7th Day Program // 20.7.17

23rd Kalamata International Dance Festival

Program of the Day // 20.7.17


Parallel Events

Public Presentation of Barbara Kane’s Εvening Seminar

20.07.2017 / 21:00

The Revolutionary Dances of Isadora Duncan
throughout her creative and meaningful life

With Françoise Rageau and Sandra Voulgari

Barbara Kane presents the result of her six-day workshop. Dances of Revolt and Hope, strength and sorrow, hope and confidence combined in movement expression via the Dance and technique of Isadora Duncan.

Barbara Kane

Barbara Kane studied with pupils of Irma and Anna Duncan. Ιn 1985 she set up the Isadora Duncan Dance Group. Barbara has retired as a performer but continues to teach the Duncan Dance.

Piano Recital
by Alexia Mouza
(Ιn collaboration with Kalamata Municipal Conservatory)

20.07.2017 / 22:00

  • Duration 65'

24 Préludes, op. 28


Piano Sonata no. 6 in A major, op. 82

Ιn collaboration with Kalamata Municipal Conservatory

Following the programme of Revolutionary dances of Isadora Duncan, this evening's concert regards battles. Personal ones.
[...] In June 1939, Stalin’s secret police, arrested Vsevolod Meyerhold, a famous director and friend of Prokofiev, shortly before he began rehearsing Semyon Kotko, the composer’s most recent opera. One month later, Meyerhold’s wife was murdered while he was executed in February of the next year, a fact that was never publicly acknowledged, let alone even known about until after Stalin’s rule had ended. At the same period, Prokofiev received an official request to compose for Stalin's sixtieth birthday. In this climate, he also began composing his 6th Sonata, whose tragic dimension, in this light, reflects criticism of the barbaric regime, rather than the historic events of the period to come.
Chopin’s 24 Préludes were completed exactly a century earlier. It seems that a significant number of them were written in Paris before Chopin's trip to Mallorca in the winter of 1838/9, where he was accompanied by Georges Sand. The couple chose the Balearic Island hoping that its climate would help the composer's poor health. However, when the strictly Catholic residents discovered that composer and writer were not married, they did not facilitate their stay. Under these difficult circumstances of ill health and hostility, Chopin completed and edited his 24 Préludes. [...]

PhD in Musicology, Music Critic of the daily Kathimerini, Head of the Dramaturgy Department of the Greek National Opera.


Alexia Mouza, born in Athens, is a Greek-Venezuelan awarded pianist. After studying for two years at the College of Fine Arts, Boston University for the Artist Diploma (Professor Boaz Sharon). She was enrolled in the International Program of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv. Alexia has given concerts in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, China, Japan, Venezuela, Hong¬ Kong, and USA. She collaborated with many renowned orchestras.

Εducational activities

Dance Workshop with Andrea Costanzo Martini


20 - 22.07.2017

Dance Workshop with Andrea Costanzo Martini

Gaga is a movement language developed by Ohad Naharin over the course of many years and which is applied in daily practice and exercises by the Batsheva Dance Company members.
The language of Gaga originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic, ever-changing power of movement continues to evolve today. Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through our body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening our body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination.
The work combines conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows an individual to experience freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, so that each one can be connected to himself and to others.

Open to professional dancers, graduates and students.


Andrea Costanzo Martini was born in Italy where he received his first education in contemporary dance and ballet. After a few years in Germany where he danced with the Aalto Theater Essen, he moved to Tel Aviv to join the Batsheva Young Ensemble and later the Batsheva Dance Company. Between 2010 and 2014 he danced with the Cullberg Ballet and the Inbal Pinto & A. Pollak Dance Company. Since 2013 he has been creating and performing his own works. He received the first prize for Dance and Choreography at the International Solo Tanz Competition in Stuttgart (2013) and was awarded several prizes for his two solo works What Happened in Torino and Occhio di bue. Andrea’s research in dance focuses in both extreme physicality and theatricality of the performance act and explores the power balance created during a show between the dancers and the spectators. Always filled with humor and supported by a wide range of skills, Martini’s work questions and plays with the expectations of the dance medium. Trained in both ballet and contemporary technique, since 2007 Andrea is also a Gaga instructor and leads dance workshops around the globe.

19 & 23.7 Kalamata Dance Megaron - Forecourt (22:00) Screening of Tomer Heymann’s Mr. Gaga,
a documentary on Ohad Naharin.

Participation fee: 60 €
Down payment: 20 €
Registration & Information: Νatassa Aretha
+30 6934 164 243
mail @ kalamatadancefestival.gr

Dance Masterclass with Polina Kremasta

20.07.2017 | 12:30-15:30

Dance Masterclass
with Polina Kremasta

In this workshop the choreographer will share the tools which arose and were used in the performance apogee, in addition to the basic methodology that the research has so far highlighted. Selected parts of the performance will be studied, reviewed and lead to new kinetic approaches and compositions. Through this path the participants will get a glimpse of the research behind the performance.
The research, conducted by the choreographer during the past three years, studies the connection between the Greek traditional dances and contemporary techniques, reveals the apogee (far from the earth: apogeios, apogaios [from apo- + gē, gaia=earth]) movement and creates a new kinetic proposal.

Open to professional dancers and amateur dancers with previous movement experience.


Polina Kremasta was born in Thessaloniki. She graduated with honors from the Professional Dance School “Rallou Manou”. She is also a graduate of Medicine Studies (University of Ioannina). She is currently a dancer and choreographer at the Creo dance company, having participated in several local and international dance festivals (Insoliti International Dance Festival, Turin, Italy / La Becquée, Brest, France / Sarajevo Winter, Bosnia and Herzegovina etc). Creo dance company has been awarded with the first prize “Silver Snowflake” at the Sarajevo Winter Festival for the performance GODOT (2012). Polina’s last performance apogee was chosen to participate at the Platform of Greek Contemporary Dance 2016 (Megaron, the Athens Concert Hall). For the past five years Polina has been coordinating,
in collaboration with Penelope Iliaskou, the educational program “Skytali” for dancers and public schools, instilling the love for movement into the community. For the past three years she has been working on a research project about the connection between the contemporary and traditional dance. She has been collaborating with many Greek theatres as movement director and choreographer. She has taught contemporary technique and improvisation in workshops and many dance studios in Greece, as well as at the Kalamata International Dance Festival and the International Dance Festival La Becquée in France.
She currently teaches contemporary dance and improvisation at the Professional Dance School “Rallou Manou”.

19.7 Kalamata Dance Megaron – Studio (20:00) Performance of Polina Kremasta’s apogee
by CREO Dance Company.

Participation fee: 15 €
Down payment: 10 €
Registration & Information: Νatassa Aretha
+30 6934 164 243

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