Zouzou Nikoloudi

She was born in Athens in 1917. She took her first dance lessons at the dance school of Koula Pratsika. She studied piano and advanced music theory at the Athens Conservatory. She attended an international dance seminar in Zurich, where she met with prominent figures of the world dance scene. She danced and choreographed music composed by herself; she participated in the dance fests of the Koula Pratsika School; she performed as lead dancer in a group performances as well as in solo recitals in Greece and abroad. She contributed in choreographing the dance groups for the ballet "The fate of Mycenae" (Athens Festival, 1956). In 1962, she choreographed the Birds (Art Theatre), directed by Karolos Koun, and won 1st prize at the Theatre of Nations festival in Paris. She worked with the National Theatre of Greece, the Theatre of Elsa vergi and the Prague State Opera. In 1966, she co-founded with Nikiforos Rotas the dance company "Chorika," which staged opera and classical drama performances; the company broke up in 1974 and was reestablished in 1995. For several years she taught at the Pratsika School as well as its successor since 1973, the Greek National School of Dance, where she also served as President. In 1997, she was awarded for her lifetime achievement by the Third Channel of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) and the Center for the Study and Research of Greek Theatre. She worked with the GNO on two ballet productions staged at the Herodeion in the context of the Athens Festival: Genesis (presented along with the work "Treli istoria" in 1978) and Symphony No. 7, opus 92 (presented along with "Zorba" and "Four Last Songs" [Vier letzte lieder] in 1993). She died in Athens on 17/12/2004.