WORKING GROUP


Vasilios Arabos, Principal

Research and Artistic Direction
Vasilis is mainly responsible for the artistic and research activities of Imalis. He has pursued his life-long scientific and artistic interests across various disciplines and contexts. After completing his studies in Math and the Physics of Light at the University of Rochester, Vasilis went on to Harvard to study World Religions with a focus on the comparison of Early Christian and Buddhist tradtions. Research fellowships from Harvard and the French Republic allowed him to investigate at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm), the Université de Paris VIII, Vincennes St-Denis, and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales the dialectic between artistic and political innovation and the deep structures of religious discourse during the French Revolution in the works of Benjamin Constant. Vasilis received his MFA in Directing from the Actor's Studio School of Dramatic Arts in New York, where he directed over a dozen productions before leaving for Greece in 2001. He is also a writer of both theatre and film, with several scripts that have garnered international awards. Since then he has devoted himself to Imalis' project of theatrical revival as a form of human development. A more detailed biographical and artistic statement is available here.
Stacks Image 14

Nicholas Arabos, Principal

Business and Management
Nicholas is mainly responsible for the business activities of Imalis. Schooled in France and the United States, Nicholas studied Classics and French Literature at Clark University. His main interest was in the social development models and periods of innovation and decay of French and Greek civilization, around the Golden Age of Athens and the French Revolution. As an entrepreneur and consultant he has worked in various roles from finance and management to infrastructure development and privatization programs in Malaysia and South-East Asia for over twelve years. In Greece, he has sought to formulate and introduce innovative development strategies compatible with the volatile Greek economy and socio-political context. He is particularly interested in the development of new models of cooperation between citizens, artists and economic agents which he has been pursuing with the Creative Communities for Epidauros project, Iniochos.
Stacks Image 857

Spyros Kondopoulos
Research & Pedagogy - Architecture, Engineering (Light)
A unique inquiry into the nature of light and space informs Spyros theory and practice of the "architectonics of light." Spiros is one of the most highly regarded experts in Ancient Hellenic architecture, as well as monumental lighting and sound in spatial design. A regular collaborator of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture’s Department of Archeology, he has been Visiting Professor in Architectural Lighting at the University of Stockholm, and the prestigious Metsovian Polytechnic University. More at Spyros Kontopoulos.
Stacks Image 811

Dimitrios Gkinis
Community Relations
Past President of the Parents Association of Epidauros and Secretary of the Cultural Association of Ancient Epidauros, Dimitris has been instrumental in the vision and inception of Imalis, and has played a key role in its development within the local community. Dimitris is particularly interested in different forms of creative economies and cultural development and the search for solutions to the evolving crisis of values in today's society, which he is actively studying and pursuing within the context of our Creative Communities for Epidauros project, INIOCHOS. He is studying the History of Greek Civilization at the Open University.
Stacks Image 846

Dr. Dimitrios Lekkas
Research & Teaching - Mathematics, Philosophy of Science, Language, Ancient Greek, Musical Systems, Composition.
Dimitris' lifelong pursuit of mathematics as a basis for human cognitive processes has yielded new approaches to the fields of Ancient Greek civilization, which he teaches at the Open University, linguistics and ancient phonology. A protégé of the late Manos Chatzidakis, he is considered one of his generation's foremost composers with an array of works and a rich discography ranging from musical theatre to compilations of demotic music, as well as scholarly works on Ancient Byzantine, demotic and Ancient Hellenic musical traditions. His mastery of modal musical traditions of the Eastern Meditaranean, arabic and ottoman spheres, as well as their histories make him an authority in the musical history of the region, and an ethno-musicologist who combines rare artistic ability with scientific rigor. He is a key figure in the our research into ethopoetics and the construction of the ancient actor's solfège. He and Vasilis have been collaborating closely on these and other common interests since 2006.
Stacks Image 829


Dr. Kostas Papachristodoulou
Research & Pedagogy - Voice, Byzantine Psaltic & Greek Demotic Traditions
As Protopsaltis (First Cantor) of the Metropolitan CHurch of Agia Paraskevi, Athens, and the leader and conductor of three choirs, amongst them the internationally recognized National Choir of Agia Paraskevi "Byzantine Voices," Kostas is recognized amongst his peers in Greece and abroad as a leading figure in the world of byzantine cantillation. He has been President of the prestigious "Panhellenic Association of Romanos Singers and Melodists of St John Damascene," and is a Professor of music at the National Conservatory of Athens where he has taught for the past 20 years. He holds an MTS from the Theological School of Athens and is a graduate of the Higher Ecclesiastical School of Athens, as well as the National Conservatory of Athens in European and Byzantine Music. For more information you can visit his site, Byzantine Voices.
Stacks Image 820

Panagiotis Papaspirou

Research - Ancient & Contemporary Physical Sciences, History of Science, Cosmology, Mathematics
Panagiotis is finishing his doctorate at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics. He is actively engaged in our research project on Geometric Action in Amphitheatric Space and the exploration of the interdependence of new performance practices and scientific paradigms. His approach to the trans-historical and trans-disciplinary ties of scientific discourses (Plato's Timaeus and Kepler's Mysterium Cosmographicum) has provided us with significant tools in our theorization of theatre science.
Stacks Image 866

Atsushi Takenouchi
Research & Pedagogy - Movement, Mask & Archetype, Butoh
A direct disciple of Kazuo Ohno and Tstsumi Hijikata Atsushi is an internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer and teacher of Butoh. The central theme that informs his dance, the primordial principle of "Jinen," is intimately tied to Vasilis' exploration of the Orphic principles underlying the performance practices of the Ancient Hellenic actors, and has played a significant role in the devising of Imalis' approach to movement in its relationship to archetype and the individuation of the performer through improvisation. Atsushi's continued exploration of the divine forms of the Hellenic pantheon as principles of embodiment and physical expression constitutes the primary focus of his work with Imalis. For more details, please look here, and visit his personal web-site Jinen Butoh.
Stacks Image 875