Graduated from the National School of Dance of Greece. Studied theatre at A. Davis’ drama Studio. Continued her studies at the Merce Cunningham, Movement Research and Martha Graham’s schools in New York, where she also studied theatre acting at H.B. Studio Drama School (Herbert Berghof - Uta Hagen). She studied History of Art at the Athens Archaeological Society and at the Hellenic American Educational Foundation.

Choreographer of the Lighting and Handover Ceremony of the Olympic Flame, since 2008:

She also choreographed the Lighting Ceremonies for the European Youth Olympic Festivals at the Panathenaic Stadium and Pnyx, Utrecht 2013, Brasov 2013, Trabzon 2011, Liberec 2011, Tampere 2009, Belgrade 2007, Lignano 2005, Paris 2003 and Bath 1995 where she participated as High Priestess. She has been a Priestess since 1988.

She was a torchbearer for the Olympic Games Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010, London 2012 and Sochi 2014.

Artemis Ignatiou has been the choreographer of many theatre plays and operas, while she has worked for the National Opera of Greece, the “Karolos Koun” Art Theatre, the “Orchestra of Colours”- Manos Hadjidakis, the National Theatre of Greece, the National Dance School of Greece, the Benaki Museum, the Athens Concert Hall “Megaron” and the Municipal Theatre of Komotini and Kavala, with the directors D. Ioannou, St. Livathinos, K. Arsenis and others.

She has been teaching dance, improvisation and expressive movement at the Athens Conservatory Drama School since 1991. Since 2010, she is a teacher of Dance at the Drama School “Iasmos” where she is the Artistic Director.

She has set up the ART Dance Theater, of which has directed several productions in Archaeological Sites: Roman Agora. Museums: Greek National Contemporary Art Museum, Bouboulina Museum-Spetses, Bath of the Winds (Old Hamam)-Plaka. Also has participated in all of the four Contemporary Dance Platform in Athens Concert Hall ‘Megaron Mousikis’ as well as in other theatres and festivals in Greece and abroad.
In 2007 was the official Greek representative at the 10th European Dance Festival of Cyprus (Limassol). In 2008 participated in the Opening Ceremony of 6th Cultural Festival of Beijing for Cultural Olympiad China 2008.

From 2010 until 2012 she collaborated with the National Olympic Academy of Greece in the framework of its program “Olympic Education Day”, as director of the reviving the history of the first Modern Olympic Games of 1896, in Kallimarmaro Stadium.

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