8th Day Program // 28.8.20

26th Kalamata International Dance Festival

Program of the Day // 28.8.20



28.8.2020 | 22:00 | 40'
Venue to be announced

The artistic duo kóka&panú perform in Kalamata for the first time with their latest creation materia. The piece unfolds inside a sound installation. An environment built of industrial materials, much like a city landscape, transforms into a projection of the nature that surrounds us. Cold metal embraces the warm human body. Motion is matter’s mode of existence: ‘to be’ means ‘to be in motion’. The two artists attempt to capture the archetypical relationship between music and dance through the connection between action and reaction. Movement creates sound, its eco feeds the moving body. Panú creates for the stage an impressive visual environment, a huge musical instrument that comes to life through the moving artistry of Konstantina Efthimiadou. The piece is a co-production of the Kalamata Dance Festival, with the support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.


Concept, creation, choreography: kóka&panú (Konstantina Efthimiadou & Panagiotis Manouilidis)
Music composition & sound installation: Panú (Panagiotis Manouilidis)
Performers: Konstantina Efthimiadou & Panú (Panagiotis Manouilidis)
Set design in collaboration with Eleni Stroulia
Lighting design: Tassos Paleoroutas
Sound operation: Orestis Patsinakidis
Set designer assistant: Zaira Falirea
Production management & communication: Yorgos Katsonis
Produced by: kóka&panú
Co-produced by: Kalamata Dance Festival
With the financial support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports
With the kind support of Baumstrasse/Dromos me Dentra



kóka&panú is the artistic duet formed in 2018 by dancer-choreographer Konstandina Efthimiadou and musician-composer Panagiotis Manouilidis. Konstantina Efthimiadou has collaborated with some of the most important personnalities of contemporary dance, including Akram Khan, Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez, Roberto Olivan, RootlessRoot, and Jukstapoz. She has traveled to and performed in festivals and venues worldwide. Her work as a choreographer began in 2012. Panú (Panagiotis Manouilidis) is a musician, composer, and performer based in Athens. Over the years he has collaborated with the Münchner Kammerspiele, the National Theatre of Greece, the National Theatre of Northern Greece, the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the Onassis Stegi, RootlessRoot, and many important Greek musicians in recordings and live concerts in Greece and abroad. Since 2019, he has been designing and creating large-scale instruments, which function as sound installations.




Kalamata Seafront
Kalamata Main Square
Time of performances to be announced


A man and a ball. They move in orbit, while he tries balance, continuously, in distress. In this orbit, the subject and the object develop a mutually dependent relationship, expressed through direct physicality. Man strives to balance his deepest dreams and desires with the logical reality of adulthood that confines him. On a second level, the ball represents another body, another entity, which the man attempts to gain access to, understand, and join in its course. He tries to make this other body his and finally balance on it, striving to get closer to his original self to achieve self-actualization. The man and the ball interact and form together a ‘landscape’ based on empathy.


Performer: Ioannis Karounis
In collaboration with: Ι. F. Kostopoulos Foundation, SaLtaTor Physical Dance Group


Ioannis Karounis is a performer and choreographer. He is also a filmmaker, with a keen interest in video and documentaries, and artistic co-director of the International Dance Film Festival ‘Athens Video Dance Project’. He studied dance at Jacob’s Pillow Dance School (Becket, Mass.), the National School of Dance (Greece), and the Kontaxaki Professional Dance School (Greece). He also studied performance at the University of Athens. He has collaborated with artists, institutions, and festivals worldwide, including the Marina Abramovic Institute, NEON Organisation, Benaki Museum, National Museum of Contemporary Art (Greece), National Theater of Norway, Niarchos Foundation, Documenta 14 (Athens/Kassel 2017), stART – Robert Bosch Stiftung, David Dorfman Company, XVII Festival International de Danza Contemporanea (Mexico), Athens and Epidaurus Festival, National Theater of Greece, International Dance Festival of South Korea, Hellenic Dance Company, Biennale Athens AB5to6, Echo Echo Dance Festival (Ireland), Off Europa Festival (Germany), Arc for Dance International Festival, Greek Contemporary Dance Platform, Dance Days Chania (Greece). The creation of his piece Orbital was funded by the I.F. Kostopoulos Foundation and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. He is a founding member of the SaLtaTor Physical Dance Group.


28.8.2020 | 21:00
Kalamata Main Square


Le Cauchemar de Darwish is a movement piece with live music that mixes the artists’ backgrounds: breakdance for Ben Fury; traditional, classical, and jazz music for Simon Thierrée; Middle Eastern influences and contemporary dance and music for both. Inspired by a traditional Middle Eastern dance, the dabkeh, it was born out of the desire to dance a short piece in the middle of the audience. The music is central to the performance as the two artists sing a capella, a popular song by Μoroccan group Jil Jilala, initiating a pulsating circle that is amplified until deconstructed.


Performers: Ben Fury & Simon Thierrée


Ben Fury and Simon Thierrée met in Brussels, at the crossroads of contemporary dance and circus. Ben dances regularly for Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Fatou Traoré. Simon composes for classical, jazz, and gypsy ensembles, and plays for circus and contemporary dance companies such as Rital Brocante and Les SlovaKs Dance Collective.

The performance Darwish’s Nightmare is presented at 26th Kalamata International Dance Festival with the support of the French Institute.

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28.8.2020  | 21:00
Kalamata Main Square


With Just Before We Introduce Ourselves. We Are, Eftychia Stefanou, in collaboration with Tzitzifriki[a], conveys their failure to be defined as they are constantly becoming something else. Perhaps the futility of this acknowledgement lies in the realisation that they are constantly becoming what they already are.


Eftychia Stefanou is a graduate of the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD) and holds a BA in Physical Education and Sports Science from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. During her studies at the SEAD, she performed repertoire works by Yvonne Rainer, Akram Khan, and Wim Vandekeybus. She has collaborated with choreographers Mala Kline, Alexandra Waierstall, Barnaby Booth, Jan Lauwers, Paul Blackman, Milla Koistinen, and Yuri Korec, and with artist Rita McBride. In 2019, she received the Stavros Niarchos Foundations Artist Fellowship Award by ARTWORKS. She is currently exploring her choreographic facets in collaboration with choreographer Jakob Jautz, musician Sotiris Ziliaskopoulos (Τzitzifriki), and multimedia artist Marina Fragkioudaki (a).



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