Dimitra Kritikidi

Production director

Dimitra Kritikidi was born in Athens, Greece. She studied at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance achieving BA (Hons) in Arts and Diploma in Dance Theatre in 1995.

She is founding member of Prosxima, a collective contemporary dance company, based in Athens, Greece, with which she performed and choreographed until 2006. Since then, she remains the co- artistic director and production director of the company.

Through Prosximas’ initiation of collaborating and co-producing works with international companies, she has performed with Barriedale Operahouse at the Tanzquartier Wien, with Richard Siegal from Ballet Frankfurt at the Kalamata International Dance Festival, following in 2003 the collaboration with Kunst-Stoff and Yannis Adoniou at the Summerfest / Dance in San Francisco. She has also collaborated with Greek choreographers and dance companies such as: Vaso Barbousi – Okiroi, Anastasia Lyra – Schedia, etc.

She has been teaching contemporary dance and improvisation for both professional and amateurs for more than ten years. She has also been teaching eurhythmics and creative dance for young children as well as ballet to amateurs and professionals.

Her free-lance choreographic works have been presented in Athens, Thessaloniki, Halkida, Chania, Naples and London. In 2008, she was the guest teacher and co-choreographer for Cross Dance 2008, a project organized by the Great Rift Valley Trust and The Gallmann Memorial Foundation, in Kenya. In 2009, she collaborated with the Greek National Theatre as movement advisor at the play “Zorbas, The True Story”, dir. Cezaris Grauzinis. She also worked as assistant choreographer at the Opening Ceremony of the 13th FINA World Championships 2009, in Rome.

In 2011, she worked as Mass choreographer and Protocol Director of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Special Olympics 2011 in Athens and as assistant to the choreographer for the opera "Romeo and Juliet" at the Arena di Verona - Dir. Francesco Micheli. In 2012, she was the choreographer of the Closing Ceremony of Euro 2012, in Kiev.

She made a shift in her career as a dancer and dance teacher after working at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens as a stage manager at the opening and closing ceremonies. Since then, she has worked in various events, ceremonies, concerts and major festivals around the world, such as: Paralympics Games – Athens 2004, Eurovision - Athens 2006, Asian Games - Doha 2006, Rainbow Serpent Music & Dance Festival – Beaufort, Australia 2006, Hellenic Festival – Athens 2006 & 2007, Kalamata International Dance Festival 2008, Limerick Youth Theatre – Limerick 2009 & 2012, Oman National Day 2010 as a stage manager, production director or cast co-ordinator.