Intensive Studies – American Styles
Spezialistin für Cunningham-Technik
Mata, born and raised in Athens, Greece is a dancer, dance teacher, health Practitioner, movement and massage therapist and a mother of two daughters now living in Berlin, Germany.
She finished her dance education with a BFA in Athens. After scholarships from the National State Foundation of Greece, (IKY) and the Merce Cunningham foundation, she obtained her degree in the Cunningham technique, danced repertory work and began teaching the technique at the Cunningham studio in New York.
She has performed works amongst others, by (Horeftes, Metakinisi, Dimitris Papaioanou, Stephan Koplowitz, MS Schrittmacher, Wee dance, Jan Pusch, Cocoon dance, La Fura dels Baus, Juan Kruz de Garaio Esnaola, Felix Ruckert, Ingo Reulecke, Tino Sehgal, and William Forsythe) in various cities worldwide.
Mata joined the ensemble of Sasha Waltz & Guests in 2005 until 2015 and since 2015 she dances with the company as a freelancer. She is part of numerous choreographies from the Sasha Waltz “Repertory and ‘Dialogues” and she is in the educational team of the children dance company of Sasha Waltz in Radialsystem.
Mata has presented her own choreographies, in Athens, New York, Berlin, Potsdam, Bonn and Paris and improvises dances regularly in Berlin.
She bases her inspiration and teachings on Merce Cunningham technique, Release technique, Klein Technique, Functional Anatomy and energetic work based on Yoga and Qigong principles.
Mata has taught Cunningham technique, Release Technique, Improvisation and Sasha Waltz Repertory in different cities and schools (Cunningham Studio, Danceworks, Berliner Philharmonie, Dock11, Tanz Fabrik, Radial System, Berlin Dance Institute, Duncan Dance School, and Trinity Laban Center).
She has obtained a certification in Movement therapy (Ganzheitlicher Bewegungstherapeut, Shiatsu- Yoga- Qigong and Meditation), working as a Shiatsu Practitioner and Massage therapist (Die Wohlfühler, Tempelwerk and Soho House).
Mata teaches regularly Yoga and Qigong online and in several studios in Berlin (QiMa, Lotos Yoga, BeaYogi, Dock11 and Die Wohlfühler Remise amongst others)