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Melina Koutsofta

Hey Melina, tell us a bit about yourself

I’m Melina, I’m 23 years old and I’m from Nicosia, Cyprus. I am an actor, theatre maker and movement artist. I studied Theatre and Performance at GSA, Surrey and at Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company in London. I’m inspired by dance, film, music, art/culture and the performativity of daily life. My vision is to be able -through visual storytelling-, to create new worlds and languages.

Apart from that I’m quite a lively and curious person that loves experimenting and trying new things, meeting people, going for long-walks and discovering new places.

What are your thoughts for our upcoming event “Rebuild the fire” ?

‘Rebuild the fire’ is a multidisciplinary project, which really excites me. I find the concept very relatable and why wouldn’t I, in these quite dark and absurd times? This last year, we constantly had to protect our flame, whatever that meant for everyone, to keep going. I’m excited to see how this collaboration will evolve and what moments of connection we will find.

How would you rebuild the fire after a challenging time?

After a challenging time, I tend to go inwards to reevaluate what serves me and what doesn’t anymore. I ‘rebuild the fire’ by finding more love and empowerment within me – by remembering what I’m in need of, and do more of that. I usually meet these needs through creating, and transforming difficult feelings and thoughts into something else.

What is the most challenging thing for you as an artist?

I think being an artist comes with many challenges, as any other job. But it’s also beautiful and can be magical, when given the right opportunities. So I think for me the biggest challenge is the practicality of getting these opportunities and making a living out of it. Also, the perseverance needed through it all.

What are you currently listening to?

This always varies on what ‘mood’ or ‘phase’ I’m in. Although, I’m a big fan of electronic music and lately very into David Byrne.  I’m looking forward to working with a piece by Jon Hopkins for this project.

Currently reading? 

I find alternating between different books quite joyful for my brain. I’ve been reading Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harrari for a while now, alongside a few Greek plays and a collection of stories.

What does intimacy mean for you?

Intimacy for me means being prepared to feel uncomfortable, and accepting each other as we are. It’s being next to each other, and not opposite.

What grounds you?

Meditation, yoga, journaling and being outdoors.

Do you have any self care rituals?

Preparing myself some nice breakfast, stretching and writing a list. 

How is a relaxing day at home for you?

Being with my dogs, listening to music, cooking, playing the piano, reading or drawing, and talking to loved ones.

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