This year, organisers felt like being deeply “explorative”, so they have come up with a programme that includes major renowned and emerging foreign artists and promotes contemporary Greek creativity through a memorable selection of performances.
The 19th Kalamata International Dance Festival opens with Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s unique Drumming. Its revival with young dancers of Rosas dance company is a great opportunity for the festival to host one of the finest performances ever produced. Another very important revival is Wim Vandekeybus’ What the body does not remember. We will also enjoy Rashid Ouramdane in his solo World Fair, as well as the multitalented Qudus Onikeku and Fabián Barba.
Major Greek attractions are included in the programme. Ioannis Mandafounis needs no introduction, as an across-the-continent recognition of his talent came when he danced with NDT and Forsythe. In this festival, he puts on Pausing, jointly with May Zarhy, a performance on our spontaneous contact with the ephemeral, on the ever-elusive essence of poetry. Iris Karayan and her troupe, Zita, present Mothers; Angeliki Stellatou, together with young and talented Ioanna Apostolou, perform Little lives, or The body I live in. Last but not least, Yannis Nikolaidis, one of the most gifted Greek dancers, pays homage to Vaslav Nijinsky. The festival closes with a remarkable video installation based on Dimitris Papaioannou’s show INSIDE.
A large number of related events are also included in this year’s programme.
During the eight-day 19th Kalamata International Dance Festival the town will truly become a centre for modern dancing, eager to welcome artists and visitors from all over Greece and the world!
For more info: www.kalamatadancefestival.gr
photo: © Danny Willems