Master class with Christina Mertzani and Evangelos Poulinas (partnering)



In this workshop we will explore ways to improve our corporeal awareness in connection with a partner. To achieve this goal, we are going to use elements from various techniques like contact improvisation, acrobatics, acro-yoga, improvisation, personal movement investigation and contemporary dance.

The workshop progresses from the simple exercises of receiving weight and moving as a couple or small groups, to more complex acrobatic exercises that lead gradually to the final partnering combination. at the same time, with proposals on sensations, feelings, images and movement qualities, you will be invited to discover and augment your personal way of moving.

With the findings of your research we will set structured phrases, which will encourage your unique way of dancing. it is exciting to dance with other people.


Short biographies

Evangelos Poulinas holds an MFA in dance from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, a Diploma from the Athens State School of Dance and a Bachelor from the Physical Education Department, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki.

He has been credited scholarships from numerous prestigious foundations like: Alexandros S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, New York University, Greek State Scholarship Foundation and DanceWEB Europe.

As a creator Evangelos has shown work in the U.S.A. and Europe and as a performer he has danced creations by: Johannes Wieland, Maxine Doyle, Katarzyna Gdaniec and Marco Cantalupo, Marcel Leemann, Constanza Macras, Konstandinos Rigos, Nigel Charnock, Jasmin Vardimon, Wim Vandekeybus, among others. As a teacher Evangelos has taught contemporary technique, partnering and community dance classes in Germany, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, Greece, Austria, U.S.A. and Sweden.

Since 2010, Evangelos co-directs with Christina Mertzani «one small step» International Contemporary Dance Festival in Urban Environment, Corfu / Greece.   


Christina Mertzani choreographer, dancer and teacher – graduated from Athens State School of Dance 2004.

In the last 13 years she has been teaching contemporary dance and partnering extensively in Europe, leading masterclasses, workshops and intensives for dancers and companies in theaters, Universities, festivals and professional studios such as: cie.toula limnaios, Marameo, Staatstheater Osnabrück, Landesbühnen Sachsen, Staatstheater Kassel, Staatstheater Heidelberg, Tanzbüro Basel, Staatstheater St. Gallen, Staatstheater Bern, Nachschub, HJS Profitraining Amsterdam, SOZO visions in motion, Landestheater Linz, Anton Bruckner University, Staatstheater Bielefeld, Staαststheater Braunschweig, b12, one small step, AKBANK Sanat Istanbul .

“without trace”, Christina’s first choreographic video work, awarded by the British Council in 2014.

Ever since, Christina has been working internationally as a choreographer, performer and teacher.

She has choreographed for V.Void, Arthrosis, Municipal and Regional Theater of Corfu, SOZO, among other companies.

As a founding member of the company  free fall, she has presented “metamorphosis”, “inside”, “mix-up”, “cube”, “alternative bodies”, “stheno”, “run away” and video dance works “entanglement”, “reborn temptation” and “60 pulses”, in Greece, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, France and The Netherlands.

As a performer, Christina has worked with Johannes Wieland, Stella Zannou, Kostandin Mixos, Kat Valastur, Apostolia Papadamaki, Helder Seabra, Maria Gorgia, Sofia Spyratou and performed choreographies by Wim Vandekeybus, Mark Morris and Martha Graham.

She is currently a faculty member  of Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria.

Since 2010, Christina Mertzani co-directs with Evangelos Poulinas «one small step» International Contemporary Dance Festival in Urban Environment, Corfu / Greece



Where: Municipal Theater of Corfu, 68 Georgio Theotoki Str. 49100 Corfu. Main entrance  Samara str. Side entrance Stamatiou Desila str.

Dates: 28th of July

Time: 10:00 – 12:00


Selection process / How to apply

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The total cost of the workshop is 20€.

«one small step» has secured for its participants discounts in accommodation close to the venue and to selected local restaurants with amazing Greek cuisine.


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