Program Black Box
The Kalamata Dance Festival, in partnership with the Onassis Stegi presents Mixed Doubles, four inclusive duets created by Faizah Grootens, Venetsiana Kalampaliki, Diego Tortelli, and Roser López Espinosa, commissioned by Holland Dance Festival (the Netherlands), Onassis Stegi (Greece), Oriente Occidente Dance Festival (Italy), and Skånes Dansteater (Sweden), as part of the four-year European network Europe Beyond Access network, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
Presented in collaboration with:
- Choreography: Faizah Grootens
- Performers: Annemieke Mooij & Aymeric Aude
- Music: Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds, Raime
- Lighting design: Faizah Grootens & Sanne Rosbag
- Production: Holland Dance Festival
Faizah Grootens’ Cornered is a physical experience of two bodies encountering each other within a space and within themselves. When these two bodies meet, there are moments of high intensity and moments of low vibe, while still achieving synthesis. Cornered is about empathy and the struggles that come with it. About how to stay true to oneself, without losing connection and empathy.
Faizah Grootens is a graduate of the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten and the Instituto Superior de Arte, Cuba. As a dancer she has collaborated with several companies including Laleget Danza, Maurice Causey, Nationale Opera en Ballet/Itzik Galili, GrossDanceCompany, Another Kind of Blue, Generale Oost/Introdans, Harlekijn Danstheater, Stichting Julius Leeft, Miguel Rubio, and Sine Forma. As a choreographer she has worked for Laleget Danza, Taller Coreográfico Unam, Harlekijn danstheater, Lindenberg Dance Company, Herman van Veen Arts Center, and The Peer Performance group of the University of The Arts in Amsterdam among others. She has presented her own work at festivals and in theaters in Cuba, Mexico (Palacio de Bellas Artes, Sala Miguel Covarrubias), Europe (Holland Dance Festival, Chorea International Dance Festival/Bratislava), New York, Curaçao, and Aruba. She has taught contemporary dance and ballet at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, the Arts and Entertainment College Amsterdam, various schools in the Netherlands, and the University of the Arts in Havana, Cuba.
- Choreography: Venetsiana Kalampaliki
- Performers: Irini Kourouvani & Vivi Christodoulopoulou
- Sound creation: Thalia Ioannidou
- Light design: Eliza Alexandropoulou
- Project coordination: Myrto Lavda & Dora Vougiouka
- Production: Onassis Stegi, as part of the Europe Beyond Access network, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
What kind of identities do bodies carry? In Re-call, choreographer Venetsiana Kalampaliki focuses on the identity of the body and on how it is shaped by both the past and every single moment in the present. Moving in a stark backdrop, the dancers’ bodies are confronted with time with every step they take. Through repetitive movements, moments of pause, and walking the performers define their routes and create fleeting stories that fade away like traces in the sand. With her gaze fixed firmly on each individual, and taking precision and simplicity as her guide, the choreographer creates human portraits and explores the meaning of the moment as a dimension, both temporal and spatial.
Venetsiana Kalampaliki is a performance artist and choreographer based in Athens. She is a graduate of the Greek National School of Dance and the University of Athens (School of Economics and Political Sciences). She explores movement within a performative research structure, which derives from interdisciplinary collaborations and participation in international laboratories, and develops her personal artistic voice in her own creations. Her works include Connotation (BIOS and Festival de Poche, 2016), Dimensions_V (Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, 2019), and Sits and Waits to Watch (Megaron Athens Concert Hall, 2019).
- Choreography: Diego Tortelli
- Dancers: Cristian Cucco & Annemieke Mooij
- Lighting design: Carlo Cerri
- Video graphic design: Michele Innocente
- Co-production: Oriente Occidente Dance Festival & Fondazione Nazionale della Danza/Aterballetto
With the support of Gruppo Credem, in partnership with Reggio Emilia Città Senza Barriere & Consorzio Oscar Romero, as part of the Europe Beyond Access network, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
Feeling Good is the new duet by Diego Tortelli for an abled and a disabled dancer. A circle, a square, and, in the centre, the emblematic figure of a man. References to The Vitruvian Man are evident, and this can lead to criticism and controversy, but if we simply do not dwell on the image itself and what the eye sees but focus on its poetics and meaning we find the desire for a body that experiences connecting with itself and its surroundings, both on a rational and emotional level. This is the starting point of Feeling Good, a duet about the ability to ‘be’ and ‘feel’, about the acceptance of oneself, of one’s strength and fragility. Feeling Good looks at the diversity of human beings in an asymmetrical way, opposing the idea of ‘canonical’ beauty and universal ‘beauty’ models.
Diego Tortelli studied at STUDIO 76 (Brescia), before joining the Accademia Nazionale di Danza (Rome), and finally the Accademia Teatro alla Scala (Milan). He has danced with the Ballet de Teatres (Valencia), the Luna Negra company/Gustavo Ramirez (Chicago), the Ballet national de Marseille/Frederic Flamand, and, as a freelancer with the Munich Opera, the Ballet of Difference/Richard Siegal, the Korzo Theater, and La Veronal. His own work as a choreographer includes Descamino de Dos (with Mattia Russo for Introdans and Compañía Nacional de Danza, Madrid), Recapitulo (Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago), We Are All Sanpaku (with musician Emanuele Maniscalco), Carmen Suite (Eko Dance Project), Vox Multitudinis (Teatro Massimo, Palermo), Vitreae Vultus (MILANoLTRE festival), Cursus (Palcoscenico Danza Torino, with Eko Dance Project), Sleeping Beauty (Balletto di Toscana Junior), Lorca Sono Tutti (MILANoLTRE festival), Domus Aurea (Bach Project, Fondazione Nazionale della Danza/Aterballetto), Shifting Perspective (Tanzburo Munchen, Kampnagel Hamburg, Fabrik Potsdam), and Inter-view: Emanuele e Clement (Fondazione Nazionale della Danza/Aterballetto, for the opening of Fotografia Europea). Tortelli is resident choreographer at Fondazione Nazionale della Danza/Aterballetto and associate choreographer for the MILANoLTRE dance festival and Tanzburo Munchen production house.
Roser López Espinosa
- Choreography: Roser López Espinosa
- Performers: Madeleine Månsson & Anna Borràs Picó
- Music: Mark Drillich
- Lighting: Mattias Jonsson
- Costumes: Åsa Gjerstad
- Production: Skånes Dansteater, as part of the Europe Beyond Access network, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
Fine Lines, a new duet with dancers Madeleine Månsson and Anna Borràs Picó, is a dialogue between two exceptional women. A meeting shedding light on the fine lines between us, reminding us of our differences, our boundaries, the outlines of our intentions. But what brings us closer together? What do we want to celebrate in each other? On stage, two women. So delicate, so powerful.
Roser López Espinosa studied at Theaterschool MTD (Amsterdam) and trained with former Olympic gymnastics trainer Jaume Miró. She has worked with choreographers Àngels Margarit, Cesc Gelabert, Pere Faura, Iago Pericot, Katie Duck, and Marta Reig Torres, and cinematographer Isaki Lacuesta, among others. Her work as a choreographer includes Lowland, Hand To hand, November, The Flock, Featherweight, and The Entertainers. As invited choreographer, she has collaborated with the Conny Janssen Danst (The Netherlands) and Skånes Dansteater (Sweden) dance companies. She also collaborates with circus companies such as Circ Pànic (Catalonia) and Cie XY (France). She is a guest teacher and choreographer at Institut del Teatre (Barcelona), Theaterschool MTD (Amsterdam), ArtEZ Dansacademie (Arnhem), and Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro (Mexico), and teaches workshops for professionals and advanced students internationally. She was resident artist at the Mercat de les Flors dance theatre in 2018-2020 and associate artist at La Caldera (Barcelona).