MATA SAKKA

Mata Sakka was born in Larisa Greece, she finished her dance education at the Performing Arts Center, Southeastern College in Athens. After a scholarship from the National State Foundation of Greece, IKY, and ascholarship from the Merce Cunningham foundation in New York she obtained her degree, danced repertory work and began teaching thetechnique at the Merce Cunningham studio. She has performed works amongst others, by Horeftes, Metakinisi,Dimitris Papaioanou, Stephan Koplowitz, Bryan Hayes, Liz Gerrin, Veronika Riz, Editta Braun, MS Schrittmacher, Jan Pusch, Cocoon dance, La Fura dels Baus, Ingo Reulecke, Juan Kruz de Garaio Esnaola, Davide Camplani, Felix Ruckert and William Forsythe in various cities worldwide. In New York she presented two of her own choreographies, and also created and performed improvisations and choreographiestogether with Joris Camelin in Berlin, Potsdam and Paris.

Mata improvises dances regularly in Berlin through “Freistill” in Tanzfabrik, Berlin and collaborates often with Multiversal and improvisational festivals. She just organized a multidisciplinary improvisation work together with Jungsun Kim including 27 artists for “inc.lusive” in Dock11, Berlin. Mata joined the ensemble of Sasha Waltz & Guests in August 2005 and dances in the choreographies Gezeiten, Medea, Jagden und Formen (Zustand2008), Continu, Metamorphoses, Matsukaze, Sacre and Tanhäuser. She took part in numerous «Dialogues» and was part of the «MusicTANZ Carmen» Educational program of the Berliner Philarmoniker. Mata Sakka directs together with Davide Camplani and Gabriel Galindez Cruz the children`s dance company of Sasha Waltz & Guests in Radialsystem.

Mata teaches regularly workshops and just finished a workshop and repetition of an excerpt of Sasha Waltz,”Women” in Trinity-­‐Laban center, London. Since the beginning of 2015 she is working with Tino Sehgal in the pieces “Yet untitled” and “This Variation” performed in Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin.