Biography

Katerina Paramana is a London-based performance artist and choreographer from Athens, Greece. She makes performances, installation-  and lecture-performances. Her work has been presented in theatre and gallery spaces in the U.S., U.K., Sweden, Portugal and Greece. Katerina has also performed for various companies and artists in the U.K. and the U.S. (e.g. Tino Sehgal, Ivana Müller, Bojana Cvejic and Christine De Smedt, Risa Jaroslow, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Lea Anderson, Simon Vincenzi, The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein) at venues including Barbican Theatre, National Theatre Studio, Tate Modern, Laban, Siobhan Davies Studios, Southbank Centre, Lincoln Centre (NYC), Dance Place and Kennedy Centre (D.C.).

Katerina completed a PhD in Theatre and Performance at University of Roehampton, London (2015). Her research is concerned with the limits and potentials of socially engaged contemporary performance. In her PhD thesis, she examined the sociality performance works produce in comparison to the production of the social in neoliberal capitalism, the manner in which these works were situated in the several economies of which they were a part, and their potential to effect change in the contemporary neoliberal moment. The work of Tino Sehgal, Jérôme Bel, as well as her own practice as a performance maker and choreographer were the vehicles of this discussion. Her PhD studies, supervised by Professor Joe Kelleher and Dr Anna Pakes, were funded by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. Katerina also holds an MA in Choreography from Laban , London (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, 2009), a BA in Theatre and a BA in Dance from University of Maryland, U.S. (University of Maryland, College Park, 2006). She was Guest Editor of activate e-journal (2013-2014) and an Associate Researcher with Performance Matters, an AHRC-funded creative research project and collaboration between University of Roehampton, London, Goldsmiths, University of London and the Live Art Development Agency, investigating the cultural value of performance. (Performance Matters was directed by Adrian Heathfield, Gavin Butt and Lois Keidan). Her work has been published with Performance Researchactivate and Contemporary Theatre Review journals.

Katerina has taught theory and practice across live art, theatre, dance, and performance in the U.K. and the U.S. She has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at universities including University of Roehampton, London, Birkbeck, University of London, Laban, and RADA. Katerina also worked as Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University. She is currently a Lecturer in Theatre at Brunel University London.