KDF children

Kalamata Dance Megaron

Workshop: 8-12.7

Performance: 13.7 | 18:00 & 20:00

Vitoria Kotsalou


About the workshop

This is a movement workshop for and around the notion of freedom. Through specific movement games and scores, which help the nervous system open up to the movement variety of the body, children will be indirectly introduced to the notion of freedom. What is freedom? How are resistance and dedication related to freedom? How does freedom of bodily expression relate to inner freedom or freedom of thought? What do we need to be aware of in order to be free, what do we say no to in order to be free, what do we risk? What does it mean to be free? What do children feel about freedom and what kind of freedom do they ask for? 

This workshop is inspired by Krumping, a street dance form, developed as a means for deep expression. Children and teenagers (ages 5-18) are invited to participate in the workshop and performance regardless of prior dancing experience. Participants will be divided into four age groups: Group A (5-6 years), Group B (7-9 years), Group C (10-13 years) and Group D (14-18years). The Group D participants will be selected through audition, as they will have an important role in both the workshop and  the performance, and will assist in the choreography of all groups. The audition will focus not on movement experience or ability but, through discussion, on the participants’ willingness and ability to dedicate themselves to the process.



The 27th Kalamata Dance Festival workshops and masterclasses will take place following the special instructions issued by the Ministry of Health, with priority given to public health and with a sense of responsibility towards the participants and teachers.

About Vitoria Kotsalou

Vitoria Kotsalou is an Athens-based psychologist and self-trained dancer, performer, and choreographer. Her eclectic training, not bound by any one tradition, and her constant research in a variety of disciplines and philosophies open new avenues for the role of dance. As a choreographer and artist, she is interested in creating, contextualizing, and forming new frameworks for a wider audience to engage in and experience dance. Vitoria is a founding member of the non-profit organisation RICE and the Ricean School of Dance on the island of Hydra. Since 2006, she has been an active member of the Greek performing arts scene and has presented her work at the Athens and Epidaurus Festival and elsewhere. She also choreographs for theatrical performances and has been working with children, adults, and mixed ability groups in dance. Kotsalou approaches dance as a phenomenon of life, which has the potential to touch all socio-political aspects of society. Her passion, belief, and experience in the role of dance in understanding and forming relationships (human and non human) extends to her thinking through movement and her coming into contact with a different kind of intelligence that exists in all living organisms.