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About Kinesis Dance

Kinesis Dance somatheatro is based in Vancouver, Canada. The company’s mandate is to contribute to the development of the art of modern dance through workshops and performances both in Canada and abroad. The company seeks to explore the human condition through contemporary dance and physical theatre. Under the artistic direction of Greek-Canadian Paraskevas Terezakis, the company creates highly visual and emotional works which combine live performance with multimedia, text, design, and original musical composition. Terezakis’ choreography can be described as physical poetic theatre. The movements explore the contrast between the excitement of energy and the simple beauty of stillness. Often inspired by classical Greek theatre, Terezakis explores the visceral and emotional landscape of the human condition.

Paraskevas Terezakis began his professional training in his native Greece, where his professional career started in theatre and dance with Experimental Ballet Athens. After moving to Canada in 1979, he studied at Toronto Dance Theatre, York University, and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. In 1986, he started Kinesis Dance somatheatro and since then the company has performed world-wide over forty original dance works for solo, duet, and groups.

A Dionysian choreographer, Terezakis’ multi-textured style is the culmination of a process that engages improvisation, self-expression, novelty, and blind inspiration in order to free the body from habitualness. It is an emergence of complex cascading events arising out of a multiplicity of minimalistic physical interactions.

His choreography is marked by heightened physicality of movement. Whether the lines are expansive and rhapsodic or clipped and telegraphic; it is choreography that uses emphasis to communicate emotion. The dance lines are created in a rough, manipulated style so as to connote rawness and energy.

Terezakis seeks to evoke rather than to describe in his work as his dance vocabulary signifies the state of the dancer’s soul. Hostile to plain meaning, gestural superficiality, and false sentimentality his choreography is clothed in the imagery and symbolism of occidental mythology intended to evoke idea and emotion. The dancer’s body becomes a perceptible surface to represent the esoteric affinity with the primordial Ideal.

“…the Greek-born choreographer sets a human impulse and watches its effects on different people…truly memorable. Terezakis makes much of his Greek heritage, employing techniques of classical Greek theatre and the raspy, urgent qualities of Greek music. He is one of a handful of Canadian choreographers invited to compete for the Seine-Saint-Denis Festival. Café Nocturne confirms the honour is well deserved.”
– The Vancouver Sun

“The choreography is original, intense, violent yet tender, and intrusive.”
– Kathemerini Newspaper, Athens Greece

About Paras Terezakis

Artistic Director/Choreographer

“Terezakis’ work is testimony to the restrictions and forced choices one makes in life. He choreographs people confined within themselves, showing the resulting change in attitude as one moves forward to internalize rules which Terezakis himself considers not representative of real needs and desires.”
– Avgi Newspaper, Athens

Greek/Canadian choreographer Paras Terezakis began his professional training in his native Greece, where his professional career started in theatre and with Experimental Ballet Athens.

Upon moving to Canada, he studied at Toronto Dance Theatre, York University and Simon Fraser University with many renowned contemporary teachers and choreographers, which included a vast array of styles and methods.

In 1986, Terezakis created Kinesis Dance, a company in which he could work with his particular style of dance vocabulary – a fusion of Mediterranean passion, North American practicality and his own take on the modern dance techniques he has learned over the past twenty years. He is known for creating strong theatrical works with high production values, strong visual designs and with original music scores.

Terezakis has choreographed more than fourty works and has been the subject of provincial and national television programs. He continues to focus on choreographic composition, workshops, teaching, researching for future creations and dramatic direction: work that has taken him across Canada as well as to the United States, Europe, The Balkans, Central and South America.

 

“Terezakis strongly realizes or reveals himself in his dance dramas but the theme never centres on simply ego. His is an extraordinary ability.”
– The Georgia Straight, Vancouver

STAFF

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / CHOREOGRAPHER
Paraskevas Terezakis

BOARD

CHAIR
Lesley BurkeO’Flynn
TREASURER
Lyle Brown
SECRETARY
Pam Bragagnolo
DIRECTORS
Denis Blais, Bruce Bragagnolo, Deborah Cooper, Roger Lee, Donna Moroz, Donna Simpson, Kate Wolfe

A Dionysian choreographer, Terezakis’ multi-textured style is the culmination of a process that engages improvisation, self-expression, novelty, and blind inspiration in order to free the body from habitualness.