Noutsa Nina Poulouzasvili

Short bio

Coming from a street dance background, I constantly explore different possibilities of movement to create new information & narrative. By participating in local and international dance battles, I’ve been awarded in the categories of Hip Hop and Experimental dance. Through my BA in Interior Architectural design, the University of Nicosia Architecture department has granted me with the Creative Concept Award in 2013. In 2014 I co-founded ‘T.E.A.M hip hop collective centre’, a common ground for artistic expression of hip hop elements, which was the basis to become a TEDx Nicosia speaker in 2016. I direct, choreograph and produce hip-hop theater plays with young people by devising contemporary stories, and applying hip hop as a tool for social transformation. I have been teaching for over 10 years both professional and amateur dancers, sharing the foundation of hip hop dance, and encouraging self-expression through freestyle. In 2021, I was a part-time faculty member at the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Nicosia, teaching the Hip Hop course. In the same year, I participated at the Athens Epidaurus Festival as a dancer for Kader Attous’ production ‘The RootsTransmision’.

Description of general work / practice

Dancer/performer, exploring movement through the dance genres of Hip hop party rocking, Popping (tutting, animation, waving), Waacking dance, and enriching the vocabulary with contemporary dance. I have a deep interest in improvisation, and the possibilities of the body to create narrative through visual metaphors and illusions.

As a choreographer/creator, I draw inspiration from political issues, with an on-going interest in the critical theory ‘the society of the spectacle’ by Guy Debord, where the concept of “the spectacle” interrelates and explains a wide range of seemingly unconnected phenomena in a society that is mediated by images.

As a youth worker, I teach and co-create with young people by practicing artistic activism, and address subjects that tackle the concerns of youth through hip hop theatre.

Furthermore, I represent a local youth NGO (YEU Cyprus), where through project development and non-formal education methodology, active citizenship is encouraged, and young people are bridged with opportunities that enrich their interests.

Portfolio / Sample of work