Chloe Aliyanni The Blue Elephant Theatre present


18-21 November 2015

Blue Elephant Theatre, London

The lives of three people are violently intertwined by a sudden collision in a mysterious crossroad. Is this a trivial encounter or one that will change their course forever?

'Whenchoreography says it all, it is beautiful.Clair Cohen

'Trivialis' is a devised dance trio that challenges how stories can be communicated without words. Inspired by true stories of individuals trapped within the real and imaginary boundaries of the city , the work is an ode to the discovery of human connection and intimacy against all odds.

Through visceral movement, subtle theatricality and an eclectic musical score for the electric guitar the worlds of dance, theatre, visual art and music collide in this fresh piece of choreography.

The project is currently supported by Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Blue Elephant Theatre and Space@Clarence Mews.

Alongside the performances, the company will be working with local community organisations in Southwark, delivering creative workshops to young people detached from the community or from low income backgrounds. Our aim is to use the themes of the work as starting point and create a springboard for the young people of the borough to creatively communicate with each other.


Chloe Aliyanni, Choreographer

Chloe Aliyanni is a Greek choreographer based in London. She makes dance works for the stage, site sensitive contexts and film as well as acting as movement director in a theatrical environment.

She has trained as a dancer at the Athens State School of Dance and Trinity Laban Conservatoire (MA Choreography) and also holds a BA in Fine Art from Middlesex University. Her work has been presented at the Robin Howard Theatre (The Place), King's Place, Athens Video Dance Project, The Truman Brewery, Stratford Circus, Laban Bonnie Bird Theatre and Blue Elephant Theatre among others and has been supported by Arts Council England, West London Dance, Hillingdon Council, Compass Theatre and Space@Clarence Mews.

Stelios Kyriakidis, Composer/Guitarist

Stelios is a London based guitarist and composer. He has studied Classical Guitar with Carlos Bonell of theRoyal College of Music, Harmony, Counterpoint and Orchestration with Paul Sarcich and holds a Diploma(DipABRSM) in Classical Guitar from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. . His performancesconsist of a wide ranging programme including original compositions as well as classical and world music. He hasperformed throughout Europe and in venues such as St.Bride's Church, National Maritime Museum,St,Sepulchre's, King's Place. He has written music for a wide range of mediums including short films, dance,documentaries and has presented at Theatre 503, King's Place, Athens Video Dance Project, Robin HowardTheatre and commissioned by the NHS and Middlesex University. Stelios will be composing the original score forelectric guitar and loop station and performing live.

Tania Azevedo, Dramaturg

Tania Azevedo is a performer, director and producer, graduated from Mountview Academy Theatre Arts in Musical Theatre (BA Hons) in 2012. Since graduating she directed, devised and performed in the new musical 'The Picture House' that went on to win the 'Scottish Daily Mail Edinburgh Festival Fringe Drama Award 2012' with the company she co-founded, Play Pen Productions. She's been a part of the King's Head Trainee Director's Program and has worked as Assistant Artistic Director for The Woolwich Grand Theatre. She's recently finished directing 'Oedipus Renewed' and 'Scenes from Hello Again' with Play Pen Productions, managing and producing 'SNAFU' and '101' for Giants Theatre Co. She is currently associate directing and performing in 'An Account of the State of That Place' for Tunbridge Well's Puppetry Festival.

Anna Sbokou, Lighting Designer

Anna Sbokou has been specializing in Lighting Design since 2006, after completing the MSc Lighting Lighting at UCL London. She worked at NDYLIGHT until 2009 and has since been working as an independent lighting designer on various projects in London and abroad, on a wide range of projects, including architectural lighting, exhibitions and installations, theatre and daylight analysis and is a frequent speaker at National and International Conferences.

She has been collaborating, as an independent consultant, with studioZNA in London, Synapse in Portugal, Gustavo Aviles-lighteam in Mexico, where she was also teaching at UNAM, and others. In 2009 she was awarded Young Lighter of the Year from the Society of Light and Lighting. Anna is serving on the Board of Directors of IALD and on the IALD European Steering Committee.

Markella Kefallonitou, Rehearsal Director/Choreographic Assistant

Markella is a London based dancer, dance teacher, and dance scientist. She has performed for various independent choreographers, such as Cathy Richards, Marcelo Nigri, Luis Gabriel Zaragoza, and Pam Tanowitz in New York City, as well as Chloe Aliyanni in London. Markella has taught contemporary dance, ballet and hip hop in afterschool programs, including the Cunningham Educational Outreach program in New York. She is also researching dance from a scientific perspective, aiming to contribute to the Dance Science field, and provide information which can facilitate performance enhancement and injury prevention for dancers. She holds a BA degree in Dance Education, an MSc in dance Science and she is also Pilates certified. She specializes in Limon, Cunningham, and release techniques. Markella is an Onassis Foundation Scholar since 2013.

Ruth Seager, Production Assistant

Ruth recently graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with a First B.A. (Hons) Musical Theatre degree. She has always enjoyed being involved with creative dance, theatre and musical theatre projects and has a great deal of experience in the various roles. including: production assistant for 'REMIX Dance Company for Mark Storers' The Impending Storm, Choreographer, pastoral and chaperone for the National Youth Music Theatre, director, choreographer and administrator for Trinity Laban Show Choir Society, visiting artist for U.Dance Nottingham and performer in Anna Meredith's Connect It piece at the BBC Proms. Alongside production assisting, Ruth aims to continue to choreograph and teach Ruby Ginner's Classical Greek Dance technique, a particular passion of her's from a young age. She is extremely excited to be working with Chloe and the rest of the team on the upcoming season.


Jonathan Caruana

Jonathan grew up in Malta where he started his dance training. In 2010 he completed a BTEC National Diploma at Kensington and Chelsea College, where he had the opportunity to take part in the choreographic process for 'Momentum', a work created by Dance United. He graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance in 2013, with a BA Contemporary Dance (First Class Honours). During his time at Trinity Laban he was involved in various projects with established dance artists such as Bawren Tavaziva, Charlotte Darbyshire, Jeremy Nelson and Simon Vincenzi. He also performed in works that involve performance art with the artist Alice Anderson. Alongside his performance and choreographic experiences, Jonathan was involved in researching Elizabethan and Medieval Dance in collaboration with Dr Anne Daye. Jonathan has recently completed a Masters in Dance Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance (supported by Leverhulme trust) as part of Transitions Dance Company 2013-14. During his experience with Transitions he performed works by Stephanie Batten Bland, Ikky Maas and Dog Kennel Hill project.

Savina Casarin

Savina is a freelance dance and experimental artist. Born and raised in Italy, she has trained as

a ballet dancer studying RAD and Vaganova technique, and contemporary dance. Later on she was professionally trained by Laura della Longa mainly in improvisation. After this period spent in Italy, where she enjoyed teaching ballet and modern dance, Savina moved to London where she successfully graduated from Trinity Laban (DDS program) in July 2013. She worked with Marc Lorimer, Keith Hennessy, Berengere Bodin among others. She is a member of Hannah Katherine Vincent Dance company in 2014 she joined the project Terms Conditions Dance and performed at Resolution2014, Tower Hamlets Borough Event, Brighton Fringe Festival, Blackheath Hall, Lantern Studio among others and she is also currently working on her solo choreographic work.

Morrighan MacGillivray

Morrighan grew up in the Highlands of Scotland before moving to London to pursue her career in contemporary dance. In 2013, she graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with a First class BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance degree. During her training, Morrighan worked with various choreographers and dance artists including Lizzi Kew Ross, Bawren Tavaziva, and Bernadette Iglich. She then went on to join Transitions Dance Company 2014, touring nationally and internationally with a triple bill by choreographers Stefanie Batten Bland, Ikky Maas and Dog Kennel Hill Project. While finishing her MA in Dance Performance, Morrighan was part of a small group of dancers who worked with Yvonne Rainer and Pat Catterson to re-stage four of Rainerâ's early pieces and perform daily in Dance Works as part of a retrospective at Raven Row Gallery, summer 2014.


Use of funds

All of the funds raised here will go towards covering the following production costs:

- rehearsal space

- costumes

- props

- marketing & PR

- insurance

- lighting technician for the 4 shows


Funds at 70%

We are pending responses from other sources of funding such as Arts Council, South East Dance and Ideas Tap to pay cast crew.

If none of our funding applications are successful, including Phundee, then the show will still go on! This is an important step for the company and we will make it happen! However this means that none of the people involved will be paid for offering their talents and the production value of the work will have to be compromised.

Income generated from ticket sales will be used to cover a fraction of the production costs. In kind rehearsal space and free working hours from all the people involved will keep the show on it's feet. You will still find us there on the 18th of November!

However, we would love you to jump on board, become part of our artistic family and support a group of emerging artists take a leap forward by upping the production standards of this pivotal moment for us. Even with funds at 70% we will still be able to create the costumes for the show, print flyers and pay a lighting technician to operate the 4 evening run of the show!


Hurdles & Hopes

This is a unique moment for the artistic development of the company as it is the first time that our work is programmed by a theatre and given a 4 evening run.

We believe this happens with a work that addresses contemporary issues and seeks to communicate directly with the viewer.

We hope to:

- Push the limits of non-verbal story telling by avoiding the solution of text in dance. Are there new discoveries if remaining faithful to the medium?

- Create an accessible work that can speak to a diverse audience by elaborating on the collaboration between dramaturg and choreographer.

- Have our first full length, professional production for the stage tested before an audience and ready to tour outside London.

- Have positive impact on our host community, for the first time targeting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

We hope that despite the uncertainty of funding from organisations, low budget production and scarcity of resources we will be able to deliver a show of artistic integrity and hope to begin a relationship with the audience at the intimate space of the Blue Elephant Theatre.