Program of the Day // 18.7.16
LEON & THE WOLF | CHRISTOS PAPADOPOULOS
Kalamata Dance Megaron – Studio
18.7.2016 / 20:00
CHRISTOS PAPADOPOULOS / LEON & THE WOLF
Concept - Choreography: Christos Papadopoulos
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach Art of Fugue, Contrapunctus 1
Music Editor: Kornilios Selamsis
Light Design: Christos Papadopoulos - Stefanos Droussiotis
Costumes: Claire Bracewell
Voice 1. Maria Bregianni, movement - Nafsika Tsara, Flute
Voice 2. Georgios Kotsifakis, movement –Eugenio Zebai, Violin
Voice 3. Amalia Kosma, movement - Kostas Tzekos, Bass clarinet
Voice 4. Hermis Malkotsis, movement - Alexis Karaiskakis, Cello
Opus refers to a form of musical composition (opus) distinguished for being highly structured and diverse. The main focus of the show is the study of that structure in order to decode it and ultimately visualise it live on stage. Within a sparsely decorated stage set, movement follows either the rhythmic or the harmonic development of the music, turning the viewers’ attention to each instrument separately, or sometimes to two, and sometimes to the overall score composition. The choreography attempts in this way to develop a new code for reading a musical work, which translates the temporal aspects of the music composition into the spatial element of the bodies.
Opus was selected from among 470 applications for the Danse Élargie international competition to take place 17-19 June 2016 at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris.
This is the second piece by the young and upcoming choreographer Christos Papadopoulos. Having studied at the illustrious School for New Dance Development in the Netherlands and at the Drama School of the National Theatre of Greece, he has developed a unique artistic identity. He established Leon and the Wolf in 2015, with a focus on research on the body and the discovery of new ways of storytelling through simplicity and the belief that small can be big. In 2015, his first piece, Elvedon, inspired by Virginia Woolf’s novel The Waves, won first place among 490 applications in the most important European choreography network, Aerowaves – Dance across Europe. A European tour is scheduled for 2016.
FIRST POSITION / BESS KARGMAN
Kalamata Dance Megaron – Terrace
Sunday 17 & Monday 18.7.2016 / 22:00
a film by Bess Kargman
The awarded documentary that touched the hearts of audience and critics, Bess Kargman’s First Position (2011) will be screened as part of the 22nd Kalamata International Dance Festival parallel events. Organised in collaboration with CineDoc and with the support of the Embassy of the United States of America, the screening is taking place on Sunday, 17 July on the Kalamata Dance Hall Veranda (starting at 22:00, duration 91 min.).
Thousands of young dancers take part each year in one of the greatest ballet competitions in the world, Youth America Grand Prix, where nothing less than perfection is acceptable. In the final round, hundreds of dancers compete in order to make a dream of a lifetime come true and win one of the coveted scholarships. The film follows six of these talented dancers during the course of their painstaking preparation for the competition, coping through willpower with exhaustion, injuries and teenage difficulties. The resulting documentary is a fascinating portrait of a group of extraordinarily gifted young dancers – a riveting account of the tenacity and passion of youth.
After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, the film won the San Francisco Doc Fest Jury Prize, as well as audience awards at Dallas International Film Festival, Portland International Film Festival and DOC NYC. The Wall Street Journal has described the film as ‘a real-life “Billy Elliot”’, and Film Journal International recommends it as a film that ‘will totally delight balletomanes and all those who value beauty, talent and off-the-grid determination’.
Bess Kargman / 91′ / 2011 / USA
With the support of
LECTURE BY PAT CATTERSON
18.07.2016, 17:00 -19:00
Lecture by Pat Catterson
Pat Catterson will discuss the genesis and philosophy of the unique process she began to develop in 2008, and the latest work to emerge from it, NOW. This new methodology emphasizes liveness, seeks to utilize dancers as full participating artist rather than as well-tooled repeating machines, and embraces dance’s ephemerality rather than trying to defy it. NOW., which premièred in early 2016, paired eight dancers in NYC with dancers in nine other countries: Greece, Japan, Estonia, Norway, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium and Argentina. In this performance/event/installation the dancers performed live together via SKYPE projection. Catterson will tell the story of NOW., the process and realization of the work as well as its difficulties and revelations.