Maria Gaitanidi

Maria Gaitanidi

Film Maker, Actors Trainer, Theatre Director, Creator

  • Location: London
  • Career stage: Early
  • Freelancer: Available
Making Creativity Work

In 2012, I founded the ensemble We Are Raw Material in London in order to make work which questions the status quo in an encounter between the raw material of the human being, the text and the space. I make work that encompasses various artistic forms from film, theatre performance, poetry recitals, site-specific actions, live installations and creative laboratories. I have directed plays by Chekhov, Pirandello, Plato, Euripides, Lorca amongst others. 

My training is quite unorthodox: I have been taught screenwriting and filming with non-actors by Luc Dardenne at the time he won the Palme d’Or for Rosetta and directing actors and composition by Russian artist, director and pedagogue Anatoli Vassiliev.

I have just completed writing two shorts: the first, Militos, explores the ideas of ritual and the foreigner, I will begin shooting in Greece in April 2018 and the second, is an art doc titled Samadhi, questioning the search for spirituality in London City for which I am currently in preproduction.


Please see below a link to some of the short films I have created:

Ode to Eros explores choreographic methods on the theme of Love https://vimeo.com/246685743,

An art doc on yoga teacher Adam Keen living in London https://vimeo.com/189913254

The practice of Ashtanga yoga in one of London's most known studios The Light Centre, Moorgate https://vimeo.com/189912154

A short fiction on the idea of sacrifice https://vimeo.com/user7834246/orestes-rising-project

 

Work History

Director (Theatre and Film) - We Are Raw Material

Jun 2011 - Present

Education

Theatre - Actress, Director, Pedagogue - Anatoli Vassiliev

May 2008 - Present

Performance Practice - Phd - University of Kent

Jan 2010 - Oct 2014

Film and Aesthetics - MA - Free University of Brussels

Sep 2008 - Sep 2009

Skills

  • Acting
  • basic filming and editing
  • Composition
  • Assistant Directing
  • Directing
  • Director
  • Moving Image
  • Research
  • Screen Studies
  • Screenplays
  • Translation

Portfolio

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