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Digital programme: MOS

A person pours water over the head of another person as they stand on stage. A psychedelic image is projected in the background.

Find out more about the production and the creative team behind it in the digital programme, which includes an artists's introduction to the work and further information about this year's Dance Umbrella Festival.


Thank you for joining us as we welcome from Greece the award-winning dancer and choreographer Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, celebrating her UK debut here in The Pit. For her latest piece, MOS, she explores techniques usually confined to the world of filmmaking. Together with performer Georgios Kotsifakis they create a playful and spellbinding duet, as a carefully crafted sound world emerges from their dancing in response to the moving images behind them.

We are thrilled to once again present a show with our longtime collaborators, Dance Umbrella festival. This production is a perfect example of our important partnership, showcasing exciting and experimental new work by emerging artists from across the world, and we are delighted to be working with Artistic Director & CEO, Freddie Opoku-Addaie for the first time.

Toni Racklin, Barbican Head of Theatre & Dance


Dance Umbrella is thrilled to be returning to and working in partnership with the Barbican as part of our 45th Festival across London and online. I can’t wait to introduce UK audiences to Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, an artist who is challenging the nature of what choreography is and could be, creating captivating audio-visual experiences. I am looking forward to presenting her DU debut with this UK premiere. 

In 2023 Dance Umbrella celebrates 45 years in motion, with trailblazing international and UK artists across London and online. DU23 also marks 10 years since we started our Orbital touring network, which brings inspiring work to young audiences.  

This year our boundary-pushing dance artists are presenting everything from hip hop culture to performance art, audio-visual experiences and operetta.

With a line-up of truly transformational works, we invite you to join us this October at #DUFest23

Freddie Opoku-Addaie, Artistic Director & Chief Executive, Dance Umbrella, London's International Dance Festival

An artist's introduction

Two performers enter into discourse with a disparate series of images and seek to impart their own transcription in space. The body and (micro-)movements co-exist with curious objects and materials to act as a means of sound production. The material is intensified, exploded, paused, repeated, and distorted in order to bolster the sound experience.

Within the scenic formulation, individual pieces of information are teased out of the reused materials, thus inviting audience members to generate new connections and interrelations. They find themselves successively transformed into listeners of a makeshift and heterogeneous soundtrack that unfolds before them. The performers become the intermediaries between archive and audience, offering up their own personal takes, composing their own sound adaptation of a non-linear cinematic script, and choosing, at the end of the day, what could possibly be heard.

MOS is a scenic game operating in among the conspicuous and hidden relations that exist between movement, sound, and image, amplifying narratives that arise out of the mutual interplay and co-existence of seemingly incongruous archival sources, thus bringing visibility to elements that cannot easily be seen or heard.

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MOS images by Pinelopi Gerasimou for Onassis STEGI

Two performers stand before a screen with a projection of surreal chains forming a circle.

Performers and creative team

Concept & Choreography Ioanna Paraskevopoulou
Performance Georgios Kotsifakis, Ioanna Paraskevopoulou
Dramaturgy Elena Novakovits
Audio Technical Support & Live Sound Design Danis Chatzivasilakis
Lighting Design Eliza Alexandropoulou
Tour Lighting Design Eliza Alexandropoulou, Tzanos Mazis
Video Engineer Konstantinos Asimakopoulo
Set & Costume Design Ioanna Paraskevopoulou
Video Editing Ioanna Paraskevopoulou


Wooden Constructions Miltos Athanasiou
Poster Design Bois Futuri
Photography Pinelopi Gerasimou
Production Management Ioanna Paraskevopoulou
Tour Management Cultόpια & Ioanna Paraskevopoulou
Tour Coordinator Onassis STEGI Christina Liata
Special thanks to Eleni Tzarou, Thanos Daskalopoulos, Alexandros Tomaras



Presented by the Barbican and Dance Umbrella

Produced by Onassis STEGI and first presented as part of Onassis New Choreographers Festival 9

The presentation of MOS at Dance Umbrella is made possible with the support of Onassis STEGI Athens – “Outward Turn” Program


Ioanna Paraskevopoulou
Ioanna Paraskevopoulou is a dancer and choreographer based in Athens. She graduated from the Greek National School of Dance and is currently studying at the Department of AudioVisual Arts (Ionian University). Her artistic practice focuses on the relationship between audio-visual media and movement, reconfiguring the expansion of the choreographic field. She has collaborated, among others, with Iris Karayan, Christos Papadopoulos, Dimitris Papaioannou and Alexandra Waierstall. She was awarded the Best Performance prize for the dance film Sans Attente by Konstantinos Rizos at InShadow International Festival and second prize for her performance in mneme [action] 21 by Maria Koliopoulou at International Dance Festival, Algiers. She was awarded the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Artist Fellowship by ARTWORKS in 2019-2020. Her choreographic video project All She Likes is Popping Bubble Wrap was created as part of Onassis New Choreographers Festival 8. ASLIPBW was selected by several video art festivals and awarded Best Sound Design at FIVideodanza Festival, Mexico and Best Video Art at MIFVIF, Venezuela. MOS premiered at Onassis New Choreographers Festival 9 and had its European premiere at Julidans Next. She presented Coconut Effect at the 7th Danse élargie competition and won the Young Jury award. She was selected to present MOS at Aerowaves Twenty23.

Georgios Kotsifakis
Born in Heraklion Crete, Greece on 12th of October 1988. Graduated with distinction from the Professional Dance School of Rallou Manou in Athens, Greece and from the Amsterdam School of Arts (Modern Theatre Dance). He has also been accepted in the first year of the international dance school P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels in 2008 and got a scholarship from the State Scholarship Foundation of Greece in 2010. He studied in the University of Piraeus, Greece at the International and European Studies department.

As a dancer he has collaborated with many companies and artists in Greece and abroad such as DV8, RAMBERT, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jan Fabre, the Royal Ballet of Flanders, Dimitris Papaioannou, Andonis Foniadakis, Christos Papadopoulos, Iris Karayan, Lenio Kaklea, the National Theatre of Greece, the National Greek Opera (William Forsythe), the State Theatre of Northern Greece, the National Dance Centre of Romania, Konstantnos Rigos, Nanine Linning, Alexandra Waierstall, Sinequanon, TedX Brussels, Nigel Charnock and others.

Two performers on stage, one wears gloves and moves around on a piece of fake grass, while the other lies on the floor watching.

For Dance Umbrella

Artistic Director & Chief Executive Freddie Opoku-Addaie 
Executive Director Tania Wilmer 
Festival Producer Jessica Greer 
Creative Learning Producer Bethan Peters 
Technical Director Andy Downie 
Head of Marketing Vicky Davidson 
Digital Content Manager Isabella Hubbard 
Head of Development Dawn Prentice 
Admin and Digital Marketing Assistant Teresa Skamletz

Dance Umbrella Festival Team
Assistant Producer Grace Anyiam 
Project Producer Family (dys)Function Lydia Wharf 
Project Producer London Battle Geni Lou
Freelance Marketing Manager Lucy White 
Front of House Manager Amy Johnson 
DU Technical Team Imogen Adshead, Imogen Clarke, Jon Beattie, Carly Hook 
Production Transport Edwin Shirley Limited 
BSL Interpreters Ali Gordon, Erin Hutching, Rebekah Spencer 
Press & PR Bread and Butter PR 
Website & Digital Advertising HdK Associates 
Film & Photography Alice Underwood, Henry Curtis, Luke Lentes, Max Cheshire, Tobi Izedomi, Camilla Greenwell
Print Design O Street, Sam Charrington, Isabella Hubbard 
Thank you to all of the Festival Volunteers 
Dance Umbrella Founder Val Bourne CBE 
Dance Umbrella Patrons Jonzi D, Liz Lerman, Dame Arlene Phillips 
Dance Umbrella Trustees Jake Ulrich (Chair), Peter Barker (Treasurer), Rhiannon Bail, Clare Connor, Eva de Blocq van Kuffeler, Zulum Elumogo, Alex Mecklenburg, Jacqueline Rose, Manohari Saravanamuttu

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To our venue partners for your collaboration and for welcoming artists onto warm stages. Thank you, artists and your teams, for bringing wondrous joy to this global city and beyond.

Thank you to all of the Dance Umbrella Festival Volunteers.

Dance Umbrella’s work would not be possible without the enthusiasm, commitment and financial backing of a number of individuals and organisations, both listed here and those anonymous. Artistic Director’s Circle Eva & John de Blocq van Kuffeler, Michael Lamont, Ashleigh Ruxton, Sandi & Jake Ulrich, Helen Webb.

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Dance Umbrella dedicates its 45th edition to our much loved and much missed colleagues, Zsuzsanna Posta and Simon Byford.

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Dance Umbrella Festival 2023

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SU PinWen & Alexandre Fandard: Change Tempo
6 - 7 Oct. The Place

Jade Hackett: London Battle
7 Oct, Somerset House

Ioanna Paraskevopoulou: MOS
11 - 14 Oct, Barbican

Sonya Lindfors: One Drop
19 - 20 Oct, Battersea Arts Centre


Xenia Aidonopoulou: Skydiver
21-29 Oct, Multiple locations

BirdGang Ltd
Family (dys)Function
21 Oct, Stanley Arts

Via Katlehong - Marco da Silva Ferreira & Amala Dianor
Via Injabulo
27 - 28 Oct, Sadler's Wells

Dance Umbrella 2023 Digital Pass

For the 2023 Festival, Dance Umbrella has produced and curated a selection of digital works, including stunning dance films, audio experiences, encounters with this year’s festival artists, and unique insights into the creative process.

Featured artists include: Abby Zbikowski, Trajal Harrell, Stopgap Dance Company - Kazuyo Morita and Shyne Phiri, SU PinWen, Graeme Miller, Vincenzo Lamagna & Danilo Moroni, Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, Jade Hackett & Serendipity. There is also a panel discussion with Raquel Meseguer Zafe, Sho Shibata, Tarik Elmoutawakil, Xan Dye.

The Digital Pass is Pay What You Can and will give you access to the entire digital programme, available online 6-31 October.

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Two performers on stage, one wears gloves and moves around on a piece of fake grass, while the other lies on the floor watching.

Enjoy two acclaimed dance shows in one glorious night

Award-winning choreographer Pam Tanowitz's UK dance premiere, Song of Songs runs alongside MOS. Enjoy both in one night.

For the Barbican

Barbican Centre Board
Tom Sleigh
Deputy Chair
Sir William Russell
Deputy Chair
Tobi Ruth Adebekun

Board Members
Randall Anderson, Munsur Ali, Stephen Bediako OBE, Farmida Bi CBE, Tijs Broeke, Zulum Elumogo, Wendy Mead OBE, Mark Page, Alpa Raja, Jens Riegelsberger, Jane Roscoe, Irem Yerdelen, Despina Tsatsas, Michael Asante MBE

Clerk to the Board
Kate Doidge and Ben Dunleavy

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Farmida Bi CBE
Vice Chair
Robert Glick OBE

Farmida Bi CBE, Tom Bloxham MBE, Stephanie Camu, Tony Chambers, Cas Donald, Robert Glick OBE, David Kapur, Ann Kenrick, Kendall Langford, Sir William Russell, Tom Sleigh, Claire Spencer AM, Sian Westerman

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Artistic Director
Will Gompertz
Director of Development
Natasha Harris
Director of People, Inclusion and Culture
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Senior Executive Assistant to Claire Spencer and Will Gompertz
Jo Daly

Theatre Department
Head of Theatre and Dance
Toni Racklin
Senior Production Manager
Simon Bourne
Liz Eddy, Jill Shelley, Fiona Stewart
Assistant Producers
Saxon Mudge, Mali Siloko, Bridget Thornborrow
Production Managers
Jamie Maisey, Lee Tasker
Technical Managers
Steve Daly, Jane Dickerson, Nik Kennedy, Martin Morgan, Stevie Porter
Stage Managers
Lucinda Hamlin, Charlotte Oliver
Technical Supervisors
James Breedon, John Gilroy, Jamie Massey, Matt Nelson, Adam Parrott, Lawrence Sills, Chris Wilby
PA to Head of Theatre
David Green

Production Administrator
Caroline Hall
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Michaela Harcegová
Kendell Foster, Burcham Johnson, David Kennard, Bartek Kuta, Christian Lyons, Josh Massey, Fred RidingFede Spada 
Stage Door
Julian Fox, aLbi Gravener

Creative Collaboration and Learning
Head of Creative Collaboration
Karena Johnson
Lauren Brown
Assistant Producer
Rikky Onefeli

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Deputy Head of Marketing
Ben Jefferies
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Kyle Bradshaw
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Rebecca Moore

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Sumayyah Sheikh

Audience Experience
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Sheree Miller
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Seán Carter,  Rob Norris, Elizabeth Davies-Sadd, Samantha Teatheredge, Hayley Zwolinska
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Mo Reideman
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Freda Pouflis
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Scott Davies, Tilly Devine, Tabitha Goble, Nicola Lake, Maria Pateli

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Dave Magwood, Rob Magwood, James Towell
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Theatre & Dance Autumn 2023

Discover the captivating theatre and dance events taking place at the Barbican this autumn.

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