3rd Day Program // 21.7.19

25th Kalamata Dance Festival

Program of the Day // 21.7.19



20, 21 & 22.7
Kalamata Dance Megaron - Main Stage (backstage)
20 & 21.7 [12:00 & 14:00 & 19:00 & 24:00]
22.7 [12:00 & 14:00 & 19:00 & 21:00] | 20΄

19 → 23.7.2019
19.7 | Opening | 21:00
Kalamata Dance Megaron - Lobby


A performance and photography project

Mnémosyne expresses the memory of a world: the world of choreographer and visual artist Josef Nadj. Thirty years after the creation of his first performance, Nadj produces a global piece, both photographic project and theatrical performance. Reclaiming a practice developed alongside his main work, Nadj digs into his own memory to widen once again his creative horizon.
For Mnémosyne he has conceived a large photographic exhibition and a black box. Inside the box, in the intimacy of this camera obscura, Nadj stages himself in a short performance of a rare density, where every movement, every action, every second is an echo of his personal and artistic journey. Around the black box Nadj has imagined a photographic exhibition. Each one of his photographs tells a story, contains a unique memory, known only to the artist. Found objects kept because of their suggestive power, pieces of art that keep inspiring him, and all kinds of souvenirs evoke a relationship to time that spans over many years, from the search for forms to the composition of the images and from the choice of the technique to the actual moment the shot was taken.
A personal tribute to The Atlas, German art historian Aby Warburg’s unfinished project, Mnémosyne is all in all a total piece of art—installation, performance, and exhibition at the same time. Each spectator retains one final image, an impression that questions our vision and our memory.*
The photographic exhibition will be held at the Megaron lobby as part of the performances but also as a separate visual installation.

*From an interview of Josef Nadj by Marylène Malbert


Concept-Performance: Josef Nadj
Lights: Rémi Nicolas
Set Construction-Τechnical Manager: Sylvain Blocquaux
Music: Peter Vogel, Schubert performed by Emmanuelle Tat
Set Manager: Romuald Liteau-Lego

Photographs: Josef Nadj
Artistic Collaboration: Dudás Szabolcs
Framing: Jean-Pierre Haie, Atelier Demi-Teinte
Technical Manager: Sylvain Blocquaux

Production-Τouring: Bureau PLATÔ - Séverine Péan, Emilia Petrakis
Administration: Bureau PLATÔ – Marie de Heaulme
Executive Producer: Atelier 3+1
Co-production: Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2018, Centre Chorégraphique National – Orléans, La Filature Scène Nationale – Mulhouse, Le CENTQUATRE-Paris
With the support of the Ministère de la Culture – Direction générale de la création artistique – Délégation à la Danse, Région Ile-de-France, La Villette-Paris, Résidence Sainte-Cécile-Orléans

The performance and photography project Mnémosyne is presented at 25th Kalamata International Dance Festival with the support of the French Institute.

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Josef Nadj is artist-in-residence at the CENTQUATRE-Paris and winner of the international residency programme of the Ville de Paris – Récollets
Creation: 22 September 2018, Biennale de la danse de Lyon – Musée des Beaux-Arts



Understanding dance above all as a site for encounter, this is how Josef Nadj defines his work. Beyond his role as choreographer, Nadj is an artist without borders and without barriers. Dancer but also visual artist and photographer, his vision of humanity is poetic and passionate.
Constantly in search of new forms, ceaselessly willing to explore humanity as closely as possible to the human truth. Across his career, from Canard pékinois (1987) to Mnémosyne (2018), Nadj has relentlessly pursued exigent and passionate choreography, where gravity and compassion take turns, where depth and humour alternate. Whether he is visiting atypical authors (Beckett, Kafka, Michaux) or bringing painting along with him on stage (in a performance with Miquel Barceló), Nadj flourishes in complete corporal freedom. Oscillating between reality and fantasy, tradition and modernity, he explores the essential: man’s relationship with himself. Because for Nadj, dance is fundamentally a humanist act.
Over the years, the works of Nadj have become reference points in contemporary dance. Acclaimed nationally (Carte Blanche at the Grande Halle de La Villette in Paris in 2014; Associated Artist at the 2006 Avignon Festival, which officially designated him as “creator without borders”), his work is also recognized and celebrated around the globe. Nadj has been enthusiastically received by 400,000 audience members in the most important international venues across five continents. Drawing his inspiration from the depths of the great myths of humanity, passionately intertwining both artistic disciplines and cultural references, Nadj is elaborating a universal language. From 1995 to 2016, Nadj was director of the Centre chorégraphique national d’Orléans. In 2017, he established his new company Atelier 3+1 in Paris.


Kalamata Dance Megaron - Studio | 19:30 | 45΄

Having previously presented their debut work at the Aerowaves 2018 dance platform, the creative duo arisandmartha (Aris Papadopoulos and Martha Pasakopoulou) have now come up with the concept of a contemporary, devised ritual that places us in a liminal world, where everything is invested with meaning by the mere fact of its presence. The title references the famous controversial skeleton of Lucy, the first Australopithecus afarensis identified in Ethiopia in 1974. This performance is a ritualistic attempt to connect disparate elements, an experiment on the unclear temporal and spatial boundaries of the transition from the individual to the collective. Toying with the aspects of ecstacy and conscious observation, imagination and inescapable reality, the forgotten need for faith and the glorification of lies, the ‘man-animal’ and the ‘human animal,’ this performance sets out to expand our perception, inviting us to reconsider ways and places of ritualistic practices still surviving in our everyday life. The artists raise the question: “Can we reach something real through something fake?”


Concept-Choreography-Performance: arisandmartha (Aris Papadopoulos & Martha Pasakopoulou)
Dramaturgy Consultant: Anastasios Koukoutas
Sound Design-Original Music: Maria Sideri
Set and Costume Design: Dimitra Liakoura, Periklis Pravitas
Lighting Design: Eliza Alexandropoulou
Vocal Coaching: Anna Pangalou
Press-Communication: Evangelia Skrobola & Marios Gampierakis
Graphic Design: Chrysoula Korovesi
Photography: Yannis Bournias
Video: Manos Arvanitakis
Production Design: Maria Vasariotou
Production Management: Delta Pi
With the financial support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports (2018-9) and FLUXUM Foundation – Geneva.
Co-production: Athens and Epidaurus Festival 2019.
With the kind support of the Duncan Dance Research Center – Athens, Garage Performing Arts Center – Corfu, Flux Laboratory – Geneva.

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Aris Papadopoulos and Martha Pasakopoulou explore the fields of dance, performance, and site specific. While following individual artistic paths and collaborations, they are also working together as arisandmartha since 2016, bringing their personal interests and aesthetics into a mutual discussion. Flexible and open to the double identity of dancer-choreographer, they are discovering new, common creative grounds with their every performative encounter.



 Kalamata Dance Megaron - Main Stage | 22:00 | 55΄

A human asks questions, restless, full of longing. The world remains silent, indifferent, and overwhelming. But life gains the upper hand, time and again, no matter how.
Kabinet k performs in Greece for the first time. Invisible, created for seven dancers from different generations, questions what happens when human beings lose their reference points. A performance about purification, hope, and comfort. About how we walk on a tightrope between everything and nothing. About how we whistle in the dark.


Choreography: Joke Laureyns & Kwint Manshoven

Dancers: Louise Tanoto, Jacob Ingram-Dodd, Kwint Manshoven, Titus Messiaen, Lisse Vandevoort, Sueli Besson, Naïm Glas

Music: Stijn Ylode De Gezelle

Scenography: Stef Stessel

Dramaturgy: Mieke Versyp & Liesbeth De Clercq (UIA intern)

Costumes: Valerie Le Roy

Lighting Design: Stef Stessel & Barbara De Wit

Stage Technicians: Dirk De Hooghe & Lorin Duquesne
Photography: Kurt Van der Elst

Production: kabinet k & hetpaleis

Co-production: STUK

With support from the Flemish Community and the city of Ghent

With thanks to NTGent



Since 2002, kabinet k has been using a dance language that can be reflective, minimalist, and expressive, then suddenly switch to a raw, brutal, exuberant energy. The company creates productions around a central concept, such as resilience (Rauw) and blind faith (Horses), which is translated for young audiences through the movement, scenography, cast, rhythm, and other aspects of the show. Live or newly composed music, the presence of different generations on stage, and the influence of the visual arts are characteristic elements in their work.
Kabinet k approaches dance in an organic manner, focusing not so much on virtuosity but on authenticity. Through its productions, kabinet k aims to offer an alternative, to demonstrate how things can be done differently in a world full of assertions.
Kabinet k has been structurally collaborating with hetpaleis (Antwerp) since 2016. Horses is the first production resulting from this partnership. Created by kabinet k in 2018, Invisible is a performance for both adult and young audiences from the age of eight.



Kalamata Central Square | 21:00



In Tipping point a human figure explores the relationship between music and rhythm through movement. With every new musical theme, a movement metaphor is developed in an attempt to express connections, fluctuations in speed and size, as well as the dynamics and drama that might occur during its execution. While the limits of an idea are tested before it transforms or evolves, a story takes place in the form of kinetic problems caused by the performer himself in order to seek solutions, adaptations, and compromises.


Performer: Andi Xhuma


Andi Xhuma studied dance at the National School of Dance in Athens, Greece (2009-2012). Since then he has worked with various choreographers and companies in Greece and abroad, such as Yiannis Adoniou, Hannes Langolf, Ermira Goro, Konstantinos Rigos, Anton Lachky, Cocoon Dance Company, and DV8 physical theatre. Since 2015, he has been creating his own performances for live stage and video. His short film Normal Day has participated in and won awards at dance cinema festivals in North America, Australia, and Europe. In 2018, he made his debut as a young choreographer, along with Christos Xyrafakis, with their performance Ok, that’s you at the Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens.


Hybrid Movement Workshop 

19 → 22.7.2019
Kalamata Municipal Stadium

Joy Alpuerto Ritter, performer and choreographer, has been a long collaborator with creators like Akram Khan and Wang Ramirez and therefore greatly influenced in the way she approaches movement in its diversity and depth. Her diverse background in ballet, hip hop, voguing, philippine folk and contemporary dance have made her develop an interesting fusion of different ways of physical expression. Her workshop will focus on body isolation, waving, groove and floor work. Her workshop will also include training for being strongly grounded yet dynamic and sensitive while moving in space. Physical rhythm and musicality will also be practiced in combinations and exercises. The workshop will include improvisational tasks and the dancers will work on various movement concepts and body states as a challenge to engage creativity and to explore individual qualities of expression.


Joy Alpuerto has worked with Akram Khan Company and Honji Wang’s and Sébastien Ramirez‘s company (Wang Ramirez). In the past she was part of Cirque du Soleil. In 2016, she was nominated, at the UK National Dance Awards, for the outstanding female performance award in contemporary dance for the current touring piece “Until the Lions” of Akram Khan Company. Joy has also created her own choreographic work with the solo pieces “Babae” and “Alter Egos”.


Body Action

21 → 27.7.2019
Kalamata Municipal Stadium 

Francisco Córdova, Mexican performer, choreographer and pedagogue, has an educational background in contemporary dance, theatre, direction and stage lighting. He will be giving a workshop on Body Action, a training method he has developed, based on the construction of physical actions. Participants are invited to learn to move through a common language and not through the usual dance codes. The method decodes therefore and deconstructs the established and predetermined languages of the dance. The class is a representation of the function of control and physical intuition and its purpose is to create physical, mental and emotional states through the intense physical work. For doing so, it takes the body to its maximum capabilities through the opening to physically controlled risk. The participants are guided to learn to assume information regarding their intuition, to find truth in their body and to contact their own way of moving.

Francisco Cordova

Francisco Córdova, is director of the Physical Momentum company, director of ATLAS México Festival and director of the training program of Techniques of Movement (TDM) in Mexico and Barcelona. From 2006 he has been developing his methodology Body Action leading numerous workshops in companies, festivals and international arts centers in Europe, Asia and Latin America (DELTEBRE / SEAD / FONTYS / KIBBUTZ, etc.) He has earned various awards, residencies and artistic grants in Latin America, Asia and Europe and he is mentioned as one of the young precursors of new trends of the training of stage performance. Member of several companies and staging projects for 14 years, he has developed as performer, choreographer and teacher participating in meetings and festivals in more than 25 countries around the world.


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