Pavlos Kourtidis is a Greek Actor & Choreographer born and raised in Wuppertal, Germany. He started to get involved in acting and dancing at a very young age. After finishing his studies in London, he returned to Athens Greece pursuing his career.

Languages: Greek (native,) English (fluently), German (fluently)

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 TV Reel English subs 2020/21: Video

*(2022/23 GR)  “To Kokkino Potami i Synexeia”  VIDEO English sub

TV series, Role: Hristodoulou  VIDEO English sub

Director Manousos Manousakis.

Channel OPEN TV

past tv & films

(2021) “The Flame of the revolution 1821” Film / Documentary as Theodoros Kolokotronis. Director Manousos Manousakis.

(2021) “Vardianos sta Sporka” TV series ERT TV channel as Captain Konstantis. Director Manousos Manousakis. Written by  Alexandros Papadiamanti

(2021) “Krisimes Stigmes” as “Radio Announcer” (Voice) for TV series ERT channel. Written by Galatea Kazantzaki and directed by Manousos Manousakis.

(2020/21) “Agries Melisses” season 1 & 2 tvseries, Ant1TV channel as Lias Vonortas directed by Lefteris Charitos

See IMDB page

PAVLOS KOURTIDIS

Tv & Film

Special Skills

Languages: Greek (native,) English (fluently), German (fluently)
Dancing: Contemporary dance (Professional dancer and choreographer), Partnering, Improvisation, Hip Hop, Jazz, Musical Theater
Martial arts: Boxing (advanced), Stage fighting
Driver’s License: Car, Truck and Motorcycle

Tv & Films

Projects in Development 

*(2022/23) “To Kokkino Potami i Synexeia”TV series, role: Hristodoulou. Director Manousos Manousakis.

Past TV & FILM

– Vardianos sta Sporka” as Captain Kostantis TV series ERT TV channel.

Director Manousos Manousakis See the episodes: ERTFLIX (2021 GR)

–  “The Flame of the revolution in Greece 1821” Film/Documentary as Theodoros Kolokotronis.

Director Manousos Manousakis (2021 GR)

–  “Krisimes Stigmes” as “radio announcer” (Voice)  TV series ERT channel. Written by Galatea Kazantzaki. Director Manousos Manousakis.(2021 GR)

–  “Agries Melisses”  as Lias Vonortas (  S1 & S2 Ant1 TVseries).  ep.:AgriesMelisses_s1_s2  

Directed by Lefteris Charitos (GR 2020/21)

–  “Man of God” as Raggedy Man. Directed by Y. Popovic (USA 2021)

–  “Kala-azar” as Security man . Directed by Tzanis Rafailidou (ND/GR 2020)

–  “Megaro” as Father short film. Directed by Bill Kalemos (GR 2020)

“Eftihia” as Zeimpekiko dancer. Directed by Aggelos Frantzis. (GR 2019)

Latest works

Vardianos sta sporka

Pavlos Kourtidis as Captain Konstantis

2021 TV series ERT TV channel. Director Manousos Manousakis. A novel from Alexandros Papadiamantis who was an influential Greek novelist, short-story writer and poet.

The beginning of the revolution in Greece 1821

Pavlos Kourtidis as Theodoros Kolokotronis

Film/Documentary about the Greek revolution against the Othoman Empire.

Director: Manousos Manousakis

Man of God

Pavlos Kourtidis as Raggedy Man 

Exiled unjustly, convicted without trial, slandered without cause. Man of God depicts the trials and tribulations of Saint Nektarios of Aegina, as he bears the unjust hatred of his enemies while preaching the Word of God.

See on IMDB

Agries Melisses

Pavlos Kourtidis as Lias Vonortas

The series takes place in the fictional village of Diafani in Thessaly. The Sevastos family have been powerful landowners for several generations. Doukas Sevastos inherited the entire family property, after the apparent disinheritance of his brother Miltiadis Sevastos during World War II. The two brothers have been enemies ever since. Doukas rules the area with an iron fist, and holds power over the local politicians. But he is still greedy, and needs the lands of the Stamiris family to fulfill an ambitious plan. Early in the series (in episodes taking place in 1958), Doukas has landowner Giorgis Stamiris poisoned to death. Stamiris had no sons, only three daughters (Eleni, Asimina, and Droso Stamiri), and Doukas believes that it will be easy to push them into selling the family lands. Unfortunately for his plans, Eleni Stamiri turns out to be a stubborn rival. She has every intention to cultivate her own land and to demand the same rights as male landowners.

Director: Lefteris Charitos
Writer: Melina Tsampani

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Kala azar

As Security man

Kala azar describes of a place that cannot sustain animal life any longer. In a big city somewhere in the south of Europe, a couple takes care of dead animals and abandoned roadkill as an act to give meaning to their life. Kala azar is a meditation on the paradox of life-circles among beings of different species. A film about existence, on the boundaries between living and dead, human and non-human.

Director: Janis Rafa
Writer: Janis Rafa

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Eftyhia

As Zeibekiko dancer

A biographical film about the life of the greatest songwriter in Greece , Eftyhia Papagianopoulou (1893-1972).

Director: Angelos Frantzis
Writer: Katerina Bei

See on IMDB

Genocide

Now on tour.
Genocide 
continues its journey for one of the most controversial aspects of Greek and World history.


Genocide was presented at
– 15th Nationwide Dance Festival POE, PAOK Sports Arena, Thessaloniki (October 2019)
– Aisxylia Festival, Paleio Elaiourgeio, Elefsina (September 2019)

– PK Theater, Athens (October 2018 – February 2019)

An alternative point of view to the tragic historical events through contemporary art based on the dynamics of the human movements.
Contemporary dance recalls the greater and most cruel attempt to exterminate the a whole nation. Scenes of intensive dance dialogue, as well as dynamic stage interventions interact with high intensity variations in choreographic dramatization.

“Genocide” is a contemporary dance performance based on true historical facts seen through the eyes of today’s men. Its goal is to provoke and awaken memories of the recent past.

“Today I feel ready for the company to take such a step. This is a performance that we had to do. With great respect it is my duty to tell the story as our ancestors lived it and told it to my generation. The attempt to exterminate a nation. With 18 dancers and musicians on stage we will not try to dance the Genocide, instead we will honor the lost souls because they never truly left us.”  P. Kourtidis

“Genocide” will speak the truth through the bodies of those who lived. It will praise those who were tortured and those who survived.

CREDITS

Direction, Choreography, Lighting: Pavlos Kourtidis
Research consultant: Omiros Pachatouridis
Music Edit & Composition: Lia Hide
Assistant choreographer: Zoe Sotiropoulou
Costumes: Magda Kaloriti
On stage musician: Christos Siggelos (ney)
Video trailer: Grigoris Panopoulos
Performance photography: Kostis Gogios
Stage photography:
Iria Spiliopoulou
Field photography & poster: Melina Zacharaki
Art Work: Tricia Daniels
Production & Tour management: Sofia Karayianni
Production: PK Theater 2018-19
Public Relations: Antonis Kokolakis

Dancers:  Pavlos Kourtidis, Zoe Sotiropoulou, Ioanna-Korina Palaska, Christos Kafetzis, Elena Tsikala-Vafea, Zelika Mouzaki, Themis Chatzi, Foteini Passa, Margarita Symeonidou, Ioli Spiliopoulou, Christina Bitou, Eleni Doika, Ioulia Drakontaeidi, Silvia Zima, Sabi Kleci, Maria-Matilda Kourtidou, Giorgos Koumpos

Traditional Dancers: Pyrrichios Academy

PRESS

  • Russian newspaper “Мир и Омониа” (Mir & Omonoia) – Inga Abgarova
    And the sand that hurts the legs of the dancers – serves one single purpose – to convey the pain and suffering of the people, in the history of which there was this terrible concept of “genocide” …
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VIDEOS

The Step First Step

Pavlos Kourtidis company presents its first production, performance leading to our dreams, experimenting with movement, music and the abilities of the human body.
“During a performance nothing can be taken for granted. Figures take shape and then vanish. Motions and feelings are caught up on an eternal game of action and reaction. Until everything is transformed in to something bright, releasing us from the routine of our everyday lives.” says Pavlos Kourtidis.
The performance evolves around communication, love and relationships. The difference between the ideal and the conventional and how this is translated through culture and personal beliefs. This performance is an optimistic note, a choreography leading to our dreams, a representation of the journey seeking the ideal finding the balance that has been lost due to our way of life.
The dancers’ bodies awaken the audience senses and instincts, their hidden wishes and memories struggling to breath in our industrial world.

The Step First Step was presented at “Polychoros” Theatre of municipality of Athens and “Goulandris” natural history museum.

CREDITS

Director – Choreographer: Pavlos Kourtidis
Lights: Apostolos Tsitsonis

On stage: Pavlos Kourtidis, Zoe Sotiropoulou, Lefki Tsioramani, Markos Giakoumpglou, Effie Kamarinopoulou, Melina Korovila, Natassa Zaharia, Eytixia Kouteli, Eleni Galanopoulou

VIDEOS

Monos

Pavlos Kourtidis dance company new production “MONOS” (lonely) has a completely different perspective than before. Technology combined with movement is the main characteristic of this performance. Four main characters, each of them being the center of their own story.
Four completely different people, four completely different stories. What do they have in common? They all seek redemption.
Director and choreographer Pavlos Kourtidis talks about loneliness through this production using live performance combined with real projection. His main goal is to make the audience get emotional about the feeling of loneliness. In the time of the internet, the mobile phone and the GPS, “MONOS” (being lonely) is a problem or a way to survive?
A necessary evil … or something good?

Monos was presented at “Polychoros” Theatre of municipality of Athens and Akis Davis Theater.

CREDITS

Director – Choreographer: Pavlos Kourtidis
Music: Apostolos Tsitsonis
Lights: Apostolos Tsitsonis
Costumes: Tricia Daniels

On stage: Pavlos Kourtidis, Zoe Sotiropoulou, Olia Mourouzidou, Andreas Andrikos, Lefki Tsioramani, Markos Giakoumpglou, Myrto Petroheilou, Alexis Soumas

VIDEOS

Society Says

Pavlos Kourtidis dance company are troubled upon the way people communicate in present days. Fake smiles, work relations, climbing on social standards, consumerism, money-sex in a futuristic world that is not far from the truth…
The performances’ goal is to make us think on all those that we constantly ignore… SOCIETY SAYS…
A mixture of dancers and actors that will electrify you more than expected.

Society Says was presented at PK Theater and at 11th International Modern Dance Festival of Egypt:  Gomhouria Theatre (Cairo) and Sayed Darwish Theatre (Alexandria).

CREDITS

Director – Choreographer: Pavlos Kourtidis
Music: Miss Lefki
Lights: Apostolos Tsitsonis

On stage: Pavlos Kourtidis, Zoe Sotiropoulou, Olia Mourouzidou, Andreas Andrikos, Xanthi Athanasopoulou, Nikos Koukakis

VIDEOS

Frankenstein

The legend of Frankenstein in an aquatic white box. Can science and technology rival against the human soul?
Pavlos Kourtidis dance company, inspired by the legend of Frankenstein. With an alternative visual, the performance takes place inside a white box – an enlarge pot of laboratory experiments, in which the dancers surrender into the hands of Dr. Victor Frankenstein.

The water element combined with dance, speech and acrobatics, will tempt the audience to forget the trivial story of the Frankenstein monster and focus on the essential issue in which deepens the performance.

The technology, science and the ingenuity of the human mind will never be able to give back the unique human soul.

Frankenstein was presented at PK Theater for two seasons, in a total of 75 performances.

CREDITS

Director – Choreographer: Pavlos Kourtidis
Music composition: Stavros Markonis
Lightnings: Apostolos Tsitsonis
Photography: Teri Zal

On stage: Pavlos Kourtidis, Zoe Sotiropoulou, Olia Mourouzidou, Xanthi Athanasopoulou, Markos Giakoumoglou, Nikos Koukakis, Nikolas Mitsitskas (1st year cast: Denis Metaxas, Cadia Hardalia)

VIDEOS

Dead end

What is a dead end and how do we understand its meaning? What a dead end is for me, may or may not be the same for me as it is for you.

Eight young people- plus one enigmatic figure- that don’t know each other are trapped inside the walls of an empty grey room. They have to fight with their own demons, in order to find the strength to overcome any obstacle, find the light and follow it to where they crave to go. Out of the dead end.

The performers of “Dead end” are just like every normal young person in this world. They deal everyday with emotions that we’re all definitely familiar with: loneliness, betrayal, violence, uncertainty about the future, inner conflict, lack of inspiration.  They’re all strangers, they live in their own world, they’re trapped between their wants and the needs that society imposes on them.

Pavlos Kourtidis gives youth the chance to raise their voice and through a dance theater performance convey messages: social, political and even personal. He tries to find different types of dead ends, analyze them with the only means he has, dance and speech, and helps the spectators towards their own catharsis.

The dead end is different for everyone. The performance creates feelings that have been forgotten, feelings that have been suppressed because of our mechanical society. It will move you and you will feel like you just woke up from a deep sleep.

Dead End was presented at PK Theater in a total of 56 performances.

CREDITS

Director – Choreographer: Pavlos Kourtidis
Music composition: Stavros Markonis
Lights: Apostolos Tsitsonis
Script: Michail Anthis
Sets & costumes: Anna Machairianaki

On stage: Eleftheria Komi, Thanos Pritsas, Zoe Sotiropoulou, Marcus Giakoumoglou, Xanthi Athanassopoulou, Nikos Koukakis, Nicholas Mitsitskas, Panagiotis Malakos

VIDEOS

Madhouse

“Madness haunts the creativity of the western society”. Mental illness, based on Michel Foucault’s “History of Madness” despite its complex medical concept has also a social aspect.
The social standards that once supported mental health are now overturned compelling men to seek their balance. As an outcome of social and economic disfunctions madness has inserted in everyone’s homes. Depression was once the “sad privilege” of women, unemployed people and of those who are lonely without any social support. Over the past few years though, we can see men, successful and young people getting depressed.

Journalist Ann Landers said “One out of four persons has some kind of mental illness. So think of three of your friends. If they seem fine, maybe you are that person.”

Pavlos Kourtidis’ s new production “Madhouse” is based on a true story. The choreographer’s goal is to communicate against the fear of the unknown and against social exclusion. Images, movement, words and music can be redeeming and heeling so eventually you will find yourself redefying happiness.
Welcome to the Madhouse.

Madhouse was presented at PK Theater.

CREDITS

Director – Choreographer: Pavlos Kourtidis
Original music composition: Christos Triantafullou
Assistant choreographer: Zoe SOtiropoulou
Video editing: Aggelos Tonios
Sets – costumes: Dimitra Papadimitriou
Photography: Dimitris Georgiadis
Lightning: Apostolos Tsitsonis

On stage: Pavlos Kourtidis, Zoe Sotiropoulou, Marios Rammos, Markos Giakoumoglou, Nadia Tomazenko, Ioanna-Korina Palaska, Ilias Bageorgos, Christina Papantonopoulou, Alexandros Stavropoulos

VIDEOS

House Of Bridges

This performance is the sequel of “Madhouse”.

Nothing has been left to remind us the dark past of the “Madhouse”. One year later everything has changed. During this performance bridges come alive and pull the strings of everything happening in this house. The house represents its host small universe, seeking for a helping that that will connect sanity with madness. In “House of bridges” everything is united, no gaps are bridgeless.

The medical term “bridge” refers to connecting the upper and lower functions of the brain. Among others “bridge” controls balance, taste, eye motion, the feeling of pain.

“House of bridges” welcomes you. In here everything flies.

House of Bridges was presented at PK Theater.

CREDITS

Director – Choreographer: Pavlos Kourtidis
Original music composition: Vasilis Tsentouros
Lighting: Apostolos Tsitsonis
Script: Mihail Anthis
Assistant Choreographer: Zoe Sotiropoulou
Sets – Costumes: Ioanna Pantazopoulou
Photography: Mary Matsaka
Special effects: Alexandros Loggos
Production: PK Theater

On stage: Pavlos Kourtidis, Zoe Sotiropoulou, Ioanna-Korina Palaska, Olia Mourouzidou, Eliane Roumie, Iris Katraki-Pavlou, Aggelos Antonakos, Christos Kafetzis and actor Mihail Anthis

VIDEOS

PAVLOS KOURTIDIS

Pavlos Kourtidis was born in Wuppertal, Germany, and was raised in Thessaloniki Greece, his home town is Pontohrakleia, Paionia municipality. Kourtidis’s native language is Greek, and he also speaks both German and English. He studied at ArtsEdLondon.

Ergography

THEATER: Video Personal Ergography 2014-2020

REEL TV 2020/21

October 2019: Stage Direction & Choreographies for 15th Nationwide Dance Festival POE (PAOK Sports Arena, Thessaloniki)
2018-19: Genocide
– 15th Nationwide Dance Festival POE (PAOK Sports Arena Thessaloniki), Aisxylia Festival (Paleo Eleourgio Elefsinas), PK Theater
2017: Styx, the goddess of water –  Ancient open stone theater at Platania Trifilias (Peloponnese), PK Theater
2016: Labyrinth, from darkness to light  Pallas Theater
2015-16: House of Bridges – PK Theater
2014-15: Madhouse – PK Theater
2012-13: Dead-end – PK Theater
2010-11: Frankenstein – PK Theater
2009-10: Society Says – 11th  International Modern Dance Festival in Egypt (Gomhouria Theatre, Cairo and Sayed Darwish Theatre, Alexandria, PK Theater
2008: MONOS
 – “Polychoros” Theatre of municipality of Athens, Akis Davis Theater
2007: The Step First Step – “Polychoros” Theatre of municipality of Athens, “Goulandris” natural history museum.

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Labyrinth - From darkness to light

The Cretan virtuoso dancers Giannis and Giorgos Megalakakis and director-choreographer Pavlos Kourtidis intoduce the dance theatre performance “LABYRINTH, from darkness into light” at Pallas Theater, in Athens on the occasion of the anniversary of the historic battle of Crete.
Main goal is to highlight the cultural characteristics of the island.

For the first time Cretan and Modern dance steps are combined to offer a unique spectacle/escape, in an original attempt to visualize the culture of Crete through the art of orchestral and theatrical conception.

Onstage twenty-seven dancers and five musicians unite their talent, art, worldview and their souls, to offer their very own art thread to the viewer, that will lead them, albeit for just a few hours, away from the maze reality of everyday life and beyond any individual impasses.

“It is a challenge to find yourself confronted with your own culture while you depict it though movement and image at the same time. It is an enormous responsibility because the show is a journey into the very heart of our culture, “says director Pavlos Kourtidis.

“It is a meeting with our ancestors, and a bridge of communication with the future. The primeval history of our dance steps illuminate the darkness of the Labyrinth (maze) we face at all times” say Giannis & Giorgos Megalakakis.

Stories from Cretan tradition, history (“Taurokathapsia (bull-leaping), Daskalogiannis), traditional rhyming couplets (mantinades), myths (the Ariadne’s Thread) and music (Andreas Rodinos) become one with the Pyrrhic, Geranos and Orsiti, the primeval folk dances that evolve and are redefined in the present, through the parallel Action and recuperative energy of modern dance, following a singular directorial idea.

The music is composed exclusively for the show, and is a blend of traditional Cretan music and fresh sounds that reflect the trends of our time. Viewers are confronted with a realistic Labyrinth depicting the primitive and the renovation – the past and the present. Complex, versatile and yet so familiar …

Grounding, takeoff, ritual, spiral, improvisation are the words that characterize Cretan dance and the LABYRINTH is a journey into the heart of our culture.

Labyrinth was presented at Pallas Theater.

CREDITS

Director / artistic conception: Pavlos Kourtidis
Concept: Giannis & Giorgos Megalakakis
Choreography: Giannis Megalakakis, Pavlos Kourtidis, Giorgos Megalakakis

Onstage dancers (Crete): Giannis Megalakakis, Giorgos Megalakakis, Giannis Pidiktakis, Christos Vlachopoulos, Christos Petrakis, Giorgos Sidiropoulos, Panagiotis Diamantoglou Spyros Lolis, Adam Kokkinogenis, Nikoleta Kourkouta, Peggy Barouni, Maria Karela, Pelagia Piperaki, Gogo Livieri, Evi Androulaki

Onstage dancers (Contemporary Dance): Pavlos Kourtidis, Zoe Sotiropoulou, Angelos Antonakos, Christos Kafetzis, Ioanna Korina Palaska, Iris Pavlou Katraki, Olia Mourouzidou, Eirini Zatta, Anastasia Kontopidi, Dimitris Antonopoulos, Ioannis Damianos Stephos

Sets: Dimitra Papadimitriou
Costumes: Christina Leontiadou
Lighting: Apostolos Tsitsonis
Assistant choreographer: Zoe Sotiropoulou
Makeup artist: Foteini Makridou
Coordination of production: Sophia Karagianni
Photographs of the show: Giorgos Kalfamanolis

ΜUSICIANS

Original musical compositions (modern): Vasilis Tsentouros
Orchestration (Traditional): Giorgos Kontoyiannis

Vasilis Tsentouros: Drums
Giorgos Kontoyiannis: Lyre
Dimitris Varelopoulos: Lute
Andreas Arvanitis: Lute-Bagpipes-Thiampoli(Fipple flute)
Marino Tranoudakis: Daouli (Davul drum)

VIDEOS

Genocide

Coming up as a blow on the soil of the lost homeland
2018-19

Styx, the goddess of water

A dive in the history and myths of Greece
2017

Labyrinth

From darkness to light
2016

House of Bridges

Sequel to the “Madhouse”
2015-16

Madhouse

2014-15

Dead end

2012-13

Frankenstein

2010-11

Society Says

2009-10

Monos

2008

The Step First Step

2007

Styx, the goddess of water

Contemporary dance for the first time ever makes a reference to the most representative goddess of Greek Mythology concerning water, the goddess Styx. Director and Choreographer Pavlos Kourtidis, after his last performance “Labyrinth” (Pallas Theater, May 2016), returns and faces a great challenge.

72 minutes – 4 tons of water – 9 dancers

Dancing on Water

PK Theater’s stage is filled with 4 tons of water and the goddess Styx comes to life on stage for the first time.
A unique reimagination of the myth for Greece in 2017 from a daring perspective. A journey from ancient Greece to present day in which we will find references to Achilles’ heel, the daughter of Styx – Nike of Samothrace and the immortal waters of Alexander the Great. From ancient days until today water has always been worshipped in every known culture for its ability to give life. Through this daring performance, the myth comes alive on stage and the water becomes the “Dark-waters” of Tartara, the gates of Hades.

9 dancers on stage under the guidance of director Pavlos Kourtidis and find themselves “swimming” on Vasilis Tsentouros original music composition.

Styx, the Goddess of Water was presented at PK Theater for two seasons and at the ancient open stone theater at Platania Trifilias (Peloponnese).

CREDITS

Director, Choreographer, Lighting: Pavlos Kourtidis
Music composition: Vasilis Tsentouros
Costumes: Madga Kaloriti
Assistant Choreographer: Zoe Sotiropoulou
Production Manager: Sofia Karayianni
Production: PK Theater
Photography: Stavros Habakis
Video shooting: Zafeiris Haitidis
Video editing: Marianthi Matziri

On stage: Pavlos Kourtidis, Zoe Sotiropoulou, Ioanna Korina Palaska, Olia Mourouzidou, Christos Kafetzis, Stefania Sotiropoulou, Maria Vathi, Elena Tsikala-Vafea (1st year cast: Aggelos Antonakos, Alex Gotch)

VIDEOS