23rd Kalamata International Dance Festival


Rose-variation by Mathilde Monnier
Opal Loop / Cloud Installation #72503
by Trisha Brown
SOUNDDANCE by Merce Cunningham 

14 & 15.07.2017

  • Rose-variation 35΄
  • Opal Loop 15΄
  • Sounddance 18΄ 



Opal Loop / Cloud Installation #72503


Choregraphy Mathilde Monnier
Set Design Annie Tolleter
Lighting Eric Wurtz
Costumes Mathilde Possoz
Assistant to the choreographer Cédric Andrieux
Rehearsal Director Thomas Caley
L.v. Beethoven, Piano Sonata no. 17 in D minor, performed by Tanguy de Williencourt
With 24 dancers

Created in 2001 for the Royal Swedish Ballet.
Recreated in 2014 for the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine - Premiere May 22, 2014 at the Opéra national de Lorraine


Rose was originally created in 2001 for the Royal Swedish Ballet.
The stage from the floor to the flies, the dancers’ bodies and the set, Rose envelopes us in pink. Rose-variation is a piece which deconstructs the classical ballet vocabulary, examining and resetting each figure, each classical step in new variations. The construction of the work is supported by the music, played live on a pink piano and played by a pianist dressed also in pink, who is in direct contact with the dancers. The Beethoven Piano sonata #17 is virtuosic, powerful and luminous, accompanying the dancers’ technical virtuosity while sharing with them the essence of the music. Rose-variation is an exploration of the poetics of ballet vocabulary, revisited by the exceptional contemporary dancers of the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine.

Mathilde Monnier holds an esteemed place within the French and international dance scene. From one piece to another, she defies expectations by presenting work that is constantly renewing itself. Her nomination at the head of the Centre Chorégraphique in Montpellier Languedoc- Roussillon, in 1994, marks the beginning of a series of collaborations with personalities coming from various artistic fields.


Opal Loop / Cloud Installation #72503

Choregraphy Trisha Brown
Staged by Leah Morrison & Laurel Jenkins Tentindo
Visual Design Fujiko Nakaya
Scenography restaged by John Torres
Sound Environment: water passing through high-pressure nozzles
Costumes Judith Shea
Lighting Beverly Emmons
Rehearsal Director Thomas Caley

With 4 dancers

Premiere June 10, 1980, 55 Crosby Street - New York
Premiered by the CCN Ballet de Lorraine November 12, 2015
at the Opéra national de Lorraine

OpalLoop CloudInstallation

In Opal Loop / Cloud Installation #72503 (1980), Trisha Brown...began with the idea of an endless movement phrase...[that] required a method for looping movement to return it to the center of the space. The movements’ fluid sequencing, as enhanced by [Fujiko] Nakaya’s shape-changing cloud of water molecules, becomes extremely difficult to see, making for Brown’s most poetic statement on dance as an evanescent art.
SUSAN ROSENBERG, Scholar-in-Residence, Trisha Brown Dance Company

Trisha Brown (Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer) was born and raised in Aberdeen, Washington. After graduating in Oakland, studying with Anna Halprin and teaching at Reed College in Portland, she moved to New York City in 1961. Instantly immersed in what was to become the post-modern phenomena of Judson Dance Theater, her movement investigations found the extraordinary and challenged existing perceptions. In this “hotbed of dance revolution”, Brown, along with like-minded artists, pushed the limits of choreography thereby changing modern dance forever.


Choregraphy Merce Cunningham
Music David Tudor, Untitled 1975/1994*
Set, Costumes, Lighting Mark Lancaster
Staged by Thomas Caley & Meg Harper

With 10 dancers

Created by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, March 8, 1975 in Detroit,
Michigan. Entry to the repertory on March 14, 2014 at the Opéra national de Lorraine.

Sounddance (1975) by Merce Cunningham © Merce Cunningham Trust. All rights reserved.

*The original music of Sounddance was David Tudor’s Toneburst. When the piece
was revived in 1994, Tudor rethought the music, calling his new score Untitled 1975/1994.


Sounddance The stage is divided in the middle of its’ depth by a gracefully draped plush gold curtain, designed by artist Mark Lancaster. This division or compressing of the space adds to the overlapping and frenetic choreography, as if we were seeing a miniature dance cosmos through a microscope. The dancers enter the stage as if thrust from the curtain, and at the end of the dance, with their exit, they are swallowed by it, as though they were being sucked into a wind tunnel.

Merce Cunningham Born in Centralia, Washington on April 16, 1919. The most famous and controversial of these dealt with the relationship between dance and music, able to co-exist in the same space and time but needing to be conceived independently of each other. Cunningham continued to experiment and innovate throughout his life, and he was one of the first to use new technologies in his own art form. He choreographed and taught almost until the day he died, July 26, 2009, and received many awards and accolades.

Centre Choregraphique National - Ballet de Lorraine One of the most important companies working in Europe, performing contemporary creations while retaining and programming a rich and extensive repertory, spanning our modern history, made up of works by some of our generations most highly regarded choreographers. The CCN functions as an art center and venue for multiple possibilities in the fields of research, experimentation and artistic creation. It is a platform open to many different disciplines, a space where the many visions of contemporary dance may meet. In these artistic pursuits, he is joined by Thomas Caley, choreographer and coordinator of research.

TORDRE by Rachid Ouramdane


  • Duration 60'


A Duet, Two Soli, for Two Women.
A Diptych of two Intimate and Modest Portraits in which the Invisible Emerge from the Surface of the Move.

Concept, Choreography Rachid Ouramdane
Lighting Stéphane Graillot
Set Designer Sylvain Giradeau
Executive Production CCN2-Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble - Direction Yoann Bourgeois and Rachid Ouramdane

With Annie Hanauer & Lora Juodkaite

Premiere: Bonlieu - Annecy (France), November 2014

Coproduction L’A./Rachid Ouramdane, Bonlieu – Scène nationale d’Annecy, la Bâtie – Festival de Genève dans le cadre du projet PACT bénéficiaire du FEDER avec le programme INTERREG IV A France-Suisse
With the support of Musée de la danse, Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et Bretagne
Piece created with the support of Ministère de la culture et de la communication/DRAC Île-de- France dans le cadre de l’aide à la compagnie conventionnée et de la Région Île-de-France au titre de la permanence artistique.
The CCN2 is subsidised by the DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes/Ministère de la culture et de la communication, by the Ville de Grenoble, by the Département de l’Isère, by the Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and supported by the Institut français for international projects.

With the support of Teatroskop as part of FranceDanse Orient-Express.
Teatroskop is a program initiated by the French Institute, the Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.

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Tordre The choreographer composed a strong and intense duo, like an almost blinding light on what really is singularity.
Trusting completely his two female performers he’s used to work with, Rachid Ouramdane is a peerless portrait maker and play with very different registers (false musical openings, breakdowns - like the memory lapse of Nina Simone during a performance). Lora Juodkaitè, from Lituania, has this distinctive feature that she can’t prevent from swirling on herself since she was a child and that doesn’t stop doing it during the entire performance, with some breathtaking acceleration. With an arm not entirely developed and with a prosthesis, Annie Hanauer offers a free dance, full of enthusiasm and energy. Ouramdane doesn’t gum out their handicap but doesn’t take it as a main subject either: it’s a dance from two sisterly solitude full of life.
MARIE-CHRISTINE VERNAY, Libération 21.11.2014

Rachid Ouramdane Associate Artist at the Theâtre de la ville in Paris from 2010 to 2015 and at the Bonlieu from 2010 to 2015 Theater in Annecy, France. He is regularly invited to work on many collaborations: with the Lyon Opera Ballet, for the dancers of the Russian company Migrazia during a residence in Siberia for the Intradance project and for the 20th birthday of Candoco Dance Company with disabled dancers. Since Rachid Ouramdane founded L’A dance company, his work has been based on a meticulous collection of evidence, in collaboration with filmmakers or authors. Since beginning January 2016 Rachid Ouramdane co-directs the CCN2 - Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble with Yoann Bourgeois.

Annie Hanauer Dancer performer and teacher. She is a graduate of Fine Arts in Dance University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. As member of Candoco Dance Company, Annie taught and played all over the world with pieces of Trisha Brown, Marc Brew, Nigel Charnock, Claire Cunningham, Emanuel Gat, Thomas Hauert, at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing and the closing ceremony of Paralympic Games in London etc.

Lora Juodkaitè Choreographer and dancer born in Lithuania. Since her childhood, she practiced movement gyration. This daily ritual allows her to develop a spinning out of the ordinary. She trained in dance at the Vilnius Academy of Arts and experimental Dance Academy Salzburg, which she graduated in 2005. She joined the dance company V. Jankauskas. She teaches at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, in Vilnius Kolegium for art and directs the Academic Dance Theatre of Vilnius.

Unsuspected Time by Antigone Gyra


  • Duration 65'kinitiras

Unsuspected Time

Concept, Choreography Antigone Gyra & the company
Performance Writing-Dramaturgy Christos Polymenakos & Anna Tsichli-Boissonnas
Costume Design Daphne Aidoni
Choreographer Assistant  Marianthi Lazou

Photos Tassos Venetsanopoulos

Performed by Vicky Adamou, Paola Aparicio, Fania Christidi, Kostis Daskalakis,
Marilena Daskaroli, Kike Garcia, Ηara Giannakopoulou, Christos Kalkanis, Ioanna Kampilafka, Despina Kostelidou, Artemis Lampiri, Katerina Lionti, Magda Mastora, Smaragdi Michalakakou, Giannis Michalakoukos, Angeliki Papadia, Exarmenia Pappa, Katerina El Raheb, Eugenia Sigalou, Anthi Theofilidou, Jason Venetsanopoulos, Alexis Vidalakis et al.
Guest Flora Kalomiri

Unsuspected Time was presented in collaboration with the Municipality of Athens in the spring of 2016 in central town squares, as a part of In Progress Feedback Festival 2016. Lately in the summer it was also presented at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation as a part of 15th Dance Festival of Greek Choreographers Association.


Unsuspected Time A performance inspired by C. Polymenakos’ poem of the same name, which explores the duration of time in relation to the moment when suddenly everything changes – slightly or considerably. A large group of people moves circularly all the way through the performance while the circularity is being interrupted by minor or major events that occur at unsuspected time creating an overthrow in the continuous flux. Just as it happens in life; a butterfly’s cast, a puddle in the street, a sudden death, a love at first sight, they all happen in a moment and that moment can change us in unsuspected time. Unsuspected Time proves to be more and more prophetic for its creators; every passing day humanity goes even deeper in the dark.

Antigone Gyra creates dance and theatre performances as well as video art. She graduated from the London Laban Centre with distinction and she was awarded with the Graduates’ Choreography Prize in 1993. In 1996 she created Kinitiras Dance Spectacle (Chorotheama), a dance company with which she has choreographed many works until today. She founded, together with Vicky Adamou and Flora Kalomoiri, the Kinitiras Studio, the first residency centre for performing arts in Greece. Antigone works as a volunteer in the 2nd Primary School of Voula where she got the inspiration for the new action EK-PLIXI (Sur-Prise) that brings dance into schools.

Kinitiras Ιnternationally recognized artistic network connecting professionals and amateurs through the performing arts. It was founded in 1995-96 as a dance-theatre group, called Kinitiras Dance Spectacle. Kinitiras has created the project EK-PLIXI which brought dance into the school and has established the In Progress-Feedback Festival for young artists. Finally, Kinitiras Choreography Lab has been an important innovation within the dance sector in Greece and internationally, between 2011 and 2014, creating a multicultural environment.,

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 has been working as workshop facilitator at the Onassis Cultural Centre since 2015. He has been working with Kinitiras since 1995.

Anna Tsichli-Boissonnas Anna Tsichli studied at the University of Athens (BA in Theatre Studies), The Central School of Speech and Drama (MA in Performance Studies), Panteion University (PhD). She ac-quired her PhD “Political and Social Dimensions of the Experimental European Theatre in the closing years of the 20th century, A Study of Performances and Devised Theatre Practices” with honours. She is currently teaching “Theatre Practice and Directing” at the Department of Theatre Studies, Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Peloponnese and “Elements of Acting and Directing” at the Theatre Stud-ies Program, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science of the Open University of Cyprus. She participat-ed in festivals, congresses, committees, European research programs and workshops in Greece and abroad.

Daphne Aidoni Born in Athens, Daphne studied Architecture at the Polytechnic School–University of Patras. She continued her studies in Prague where she graduated from the MA Theatre Stage Design program of the Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU). She has participated in exhibitions and conferences in Patras, Athens, Venice, Kassel, Berlin, Prague and Argentina. As a set and costume designer she has worked with theatre, physical theatre, dance and contemporary circus performers.

Alaska by Iris Karayan 


  • Duration 50'


Concept, Choreography Iris Karayan
Music Nikos Veliotis
Space Design Yorgos Maraziotis
Dramaturgy  Myrto Katsiki, Sotiris Bachtsetzis
Lighting Tassos Palaioroutas

Performed by Nondas Damopoulos, Chara Kotsali, Georgios Kotsifakis, Katerina Liontou, Ioanna Paraskevopoulou

Produced by Onassis Cultural Centre
Line Production ΖΙΤΑ dance company

Premier and showings: Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens (26-29.2.2016) and DañsFabrik 2016 - Festival de Brest (Focus Athènes), Le Quartz - Scène Nationale de Brest, France (4.3.2016).

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Tour Sponsor: Onassis Cultural Centre


Five bodies move in close contact with each other. They build a mechanism that operates through alternating conditions of tension and ease, friction and calmness, clarity and blurriness. More than a year after its first showing at Onassis Cultural Centre, ALASKA is reworked and presented in a new form creating a different condition of viewing. It is a choreography designed on the surfaces of the bodies and in between spaces created through proximity and distance. Watching every detail of the movement like a close-up, ALASKA seems to create a micro-choreography: a detailed, continuous, analytical mechanism constructed by overlapping actions and movements created by five bodies. The pattern of the movement itself evolves in a slow and continuous way allowing the exposure of different qualities and rhythms, intensions and meanings. The structure of the work follows a general path of alternation between periods of relative stability and periods of flux. Symmetrical repeating patterns and intervals of pauses that accumulate in time give the sense that they could explode into any direction at any moment. The dancers create a reciprocal condition of exchanging stimuli through their physical contact. The starting point of the work is the sense of touch as a way of constant negotiation within a group of five. The qualities of contact vary according to the intentions of touch that differ using different levels of resistance, weight, speed, pulse, and space. The movement material itself requires that the focus of the dancers move to the action itself and the way it is performed. ALASKA aims to create and question conditions of togetherness. Five bodies move through the sense of touch (re)defining the nature of their relations with others, opening and closing in between spaces, creating images and producing meanings that remain open to negotiations.

Iris Karayan is a dancer, choreographer and teacher living in Athens. She studied at the Greek State School of Dance (2001) and completed a Master of Arts in Performance and Culture: interdisciplinary perspectives at Goldsmiths College, UK (2007). She is the founding member and choreographer of ZITA dance company. Her works have been presented in Greece and around Europe. She teaches Choreography at the Greek State School of Dance since 2008. She has been part of the Onassis Cultural Centre’s educational program.

YAMA by Noa Wertheim



Choreographer Noa Wertheim
Co-Creator Rina Wertheim-Koren
CEO & Co Artistic Director Adi Sha’al
Company Manager Eyal Vizner
Music Ran Bagno
Cello Hila Epstein
Costume Design Sasson Kedem
Stage Design Nathalie Rodach
Lighting Dani Fishof – Magenta

Dancers Daniel Costa, Etai Peri, Ron Cohen, Sándor Petrovics, Yuval Lev, Shani Licht, Tamar Barlev, Nitzan Moshe, Liel Fibak

Premiere 2016


With the support of the Embassy of Israel in Greece


Yama Exploring human ecological footprint, dependency and the capacity to regenerate, choreographer Noa Wertheim observes the source of each movement and its effect on the environment through this inspiring new piece.

The world of Yama is created "in the beginning". Attired in the wonderful costumes designed by Sasson Kedem, the dancers weave harmony of body and space.
TAL LEVIN, Achbar HaIr 2016

Noa Wertheim A multi-talented artist Noa Wertheim is an internationally acclaimed choreographer and dancer and a numerous award winner. Noa works and creates from the Vertigo Dance studio at the Gerard Behar Center in Jerusalem and from her home studio at the Vertigo Eco-Art Village.

The Vertigo Dance Company Founded in 1992 by Noa Wertheim an Adi Sha’al, winner of the 2013 Israel Ministry of Culture and Sport’s performance excellence award, the Vertigo Dance Company has established a distinct presence in the contemporary dance scene worldwide. The Vertigo Dance Company performance is characterized by a strong sense of awareness for society and the community bringing people together while reaching out through body language and expanding the boundaries of dance. Led by the holistic and spiritual approach of choreographer, Noa Wertheim, a collage of intricate and singular dance creations forms an impressive repertoire of both original and collaborative works.

Adi Sha’al Incorporating his dance experience, Adi Sha’al is dedicated to the Vertigo Dance Association common vision to further dance education, social culture and artistic excellence. Alongside his efforts to expand the Vertigo Dance Association’s scope of activities, Adi is also a lecturer promoting new initiatives and an avid coacher accompanying aspiring young artists in the field of dance.

apogee by Polina Kremasta


  • Duration 40'


Choreography Polina Kremasta
Live Music Manousos Klapakis (bendir), Dimitris Brendas (gaida, clarinet, kaval)
Lighting Pantelis Mantzanas
Costumes Christina Lardikou
Greek Dances Consultant, Choreographer Assistant Menelaos Kotsos
Research Advisor Nansy Charmanda
Production Advisor Orestis Tatsis

Dancers Polina Kremasta, Thenia Antoniadou

Υπό την Αιγίδα του Υπουργείου Πολιτισμού και Αθλητισμού

Under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Sports

Production Reon (Nonprofit artistic company)


142, Em. Βenaki St, 11473 Athens

Special thanks to
Collaborative Studio/Wrong Movement
Duncan Dance Research Center Athens

 kentro xorou ralou

“Rallou Manou” Professional Dance School


Baobap Lab of Arts


apogee The dancers wander around six “landscapes” of newborn dances and sweep space and rhythm with their movement patterns. The musicians complete the movement and the dance narrative by choosing either to deconstruct or to reconstruct traditional sounds, re-naming each sound image.
In order to keep alive something of the past and not merely wander a corpse, we have to rethink, to reconsider and redefine our relationship with it...

Polina Kremasta She was born in Thessaloniki. She graduated with honors from the Professional Dance School of Rallou Manou. She is also a graduate of Medicine Studies (University of Ioannina). She is currently a dancer and choreographer for the Creo dance company, with several participations in local and International dance festivals The last five years she is coordinating, in collaboration with P. Iliaskou, “Skytali” (Relay), an educational program for dancers and public schools, instilling the love for movement into the community. The last three years she is working on two research projects, one about the connection between the contemporary and traditional dance and another based on the production and the manipulation of sound along with the dancer and musician Giorgos Amentas. She teaches contemporary dance and improvisation at the Professional Dance School “Rallou Manou”.

Creo Dance Company Creo is a contemporary dance company based in Athens, Greece and a member of the Association of Greek Choreographers since 2010. Created in 2008, part of the Reon Nonprofit artistic company, is now under the care of the choreographer Polina Kremasta. Since 2008 Creo has presented six dance performances, with participations in Greek and International Dance Festivals, granted a First Prize at the Sarajevo International Festival 2012. The company has organized workshops and educational programs and also projects in public places.

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.



  • Duration 60΄


Concept, Choreography, Direction Jessica Nupen
Choreographic Assistance Sunnyboy Motau & Oscar Buthelezi
Music Composition Spoek Mathambo
Costume and Set Design Anmari Honiball
Cinematography Ed Blignaut
Light Design Wilhelm Disbergen
Sound and Audio Visual Willie Botha
'Dance of the Knights’ music piece composer Felix Striegler
Production Management Fanny Roy
PR, Marketing Meropa, Behind the Scenes, Ulrike Steffel
Photography Steve Thomas, Tanja Hall, Xavier Saer

Dancers Moving Into Dance Mophatong
Sunnyboy Motau, Oscar Buthelezi, Muzi Shili, Teboho
Gilbert Letele, Thenjiwe Soxokoshe, Asanda
Ruda, Eugene Mashiane and Thabang Mdlalose

Supported by:
Lufthansa | Rand Merchant Bank | Goldman Sachs | Ammer Foundation | Hamburg Cultural Ministry | Hamburg Cultural Foundation | German Embassy South Africa | Goethe Institute Johannesburg | Mantombazana Foundation | Dance Forum | Moving Into Dance Mophatong | South African Embassy Berlin | South African Consulate General Munich | Brand South Africa | University of Hamburg | Uber | Norman Goodfellows |

Private Sponsors Honorary Patron: Pulane Kingston



Rebellion & Johannesburg fuses traditional culture and contemporary culture to depict the landscape of the young individual wrestling with the convoluted South Africa as well as that of star-crossed lovers; Romeo & Juliet. Throughout the work we begin to discover that it is made up of various scenes which all seem to aid the entire theme of young individuals living in a chaotic land. It is when Shakespeare’s age old tale is introduced that we may get startled. The performers introduce Romeo & Juliet in a traditional South African context where a wild “Sangoma” replaces the concerned “Friar” and pink paint (Police used to spray protesters with pink water during demonstrations in Cape Town) the deadly poison.

Jessica Nupen Grew up in Johannesburg where, as a young girl, she was exposed to the harsh brutalities of racism and the oppressiveness inflicted by a minority in power. These memories and experiences have had a profound impact on the way that she sees and interprets the world around her. Jessica completed her professional training in London at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and has danced in Covent Garden, the National Theater of Mannheim and the State Theaters of Giessen, Lübeck and Berlin, and currently produces her work in Germany and South Africa. Her works have been performed in Germany as part of an African Female Arts collective and alongside dance greats such as Emio Greco and Ohad Naharin in Italy. She recently opened the South African Dance Umbrella Festival with her internationally acclaimed REBELLION & JOHANNESBURG dance-theatre production.

Moving Into Dance Mophatong Established in 1978 as a non-racial dance company, Moving into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) is a trailblazing, nationally acclaimed dance company, which has produced a multitude of award winning and productive dancers and choreographers throughout South Africa and internationally. MIDM is South Africa’s premiere professional, full-time, contemporary African dance company and training academy.

Spoek Mathambo Mathambo grew up in Soweto, South Africa. In 2010, his debut album Mshini Wam received the Young Director Award at the 2011 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The edgy, unorthodox figure of Spoek Mathambo heads the South African band Fantasma project. Mathambo's music incorporates Zulu traditions, hip hop psych rock, ancestral beats, Bacardi house and even aspects of surf music.

Anmari Honiball Anmari grew up in the historical diamond town of Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa. She was awarded winner of the Lufthansa First Best Collections. Currently she is working under her fashion label ANMARI HONIBALL that produces locally made women's wear.

Ed Blignaut Professional freelance photographer and videographer who focusses on capturing the essence of a subject, be it in nature or people. He has worked with Ross Garrett, Warren Van Rensburg, Steve Tanchel, and Sacha Waldman.

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.

Ioannis Mandafounis & Aoife McAtamney

KALAMATA SEAFRONT (Panellinio)  | 11:00

Οne One One

Concept Ioannis Mandafounis
Choreography Ioannis Mandafounis & Aoife McAtamney
Production Management Mélanie Fréguin
Production Cie Ioannis Mandafounis

Coproduction: Prairie – Migros Pour-cent culturel, Festival de Danse 2015
Supported by City of Geneva, State of Geneva, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Culture Ireland, Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois (Trois-CL), Ministry of Culture-Luxembourg, Swiss Society of Authors (SSA)


One One One In the interactive work One One One, choreographer Ioannis Mandafounis invites the spectator to share with him some time within a common space in the most simple and direct way. In the simple “staging” of 2 parallel lines on the ground and 2 chairs, one on each line, the two artists invade the public space and embark the public into unexpected experiences. Sit in your chair, remain seated as much as you wish and gaze into the dancer’s eyes: this is how the prerequisites for a personal space will be created.

Ioannis Mandafounis studied at the National School of Dance in Athens and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. He was a member of the Göteborg Opera Ballet, the Nederlands Dans Theater II and the Forsythe Company. Since 2004 he has been working as a choreographer collaborating with dancers and musicians. Together with Fabrice Mazliah and May Zarhy, he founded the trio MAMAZA, which has co-produced international works shown across Europe and Asia. He was associate artist of deSingel theatre in Antwerp with the trio MAMAZA. He has collaborated with Elena Giannotti in ApersonA, with Aoife McAtamney and with Laurent Chétouane. Together with Bruce Myers, Elena Giannotti and Roberta Mosca he created Ossip Mandelstam. A Performance (2016). In 2015 he received the distinction of Outstanding Male Dancer by the Swiss Dance Awards. He is a dance instructor at celebrated training institutions teaching improvisation technique inspired by the ancient form of martial art "Budo", and he has been choreographing for companies and schools.

Aoife McAtamney Freelance choreographer living in Dublin. Aoife studied at London Contemporary Dance School & the D.A.N.C.E II programme. She has been choreographing since 2009, with her first work Sweetheart that’s the interesting part... premiering in the Pavillon Noir, Aix en-Provence. Her first solo Softer Swells was an Aerowaves selection for 2014. In 2012 she formed DISH Dance with Anna Kaszuba, Juan Corres Benito and Ilan Kav. Other collaborations include Egg Charade with Nina Vallon of Envy&P., A Room For All Our Tomorrows with Igor & Moreno, and One One One – a duet with Ioannis Mandafounis.

IT'S ALWAYS HERE by Adi Boutrous


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It’s Always Here

Choreography Adi Boutrous
Artistic Advice, Μanagement Rehearsal Anat Vaadia
Lighting Yoav Barel
Music Francisco Lopez, Prince Conley, Entrance
Music Edit Adi Boutrous

Performers Avshalom Latucha, Adi Boutrous

Premiere: “Curtain Up”, Israel 2016, under the artistic direction of Hillel Kogan


With the support of the Embassy of Israel in Greece


It’s Always Here “The body carries our identity”: On a stripped bare stage, Boutrous and Avshalom Latucha move –at one point together, in sync by listening and responding to one another, at another point each defines a distinct path of his own.
The choreography is drawn from contact improvisation and even hip hop in the intensivity of the movement and technical virtuosity. [...] Boutrous and Latucha move in different directions while maintaining contact with their heads, as if they are incapable of separating or in long moments of leaning on one another, which at times appear intimate cradling and at others as if the body carrying is struggling not to collapse under the other’s weight. They dance with one another, on one another, under and through each other’s bodies. Thus, the body reveals the delicate and complex dynamic of the identity of this pair and how it is fed, bleeds together, supports and even compromises the personal identity of each.

Adi Boutrous Born in 1989. Dancer and choreographer, lives and works in Tel Aviv. Ηe completed his formal dance training at Maspa-Mateh Asher School for performing arts in Kibbutz Ga’aton and soon continued at the Maslool - Dance Professional Training Program in Tel-Aviv.

Avshalom Latucha Born in Ashdod, Israel at 1987. He took his first dance lessons at the Haifa dance workshop Freelance dancer, he met Adi Boutrous at 2015 and took part in Boutrous’s last two dance pieces.

SCARABEO, ANGLES AND THE VOID by Andrea Costanzo Martini


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SCARABEO Angles and the Void

Choreography Andrea Costanzo Martini
Dramaturgy Yael Biegon-Citron
Rehearsal Director Melanie Barson
Lighting Yoav Barel
Sound Design Binya Reches
Costumes Nir Benita
Music Julyan, John Cale/B. Eno, Franco Battiato
Artistic Advisor Hillel Kogan

Performed by Avidan Ben-Giat, Andrea Costanzo Martini


In the setting of a performance, the price and the pleasure of becoming an object are revealed; an embodiment duel.
Within the tight frame of the choreography, the experience of the flesh, skin and bones, the effort, the fatigue and the gaze of the audience are the elements that keep the dancers awake and ready to transform once again into something new.

Andrea Costanzo Martini was born in Italy where he received his first education in contemporary dance and ballet. In 2004 he began his professional carrier in the Aalto Staats Theater Essen, in 2006 he joined the Batsheva Ensemble, and later the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm. In 2012 he moved back to Israel where he joined the Inbal Pinto Dance Company. Andrea is regularly working as a teacher and mentor and is choreographing for various groups (Sadna Ga’aton, Dafna Szilberg Theater etc).

Avidan Ben Giat Studied at the Academy of Music and Dance and the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. Danced with the Ensemble of the Batsheva Dance Company and later with the Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company, simultaneously created and produced in Israel and Japan.

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