PARAVAN theatre company has been established in 2006 by Harris Kafkarides and Melita Couta, in Nicosia, Cyprus. Since 2008 it has been functioning as an NGO.
“We are exploring experimental ways for producing and staging theatre, performance, dance, music and visual arts. We bring together young artists, designers, musicians and performers from different disciplines in order to produce original works through creative dialogue, workshops and exchange of ideas.
Our projects and activities are quite diverse. We work as artists, designers, curators and producers for theatre, festivals, art exhibitions and theatre educational workshops.
We are always open to proposals and welcoming collaborations within the European network of arts.”
HARRIS KAFKARIDES has studied Theatre Design for Performance (BA) and Scenography (MA) at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. He has designed extensively for the theatre and collaborated with various companies. In 2003 he was awarded with an honorary diploma for set design at the 10th Prague Quadrennial. He is teaching scenography and theater studies.
MELITA COUTA has studied Fine Art Sculpture (BA) at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and Fine Art Sculpture (MFA) at the Slade School of Fine Art. She is a contemporary artist showing her work in Europe in group and solo exhibitions. She has been working extensively as a scenographer, collaborating with theatres in Cyprus, UK and Poland.
AWARDS and NOMINATIONS
Paravan has been awarded with Best Theatre adaptation award for “Evelyn Evelyn” in 2013 and nominated for Best Actor, Best Director and Best Scenography by the Cyprus Theatre Organisation for the same play. .In 2011, actor Antonis Katsaris has been awarded Best Actor Award for his performance in "New World Order II" and director Paris Erotokritou is nominated for Best Theatre Direction. In 2009 "Ubu Roi" was nominated for Best Costume Design Award by Cyprus Theatre Organisation. In 2008 "ZOO" is awarded with Best Costume Design Award and Best Musical Score performed by Tat-tnabar .