Program Dance in the city
The recognisable rhythm of the bolero has been inspiring musicians and choreographers for centuries. In Andonis Foniadakis’ choreography, the slow but persistent repeating rhythm of Ravel’s music functions as a constant driving force that leads the dancers both physically and mentally into a battle of endurance throughout the performance. The dancers, placed on the thin and constantly moving surface of the trampolines, balance the instability of the vertical movement and ultimately conquer the repetitive rhythm of the bolero, leading them to a collective climax and purification.
Admission to all Kalamata Main Square performances and side events is free for all.
Supported by the Fluxum Foundation and Flux Laboratory.
- Performers: Gavriela Antonopoulou, Evi Oikonomou, Stefania Sotiropoulou, Artemis Stamouli, Margarita Tontisaki
- Choreography: Andonis Foniadakis
- Costumes: Anastasios Sofroniou
- Music: Bolero (Maurice Ravel)
- Production Organization & Execution: Goodheart Productions
Andonis Foniadakis studied dance at the Greek National School of Dance and attended the Rudra Béjart School of Lausanne on the prestigious Maria Callas Scholarship until 1994. He then danced for the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, the Lyon Opera Ballet and Saburo Teshigawara. Since 2003, he has been working as a freelance choreographer with renowned companies worldwide, such as the Spanish Compañía Nacional de Danza, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Staatsoper Hannover, the Rambert Dance Company of London, the Lyon Opera Ballet, the Philadelphia Ballet, the Sydney Dance Company, and many more. In 2003, he founded his own dance company in Lyon, Apotosoma-Andonis Foniadakis, with which he has performed seven full-length productions to date. In 2012, he received the Danza and Danza Award for “Best Choreographer 2012” in Italy, for his creation Les Noces for Maggio Danza at the Florence Ballet and in 2018 the award for Best Choreography from the Critics Union of Music and Theatre in Greece for his creation Galaxy, the first co-production between the Greek National Opera and the Greek National Theatre. He served as the artistic director of the Greek National Opera Ballet from 2016 until 2018. He collaborated with director Darren Aronofsky, as a movement coordinator on his film Noah. In addition to choreographing and performing, he also teaches workshops based on his personal dance technique.