International Dance Festival

PROGRAM OUTLINE


GREEK NATIONAL OPERA BALLET Ӏ ANDONIS FONIADAKIS

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Kalamata Dance Megaron Ӏ Main Hall at 22:00

In three parts: Selon Désir 22΄ Ӏ Air 18΄ Ӏ Links 30΄

 

 

 

DANCE SEMINAR WITH PAT CATTERSON

Dancing NOW

Kalamata Municipal Stadium Ӏ 15 – 25/07/2016 at 10:00-12:00

The aim of this seminar is for participants to discover and experience the creative process used by the New-York-based choreographer in her recent work, including her 108th piece, entitled NOW.

In this installation/performance/happening, her eight dancers in New York performed the choreography live via Skype together with nine dancers located in other countries. Spectators in New York watched the show on three different web sites, and viewers in 29 more countries had live streaming access. In preparation for the seminar, participants will be sent dance phrases on Vimeo, which they will have to learn according to the choreographer’s specific instructions.

Pat Catterson is particularly interested in the way each dancer perceives and experiences movement. Catterson will then observe and develop the participants’ performances, creating solos and duets. With the help of Sania Strimbakou, a dancer from Kalamata who participated in NOW, she will teach specific as well as improvisational material from the piece. The seminar begins with a Cunningham-based warm-up, followed by creative work on repertoire. Moreover, in two afternoon workshops, Catterson will discuss the techniques, concepts and circumstances that gave rise to this creative process and this piece.

Registration & Information: Ioanna Apostolou +30 6972 558 593 mail@kalamatadancefestival.gr

 

DANCE SEMINAR WITH BARBARA KANE

ANCIENT GREEK MYTHS

Zoumbouleio Megaro Ӏ 15 – 25/07/2016 at 10:00-12:00

This seminar includes a brief lecture on the modern-dance pioneer Isadora Duncan and her legacy in the contemporary age. The technique developed by Isadora Duncan will serve as the backbone in the workshop so as to better appreciate and understand the choreography to be developed in the second part of the daily workshop.

The workshop will culminate in an open presentation by the participants at the Dance Megaron Studio. Links will be drawn between Isadora Duncan’s dance style and the ancient Greek myths of Orpheus and Iphigenia, whose roots can be traced back to Mycenae and the Peloponnese, showcasing the characteristics of Duncan’s dance heritage, based on natural movement flow and historical themes, especially from ancient Greece.

By exploring group dances from Isadora Duncan’s repertoire, set to music by, among others, Gluck – whose compositions inspired several of her choreographies – the participants will experience the continuous, vibrant, fluid motion employed by Duncan even in technical exercises – a movement characterized by lightness, tension, awareness of weight. All this will shed light on the fascinating change in dance expression that Isadora Duncan contributed to modern dance. Participants will have the opportunity to express all this through the choreography to be studied for the public performance.

Registration & Information: Sandra Voulgari +30 6973 077 158 mail@kalamatadancefestival.gr

 

M. EUGENIA DEMEGLIO, THANOS POLYMENEAS-LIONTIRIS

TRANSITIONS

Bus line 1 (Kalamata-Beach/ Beach-Kalamata)

Performers mingle with passengers in a very specific part of the public space, the bus, transforming an everyday-life setting into pleasantly unfamiliar situations. Passengers are invited to experience these surprising shifts of reality, a kaleidoscope of oneiric fugues from the daily routine. During transitions anything could happen, a "normal" bus ride from and to the beach could become a jazz concert or a dance performance.”

PROGRAM OUTLINE


YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS

10,000 Litres & Me On Top

EVANGELIA KOLYRA

10,000 Litres

Kalamata Dance Megaron Ӏ Studio at 19:00

A show that begins with breathing. Based on this vital human function, this choreography creates peculiar, bizarre and humorous images and situations through physical exploration. Three performers combine movement, word, sound and music to create a sensory experience that deals with freedom, power and human existence. The title, 10,000 litres, refers to the quantity of air that goes through our bodies every day, bringing into the spotlight the human element as the shared origin of all of us and the focus of our emotional and interpersonal relations.

Duration  40 min

 

 

 

GREEK NATIONAL OPERA BALLET Ӏ ANDONIS FONIADAKIS

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Kalamata Dance Megaron Ӏ Main Hall at 22:00

PROGRAM OUTLINE


CHRISTOS PAPADOPOULOS Ӏ LEON & THE WOLF

Opus

Kalamata Dance Megaron Ӏ Studio at 20:00

Opus refers to a form of musical composition (opus) distinguished for being highly structured and diverse. The main focus of the show is the study of that structure in order to decode it and ultimately visualise it live on stage. Within a sparsely decorated stage set, movement follows either the rhythmic or the harmonic development of the music, turning the viewers’ attention to each instrument separately, or sometimes to two, and sometimes to the overall score composition. The choreography attempts in this way to develop a new code for reading a musical work, which translates the temporal aspects of the music composition into the spatial element of the bodies.

Duration: 50min

 

 

FILM BY BESS KARGMAN

FIRST POSITION

Kalamata Dance Megaron Ӏ Terrace at 22:00

Thousands of young dancers take part each year in one of the greatest ballet competitions in the world, Youth America Grand Prix, where nothing less than perfection is acceptable. In the final round, hundreds of dancers compete in order to make a dream of a lifetime come true and win one of the coveted scholarships. The film follows six of these talented dancers during the course of their painstaking preparation for the competition, coping through willpower with exhaustion, injuries and teenage difficulties. The resulting documentary is a fascinating portrait of a group of extraordinarily gifted young dancers – a riveting account of the tenacity and passion of youth.

Duration 91 min

PROGRAM OUTLINE

 


CHRISTOS PAPADOPOULOS Ӏ LEON & THE WOLF

Opus

Kalamata Dance Megaron Ӏ Studio at 20:00

 

FILM BY BESS KARGMAN

FIRST POSITION

Kalamata Dance Megaron Ӏ Terrace at 22:00

 

LECTURE BY PAT CATTERSON

Zoumbouleio Megaron from 17:00 -19:00

Pat Catterson will discuss the genesis and philosophy of the unique process she began to develop in 2008, and the latest work to emerge from it, NOW. This new methodology emphasizes liveness, seeks to utilize dancers as full participating artist rather than as well-tooled repeating machines, and embraces dance’s ephemerality rather than trying to defy it. NOW, which premièred in early 2016, paired eight dancers in NYC with dancers in nine other countries: Greece, Japan, Estonia, Norway, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium and Argentina. In this performance/event/installation the dancers performed live together via SKYPE projection. Catterson will tell the story of NOW, the process and realization of the work as well as its difficulties and revelations.

PROGRAM OUTLINE


BARBARA KANE

MYTHICAL DANCES OF MESSENIA

Archaeological Museum of Messenia at 12:00

Barbara Kane presents choreographies by Isadora Duncan, by her female students, as well as her own pieces, all inspired by ancient Greece. Early-20th-century dance engages in dialogue with the exhibits of the Archaeological Museum of Kalamata in a performance that casts new light on modern dance’s principles.

Enjoy a vibrant fusion of the past and the present, modern dance and ancient art – a unique experience.

Duration 65min

 

AMALGAMA DANCE COMPANY Ӏ MARIA GORGIA

AT THE EDGE OF THE SPRINGBOARD

Kalamata Dance Megaron Ӏ Studio at 20:00

The performance contains interaction with the audience., including the Hellenic Festival and Teatri di Vita, as well as performances in non-traditional venues. In recent years, the group has been exploring issues of identity, history and gender in a distinctive critique of the contemporary condition, placing a strong emphasis on the performers’ own creative contributions.

   

Duration 75 min

 

DK-BEL -SOPHIE BULBULYAN Ӏ PELMA LIA HARAKI QUASI-APOSTOLIA PAPADAMAKI

DROPS OF PEACE

Municipal Rail Park at 22:00

Drops of Peace is an outdoor performance combining dance and screenings for viewers of all ages. The choreographers Sophie Bulbulyan, Lia Charaki and Apostolia Papadamaki (France, Cyprus, Greece) created Drops of Peace as a reflection on Drops of Breath, the first underwater dance performance.

A walk in nature provides an opportunity for viewers to experience their own journey, while watching the performers conjure memories inscribed during their underwater experience. The show begins as a game that involves both performers and audience. Through this experience of exploration small choreographic compositions emerge. As the encounter with nature and the environment becomes deeper, audience and performers alike participate in a sensory game of images and movement.

PROGRAM OUTLINE


APOSTOLIA PAPADAMAKI Ӏ SOPHIE BULBULYAN

DROPS OF BREATH FILM

Kalamata Dance Megaron Ӏ Studio at 12:30

Screening of the film that captures the world’s first underwater dance performance, followed by a discussion with the audience. A total of 14 disabled and non-disabled dancers from France, Greece and Cyprus, including three children aged 10-14, performed the underwater choreography Drops of Breath.

The performance was captured on camera during 14 days of underwater filming. The original music by Tryfon Koutsourelis is riveting, and the underwater set and costumes designed by Giorgos Georgiou conjure a unique visual landscape.

Underwater choreography duration 35 min

 

AMALGAMA DANCE COMPANY Ӏ MARIA GORGIA 

THE EDGE OF THE SPRINGBOARD

Kalamata Dance Megaron Ӏ Studio at 20:00

 

INDIRA RAHMATULLA

CELLO IN MY LIFE

Kalamata Municipal Cultural Centre at 22:00

The award-winning cellist Indira Rahmatulla from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, who has won the hearts of audiences around the world , is giving a cello recital in Kalamata. The selection variety and diversity of style of the musical programme highlights the wide range of the cellist’s sensitivity and her musical virtuosity in a dialogue with dance.

PROGRAM OUTLINE


WORKSHOP WITH CANDOCO DANCE COMPANY

Kalamata Municipal Stadium from 12:00-14:00

Join dancers from the leading contemporary dance company of disabled and non-disabled dancers for a two hour practical workshop. Candoco company dancers will take participants through contemporary dance technique followed by creative tasks based on their current work; Beheld by Alexander Whitely and Notturnino by Thomas Hauert.

This workshop is open to disabled and non-disabled individuals aged 18+. No dance experience is required, just an interest and desire to move!

 

SIOBHAN DAVIES & DAVID HINTON

THE RUNNING TONGUE FILM

Kalamata Megaron ӀStudio from 13:00-22:00

The Running Tongue is a film installation made by Siobhan Davies and film director David Hinton in collaboration with 22 dance artists. The work takes as its starting point the image of a running woman. She travels through a familiar London cityscape and witnesses a succession of curious scenes.

Defying the usual conventions of cinematic form, the film is edited live in real time by a custom-programmed computer which makes its own decisions about how to order the narrative. This means that the work can run forever and never quite play the same way twice. The changing order of events and different juxtapositions of sound and picture continuously offer up new ways to read the images and stories.

Duration: This is a durational film installation, there is no start and finish

 

SIOBHAN DAVIES DANCE

ALL THIS CAN HAPPEN FILM

Kalamata Dance Megaron ӀTerrace at 22:00

A film by Siobhan Davies and David Hinton

Kalamata Dance Megaron ӀTerrace at 22:00 All This Can Happen marks the first collaboration between the awarded choreographer Siobhan Davies and the filmmaker David Hinton.

Based on Robert Walser’s The Walk (1917), a novelistic account of what happens in a writer’s head while he is taking a walk, the film is a reflection on everyday life and encapsulates the two artists’ common artistic pursuits.

The film is made entirely out of found photographs and early archival film footage, mostly drawn from the archives of the British Film Institute which are manipulated and re-configured to reveal what is often lost to sight in the everyday. With a sensitive and piercing glance, it illustrates how the two artists perceive the world.

Duration 50 min

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SIOBHAN DAVIES & DAVID HINTONTHE

RUNNING TONGUE FILM

Kalamata Megaron ӀStudio from 13:00-22:00

 

SCREENDANCE: DAVID HINTON IN CONVERSATION

Kalamata Megaron Ӏ Studio at 18:00

David Hinton speaks about his two collaborations with Siobhan Davies All This Can Happen and The Running Tongue On the occasion of presenting All This Can Happen and The Running Tongue in the context of the 22nd Kalamata International Dance Festival, the British filmmaker David Hinton speaks about his collaboration with Siobhan Davies. A chance to meet and exchange with an acclaimed director whose work transcends the limits of dance, film and image alone.

Duration 60 min

 

CANDOCO DANCE COMPANY

BEHELD & NOTTURNINO

Kalamata Dance Megaron Ӏ Main Hall at 20:00

 

Beheld, a choreographic piece for seven dancers who explore the space around them. A former classical dancer, now an acclaimed choreographer, Alexander Whitley explores, for the first time, the abilities of disabled and non-disabled dancers in a challenging piece of highly demanding, virtuosic style, which expands into new dimensions.

Set to music by the pioneer contemporary piano virtuoso Nils Frahm, remixed by sound artist Rutger Zuydervelt.

 

Notturnino by the acclaimed choreographer Thomas Hauert was inspired by the documentary Tosca’s Kiss, which follows the lives of retired opera singers.

Based on choreographic structures that support improvisation, every performance is a unique experience that evokes the fragility of existence. Memories and fragments of operas as interpreted by the aged singers in the documentary became the sonic material for weaving a choreographic piece that invites viewers to reflect on their own sensitivities and memories.

 

 

SIOBHAN DAVIES DANCE

ALL THIS CAN HAPPEN FILM

Kalamata Dance Megaron ӀTerrace at 22:00

A film by Siobhan Davies and David Hinton

Duration 50 min

 

PROGRAM OUTLINE


SIOBHAN DAVIES & DAVID HINTON

THE RUNNING TONGUE FILM

Kalamata Megaron ӀStudio from 13:00-22:00

 

CANDOCO DANCE COMPANY

BEHELD & NOTTURNINO

Kalamata Dance Megaron Ӏ Main Hall at 20:00

 

LECTURE BY PAT CATTERSON

Zoumbouleio Megaron from 17:00 -19:00

Pat Catterson will discuss the genesis and philosophy of the unique process she began to develop in 2008, and the latest work to emerge from it, NOW. This new methodology emphasizes liveness, seeks to utilize dancers as full participating artist rather than as well-tooled repeating machines, and embraces dance’s ephemerality rather than trying to defy it. NOW, which premièred in early 2016

PROGRAM OUTLINE


BARBARA KANE

MYTHICAL DANCES OF MESSENIA

Archaeological Museum of Messenia at 12:00

Barbara Kane presents choreographies by Isadora Duncan, by her female students, as well as her own pieces, all inspired by ancient Greece. Early-20th-century dance engages in dialogue with the exhibits of the Archaeological Museum of Kalamata in a performance that casts new light on modern dance’s principles. Enjoy a vibrant fusion of the past and the present, modern dance and ancient art – a unique experience.

Duration 75min

 

PRESENTATION OF BARBARA KANE’S SEMINAR

Kalamata Megaron Ӏ Studio at 20:00


Barbara Kane, an acclaimed teacher of Isadora Duncan’s heritage, presents the cultivation of ten days of exploration on Duncan’s repertoire and style, organized by the 22nd Kalamata International Dance Festival.

Dance school students (children aged 7 and older), dance students, professional and amateur dancers, as well as people with no previous dance experience perform dances from Isadora Duncan’s repertory as well as improvisational dances.

 

LINDA KAPETANEA & JOZEF FRUČEK

EUROPIUM / ROOTLESSROOT

Kalamata Dance Megaron Ӏ Main Hall at 22:00

Europium poses the question of our collective identity and, by extension, of European identity. With allusions to the historical event of the wreck of the Medusa (1816) on the West African coast and the cannibalism that occurred among the crew on the raft, the performance paints a marginal and questionable future of Europe and its values.

In an atmosphere of mounting tension, intense physicality, dialogue with the audience and choreographic images, Europium contemplates our precarious future, individuality and alterity, values and the efforts to defend them, as well as the conflicts that inevitably occur.

Duration 75 min

PROGRAM OUTLINE


PRESENTATION OF PAT CATTERSON’S SEMINAR

Kalamata Dance Megaron Ӏ Studio at 22:00

Pat Catterson presents the culmination of the seminar Dancing Now held during the 22nd Kalamata International Dance Festival. The aim of the seminar was for participants to discover and experience the creative process used by the New-York-based choreographer in her recent work, including her 108th piece, entitled NOW.

Pat Catterson is particularly interested in the way each dancer perceives and experiences movement. With the help of Sania Strimbakou, a dancer from Kalamata who participated in NOW, she taught specific as well as improvisational material from her piece, and created solos and duets based on the participants’ material.

PROGRAM OUTLINE


DIMITRIS PLATANIAS Ӏ YIANNIS CHRISTOPOULOS

ATHENS STATE ORCHESTRA Ӏ MILTOS LOGIADIS

OPERA GALA

Kalamata Dance Megaron Ӏ Main Hall at 22:00

An opera gala with the internationally renowned, of Kalamata origins, baritone Dimitris Platanias, with the soloist of the Greek National Opera Yiannis Christopoulos and the Athens State Orchestra conducted by Miltos Logiadis. The program includes arias and duets by Donizetti, Puccini, Mozart, Offenbach, Verdi, Giordano, and Bizet.

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