Konstantinos Rigos

Dancer, Choreographer, Visual Artist
Director of the Greek National Ballet, he was born in Athens in 1967. He graduated from the Greek National School of Dance. He also studied economics at the University of Athens. In 1990 he founded the Oktana Dance Theater and choreographed all of its productions, presenting them in Greece and abroad. During the period 2001-2005 he was artistic director of the Dance Theater of the National Theater of Northern Greece and at the same time choreographed its productions. In 2007 he founded the musical-visual ensemble Tageria. He represented Greece at the Lisbon Biennale (1994) and the American Dance Festival in North Carolina (USA). He has been honored with numerous awards, including: Second Prize in the Rallou Manou Competition of Young Choreographers (1990, 1992); National Dance Award for Daphnis and Chloe (1995) and Five Seasons (1996); National Choreography Award for Ring (1999) and Crazy happiness (2001); and, Melina Mercouri Prize (1997). His works have been presented in Lisbon, Tbilisi, Batumi (Georgia), Lyon, Bologna, Stockholm, London, Amsterdam, Sarajevo (Serbia), Bogota (Colombia), Cologne, Caracas (Venezuela), Berlin, etc. He has worked with several Greek institutions, such as the National Theater, the Athens Festival, Epidaurus Festival, Athens Concert Hall, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, National School of Dance, etc. He has collaborated with K. Michos and A. Papadamakis. He has also cooperated in film productions. He is a contributor with the newspaper Athens Voice since 2008. He has collaborated with singers and music groups in concerts and music videos. As a visual artist, he has participated in group exhibitions in Nicosia, Thessaloniki, Patra, etc. He has collaborated with a number of Greek and foreign directors such as Sherman, Lazanis, Kiouyioumtzis, Lazopoulos, Moschopoulos, Chatzakis, Marmarinos, etc. He worked with the GNO once, choreographing the ballets Les Sylphides and A little piece of America, both in the context of complex productions consisting of three works (2006/07).