Lecturer Cunningham Technique
Mata is a dancer, teacher, movement and massage therapist and a mother of two daughters, raised in Athens and now living in Berlin since 2002. 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, 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 a part of numerous choreographies from the S. Waltz repertoire and “Dialogues” and she is in the educational team of the children dance company of S. Waltz in Radialsystem. Mata has presented her own choreographies in Athens, New York, Berlin, Potsdam, Bonn and Paris and improvises dances regularly in Berlin.
Dance is an art in space and time.
The object of the dancer is to obliterate that.Merce Cunningham
Mata bases her inspiration and teachings on Merce Cunningham technique, Release technique, Klein Technique, Functional Anatomy and energetic work, based on Yoga and Qigong principles.
She has taught Cunningham technique, Release Technique, Improvisation and S. Waltz Repertory work in different cities and schools: Cunningham Studio, Danceworks, Berliner Philharmonie, Dock11, TanzFabrik, Radialsystem, Duncan Dance School, and Trinity Laban center. Mata has obtained a certiﬁcation in Movement therapy (Ganzheitliche Bewegungstherapeutin, Shiatsu- Yoga- Qigong and Meditation).
She is a health practitioner for Shiatsu and she is working as a Shiatsu Practitioner and Massage therapist at (Die Wohlfühler, Tempelwerk and Soho House). Mata teaches regularly Yoga and Qigong in several studios in Berlin (QiMa, Lotos Yoga, BeaYogi, Dock11 and Die Wohlfühler Remise amongst others).
Mata teaches Cunningham technique at BDI.