Daphnis Kokkinos is born in Heraklion of Crete and he is the youngest of six brothers. At the age of 15 he decided to study ballet. His parents were supportive until the end of his studies. He graduated from the Greek National School of Dance in Athens. After one year of dancing at «Zouzou Nikoloudi’s Chorica», he traveled by train for three whole days with destination the «Tanztheater Wuppertal of Pina Bausch» where he works as a dancer until now. Since 2002 had been the assistant of the legendary choreographer. After her death, in 2009, he is also responsible for the rehearsals of the Dancetheater. For the last twenty four years he has been travelling around the world, performing on stage or preparing the works of «Pina Bausch»: «Iphigenie auf Tauris», «Sacre du printemps», «Kontakthof», «Arien», «1980: Bandoneon», «Two Cigarettes in the Dark», «Viktor», «Ahnen», «Palermo-Palermo», «Tanzabend», «Bamboo Blues», «Agua», «Masurca Fogo», «Danzon», and more. He participated as performer in the movies: «Ηable con ella» of Pedro Almodovar, «Pina» of Wim Wenders and as choreographer in the movie Zenne the Dancer. His first personal work, entitled «Addio Addio Αmore» is dedicated to Pina Bausch.He gives seminars all over the world.