KDF disability-inclusion


Kalamata Municipal Cultural Centre



About the workshop

The contemporary dance workshop invites people with disabilities to an experiential and embodied experience. The instructors of the workshop, Irini Kourouvani and Venetsiana Kalambaliki, introduce the basic principles of movement by combining dance with sports and games. Through improvisation the participants study the concepts of space and time exploring the directions, different levels and varying durations of movement. They work on the various dynamics, using breath, weight, swing, pulse, drop, turn and bounce. With these tools they look for ways of moving through space and meeting between bodies, searching for new ways of communication and expression. 

The workshop is presented in collaboration with the KEFIAP Center 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 recognised her for her optimistic approach to life despite her disability. She participated in the Athens and Epidaurus Festival (2007) with the Wrong Movement Dance Organization, and in the Kalamata Dance Festival, in the performance Drops of Breath by Apostolia Papadamaki, Sophie Bulbuyan, and Lia Charaki. She has been teaching inclusive dance workshops as part of the programmes Unlimited Access and iDance of the Onassis Stegi (2014-2017). She will participate with the French team Compagnie DK-BEL in the Paris 2024 Cultural Olympiad.


Venetsiana Kalampaliki works in the performing arts field as a dancer and choreographer. She is a graduate of the Greek National School of Dance (2016), the School of Economics and Political Sciences, University of Athens (2018) and the Masters in Visual Arts, Athens School of Fine Arts (2022). Her works have been presented at the Holland Dance Festival, 27th Kalamata Dance Festival, Oriente Occidente Dance Festival, Skånes Dansteater, Nicosia International Festival, Onassis Stegi (ONC7 & ONC8), Kampnagel and Haupsache Frei Festival. She has been awarded the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Artist Fellowship by ARTWORKS in 2022 and received the DanceWEB scholarship in 2023. 

They have been working together since 2018, following the creation of Siobhan Hayeswork 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 Onassis Stegi within the framework of the European Program Europe Beyond Access, which were presented in international festivals in 2020-22 and are still on tour. Since 2021 they have been teaching contemporary dance workshops for people with and without disabilities together.