The Performance Shop

The Performance Shop is a pop-up shop offering a variety of available performances of diverse styles, genres and themes, giving viewers/passers-by the opportunity to choose, watch or participate in one or more of the available works.



The project seeks to bring art closer to people within the wider context of society and everyday life. The aim is to highlight the act of performance as an important component of human empowerment and evolution, of man as a member of society, as an artist and as an active spectator.

In the context of the shop, a citizen has easier access to live art and the opportunity to choose the performance of his/her preference from an extensive catalogue. These features make the spectator/passer-by active and their choices personal and therefore valuable.

The identity of the performance as a product, however intangible and ephemeral, is underlined by the delicate irony found in the concept of the ‘commodity/service’ that can be bought at the store, offering a cost-value relationship while at the same time not compromising its artistic quality. The project also opens up discussions on the necessity and the value of the ephemeral offered by performance and its relation to consumerism.



The Performance Shop is a project conceived by artist Lia Haraki and organized by her and her team of collaborators. It first opened in Nicosia in 2014 (Pop-Up Festival / NiMAC) and then in Limassol in 2015 (funded by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture). In 2016 it was selected as one of the 25 best dance practices in Europe by the EDN (European Dancehouse Network).


Supporting organizations for Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2018

The Performance Shop will now open in Athens, as part of the section ‘Opening to the City’ of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2018, supported by the Cultural Services of the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture and the House of Cyprus in Athens, in cooperation with OXYGONO Social Enterprise.


Why a shop?

––Because art initially arose from daily life and through the space of a shop it can reconnect to it.

––Because a shop on a downtown street is a space familiar to most people, inviting them to come in contact with art and perhaps stimulate their curiosity to further explore it.

––Because a space of this sort can host a variety of performances of diverse themes, genres and styles which can be held simultaneously. 

––Because from passive spectators, passers-by become active and complicit to the act of art, assuming responsibility for their decision to choose  performances from a catalogue.

––Because as a deliberate venue choice for our artistic project, the shop invites us to question the relationship between art and consumerism and triggers questions like: To what extent does a work of art constitute a product? What is the relationship between the transitory and the necessary? Can the experience of a performance be an investment of some sort?

––Because practicing performance inside a shop not only gives a different meaning to the word ‘spectacle’ but also provides performance as a type of service and/or as a unique experience.

––Because it becomes a meeting point of artists and spectators thus allowing the artists to meet their audience, rather than only the other way round.


About .pelma.Lia Haraki

pelma.lia haraki is the creative structure that supports, produces and presents Lia Haraki’s work locally and internationally. It is the artistic frame where the artist and her long term collaborators come together, research, discuss and create art. It was founded by Lia Haraki in 2003 and for the first year of its existence it also hosted visual artist Christodoulos Panayiotou

.pelma. lia haraki is funded majorly by the Ministry of Education and Culture Cyprus –cultural services and supported by Dance House Lemesos where it is also based.

Since its creation in 2003 the company produced over 20 works for the stage, site specific and one on one performances, workshops, discussions, participations in EU Programmes and curatorial projects. It has toured extensively in Europe (Kalamata Internaitonal festival, Athens Festival, The Place London, Tanec Praha, Julidans Aerodance, Kleines Haus Dresden, Euro-scene Leipzig ,Unesco Paris, Royal Festival Hall, Poznan Poland, Κypria festival, The European festival Nicosia, Buffer Fringe, Venice Biennale and other) and took part in several European programmes (Aerowaves, Danceweb Europe, Act Your Age, The underwater Heart of the Mediterranean). Τhe works Evergreen και Eye to I have won awards in the Cyprus Dance platform and the works Evergreen and Pretendance were selected in the Aerowaves final list.

Since its creation the company has been an important driving force behind the development of contemporary dance in Cyprus by connecting international curators and institutions to the Cyprus scene. In 2007 it initiated the creation of Dance House Lemesos (the space that supports dance and performance) and is one of its founding partners.

Three of the company’s long term collaborators will be joining The Performance Shop project in Athens this year both as performers in the works SKIN and THE ACTIVE SPECTATOR as well as members of the organizing team. These are Arianna Marcoulides, Petros Konnaris and Marios Ioannou.


Artistic Committee

Lia Haraki, artist, artistic director of The Performance Shop

Steriani Tsintziloni, artistic advisor for Dance, Athens and Epidaurus Festival

Alexis Vassiliou, artist, general and artistic director of Dance House Lemesos and of the Open House Festival

Marina Makri, artist, co-founder of enacttheatre group, visual culture theorist
Kyriakos Spyrou, composer, art critic, curator


Production and organisation team

Artistic direction, artist: Lia Haraki

Production management: Theodora Avgoulidou

Stage design: Vivianna Chiotini

Graphic designer: Despina Kannaourou

Website design: Despina Rangou

Website development: Zenon Chatzikyriakou
Communication: Maria Tsolaki
Text editor for website and catalogue: Kiriakos Spirou
Photographer: Manos Garifallou
Promotional videos: Savvas Baltzis
Video doumentation: Chrysanthi Batega
Production assistant: Samantha Alexa

The .pelma.Lia Haraki team: Arianna Marcoulides, Marios Ioannou and Petros Konnaris.



Address: Nikiou 18 & Miltiadou 2 Athens

Duration: 15 June to 15 July

Working Hours : 10:00 to 21:00  Sundays closed.

ATTENTION The building is wheelchair-accessible on the ground floor but not on the 1st and 2nd floors (Participatory performances)



Tickets can be purchased at the Athens and Epidaurus festival main box office

Panepistimiou 39, Pesmazoglou Arcade

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10:00-16:00, Saturday 10:00-15:00

Call centre 2103272000

NO tickets will be sold at the shop’s premises