Program of the Day // 26.8.20
26.8.2020 | 22:00 | 60'
Kalamata Castle Amphitheatre
Tamata: offerings and tributes given to gods or saints in exchange for grace, a favour, or the fulfilment of a wish.
Alone, feeling defeated, and having lost their faith, six men search for something to believe in. In a timeless and lonely landscape, a place where memory becomes a nightmare and the present a deep and painful wound, they struggle violently but quietly to rediscover their body, their truth, their light. Their bodies fall, hug, tremble, stay still, breathe, shake, explode, sway, fight, dance, crave, hope, promise, and sacrifice. Moments and encounters come and go, some lost forever into the dark, leaving them alone again, confronted with their passions, their desires, and their fears. Always confronted with a single foe, themselves.
A dark, pagan, and poetic journey in search of identity, the need for tenderness, the sense of belonging somewhere, belonging to someone, coexistence. A melancholic journey, hidden behind shadows and darkness, but filled with desires, longing, rage, fragments of memory, and sudden bursts of light. A look into the hidden desires and untold stories of the tender male soul.
Concept & choreography: Fotis Nikolaou
Music: Dimitris Spyrou
Set design: Elena Kotasvili & Alexis Vayianos
Costumes: Constantina Andreou
Light design: Panagiotis Manousis
P: Anastasis Karachanidis, Ilias Bageorgos, Giannis Economides, Fotis Nikolaou, Alexandros Stavropoulos, Dimitris Spyrou
Commissioned by the Cultural Services of the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture within the framework of the Terpsichore 2018 and Culture 2015-2020 programmes for the research and development of contemporary dance.
The performance TAMATA is presented at 26th Kalamata International Dance Festival with the support of the Cultural Services of the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.
Fotis Nikolaou was born in Famagusta, Cyprus. A graduate of the National School of Dance in Athens, he continued his studies in New York with a scholarship from the Pratsika Foundation. As founder and choreographer of the X-it Dancetheatre, he produced the shows HeartLand – A dark forest, A Room To Grow, These Gentle Hearts Are Like Shot Birds Falling, Inland, unravelling, Narcissus – Mirror In The Mirror, I Am And I Am Not, Windstrasse, Lamentu, Spiegel im Spiegel, Waltz, Amen, Ora Enati, Ohi Akoma, and Love Shots. He co-directed with Thanasis Georgiou and choreographed the production Ligo Akoma for the Experimental Scene of the Cyprus Theatre Organization (CTO). He also collaborated with the CTO in the productions of Hippolytus (director Neoklis Neokleous), The Threepenny Opera (director Stefanos Kotsikos), Electra – Orestes (director Hanan Snir), and Trial (director Hanan Snir), for which he was awarded the CTO Choreography Prize for 2011-2013. He collaborated with Balich Worldwide Shows for the choreography of the production Giudizio Universale: Michelangelo and the secrets of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. He also choreographed the productions 7even (Black Box Dance Company, Denmark, nominated for the Arets Reumert award for best dance production of the year) and Lonely Room (Greek National Opera), and the opera Jenufa (director Nicola Raab, Greek National Opera) and, by director Stephen Langridge, the operas Electra (Götenborg Opera), Salome (Malmö Opera), Carmen, and Orpheus and Eurydice (Greek National Opera). He was also a member of the creative team and choreographer at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and a permanent member of the dance company Omada Edafous of Dimitris Papaioannou (1994-2005). As movement director and dancer he has collaborated with many more renowned directors and choreographers.
FIXATION IN DUO
26.8.2020 | 21:00
Kalamata Main Square
The best way to not move forward is to keep to a fixed idea
Is there development in obsession or are we just circling around ourselves and our usual behaviours? Can we truly communicate with one another when each of us is lost in the vortex of our own obsession? Ilias Chatzigeorgiou’s Fixation In Duo is an improvised dance performance that misfires. A study on fixation that plays with the rules of Hip Hop and Popping, which began as part of the Athens Video Dance Project and continues at the Kalamata Dance Festival.
Concept, choreography, performance: Ilias Chatzigeorgiou
Creative processing & performance: Periklis Petrakis
Music: Alexis Falantas
Ilias Chatzigeorgiou was born and raised in Chaidari, Attica. He studied Psychology at the University of Ioannina and is a certified coach (Association for Coaching and University of Athens). He began dancing as a self-taught hip hop and breakdance performer at the age of ten, and has since trained in many different kinds of dance. In 2006, he participated in the television dance competition So You Think You Can Dance and finished in sixth place. He has been dancing professionally for the last 16 years. As a dancer, actor, and movement director he has collaborated with important Greek and foreign choreographers, directors, musicians, and video artists. He has performed in major festivals and theatres worldwide, including the Fondazione Nazionale della Danza, Baden Theater, Onassis Stegi, Sibiu International Theater Festival, Dublin Dance Festival, Centre National de la Danse, Biennale de la danse, Kalamata Dance Festival, Mercat de les Flors, Tanzhaus NRW, Aerowaves Spring Forward, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Athens and Epidaurus Festival, and many more. He has been a member of the Aerites group since 2009 and a dance consultant for the Athens and Epidaurus Festival for the past year. He has been teaching dance for the last 15 years, notably as a teacher-choreographer for teenagers for the Onassis Stegi educational programme Dancing To Connect since 2013. He has taught dance at the Avlonas prison for minors and also teaches pedagogics and psychology at the Anna Petrova – Maro Marmarinou professional dance school.
26.8.2020 | 21:00
Kalamata Main Square
Humans are called upon to face a new reality by reconsidering basic notions, the most important being that of physical contact. As ‘normal’ life resumes, restrictions become part of our reality. Can they cope with this new treaty, with fear putting a stop to any mood for impulsiveness?
Born and raised in Athens, Iro Konti studied Law before graduating from the National School of Dance, Athens in 2015. She has participated in performances by the Hellenic Dance Company and has collaborated, as a performer, with the Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company, Anton Lachky, Marianna Kavallieratos, Russell Maliphant, Tatiana Papadopoulou, and Ermira Goro, performing in various theatres in Greece and abroad.