• ABOUT
    • Co-artistic directors Christine Gouzelis & Paul Blackman established the Athens (Greece) based company JUKSTA (aka) Jukstapoz in early 2010.

      The choreographic duo creates multilayered atmospheres and other-worldly mise en scenè, to make work that balances both chaos and harmony upon a body of symbolist, fable-like beauty. The constant aesthetic inquiry into sensory experiences, both intimate and shared, results from deconstructing narratives and juxtaposition of associated ideas, characters and concepts placed side by side compared and contrasted.

      As the recipient of multiple international commissions, the co-directors have choreographed and collaborated at various, theatres, institutions, festivals and companies worldwide, among others -
      Götenburgs Operans Danskompani, Teatro Alla Scala, Sadlers Wells, Salzburg Festspiele, Wiener Staatsoper, Onassis Cultural Centre Athens, Athens Epidaurus Festival, Tasdance Australia, Kalamata International Dance Festival.
      The team's continued vision is engagement with a highly versatile range of platforms from contemporary dance, ballet, opera, theatre, music, fashion, film and involvement with educational and pedagogical training.

      ​Jukstapoz continuously strives to establish lasting foundations that uphold its vision and commitment to collaborative practices. Mutually respectful, trust-based engagements continue to be invaluable for every creative outcome the company engages with.

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  • PLATFORMS
    • Götenburgs Operans Danskompani .
      Teatro Alla Scala .
      Salzburg Festspiele .
      NeedCompany .
      Venice Biennale .
      Wiener Staatsoper.
      Sadlers Wells .
      Onassis Cultural Centre Athens .
      NTM - National Theater Mannheim .
      Athens Epidaurus Festival .
      Kalamata International Dance Festival .
      Theater in der Jozefstadt.
      Arc for Dance .
      Theater Kiel .
      TicTac Art Centre .
      Creative Producer Indiindi .
      Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater .
      Tasdance Australia .
      Greek Ministry of Culture .
      New York Battery Dance Festival .
      Salzburg Landestheater .
      53rd Dimitria Festival Thessaloniki .
      The New Dance Festival Beijing .
      Sziget Festival .
      Jasmin Vardimon (JV2) .
      Linz Tanzhafenfestival .
      AN-TRE Program.
      Beijing Academy of Dance .
      Spider Festival .
      Too Far East.
      B12 .
      Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance .
      Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts .
      National School of Dance Greece .
      West Australian Academy of Performing Arts .
      Iceland University of the Arts .
      Fontys Dance Academy .
      Dot504 Company Prague .
      Beijing BNU Dance Festival .
      The Place London .
      Festival Deltebre Dansa .
      Singapore M1Dance Festival .
      IMEROS Organisation Cultural Development .
      Ravnedans Festival .
      Dan.c.ce Cultural Centre .
      Greenwich Dance .
      203Y Dance Theatre China .
      Dance New Amsterdam .
      Strut Dance Australia .
      LaborGras Studio Berlin .
      Jette Studio Brussels .
      Spanski Borci Dance Festival .
      Disney Hong Kong .

CHRISTINE & PAUL

Christine Gouzelis is of Greek-Canadian descent and is one of the leaders of the Jukstapoz Company. After studying at the National Greek Academy of Dance, she received the DanceWeb scholarship for Impulstanz - Vienna in 2004. That same year, Christine began a long-term collaboration with choreographer, improviser and artist David Zambrano. After becoming a member of the Hellenic Dance Company, she came to dance for choreographers such as Wim Vandekeybus, Anton Lachky, Rootlessroot, Athina Vahla and Pascal Rioult. Christine has also worked with the Jasmin Vardimon's Company, affiliated with Sadlers Wells, and toured with works internationally until she was appointed rehearsal leader for the company in 2012. She has also been rehearsal leader for Anton Lachky Company and Athina Vahla. Since 2010, with the formation of Jukstapoz Company,
Christine leads workshops in dance and seminars for institutions and festivals such as the Venice Biennale, Greenwich Dance, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Beijing BNU, Salzburg Experimental Dance Academy, B12 Berlin, 203Y Guangzhou, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Dance Center Jette Brussels and Sadlers Wells. She was one of the lecturers at the National Greek Academy of Dance from 2011–2018. In 2014, Christine was invited as a guest choreographer at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts for two years. She has created works such as Fragile Matter, Echoing Woods, Savage Symphony and Perplexed Harmony and was nominated by the Hong Kong Dance Alliance for Best Choreography and Best Ensemble for the work Fragile Matter.

  • Paul Blackman is one of the founding members of the Jukstapoz Company and is originally from Perth, West Australia. At a young age, Paul was literally thrown headfirst into the performing arts world by his acrobatic and circus trained mother. After graduating from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, he worked with the West Australian Ballet and then Buzz Dance Theatre touring interstate and regional Australia. Awarded 'best male dancer' in the Ausdance Awards 2006 and nominated for 'best dancer' Helpmann Award 2006. In 2007 was awarded 'best male performer' by Article19. He was invited to New York with Battery Dance Company to begin work and touring internationally, he was also one of the original members of the Dancing to Connect℠ programme which has now reached over 52 countries worldwide. Consecutively he joined the Jasmin Vardimon Company in the United Kingdom, creatively working and touring internationally until 2010. In this last decade and previously, he has encountered and worked with a diverse group of renowned Artists, such as Jan Lauwers, David Zambrano, Matthias Hartmann, Jasmin Vardimon, Alexandra Liedtke, Jozef Frucek and Linda Kapetanea, Jonathan Hollander, Susan Quinn, Athena Vahla, Felicity Bott, Chrissie Parrott and Simon Dow. He is also a choreographer and movement coach for contemporary and traditional operas working with an array of notable conductors, singers and musicians at the Salzburg Festspiele, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Wiener Staatsoper, Theater Kiel, Salzburger Landestheater, Athens Megaron Mousikis, Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater. Currently, his main focus is the co-artistic directorship of Jukstapoz Company. Based in Athens - Greece and choreographing for multi-scaled commissioned works for international coordination. Paul continues to share his enthusiasm for the Arts by teaching & coaching dance/choreographic workshops throughout the world in various notable festivals, institutions and companies.
  • Paul Blackman is one of the founding members of the Jukstapoz Company and is originally from Perth, West Australia. At a young age, Paul was literally thrown headfirst into the performing arts world by his acrobatic and circus trained mother. After graduating from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, he worked with the West Australian Ballet and then Buzz Dance Theatre touring interstate and regional Australia. Awarded 'best male dancer' in the Ausdance Awards 2006 and nominated for 'best dancer' Helpmann Award 2006. In 2007 was awarded 'best male performer' by Article19. He was invited to New York with Battery Dance Company to begin work and touring internationally, he was also one of the original members of the Dancing to Connect℠ programme which has now reached over 52 countries worldwide. Consecutively he joined the Jasmin Vardimon Company in the United Kingdom, creatively working and touring internationally until 2010. In this last decade and previously, he has encountered and worked with a diverse group of renowned Artists, such as Jan Lauwers, David Zambrano, Matthias Hartmann, Jasmin Vardimon, Alexandra Liedtke, Jozef Frucek and Linda Kapetanea, Jonathan Hollander, Susan Quinn, Athena Vahla, Felicity Bott, Chrissie Parrott and Simon Dow. He is also a choreographer and movement coach for contemporary and traditional operas working with an array of notable conductors, singers and musicians at the Salzburg Festspiele, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Wiener Staatsoper, Theater Kiel, Salzburger Landestheater, Athens Megaron Mousikis, Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater. Currently, his main focus is the co-artistic directorship of Jukstapoz Company. Based in Athens - Greece and choreographing for multi-scaled commissioned works for international coordination. Paul continues to share his enthusiasm for the Arts by teaching & coaching dance/choreographic workshops throughout the world in various notable festivals, institutions and companies.
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