Biography

Elena Hadjiafxendi is an internationally known Greek-Cypriot actress and singer. Noted performer, Elena Hadjiafxendi, has developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blends world music with literary recitation and drama. Elena represents a new generation of performers of the music of European composers like Kurt Weill, Felipe Salvador, Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hadjidakis, Nino Rota and others. She has given the genre of cabaret music a new artistic dimension with her beguiling performance of wildly poetic stories with a strong and philosophical undercurrent. She has worked in Cyprus, Greece, Uk and Italy with many directors and musicians in musical theatre, operettas, cinema, and television.

 

Education

Higher Diploma in Monody (opera studies), Conservatory Eleftero, Athens, Greece, 2006-2012

MA in Drama and Education, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens2004-2006

BA in DRAMA, Drama School of National Theatre of Northern Greece, 2001-2004

BA in Primary School Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Education, 1999-2003.

 

Seminars/Workshops/Master Classes

Grotowski’ s method in Ancient Tragedy with Fabio Tolledi 2005.

Puppet Theatre – Puppets – Black Theatre with Antigoni Parousi. 2005.

Acting Ancient Tragedy with Filareti Komninou, 2003-2004.

Acting on Television with Philipos Sophianos, 2003-2004.

Acting in Film with Petro Sevastikoglou,. 2003-2004.

 The Body and the Cultural Identities of the Actor. Fourth Summer Seminar Series of EthinikonTheatro, Athens (National School of Drama). 2003.

Workshops with Ewa Lewinson, Susan Buirge, Demetris Kamarotos, Elli Papaconstantinou; Master Class with Sotiris Hatzakis.

 Reading and Playing after the recommendation of Valere Novarina, French Institute, Thessaloniki. 2002.

 Ancient Greek Drama with Stephano Kyriakide and Eleni Papazoglou, 2002.

 Electra Sophocle with Andrea Manolikaki according to the method of Actor’s Studio. 2001.