Maria Kousouni 
Dancer 

Maria Kousouni was born in Athens and she studied at Despina Grigoriadou’s Dance Academy in Athens with teachers as K. Bogoeva, B.Rizova and M.Simeonova. She graduated in 1998 and she holds the teaching diploma of the Vaganova system.

Her career starts in 1999 with the Vienna State Opera ballet after the Ballet Director Renato Zanella discovered her at the final of the Paris International Dance Competition and immediately propose her a contract for his company. She soon becomes a designated soloist and remains in Austria until the end of the season 2004.

The Vienna years were rich in creativity and new experiences and she performed leading roles as: Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet”, (John Cranko), Phrygia in “Spartacus” (Renato Zanella), Myrta in “Giselle” (Elena Tchernichova), "Tchaikowsky pas de deux" and "Theme and Variations" (George Balancine), "Adagio Hammerklavier"(Hans Van Manen), "Slingerland"(William Forsythe), "Petite mort"- (Jiří Kylián), "Silence sans reproche"(Patrick Delcroix), "Exit" (Vanessa Tamburi ), "Itself" (Claudi Bombardo , "Empty place", ”Vision”, “Adiemus”, “Sensi”, “Beethoven”, "Prometheus", "Carnival of Animals" (Zanella), Evil twin in “Nutcracker” (Jo Stromgren), Henriette in “Raymonda” (Rudolf Noureyev), “Rite of spring” - (Renato Zanella), grand pas de deux as Medora in “Corsaire” (Marius Petipa), pas de deux as Bassi in "Bassi and Bournonville" (Vladimir Malakhov) and in the classical repertory as “Swan lake” (Noureyev), “Sleeping beauty” (Peter Wright), “Bayadere” (Malakhov), “The Nutcracker” (Zanella), «Manon» (Kenneth Mac Millan), “La fille mal gardee” (Frederick Ashton), “Cinderella” (Zanella). The years 2002, 2003 and 2004 she participates in the world famous “New Year Concert” in Vienna, respectively choreographed by Vladimir Malakhov, Renato Zanella and Boris Eiffman.

After her successful interpretation of Audrey in John Neumeier’s "As You Like It", the Director of the Hamburg Ballett express his desire to follow him to Hamburg starting from the season 2004: "The remarkably calm”, “confident leading”, the “dazzling presence”, her “temperament”, the “rich imagination that she gives into the roles” and the “proper technique” in combination with “great precision and ferocity of the movement”, as written in reviews in the world press, are the elements that open the paths of evolution, giving her the title of soloist in the ballet of Hamburg.
The Hamburg years enlarged her repertory with Neumeier’ s ballets as "Requiem", "Nijinsky", "Preludes CV", “Death in Venice", "Magnificat" , “Midsummer night’s dream”, “Nutcracker”, “The lady of the camellias”, “Sleeping beauty”, “Mahler V” and “Mahler IIV”. She also interprets roles of others choreographers as “La fille mal gardee” (Ashton), Gazmati in “Bayadera” (Natalia Makarova), “Polyphonia” (Christhofer Weeldon), "Unerreichbare orte" (Jiří Bubenicek).

In 2007 Lynn Seymour invited her to guest in Athens and as Irek Mukhamedov become the new ballet director, offered her the principal dancer position with the Greek National Ballet.
In Athens she performed as Anna 2 in "Seven Deadly Sins" of Kim Brandstrup, a work created for her and Amalia Moutousi (Anna 1), Marina in “Zorba” (Lorca Massine), “Paquita” (Galina Samsova), Myrta in “Giselle” (Irek Mukhamedov), “Four last songs” (Rudy Van Dansig), Tatiana in “Oniegin” (Mukhamedov), Medora in Corsaire (Petipa), “Baroque you said?” (Daniel Lommel), “Bolero” and "Alles Walzer", Bleeding Ballerina in "Faust" (Zanella), Snow Queen and the Rose in “Snow Queen” (Ray Barra). In 2011 Renato Zanella created for her two ballets: "Firebird" for the Stravinsky Evening in Teatro Filarmonico in Verona - Italy and "Medea" of M.Theodorakis for the Aigean Festival in Syros - Greece.

She teaches regularly at the National Opera Ballet School, classical ballet and repertoire and she participates to international dance workshops.

Maria Kousouni won the 2001 "Prix Special" at the International Ballet Competition of Luxembourg.

February 2012

 
 
 
On Stage
Lucia di LammermoorThursday 18 December
at 20:30
in Teatro Filarmonico
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