Lenio Kaklea

Lenio Kaklea is a dancer, choreographer and writer born in Athens, Greece and actually based in Paris.
As a young dancer, she studies at the National Conservatory of Contemporary Dance in Athens (SSCD), where she is formed at classical ballet and American modern techniques and repertories such as Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Jose Limon. In 2005, she is awarded the Pratsika Foundation Prize and moves to France, where she studies at Anger’s CNDC (FAC) and starts to collaborate with prominent figures of the European conceptual dance scene such as Boris Charmatz, Alexandra Bachzetsis, Claudia Triozzi and Emmanuelle Huynh. In 2011, eager to extend her artistic practice, she completes the SPEAP program, an experimentation in arts and politics’ master directed by Bruno Latour at Sciences Po in Paris.

Since 2009, Lenio Kaklea uses a range of media including choreography, performance, text and video. Her artistic practice is influenced by feminism, psychoanalysis and institutional critic and investigates intersections between dance and critical theory. In her work, she explores the production of subjectivity through the organized repetition and transmission of movements and seeks to reveal the intimate and marginal spaces in which we, as individuals, construct our identity.

An important strand of her work is the Practical Encyclopaedia project. Since 2016, travelling through the streets and pathways of different peripheral European territories, she gathers nearly 600 unique stories that testify to the familiarity and diversity of habits, of rituals and of trades that compose and distinguish these terrains. Different artistic forms see the light within this project (a solo dance, a quartet dance, two publications and a video installation).

Her work has been presented by different institutions and festivals throughout Europe such as the Centre Pompidou, ImPulsTanz Festival, Onassis Foundation, Milan’s Triennale, Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, documenta 14-Public programs, NEXT Festival, Passerelle Art center, PACT Zollverein, Les presses du réel.

Along with her personal choreographic work, she is engaged in collaborations with other artists. In 2013, she pursues a solo collaboration with the American choreographer Lucinda Childs on the music of Ryoji Ikeda. Few years later, in 2016, she is invited as curator at the National Scene of Brest and presents Iris, Alexandra, Mariela, Katerina et moi, a focus on contemporary Athenian female choreographic production. Soon after, in 2017, she accompanies the choreography of Suite No 3, a stage concert by Joris Lacoste and Pierre Yves Macé. In 2019, she collaborates with the pianist Orlando Bass on the emblematic work for prepared piano by John Cage, Sonatas & Interludes, and more recently this year, is awarded the Dance Prize of the Hermès Italia Foundation and creates a new solo for the Triennial of Milan, Ballad.

Lenio Kaklea

Born in:1985
in:Athènes (Grèce)
Lives and works in:Paris (France)