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Christos Linou
b. June 8, 1962, Sydney, Australia.

BIOGRAPHY:   Christos Linou was born in Sydney, raised in Adelaide and lives in Melbourne. Since graduating in dance from the Centre for Performing Arts in Adelaide in 1987, he has worked as a choreographer / director and performer working in experimental theatre and film. He has integrated performance, literature, visual imagery, with new and traditional technologies to create new and absurdist dance theatre, experimental opera and film.

In 1989 he started to devise, direct and perform his own hybrid works using dance, theatre and Super 8 film projections. He developed an interest in how filmmaking could be applied to live theatre. The films for the stage are directly related to the theme of the performance and are crafted to suit the choreographed sequences.

 


He came across the Melbourne Super 8 Film Group in 1994 and became an active member and later was on the board of management for three years. In this time he was able to screen a range of his films amongst a 'happening' film culture alongside developing his own style of Super 8 filmmaking. He went on to help produce and present other films screenings including Ultraprojections films screenings in Melbourne from 1999 - 2001.

Since the demise and availability of Super 8 film and its screening opportunities, Linou has been making digital films on mini DV and editing on Final Cut Pro. He made a series of works using digital technology specifically for art gallery installations. The works were a recording of the everyday activity in public space using the body as a metaphor for site intervention. The films highlighted the representation of the street actions within the abstraction of the gallery experience. (Act of Body Disqualification, Act of Trespass, Act of Being Inside Out, Act of Refusing to Dance)

He has worked with stop frame techniques and animating paper cut outs, claymation and 3D objects. With web-transferring information Linou has made short dance films to suit the YouTube and MySpace culture. Recently he has been making short documentaries which reflect Australian lifestyles through health and wellbeing, food and culture.

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CRITICAL OVERVIEW:   "Film transposes intimate notions of action and abstraction, expanding the language of the live stage whilst able to engage as an independent aesthetic." C Linou
 
 
Fiddle De Die

Linou is interested in the intimate boundaries of private and public space and examines parodies of human behaviour under the skin of our personal representation of self in public space.

Linou's films reflect a curiosity with choreographed action wether it's the body of objects, landscape or architecture. His films have a quality which engage the viewer through their rhythmic quality and punctuation of image juxtaposing theme and sound. He uses film for the stage to suspend the body in a parody of aesthetic abstraction and audience entertainment.

His films for theatre have a distinct animated and percussive sensibility and are seen as language and narrative to his live performance which uses a dynamic sense of action for recording imagery and projecting light.

The political and social context of his films references issues through a comic construct of the everyday, whereas his documentaries and art gallery installations are an accurate recording of the given time.


FILMOGRAPHY:

 
 
Hula Who

Hula Who - documentary (1995, 4 mins, Super 8)

Epifani - documentary (1995, 3 mins, Super 8)

Isabella's Birthday - documentary (1996, 3 mins, Super 8)

Cartoons - animation (1996, 5 mins, Super 8)

Bordering on Dance - documentary (1996, 9 mins, Super 8)

Swinging Babies - animation (1997, 5 mins, Super 8)

A Troll Day Out - animation (1997, 3 mins, Super 8)

2d/Shad - dance on film (1997, 6 mins, Super 8)

 
 
A Troll Day Out

The Hungry Sun - animation (1998, 4 mins, Super 8)

Interview - documentary (1998, 45 mins, DV)

Footage - dance on film (1998, 9 mins, Super 8)

Zoe - documentary (1998, 9 mins, Super 8)

Dividing Link - dance on film (1998, 4 mins, Super 8)

In Between - experimental (1998, 5 mins, Super 8)

Fiddle De Die - dance on film (1998, 3 mins, Super 8)

A Holy Cleansing - animation (1998, 3 mins, Super 8)

 
 
The Hungry Sun

Solvent - experimental (1999, 10 mins, Super 8)

Resonance - dance on film (2000, 8 mins, Super 8)

I Awkwardly - dance on film (2000, 8 mins, Super 8)

Brass Bed Video Film Cilp - (2001, 3 mins, Super 8)

Thriving - dance on film (2001, 2 mins, DV)

Siren - dance on film (2001, 3 mins, Super 8)

Falling - dance on film (2001, 3 mins, Super 8)

iRice Fish in Detention, Customs, Ricevasion, Vox POP - documentary (2006, 34 mins, DV)

 
 
In Between

Donkey doh - animation (2007, 45 secs, DV Youtube)

Crunch - dance on film (2007, 30 secs, DV Youtube)

Crunher - dance on film (2007, 40 secs, DV Youtube)

Crunching - dance on film (2007, 45 secs, DV Youtube)

Crunched - dance on film (2007, 35 secs, DV Youtube)

Flamin' Kitchens - documentary (2008, 75 mins, DV)


LIVE THEATRE AND FILM

Sultana (1996, 35 mins, VHS and video feed) Melbourne, Hobart & Sydney

 
 
A Holy Cleansing

Fiddle De Die (1998, 40 mins, Super 8 ) Melbourne, Hobart & Sydney

Act of Trespass (2002, 5 mins.30 secs, DV) Melbourne and Adelaide

Act of Body Disqualification (2002, 24 mins, DV & Super 8) West Space

Act of Being Inside Out (2002, 15 mins, Duel Screen DV)

Act of Refusing to Dance (2003, 25 mins, DV) Melbourne International Arts Festival

Amphibitos (2005, 45 mins, Super 8 & DV) Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart & Singapore

 

SCREENINGS:

 
 
2d/Shad

Melbourne Super-8 Film Group (1995 - 99)

Naked 8 (9th Super 8 film Festival Melbourne 1996

Compound Eye - Experimenta Arts Festival Melbourne 1996

Super 8 Kiosk in Darwin 1997

The Enigma Underground Film Festival - Ballarat 1997

Some Bodies - Green Mill Dance Festival Melbourne 1997

Antistatic - Performance Space Sydney 1997

 
 
Epifani

Archive of Enigma Melbourne 1998

Dance Lumiere Dancehouse Melbourne 1997 - 99

At the Sun Melbourne 1999

10th Melb Super 8 Film festival 1999

Ultraprojections 1, 2, & 3 Melbourne (1999 - 2001)

Veg-In Artshouse Melbourne 2000

Hip Sync dance film screening. Melbourne. 2001

Melbourne Underground Film Festival 2001

 
 
iRice Fish in Detention

Moving Image. SALA Arts Festival. Adelaide. 2002

Dance Flicks. Dancehouse. Melbourne. 2005

Singapore Fringe Festival. 2006

Reel to Reel Dance Film Festival. Melbourne. 2006

Eco - Screen CERES Melbourne 2007

YouTube site "LeakingPictures" (2007 - 08)

Also: various screenings in Taiwan, Amsterdam and Canada


SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY:

 
 
Fiddle De Die

"Well constructed performances" by Fiona Scott Norman. In Press Aug 1989

"And now for something different" by Libby Sutherland. The Mercury Sep 1990

"Even the old sink" by Brian Hoad. The Bulletin Feb 1992

"All angles and intensity Linou does more than dance" by Shirley Apthorp. The Mercury Oct 1993

"Devising with a difference" by Shirley Apthorp. Dance Australia 1994

"Home is where the arts is" by Deborah Jones. The Australian Magazine Jan 1994

Cover page and article about my work. Cantrills Filmnotes nos 85,86 . 1995

"In this dance the body works , the audience works" by Robyn Grove. The Age Nov 1996

 
 
Act of Being Inside Out

"Test of Time" by Zsuzsana Soboslay. Real Time Nov 1998

AFI Listings of short films 1998

"Feature article" by Jonathon Marshal Kineses Oct 1999

"One foot in front of the other" by Vicki Aristidopoulos. Neos Kosmos Jan 1999

"Reality bites" by Arthur Bourinaris. The Hellenic Vibe Feb 1999

"The trouble here is finding the art" by Jill Sykes. The Sydney Morning Herald Sep 1999

"Inside the dancer in the heart of the eye" by Erin Brannigan. Real Time March 2000

"Stepping over the Line" by Suzanne Brown. The Age March 2000

 
 
The Hungry Sun

In repertoire a guide to Australian contemporary dance. Australia Council for the Arts 2000

"A season of explorations" by Rick Rutjens. In Press March 2001

"Choral complicity; music & power" by Sue Moss. Real Time 2002

"Civic interventions, aesthetic protest" by Philipa Rothfield. Real Time March 2003

In repertoire a guide to Australian contemporary dance. Australia Council for the Arts 2003

"Uneasy world in sharp focus" by Wal Eastman. The Mercury 2004

"Fusion and then confusion" by June Cheong. The Singapore Straits Times March 2006

"The return of the King" by Em Weekes. The Age Nov 2007


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