.. about

Despoina Sidiropoulou was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. She graduated with honors from Archi Drama School in Athens.

At the center of her artistic pursuit lies her need to comprehend the human being (her own self) beyond its story, to burrow into the depths of (her) existence, to find truth and share it with others.

 

From 2002 until 2006 she collaborated with Argo Theatre in Athens as the Director of the Children Stage, in the following plays, written by M. Kalbari: "The Red Riding Hood", "The Princess and the Frog", "Little Giant’s big journey".

 

She directed "The Maids" by Jean Genet , Theatre Epi Kolono, Athens, 2002.

 

As an actress, Despoina has performed in theatre productions directed by Pigi Dimitrakopoulou, Mariana Kalbari, Aspa Tobouli, Maria Louisa Papadopoulou, Angela Brouskou.

 

She has also collaborated with X-it dancetheatre and Fotis Nikolaou in "Ninth Hour" (Athens Festival, 2006) as a production assistant, and in "Waltz (2010), as a performer.

 

Her search brought her next to philosophies and practices that focus on connecting with the deeper core of ourselves and a more profound life destination. In 2010 she became acquainted with Pathwork and Core Energetics (body oriented psychotherapy and energy work) and she also became an Angelic Reiki Master Teacher. This is a trip of constant developing, studying and transforming that embraces all aspects of her life, including theatre and her teachings. The knowledge and experience she gained through this work has influenced her artistic work in all forms and gave birth to her theatrical creations afterwards:

“SHE.” a hymn to the archetype of the Great Mother (Premiere in Glastonbury UK, 2019), as a director, dramaturg and actress.

In collaboration with director Y. Karamalegos, she conceived, created and performed in the theatre piece "Home", based on Euripides’ Medea (Chisenhale Theatre, London and Unity Theatre, Liverpool, 2015-2016), supported by Arts Council England.

"amor est." based on the love letters of the poet Marina Tsvetaeva (Heraklion Summer Arts Festival, Playground for the arts Athens, 2014-2015), as a director, dramaturg and actress.
 

In 2017 she participated in the performance “A visit to Antigone’s grave”, directed by D. Georgakopoulou, Mycenaean Graveyard of Voundeni, Department of Theatre Studies, University of Patras.

In parallel, a research period started on the archetypes of the myth of Oidipous  and especially Antigone. This research carries on till today.

In 2018 she was the curator in the photography exhibition “traveler.” by Themis Stylianopoulou, Athens, Greece. An exhibition inspired of the first moments of human birth.

She has also directed music videos as well as performed in live music productions - concerts (stereo nova, the musician Mikael Delta).

From 2008 until 2013 she was a regular acting teacher in Archi Drama School (Athens). She collaborated with Y. Karamalegos in direction and dramaturgy in "Antigone - Twin Peaks", a project based on a two weeks acting workshop (London and Liverpool, 2013). In 2017 she taught a workshop on Sophocles’ Antigone, in the Department of Theatre Studies, University of Patras. She teaches acting in private sessions as well as in workshops.

In 2013, she began working as a Core helper,  supporting people’s journey of self-awareness in private sessions as well as in workshops.

©2020 Despoina Sidiropoulou