"Thodoros Angelopoulos” Amphitheatre
IRINI KOUROUVANI, VENETSIANA KALAMPALIKI
DANCE WORKSHOP FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Irini Kourouvani and Venetsiana Kalambaliki create a contemporary dance and improvisation workshop during which participants will be given the opportunity to activate their bodies, discover their potential and invent new ways to love them every day. Starting with movement exercises and a good warm-up, building trust among the members of the group, time will be given for the exploration of different rhythms and movement patterns. Learning to fall, run, jump, get in and out of shapes and forms, twist, balance, play and dance, participants are invited to connect with their own bodies and with the bodies of others, as well as with music and rhythm.
In collaboration with the Onassis Stegi and the Centre of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Kalamata.
Irini Kourouvani is a professional dancer taking part in dance festivals in Greece and internationally, while she is also a champion in athletics, weightlifting and sailing, with significant distinctions. She was born with the rare condition of arthrogryposis. She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Athens. In 1992 the Academy of Athens recognized her for her optimistic approach to life despite her disability. She has taken part in seven world championships in four different sports: track (800 m with wheelchair), ballroom dancing, weightlifting, and sailing. She participated in the Athens and Epidaurus Festival in 2007 as a member of the Wrong Movement Dance Organization, and in the Kalamata Dance Festival, in the performance Drops of Breath, the first underwater dance piece worldwide, created by Apostolia Papadamaki, Sophie Bulbuyan, and Lia Charaki. She has been teaching inclusive dance workshops as part of the European programmes Unlimited Access and iDance at the Onassis Stegi together with choreographer and dance instructor Medie Mega (2014-7).
Venetsiana Kalampaliki works as a dancer and choreographer in Athens and Hamburg. She is a graduate of the School of Economics and Political Sciences of the University of Athens (2018) and the Greek National School of Dance (2016) and continues her research with a Master in Fine Arts at the Athens School of Fine Arts. Her collaborations extend in the fields of contemporary dance, digital and visual arts, performance and disability arts. Her project “Recall” (2020-21), an Onassis Stegi production in the frame of Europe Beyond Access, was presented at the 7th New Choreographers Festival of Onassis Stegi, the Holland Dance Festival, Kalamata Dance Festival and is currently on tour. In 2021 she presented the digital group project “Besuch” at the 8th New Choreographers Festival of Onassis Stegi and in 2022 she was choreographer in residence at K3 Tanzplan Hamburg were she developed her research on accessibility services and presented the piece “Phrases” at Kampnagel.
They have been working together since 2018, following the creation of Siobhan Hayes’ work Cherry-Picked in Malmö, Sweden, which was presented at Skanes Danceteater and as part of the iDance #2 Inclusive Dance Convention at the Onassis Cultural Centre. They then collaborated on the pieces Re-call and Re-call (reloaded), produced by the Onassis Stegi Cultural Centre within the framework of Europe Beyond Access, which toured international festivals in 2020-21. Since 2021 they have been teaching contemporary dance workshops for people with and without disabilities together.