b. 1975, Athens, GR
Don’t Look Down, (2016)
Location: Building across from Benaki Museum
Thought and the imagination are affected every day by acquired fears that distort our perspectives on life. Thanassis Akokkalidis faces his fears and sets them apart from his phobias, adopting a different reality for his mind. Sat on the highest point of the building opposite the Benaki Museum, he is brought face to face with his biggest fear. While his fear of heights may seize control of his mind and body, it also opens up a new, more lucid outlook over the city.
Thanassis Akokkalidis is a Greek actor, performer/dancer and performance-maker. Born in Athens, in 1975, he studied theatre at the Veaki School of Dramatic Arts. He made his dancing debut with the choreographer Zouzou Nikoloudi, as a member of her “Chorica” Dance Group. He has been performing as an actor and dancer ever since, appearing at the Greek National Theatre, the National Theatre of Northern Greece, the Greek Art Theatre—Karolos Koun, the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, Sadler's Wells—London, Piccolo Teatro—Milan, Guggenheim Museum NY and at several international festivals, under the direction of Robert Wilson, the Pina Bausch Group, Dimitris Papaioannou, Stathis Livathinos, Marianna Kavallieratos, Lynsey Peisinger and other distinguished creators. Since 2010, he has been collaborating with Watermill Center NY, directed by Robert Wilson. In 2010 he also began creating his own works: “Moment” was his first personal work as a co-creator, followed by “Half” — a devised theatre performance, “Meeting” — a story of a paint handprint (performance), “Window” — a visual arts performance, “Nature’s Hot Spot” — an installation performance, and “U” — a light installation performance.