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The Performance of the Cypriot Participation in the 25th Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival 2024

Recognized as the premier contemporary dance event in Cyprus, the Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival returns with a rich program featuring seven unique performances at the Rialto Theatre, with two of these also being staged at the Nicosia Municipal Theatre. The Festival participates in the EU20 Initiative, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Cyprus's accession to the European Union.


The work to be performed only in Limassol is: 


AiNA (50’) on stage 

performance – installation – exhibition // Suzana Phialas

31/5, 20:30 | Rialto Theatre, Limassol   


AiNa comes to life as an IRL simulation of the artist’s post-photographic Ai body of work Performing anatomies. Phialas’ work and improvisations with the performers are based on images and videos of a custom AI model she has trained. The inception of AiNa marks the artist’s initial venture into creating an IRL simulation in the genre of performance/installation based on this AI model.


"I think of the still image works as “microcosmic performances" extracted from the fabric of daily existence. Each image encapsulates mundane moments and familiar scenarios, seamlessly weaving together domestic interiors and outdoor settings. While universally relatable, these depictions are elevated by a nuanced interplay of wit and irony, infusing them with a distinctive flavour. The resulting amalgam is an assortment of absurd, illogical, and whimsically surreal episodes plucked from the canvas of ordinary life."


Suzana Phialas is an artist who blurs the lines between digital and physical worlds through her cross-media Art. She is a performance maker, AI artist, curator at makersplace.com, and a leading figure in Web3 Digital PerformanceNFT Art since 2021. Her latest projects delve into hot-button issues of our times, including contemporary society, digital culture, emerging technologies, open-source protocols, and the exciting new realms of Artificial Intelligence, NFTs, and the metaverse. Suzana is constantly pushing the boundaries of performance in the digital art space, and her work has been showcased internationally. Her projects have been supported by the Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Culture, and her art has been collected by the Cyprus State Gallery and by avid Digital Art Collectors. Since 2023, Phialas has been recognised as a leading AI video creator and is represented by FELLOWSHIP in their daily.xyz curated releases programme — a platform serving as the epicentre of AI visual art experimentation. 


Concept, creation, artistic direction: Suzana Phialas

Co-creation, scenario: Pavlos Vrionides

Choreographic direction: Suzana Phialas in collaboration with the performers

Performers: Belinda Papavasiliou, Julia Brendle, Katerina Tylliridou

Creative consultant: Andria Michaelidou

Light design: Vasilis Petinaris

Music compositions: Kalaqs, Frank Manzano, Suzana Phialas

Live band: Musha

Set design: Sthephanie Mourouzi, Giorgos Maratheftis

Video: Pavlos Vrionides, Suzana Phialas

Poster Photo/Trailer: Pavlos Vrionides

Make-up: Melanie Christou 

Choreographer’s Assistant: Belinda Papavasiliou 

Stage Assistant: Lorna Ladomatou 

Thanks to: Zalou Thrift Store, Giannis Ioannou

Exhibition images: Custom Trained Ai Model by Suzana Phialas

Acknowledgments: Created within the framework of TERPSICHORI programme, Cyprus Ministry of Culture

Supporters: Limassol Municipality


Strobe lighting effects are used during this performance.


Organisers: DEPUTY MINISTER OF CULTURE, RIALTO THEATRE and EU20 CYPRUS

In Collaboration with: Municipality of Limassol 

Media Sponsors: PHILELEFTHEROS, RIK 

Technical Partner: Event Pro 

Supported by: Municipal Theatre of Nicosia, Cyprus New Movement of Dance, EFIMERIDA LEMESOS, LIMASSOL TODAY, RUSSIAN WAVE RADIO, LIMASSOL TOURISM BOARD, VESTNIK KIPRA, SOCIAL et al.. 


Tickets Price: €8 (€30 for all performances) 

E-ticket: www.rialto.com.cy  

Box Office: 77 77 77 45 (Monday – Friday 10:00 - 15:00) 

Free Admission: Students, university students, soldiers, pensioners, and professional dancers. 

Free transportation from Nicosia to Limassol and back (only for performances not presented at the Municipal Theatre of Nicosia). For more information, call 99 618225.



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