Tatiana Varouti-Mamaki

Dancer, Choreographer
She was born in Kiev in March 1921. She studied choreography at the Athens-based Marie Reymont School of Ballet, and subsequently in Warsaw. She continued her studies in London and at the Olga Preobrajenska school in Paris (1949). She joined the ballet of the newly established GNO and worked on 41 productions and/or revivals (1939-1963). She debuted as principal dancer in the ballets The peddler [O pramateftis] (music by Peter Petrides), The eagle [O aetos] (music by George Sklavos) and The Death of the Valiant Woman [O thanatos tis Antreiomenis] (music by Manolis Kalomiris), as well as in the operas The Bat [Die Fledermaus], The masterbuilder [O protomastoras], The tales of Hoffman [Les contes d'Hoffmann] (1939/49). In the period 1948-1963 she choreographed ballet segments in operas and operettas: The land of smiles [Das Land des Lächelns], The merry widow [Die lustige Witwe], The Bat [Die Fledermaus], Samson and Delilah [Samson et Dalila] (Herodeion, Athens Festival 1960), Faust, Norma (Epidaurus, Athens Festival 1960), Don Pasquale, Paganini, The mother’s ring [Το Dakhtylidi tis Manas], A masked ball [Un ballo in maschera], Countess Maritza [Gräfin Mariza], etc. She worked as principal dancer with the Royal Theater, and in the period 1954-1977 she choreographed ancient drama for the Epidauria festival. She also choreographed the films The godson [O vaftistikos], The neighborhood girl [To koritsi tis geitonias], The sweetheart of a shepherdess [O agapitikos tis voskopoulas], etc. She also worked for radio and television shows. She founded a dance school in collaboration with Helen Pfeffer-Tsoukala. She was a member of the Board of the Hellenic Centre of the International Theatre Institute, vice president and later president of the Athens-based club Toda and was the co-owner of the art galleries Rotonda and Rotonda II. She was honored with a grand art medal from France. She died in Athens on 23/01/2007.