Martha Mavroidi Music
A graduate of the Music High School of Pallini, she studied the saz with Periklis Papapetropoulos, Byzantine music with Ioannis Arvanitis, and Bulgarian singing with Dessislava Stefanova, Galina Durmushlyiska and Tzvetanka Varimezova. She studied musicology in Athens, ethnomusicology in London and Los Angeles, and contemporary music in Amsterdam. She has performed in various venues in Europe and the USA with her quartet and collaborated with renowned artists in Greece and abroad. She has composed music for fiction films, documentaries, dance and theatre. She has released five albums and published a book with compositions and arrangements for vocal ensemble. She is a member of the vocal quartet Yasemi. She runs the Happy Hour Choir, a workshop on polyphonic singing, and is the conductor of the Rodia folk choir.
Maro Vasiliadou Τext
Born in Athens. She studied at the School of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is a journalist and writer. She has been writing on culture in the daily and magazine press for years, and has published texts in literary publications. Domna’s Song is her first text for music theatre.
Maria Magkanari Stage director
Born in Athens. Actress and director. She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Ioannina and from the Veaki Drama School. She is a founding member of the kanigunda theatre company, participating as an actress in all of the company’s productions (2005-2013). In 2012, she made her directing debut with the stage production Interwar, and, in 2014, she founded the prozess theatre group. She has directed plays by Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen, Ingmar Bergman, Maxim Gorky, as well as adaptations of literary works (Henry James, Alfred Döblin, Thomas Mann, Maria Fakinou). As a director, she has collaborated with the Athens Festival, Onassis Stegi, Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Greek Art Theatre “Karolos Koun”, Neos Kosmos Theatre, Kykladon Street Theatre – Lefteris Voyatzis, Municipal and Regional Theatre of Ioannina, KET and Bios. She has directed a short film shown in many international festivals, and a radio play (Athens Festival 2020). She teaches acting at the Veaki Drama School.
Pavlos Thanopoulos Set and costume designer
Born in Athens. He studied History of Art at the Université de Toulouse and set and costume design at the Wimbledon School of Arts and the Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London. He worked at the costume department of the Royal Opera House in London and at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse. He was Sophia Kokosalaki’s assistant for the costumes of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. He has designed theatre, dance and opera productions alongside directors such as Nikos Mastorakis, Argyro Chioti – Vasistas, Marianna Calbari, Sofia Mavragani, George Economou, Raia Tsakiridi, Maria Magkanari. He has designed exhibitions for the Benaki Museum in Athens, the Jewish Museum of Greece and the Teloglion Arts Foundation. He designed 1821 before and after, the Benaki Museum’s exhibition for the bicentenary of the Greek War of Independence. In 2009-2012 he worked with Angelos Delivorrias for the curation and design of the Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika and the Interwar Generation exhibition. He taught costume design at the Vakalo College of Design from 2009 to 2013.
Maria Gozadinou Lighting designer
She studied at the Department of Theatre Studies in Athens, as well as theatre lighting design at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. She designed the lighting for productions at Onassis Stegi, Greek Art Theatre Karolos Koun, Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Théâtre des Abbesses in Paris, Theater & Orchester Heidelberg, Germany, Athens and Epidaurus Festival, Wild Project, New York, Kykladon Street Theatre – Lefteris Voyatzis, Neos Kosmos Theatre, etc.
Syrmo Keke Domna Visvizi
Born and raised in Athens. A graduate of the Veaki Drama School and a member of the prozess theatre group. She has collaborated with directors such as Maria Magkanari, Yannis Houvardas, Michail Marmarinos, Dimiter Gotscheff, Dimitris Karantzas, Yannis Leontaris, Anestis Azas, Vangelis Theodoropoulos, Giannos Perlegas, Simos Kakalas, Yannis Kalavrianos, Akillas Karazisis, Vassilis Mavrogeorgiou, Pantelis Dentakis, Giannis Bezos, Marianna Calbari, Konstantinos Markoulakis, Thodoris Gonis, the Elephas Tiliensis theatre group, the kanigunda theatre group, the prozess theatre group, etc. She participated in the films Felix by Yorgos Teltzidis, Adults in the Room by Costa-Gavras, Cube by Alexandros Skouras, Hear Me Out by Andronikos Konstantinos Dimopoulos, Maasai by Harry Lagoussis, Cane Window by Tamara Draculić and Crying While Being Killed by Maria Magkanari, etc.
In 2016, the musician Marina Satti organised a series of artistic events aimed at highlighting the international traditional repertoire. The above activities attracted the spontaneous interest of many young women, who expressed their desire to learn more about polyphonic singing. This group was called chórεs. The purpose of the ensemble is the education of its members in music, dance and acting and the development of artists with a broad education and an acute social perception. Using music as their main means of communication, chórеs experiment with connecting elements of different cultures, removing geographical and age boundaries, and utilising all means of expression to produce messages. Now, more than 50 women aged 13-45 participate in the weekly activities of the chórεs group. chórεs have already evolved into a growing nursery of artists, with the participation of new members and the strengthening of their educational work with renowned teachers from different artistic fields.