RETURNVanessa Kourkoulou

Vanessa Kourkoulou

She was born on Corfu island, where she took her first ballet lessons. At the age of 13 she studied at the Athens National School of Dance. In 1995-1998 she studied at the John Cranco School in Stuttgart. In 2002-03 she attended lessons at the Despoina Gregoriadou Superior Professional Ballet School in Athens. During the period 1998-2002 she worked at Germany’s Trier Opera, where she stood out for her performances in the productions Cinderella [La Cenerendola], The temple dancer [La bayadère], Swan Lake, Les sylphides. Her repertoire also includes the works: Giselle, Love songs (choreography by Forsythe), The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and the Snow Queen. She collaborates with the Greek National Opera since 2003, as a principal dancer. She has danced in the productions of the following ballets: Four last songs [Vier letzte Lieder] (van Dantzig/Strauss), Eugene Onegin (Muhamedov/Tchaikovsky), Baroque and roll (Tavernier/Rameau), Journey to eternity [Taxidi stin aioniotita] (Zanella/Karaindrou), Gioconda’s Smile [To chamogelo tis Tzokondas] (Stellatou/Hatjidakis), etc. She has also sung in ballet segments in operas, such as Marathon-Salamis (2004/05).