Eleana Charalambous was born and raised in Cyprus. She graduated from The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and has a Master’s degree from the University of Chichester, where she was a member of the Postgraduate touring company ‘Map dance’. She had the opportunity with both groups, to perform in different festivals, in multiple cities of the UK and at the ‘Dance Bridges Festival’ in India. After returning back home, she choreographed and performed her solo piece ‘Roots’ at the 18th Summer Dance Festival in Limassol, at Juxtaposition festival and at Dance Waves Festival. She participated in the piece ‘The other side’ at the 19th Summer Dance Festival and in the dance film called ‘Rooting’, as part of the Cyprus Choreography Platform, choreographed by Marita Anastasi. Also, she choreographed the piece ‘The man is the land’ as part of Faneromeni 22 Festival at the Cultural foundation of the Bank of Cyprus.
My personal style stems from fusing contemporary dance techniques with hip hop elements. Having a background in hip hop really impacted the way I move and has evolved into my unique dance vocabulary. As a dancer, I love getting inspired and influenced by music and allowing my body to transform with each sound. Musicality for me is key and improvising in the studio is where I feel free. I adore contact improvisation and the element of human relationships, a touch that two bodies share and all the things that we have in common and make us who we are. I feel alive on stage and I believe one of my strengths as a performer is story telling and taking the audience members on a journey. I am always searching for opportunities, collaborations and ways to challenge myself into becoming a more well rounded, experienced performer.