27th Kalamata Dance Festival
31 productions, 18 foreign companies, of which 14 appear in Greece for the first time, performances in other cities of Peloponnese, three world premieres, new powerful collaborations and a rich educational programme, are the main features of the 27th Kalamata Dance Festival, which will be held on 16-25 July 2021.
This year’s Festival’s artistic programme is scheduled to take place on 16-25 July 2021 and comprises the Main Stage performances (Kalamata Castle Amphitheatre and Main Stage of Kalamata Dance Megaron), the smaller scale productions presented in the Black Box—that is the Kalamata Dance Megaron’s Alternative Stage—, and the performances held in Kalamata’s Main Square. The workshops and masterclasses of the Festival’s educational programme for professionals and the public—the citizens and the visitors of Kalamata—will be held on 9-25 July.
The 27th Kalamata Dance Festival will host 31 productions, 18 from abroad and 13 from Greece. These are dance performances that combine different genres, from contemporary dance and hip hop to acrobatics and current urban African dances. The foreign artists presenting their work at the Festival come from France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Portugal, the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Israel, Ireland, Nigeria, and Slovakia. Out of the 18 foreign artists and companies, 14 appear in Greece for the first time, whereas out of the 13 Greek perfomances, three will have their world premiere at the Festival and one is presented live for the first time after its online premiere.
The title of this year’s programme On The Move. Constantly On The Move. Together; Or Alone? summarizes the Festival team’s need to fuel the discussion on the human condition in the modern era by recording the personal and collective experience. It focuses on the importance of community and the role of each person within it, the coexistence of people everywhere and always, and the need to create a common place for meeting and communicating as ways to survive and prosper. The artists participating in this year’s Festival speak through the language of dance and the power of the body, unfolding their stories on stage and inviting us to feel all of the notions resulting from the relationship between community and individual—notions such as trust, solidarity, and acceptance, conflict, negotiation, autonomy, individual identity, and freedom. These notions are neither self-evident nor given.