KDFchildren & teenagers

5-9.07

Kalamata Dance Megaron | Black Box

Vitoria Kotsalou

THE WORLD ΑΤ OUR FEET

About the workshop

Dance workshop for children and young people (ages 4-15)

“A body of clay, a mind full of play, a moments life, that’s me” H. Bachman

The workshop will lead children and teenagers to explore the relationship between movement and sculpture. Children and teens will play with small, larger and huge masses of clay, thus forming a sculptural landscape each day that also serves as a space for movement practice.

Based on the practice of sculpting and studying movement through the three basic elements of the sculptural act (tension, rhythm, direction) we will discover how, our body exists and moves spherically; like a three-dimensional sculpture; the body directs in one movement, simultaneously in multiple directions. Alternating between sculpting exercises and movement games, children and teens will expand their understanding of the body and its powers.

To participate in the workshop, participants will need to bring a change of clothes as we will be working with liquid clay.

The workshop is open to all, regardless of previous dance experience, and aims to create a safe shared space for both children and adults.

 

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About Vitoria Kotsalou

Vitoria Kotsalou is a psychologist, and a self trained dancer, performer and choreographer based in Athens. Her eclectic training, not bound by one tradition, and constant research from many different disciplines carve out new fields of engagement for dance immediation. As a choreographer and artist, she operates dance as a way of being, a means of thinking and assimilating the world, and as a field of connection to the intelligence that governs the nature of things. 

Vitoria is one of the founding members of the non-profit organization R.I.C.E. and the RSOD Dance School on the island of Hydra. She is a close collaborator of choreographer Michael Klien and a member of En Dynamei Ensemble since 2014. As a choreographer she has composed the works Day out of Time (2017), Mount (2019), Rite of Spring – A Map (2021), Solar (With En Dynamei Ensemble-2023), Bare (2023). As a dancer she has made important collaborations with Androniki Marathaki, Mariella Nestora and Agni Papadeli Rossetou. She teaches dance to children, adults and mixed ability groups, and also choreographs theatre performances. 

Vitoria approaches dance as a phenomena of life, that has the potential to touch all socio- political aspects of society. Her passion, belief and experience in the possibility of dance a force, which enables different ways of being, communicating and forming relationships, expands to thinking through movement and coming into contact with an intelligence that exists in (and connects) all living organisms. Drawing inspiration from the study of different artistic practices, philosophical approaches and collaborations, her thinking extends to social choreography through which she simultaneously observes the world and designs works that convey the possibility of changing or expanding the way it is perceived.