Marilena Dara
Jasmin Vardimon Company (UK)



Open class
03.11.2023 19:00 EMTA black box


Jasmin Vardimon Company was founded in London in 1998 and rapidly rose to become a significant element within the British dance theatre scene. The company is dedicated to the choreography of Artistic Director, Jasmin Vardimon MBE – Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells since 2006.

Renowned for her uniquely theatrical choreographic and directorial style combining physical theatre, quirky characterisation, innovative technologies, text and dance, Vardimon accentuates her work with an acute observation of human behaviour. With sharp instincts and provocative daring, she has developed an individual choreographic voice, distinguished by her beautifully detailed movement, insightful humour and engaging drama. The company’s works are widely accessible through their exposure of human experience, social relevance, high quality, passion, skill and commitment.

The company tours nationally and internationally performing at high profile theatres throughout the UK, across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the USA.

In Spring 2022, the company moved into its new creative home in Javelin Way, Ashford, Kent – thanks to support from Ashford Borough Council, Kent County Council and Arts Council England.

A cultural centre dedicated to the company’s creative research and future productions, educational residencies and multi-disciplinary artistic study, our creative home aims the growth of a cultural legacy in Ashford, increasing its capacity to import and export high quality performers of a world class calibre.



Marilena Dara


While studying Management Science and Technology at the University Of Economics And Business, Marilena studied at the Greek National School Of Dance (K.S.O.T), graduating with distinction in 2012. After graduating she participated in productions by Hellenic Dance Company both as a performer and rehearsal director and had the chance to work with famous choreographers such as Akram Khan, Jasmin Vardimon, Rootlessroot, Martha Graham Company, JUKSTA, Tono Lachky, and others. Since 2013 she has been a close collaborator of Christine Gouzelis & Paul Blackman (JUKSTA), assisting them in their productions Vicious Cycle, Self Storage, Swoon, Folie, Echoing Woods, and The Art Of Dying. In 2012 she became a London based performer collaborating with the award-winning choreographer Jasmin Vardimon, first for one of the leading roles in Justitia, and later as the Course Leader of JV2 and JVIntensive from 2014, and today as the rehearsal director for the new productions Maze | Pinocchio and MEDUSA touring internationally. Marilena has choreographed two pieces with titles I was, minus all and Wear Your Wounds performed both by JV2 around UK as well as by Hellenic Dance Company in Athens. Since 2019, she has been based in Salzburg to take on the role of the Academy Coordinator of SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance) as well as the Company Manager of BODHI PROJECT dance company. Marilena has been delivering workshops at several universities, studios and festivals around the world, such as National School of Dance in Athens, Institute of the Arts Barcelona, Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, The Place, Royal Holloway University, Bristol Institute of Performing Arts, International Dance Week-Budapest, Dance Cultural Centre, Greenwich Dance, etc.