9th Day Program // 22.7.17

23rd Kalamata International Dance Festival

Program of the Day // 22.7.17



MEETING YOU by Helena Franzén and Ori Flomin

21 & 22.07.2017

  • Duration 50'

Meeting You

ΧChoreography, Performance Helena Franzén & Ori Flomin
Music Jukka Rintamäki
Video, Photography Håkan Jelk
Costumes Agnieszka Dlugoszewska
Company manager for Helena Franzén Lena Uhlander

Commissioned by ArtLab Gnesta and Scenkonst Sörmland in Sweden

Meeting You

Meeting You revolves around the theme of friendship and togetherness. What causes and creates friendship? What kind of attraction touches and affects us, and how does it remain with us? Long time friends Ori Flomin and Helena Franzén collaborate as choreographers and performers, as they question these ideas.

Helena Franzén was educated at Balettakademin (Ballet Academy), Stockholm 1986-1989 and at the Institute of Choreography at Danshögskolan (University of Dance and Circus), Stockholm 1995-1998. Over the years she has choreographed more than 70 pieces. She teaches technique classes and repertoir in Sweden and abroad.

Ori Flomin’s choreography has been seen in Austria, Japan, Germany and Israel. He had the pleasure to dance in the works of Neil Greenberg, Mollisa Fenely, Michael Clark, Helena Franzen and Maria Hassapi. He was a guest faculty at Barnard College, SUNY Purchase, Princeton University, The New School and currently a part time faculty at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.

Jukka Rintamäki Composer living in Stockholm. He writes music for contemporary dance, film and video games. Since 10 years Franzén and Rintamäki have been collaborating on more than 15 works. Rintamäki has also worked together with Flomin in 2010 at New York Dance Theater Workshop (DTW).

Håkan Jelk Swedish photo and video artist. He has an ongoing collaboration with Helena Franzén since 2011. He followed Helena and Ori during the process of Meeting You in Gnesta, New York and Stockholm.

THREE TIMES REBEL by Marina Mascarell

22 & 23.07.2017
KALAMATA DANCE MEGARON - MAIN HALL | 22.7 | 22:00 & 23.7 | 20:30

22.7 / 22:00 / 60΄
23.7 / 20:30 / 60΄

Three Times Rebel

Concept, Direction Marina Mascarell
Choreography Marina Mascarell & dancers
Assistant Choreographer David Essing
Composition, Live Μusic Yamila Ríos
Costume Design Daphna Munz
Stage Design Ludmila Rodrigues
Lighting Loes Schakenbos
Artistic Research Marthe Koetsier

Performance Nina Botkay, Maud de la Purification, Filippo Domini, Eli Cohen, Chen-Wei Lee

Α co-production by Korzo productions, Nederlands Dans Theater, Mercat de les Flors-House of Dance and Dance Forum Taipei. With the support of the Municipality of The Hague, the Performing Arts Fund NL and the Ministry of Culture Taiwan. Premiere: 27, 28, 29.1.2017, CaDance Festival, Korzo Theater, The Hague


With the support of the Embassy of Spain in Athens


Three Times Rebel is an exploration of the frustrating structures at the origin of gender inequality today. In her most recent work Marina dives into the structure that houses today's prejudices, stereotypes, discrimination, symbolic violence, heritage and construction of gender.

The phrase "Grab 'em by the pussy" was shocking before, but it never sounded so threatening as in Three Times Rebel. It is a fierce, almost activist performance, where any physical contact is as uncomfortable as it is intrusive.

Marina Mascarell (Spain, 1980) danced with the Nederlands Dans Theater II, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and Nederlands Dans Theater I. She studied Pedagogy applied to Dance and took her Master’s Degree in Performing Arts. Since 2011 she is a freelance choreographer. She has created works for GöteborgsOperans Danskompanie, Sweden; Nederlands Dans Theater I (UpComing Choreographers), The Hague, The Netherlands; Scapino Ballet (Tools), Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Dance Forum Taipei, Taiwan; Ballet Junior of Geneve, Switzerland and Skånes Dansteater, Malmo, Sweden. She is resident choreographer at Korzo Theater, The Hague.

Yamila Ríos Spanish composer, performer and sound artist, based in The Netherlands. Her artistic practice deals with the creation of aural spaces. She has worked on various projects and pieces, exploring the use of live electronics mixed with the sonic exploration of traditional instruments. Since 2014 she has been working with the choreographer Marina Mascarell. Yamila holds a Bachelors and a Masters in Sonology from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

Daphna Munz (1983) is a designer working at the intersection of costume, art and fashion. She grew up between Manhattan and Tel-Aviv and is currently based in Berlin. Munz has created sets and costumes for dance, theater, film, music videos and fashion stories. She gained knowledge and experience in art during her studies at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem, and while working at Circle1 Gallery, Berlin. In 2015 she entered the world of E-textiles and created her first wearable tech piece.

Ludmila Rodrigues Born in Rio de Janeiro (1979) she has a degree in Architecture and Urban Planing (UFRJ - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 2006) and in Arts, by the Artscience Interfaculty, Royal Academy of Art (KABK, The Hague, 2013). Ludmila has also worked as Art History lecturer and artistic coach at Galpão Aplauso, NGO in Rio de Janeiro (2007-2009). She has a background in architecture, dance and martial arts. Based in The Hague since 2009, she works as freelance graphic/stage designer. Member at CLOUD Danslab.

Loes Schakenbos Born in 1973, he travelled around the world as stage manager for Nederlands Dans Theater 1 and 3 between 1996 and 2004. Among the most renowned theatres she has worked at are Saitama Arts Center, Paris Opera Garnier, Lincoln Center, Sydney Opera House, Muziek Theater Amsterdam and Korzo Theater in The Hague. Loes runs her own business involving light design and technical production for modern dance productions.

Nina Botkay Born in Rio de Janeiro 1986, she studied ballet in Rio de Janeiro and later in Manheimm. In 2002 Nina was invited to join DeAnima Contemporary Ballet. In 2004 she joined the Nederlands Dans Theater II and in 2008 she joined the main company. Since 2010 she works as a freelance dancer with a diversity of choreographers. Nina teaches contemporary dance as a guest in different places and has mainly set/staged many works around the world for several choreographers.

Maud de la Purification Born in 1983 in Toulouse (France) where she studied at the Conservatoire National. She has danced with the Ballet National de Marseille, the Ballet du Capitole in Toulouse and with the Nederlands Dans Theater II in Holland. She has collaborated with Sidra Bell (NY) and Hiroaki Umeda (Japan), and is currently collaborating with Roberto Zappalà (Italy).

Filippo Domini Born in Enna (Italy) in 1993. Since 2012 he attended the course MoDem codici gestuali compagnia Zappalà danza. He began working with the Society Zappalà Danza in March 2015.

Eli Cohen Βorn in Spain (1990) and raised in Ιsrael. She studied in the Bustan School of Arts in Natanya, τηεν joined the Sadna in Kibbutz Ga'aton, and after her graduation she joined the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company 2 (2011). Since 2013 Cohen has been living in Berlin, working as a freelance dancer.

Chen-Wei Lee Born in Taiwan (1985). Since her studies, she has been a dancer with Batsheva Dance Company and in the youth company Batsheva Ensemble. With these companies she has toured all over the world. Chen-Wei was member of GöteborgsOperans Danskompani for one season. She is also Gaga lecturer in Taipei National University of the Arts.


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

African Contemporary Dance Afrofusion
Moving Into Dance Mophatong Workshop
with Sunnyboy Motau and Oscar Buthelezi

22.07.2017 | 12:00-14:00

African Contemporary Dance
Afrofusion / Zulu Dance & Pantsula

Moving Into Dance Mophatong Workshop
with Sunnyboy Motau and Oscar Buthelezi

Led by the experienced and expressive dancers from South Africa’s premiere contemporary dance company Moving Into Dance Mophatong (MID) Sunnyboy Motau and Oscar Buthelezi, the workshop is a unique experience focused on African dance techniques.
The participants will have a chance to gain knowledge in African Contemporary Dance, Zulu Dance, Pantsula and Afrofusion, an amalgamation of both indigenous and contemporary cross-cultural African and Western contemporary dance forms.
Drawing on some of the recent works in MID’s repertoire as well as excerpts from Jessica Nupen’s creation Romeo & Juliet / REBELLION & JOHANNESBURG, this is your opportunity to work in depth with South Africa’s most celebrated contemporary dance company.

Open to dance students and dancers. Also available for anyone with no previous dance experience.


Sunnyboy Motau began his training with a few community arts groups in Alexandra, Johannesburg, but in 2008 he joined MID as part of the Performing Arts Training Course (PATC). He was later selected to further his training, joined the professional dance company, and now dances with, and choreographs for MID’s professional dance company.
His performance history includes touring and performing nationally and internationally in different theatres and festivals with MID’s Company. He recently completed a collaborative choreography with British/Israeli choreographer Rachel Erdos, which premiered at the 2015 Dance Umbrella Festival and was named one of the top five works of the festival.
He is currently collaborating with Jessica Nupen on Romeo & Juliet / REBELLION & JOHANNESBURG. He continues teaching the MID first-years Afrofusion theory and practical and gives classes for the MID dance company. He also teaches at community groups and schools in Alexandra.

Oscar Buthelezi began dancing in 1998 with the group Via Vosloorus Mapantsula Youth Club. In 2003 he continued dancing with Dlala Mapantsula and started choreographing.
In 2006 he participated as a choreographer in TV productions such as YO TV Groove and Jika maJika and then joined Nkosinathi Cultural Productions, performing at festivals, such as the Dance Umbrella and National Arts Festival, also performing in France and Netherlands
in 2008. In 2010 he was accepted as a student on MID’s Performing Arts Training Course,
in 2011 as a course trainee, and is now a member of the professional dance company.
Oscar is currently working as a choreographic assistant to Jessica Nupen on the production Romeo & Juliet / REBELLION & JOHANNESBURG and has just won the prestigious Kurt Jooss Preis for choreography as well as the Αudience Choice Award for 2016.

21.7 Kalamata Dance Megaron - Main Hall (22:00) Performance of Jessica Nupen’s
Romeo & Juliet / REBELLION & JOHANNESBURG by Moving Into Dance Mophatong.

Participation fee: 15 €
Down payment: 10 €
Registration & Information: Νatassa Aretha
+30 6934 164 243
mail @ kalamatadancefestival.gr

Do You Speak Dance?
Masterclass on Verbal Communication of Choreographic Research and Creation
by Christos Polymenakos

22.07.2017 | 16:00-19:00 & 23.7  |13:00-18:00

Do you Speak Dance?

Masterclass on Verbal Communication of Choreographic Research and Creation
by Christos Polymenakos

Can one translate movement into word?
How can I communicate my choreographic research or creation to the audience,
my collaborators, my sponsors?
How can I use words towards the development of my creative identity in choreography? How does dance “open up” to people from different fields and backgrounds?

Do you Speak Dance? is specialized in promoting Verbal Communication of Choreographic Research and Creation, applying the body/word method. It is based on an original template for dramaturgical analysis which in turn has been developed through years of theoretical and practical research on dramaturgy, creation and communication of choreographic research and creation. Practical exercises and theoretical contextualization cultivate the ability to translate into words the ephemeral and elusive art of dance in different stages of both research and creation. Additionally, dramaturgy is proposed as a bespoke multimodal function which can ignite imagination and emotions by putting in use tools handpicked from different fields of scientific and artistic research. The specific masterclass is introductory to the method. It was presented by the Dance House Lefkosia, Cyprus, in March 2015 in the frame of an Artistic Residency program. The Kalamata International Dance Festival holds its official premier in Greece.
Working language: Greek, with parts of bibliography in English.

Open to professionals, students and amateurs coming from any field dealing with dance and the body in the mindset of open doors policy, be them theorists and choreographers, dramaturgs, directors, dancers, doctors, physical education instructors, arts managers, journalists, programmers, performance artists and writers, or other.


Christos Polymenakos has been developing and applying his method, body/word, in the frame of Performance Writing, since 2010 in creation and dramaturgy, in teaching performance writing, improvisation, acting, dramaturgy, critical analysis and feedback for professionals, amateurs and students. His creations and workshops have been hosted by State and Private Institutions and Festivals in Greece, Cyprus, Slovenia, Finland, the United Kingdom and France. He was the Chief Dance Editor for highlights, Arts and Culture Magazine and a Member of the Greek Ministry of Culture’s Committee for State Subsidies for Dance. Christos has worked as a dramaturg in dance productions for stage and film,
as a performer in dancetheatre, contact improvisation, experimental, children’s and youth theatre in Greece and abroad. Articles, essays and interviews Christos has conducted have been published in journals, magazines, newspapers and yearbooks in Greece, France, Germany, Portugal, Cyprus and online. He has been working as workshop facilitator at
the Onassis Cultural Centre since 2015.

16.7 Kalamata Central Square (20:00) Performance of Antigone Gyra’s Unsuspected Time
(inspired by Christos Polymenakos’ poem with the same title) by ΚΙΝITIRAS Dance Company.

Participation fee: 20 €
Down payment: 10 €
Registration & Information: Νatassa Aretha
+30 6934 164 243
mail @ kalamatadancefestival.gr

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