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Department of Theatre Studies


Area of Specialization:  "Dance: History - Theory - Practice"

9th floor, office 912
Telephone: 210 727 7928
Email: tsintzi[at]theatre.uoa[dot]gr
Office hours: Tuesday 10.00-12.00 pm (upon request by email)

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Steriani Tsintziloni is a tenure Assistant Professor of dance at the Department of Theatre Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, a curator and dramaturg.

She is a graduate of the State School of Dance (Honors) and of the Department of Primary Education (University of Crete). She holds an MA in Dance Studies, University of Surrey (supported by a scholarship by Onassis Foundation). She received her PhD from the Department of Dance, University of Roehampton with a PhD thesis: “Modernising Contemporary Dance and Greece in the mid-1990s: Three case studies from SineQuaNon, Oktana Dancetheatre and Edafos Company” (2012).

She has taught at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Departments of the Department of Theatre Studies (University of Athens), at the Department of Theatre Studies (University of Patras), at the State School of Dance and at the Professional School of Dance of the Greek National Opera. She is a faculty member of the Hellenic Open University in the Postgraduate Program "Performing Arts" and Coordinator-Professor of the course "The Art of Dance: Theory, History and Performance".

For 2020-2021 he was a fellow of the Visiting Artists program at the Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard University (Washington). She participated as a researcher in the research project: "Dancing National Ideologies: The Athens Festival in the Cold War" implemented at the University of Roehampton under the scientific direction of Dr Stacey Prickett, funded by the British Academy (Leverhulme Small Research Grants).

She was Artistic Curator for Dance at the Athens & Epidaurus Festival (2016-2019) and Research and Programming Associate at the Kalamata International Dance Festival (1998-2015). In 2020-2021 she was Co-curator of the 8th Onassis Stegi Young Choreographers Festival & member of the dance committee of the Artists Fellowship Program Artworks Stavros Niarchos Foundation. She is the Vice-President of the Advisory Committee on Dance of the Ministry of Culture (2022-2023).

She has collaborated with European artistic networks such as the European Dancehouse Network (EDN), [DNA] Departures & Arrivals, and institutions such as the I. Duncan Center for the Study of Dance. She has been a member of the International Committee for the Selection of Choreographic Works for the Italian National Dance Platform (NID Platform 2019), member of the Dance Grants Committee of the National Centre for Theatre & Dance (E.K.E.THE.X., 2008-2010), co-founder and member of the Editorial Board of the online Manifesto Lexicon of the international organization Performance Studies International (2011-2016), and member of the Dance Section of the "Melina" Program (Ministry of Education. Ministry of Culture & General Secretary of Education Adult). As an independent curator and dance theorist she has collaborated with artists such as Yiannis Mandafounis, Androniki Marathaki, Mariela Nestora, Sofia Mavragani etc.

Her interest artistically and scientifically focuses on the body, history, memory and contemporary artistic practices, with particular emphasis on the form of lecture-performance, the concept of archive and body, improvisation and collaborative and educational practices.



Under the shadow of the Acropolis. Dance at the Athens Festival during the Cold War (1955-1966). Athens: Kappa Publishing, 2022 (monograph)


Chapters in books, collective volumes and catalogues

"Dance bodies and fragments of history: the cenotaph of choreography", in Maratos, Andreas (ed) "1821-2021. Arts memories – fragments of history", Athens: Nisos Publications / Nikos Poulantzas Institute, 2021, pp. 461-472

A Choreographic Methodology by Ioannis Mandafounis.  Geneva: Cie Ioannis Mandafounis2023

«Dimitris Papaioannou», in Jo Butterworth (ed) Fifty Contemporary Choreographers (3rd edition), Forward by Deborah Jowitt, London &; New York: Routledge, 2021, pp. 200-206

«Towards a new methodology for studying the history of Greek theatre dance», in Savrami, Katia (eds) Dancing Dialogues. A collection of articles from Choros International Dance Journal (2012-2018), Athens: Dian Publishers, 2019, pp. 213-230

"'Nowhere' of Dim. Papaioannou" in Christopoulos, D. & Petsini, P. (eds.) Dictionary of Censorship in Greece. Athens: Kastaniotis, 2018, p. 467-469

A Close Look At The Relevance of Dance: 25 Examples and practices. Published by European Dancehouse Network, 2016. Electronic and printed form.



"Dance, Athens Festival and Cultural Cold War (1955-1966)", Contemporary Themes,  issue 145-146, 2019, pp. 34-44

"Memory and the archive on stage", Criticism and Art, Haris Curator: Kanellopoulou, International Association of Art Critics, Greek Section, vol. 6, 2015, 215-223

«National Heterotopia, Nature and Dance: performing outdoor in interwar Greece», Parabasis,  vol 13/1, 2015, pp. 39-52

«Koula Pratsika and her dance school: Embracing gender, class and the nation in the formative years of contemporary dance education in Greece», Research in Dance Education,  16 (3), 2015, pp. 276-290

«A shifting landscape: contemporary Greek dance and conditions of crisis», Journal of Greek Media and Culture, vol. 1,  no 1, 2015, pp. 29-45oi: 10.1386/jgmc.1.1.29_1

 "Towards a new methodology for the study of the history of Greek theatrical dance", Choros International Dance Journal, 3 (Spring 2014), (2014), pp. 26–39


Conference proceedings

"Choreographic collaborations in the work of Spyros Evangelatos", in Research-Composition-Interpretation. Approaching the theatre of Spyros A. Evangelatos. Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference,  National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Theatre Studies, Laboratory "Theatre, Philosophy, Education", 2023, pp. 573-586

"Dance Pedagogy, Artistic Practices and Contemporary Pedagogy – a rapprochement" in Soulis, Spyridon-Georgios & Maria Liakopoulou (eds.) Education in the 21st century. Contemporary challenges and concerns. Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference (Volume B), University of Ioannina, Department of Primary Education, Gutenberg Publications, 2023, pp. 1409-1417

"Imaginary exercises: dance, choreography and Greek education", The Arts in the Greek school: present and future,  Proceedings of the Scientific Conference (11-13/10/2018), NKUA, AUTH, ASFA, IEP, (forthcoming) Available as an online lecture at:

Tsintziloni, S. and Kondylaki, D. "Dramaturgies of the real in theatre and dance", in Maria, Velioti-Georgopoulou, Ioanna Karamanou (eds.) Theatre and Otherness. Theory, Dramaturgy and Theatrical Practice. Proceedings 6thPanhellenic Theatrological Conference, Department of Theatre Studies, School of Fine Arts, University of Peloponnese, Volume I, 2021, pp. 195-209

"The cultural activities of Greek political refugees in the countries of the former Eastern Bloc – the case of Oradea Romania", in Karaoglou Tonia & Nikitas Aliferis (eds) Migrants and Refugees in Contemporary Dramaturgy and Stage Act. Proceedings of the Second Theatrological Conference, Athens: Eurasia Publications, Panhellenic Scientific Association of Theatrologists, 2021, pp. 293-302

"Semantic bodies, Cold War dancers: a rapprochement of theatrical dance in Greece in the 1950s",  Proceedings of the Fifth Panhellenic Theatrological Conference "Theatre and Democracy" (5-8/11/2014), National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Theatre Studies, 2018, pp. 675-681

Tsintziloni, S. & Prickett, S. «Dancing National Ideologies: The Athens Festival in the Cold War»,  Proceedings of the International Conference Cut & Paste: Dance Advocacy in the Age of Austerity, Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) & Congress on Research in Dance (CORD). Cambridge University Press, 2016, pp. 306-314

"Dance & Knowledge: Social, cultural & educational dimensions", Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference Art & Education: Teaching and pedagogical approaches in 21st century school,  Institute of Educational Policy (IEP), Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA), Onassis Cultural Centre, 2016

"Dance Bodies and History: analyzing three moments from the history of dance and Greece",  Proceedings of the Fifth European Conference on Modern Greek Studies (Thessaloniki, 2-5 Oct. 2014): Continuities, discontinuities, ruptures in the Greek world (1204-2014): economy, society, history, literature, Volume V, 2015, pp. 507-520



 Guest editors: Steriani Tsintziloni & Margareta Sörenson

Critical Stages/Scènes critiquesThe IATC journal

Issue: June 2024

Theme: Dance Between Now-ness and Future