STORY FOR FOOD
Founder - Artistic Director
Christina Kyriazidi (Greece) is a Berlin-based cultural entrepreneur, theatremaker, musician, and radio producer, as well as the founder of several international initiatives and art projects.
She was formed as an actress and playwright in Greece and the UK (University of Exeter) and she has worked so far, as an actress and dramaturge, in Greece, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Poland, Ireland, Argentina, and Brazil.
She is also an accordionist, composer, and songwriter.
She collaborated with Odin Teatret group in the productions UR-HAMLET (Italy, Denmark, Poland, 2006-2009) and The Marriage of Medea (Denmark, 2008), directed by Eugenio Barba.
In 2010, she founded in Berlin the international theatre group Marinaio Teatro and a year later, the itinerant theatre festival KNOTS - Exchange Meeting of Theatre Groups with editions so far in Berlin, Buenos Aires, La Paz, and São Paolo.
She has given workshops as a theatre educator for children and adolescents in Greece, Germany, Argentina, and Brazil, and in 2013, she founded the L A B [Laboratory Actors Berlin], a platform for training, research, and creation for young actors.
As a playwright, she was awarded by the "Greek National Union of Writers" for her play AUTUMN MEETING (2002), while her play FOREST UNDER THE SEA (2013) was produced by the Brazilian Ministry of Culture in 2015, and toured in Brazil in 2016, through the award of "FUNARTE". Her play The Mutes was awarded as one of the most influential plays by young playwrights on the European Crisis, by the "PIIGS Festival 2016 - Dramaturgia Sobre la Crisi" and published in Catalan by the above festival. Her plays have been produced so far, in Greece, Germany, Brazil, and Spain.
With her initiative STORY FOR FOOD, she audio collects undocumented stories and runs several storytelling activities in the city of Berlin, live monthly radio shows, and podcast Stories in Berlin. She is also the founder of the International Storytelling & Performing Arts Festival We Love Stories in Chania, Crete.
Music Composer, Audio Engineer - podcast collaborator
Smári Gudmundsson (Iceland) began writing music and has been a member of various musical groups through the years, most prominently Klassart. The band has released three albums which all include songs that have topped the music charts in Iceland.
He has written a musical comedy that artistically connected his addiction, the road to recovery, and how it all connects with the flow of energy in the universe. The musical was highly praised with fully sold-out encore performances and was selected as "The Most Interesting Amateur Show" by the Icelandic National Theater.
Amy Nolan (Ireland) joined the Story for Food team in the summer of 2019 and takes care of our digital marketing and social media channels.
Louis de Cicco
Music Composer - MUSICBACK aritst
Louis de Cicco (Italy) is a self-taught musician and composer who learned the rudiments of music in his family and then dedicated himself to the study of blues, rock, and jazz. In 2011 he graduates in modern literature at Federico II in Naples, where language studies (Husserl, Lacan) mystic literature (Pavese, Mann, De Martino), and magic (Buber, Frazer) have a significant impact on him.
At the same time, he attends Berklee courses in Perugia and masterclass with Jim Hall, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ralph Towner.
In 2011 he is awarded the Eddie Lang prize for young jazz guitarists by a jury composed of Frank Vignola and Joscho Stephan; anyway, he starts conceiving music as a way to communicate with the divine, often including in the shows non-musical parts like poetry and dance.
All this gives birth to his first solo release Watermouth, an urban interpretation of southern Italy's traditions and magic in which every instrument is played in a minimalistic and amateurish way in order to disclose his hypnotic sense.
The CD, developed through a series of artistic residencies along with the performer Daniela Marcozzi and the videomaker Francesco Corbisiero, has been reviewed by international music magazines and featured on Rai Radio 3, Radio Città Futura, Radio Eins, Radio Agorà, and many more. The tour saw the participation of Daniela Marcozzi as a live performer. Luis is currently working at his next solo album, composing music for theatre and docs, and touring with the alt. blues duo Caboose. His style has been described as a mix of avant-garde, alt. folk, and ethnic music that finds in the linguistic-musical deconstructionism its ideal field of investigation.
illustrator - ARTBACK artist
Gosha Zmyslowska (Poland) is an architect. She has studied and practiced architecture in Poland, Finland, Great Britain, and Germany. Currently, she lives between Berlin and Warsaw working on various little architectural projects and building sites. Drawing has always been her hobby and part of her life. It has always helped to understand landscapes, and places and to wake smiles on people's faces. Illustration has become her language and a translator.
chef & visual artist - FOODBACK artist
Jennifer Juba is a Canadian artist living and working in Berlin. She somewhat recently graduated from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada with a BFA in Photography. Though food has always played an important role in her understanding of connection and care, it has only recently become a more integrated part of her practice. Frequently working with themes of identity and meaning created through visual and linguistic structures, she is always looking for new systems with which to translate the intangible.
Berkay Cinoglu, Cosntantina Spyrou, Ka Leung