/performance researcher. She collaborates in the field of curation, production, and coordination of cultural events and festivals and with independent artists in the context of their artistic research and creative practice. She has co-written theoretical texts with Nassia Fourtouni (Kalamata International Dance Festival, Dance in the Age of Forgetfulness etc) and has reviewed performances for Spring Festival (Utrecht, NL), and the network Aerowaves. Furthermore, she has co-curated and moderated the project Infinite Potentials. She currently co-curates the platform from stage to page, the research project What do you want to dance and participates in the interdisciplinary project Reforesting. She has been selected as a participant in the fourth cycle of Critical Practice Made in YU.

Panos Giotis “Svobotnik”

Panos Giotis “Svobotnik” is a musician, composer and sound designer/engineer based in Athens (GR). With a deep interest in the wide spectrum of improvisational and experimental music he has collaborated with numerous established musicians and music ensembles in Greece, Germany and Spain during the last years (Hippomaniacs, Ceramic Pig, Desperate Measures, Svobotnik Quartet, Blue John & The Steamboats, Cactus Quartet, Sun Electric Dopperman, Iyalu Afrobeat Orchestra among others). His influences and compositions range from various branches of black music, jazz, blues as well as free improvisation, often with a lyrical, cinematic mood.

In parallel, there is a deep interest in more soundscape/ambient and noise-oriented music with the use of guitars, synthesizers and effects. He has composed and performed music for contemporary dance (Iceberg, Tundra) and theater. In parallel, he is working as an audio engineer, mixer and producer, mixing/producing a number of albums of various music genres.

Nefeli Gioti

Nefeli Gioti was born in 1985 in Athens. She graduated from Environmental Sciences at the Aegean University, studied contemporary dance practices at Tanzfabrik in Berlin and attended "Theory of Performance Practices" at the Kapodistrian Athens University. Currently, she is finishing the Ma in Choreography at Stockholm University of the Arts.

She is a dancer and performer working with choreography and dance research in several formats.  Along with her choreographic work she has been working as an artistic collaborator with Argyro Chioti at the “Chalepas” production (Onassis Foundation), as a dramaturgical and movement consultant at the production “MUDE” directed by Kalllia Kefala and funded by the Einstiegsförderung of the Berlin Senate Department of Culture and Europe and by the Fonds Darstellende Künste- Take action Program, as an assistant choreographer with Xenia Kochilaki (Junkdance), as an assistant director with Argyro Chioti -Vasistas Theater Company- at the National Greek Theater and at the Biennale des Arts de la Scène en Méditerranée festival of the Théâtre des 13 at Montpellier.

She did an apprentice with the choreographer Christos Papadopoulos at the production of “ION” at 2018. She has worked with Willi Dorner at "Bodies in Urban Spaces (Onassis Foundation), she has collaborated with the theatre company 600 Highwaymen for the performance “The record” at the festival “Made in USA” (Onassis Foundation),with Jolika Suderman, Shai Faran, Ricardo de Paula, Stella Zanou. Karima Mansour, Paulina Almeida, Birgit Bodingbauer, Sofia Papanikandrou and Eirini Adamou among others.


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MA Choreography 2022: What can choreography be and do?


This event is part of the showings of the MA Choreography degree projects of 2022 at SKH and WELD 10-22 May. 

Please join us at both Weld and SKH Brinellvägen 58 to launch careers, celebrate spring, be together in difficult times and wonder about the future of art.

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