5th Day Program // 17.7.18

24th Kalamata Dance Festival

Program of the Day // 17.7.18



 Kalamata Dance Megaron - Studio | 20:00

Thi Mai

After touring around the world, the solo Etna by Thi-Mai Nguyen is being presented in 24th Kalamata Dance Festival evolved and matured. Thi-Mai with her small body and her immense dance is a woman of multiple talents. She dances, sings and acts creating a heartbreaking performance. She plays Etna, a young tramp drowned in her madness, a tape recorder in her arms. We can hear, through the tape recorder, the sounds of her past life, which warm up her body and her memories.

Etna dances in order to ward off fate and bad luck, to keep alive inside her breast a little spark of life. Although stuck in the mire, she still dances having a strong desire to feel, to be, and to love. Homeless people are survivors of a tough and jarring reality. They disappear behind a veil of loneliness, wandering like shadows in the heart of our cities. These people who swing over the edge of death, seem to shift the challenge of existence: it is no longer about doing or succeeding, but about surviving.

The premiere took place at Théâtre de la Balsamine in Brussels on 7, 8 and 9 of March 2018, followed by two more shows at Théâtre Marni on 29 and 31 of May.

Duration: 45΄


Direction & Choreography: Thi-Mai Nguyen
Performed by: Thi-Mai Nguyen
Sound: Benjamin Dandoy
Sound Creation: Antoine Delagoutte
Light Concept: Rémy Urbain

Co-production: Théâtre de la Balsamine

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With the support of: Théâtre Marni and Garage 29
Subvention: Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

Thanks to: La Maison de la création, Ultima Vez, Théâtre Marni, Théâtre de la Balsamine, Marie Hossenlopp, Laida Aldaz Arrieta, Lucy Debay, Hugues Anhes


 Thi Mai Nguyen

Thi-Mai Nguyen studied at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris from 1995 to 1999 and then in PARTS from 2000 to 2002. Shortly after she graduated, she collaborated with the Belgium choreographer Wim Vandekeybus in the company Ultima Vez, in different shows as Blush, Puur, Spiegel, Radical Wrong, Oedipe as well in the films Blush and Here After. In 2010 she collaborated with Michelle Anne de Mey in Sinfonia Eroica. In 2012 she worked with La compagnie du Hanneton of James Thierrée in the show Tabac Rouge, then in La grenouille avait raison till the end of 2017. She was assistant to the choreographer James Thierrée for the show Frôlons, a performance for 56 dancers at the Opéra national de Paris (2018).

Etna is her first solo, a short version was presented at La Maison de la création, at the Festival of Kortrijk; in 2015 at the 14th Asia Arts Festival of Quanzhou; in 2016 at Deltebre Festival, and at the Auditorium CRR 93 at Aubervilliers.


Kalamata Dance Megaron - Main Stage | 22:00

Tzeni Argiriou

Anonymity and privacy convert into a paradoxical reality where natural presence, intimacy and contact are progressively being replaced by digital reality. ΑΝΩΝΥΜΟ [Anonymo] researches the course of the artistic practice originally being the starting line of human connection and social cohesion up to the present digital era.

Tzeni Argyriou creates an intriguing performance, proposing an innovative movement language generated by the notions of somatic memory, human contact and team cohesion. Founded on the routes of initiation and participation rituals, ΑΝΩΝΥΜΟ attempts to create a path that connects the digital with the somatic, in search of a present space.

Quirky and multi-dimensional, interesting and amusing, Argyriou’s choreographic work introduces the audience to an abstract world where dance takes human communication beyond music or words.

Duration: 70΄


Concept & Choreography: Tzeni Argyriou
Performers: Hermes Malkotsis, Dimitra Mertzani, Konstantinos Papanikolaou, Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, Stavroula Siamou, Nancy Stamatopoulou, Dimitris Sotiriou
Dramaturgy: Miguel Angel Melgares 
Scenography & Visual Concept: Vassilis Gerodimos
Original Music & Sound Designer: Pepe Garcia Rodriguez
Lighting Designer: Vangelis Mountrichas   
Costumes Designer: Ioanna Tsami
Sound Engineering: Antonis Nikiforos  
Research for the embodiment of Social & Digital Media: Erato Tzavara 
Assistant to the Choreographer & Production Coordinator: Danai Giannakopoulou 
Choreographer’s Assistant: Amalia Kosma
Scenographer’s Assistant: Marileni Vourtsi 
R&D Assistant: Danai Arsenia
Artistic Direction: Amorphy
Production Design / Executive Producer: Konstantinos Sakkas

Production: Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens | www.sgt.gr

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Co-production: Kalamata International Dance Festival (Kalamata, GR) Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (Paris, FR).

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Supported by: Isadora & Raymond Duncan Dance Research Center

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Founding member of amorphy.org since 2003, Tzeni Argyriou has been generating her choreographic artwork for more than 10 years, with a focus on the integration of Performing Arts with other artistic genres. Graduate of the National School of Dance (KSOT) in Athens, she continued her training in New York on a scholarship from the Onassis Foundation.

Her previous projects include untitled, a live performance/installation presented at Fast Forward Festival 2; X – apartments, a 2015 Onassis Cultural Centre production; Memorandum, a 2013-14 co-production of Théâtre des Bernardines, O Espaço do Tempo, tanzhaus nrw and Marseille-Provence; Memoria Obscura 2011-12 (V. Nikopoulos’ archive); leas(e)nter (Kunstkapel Museum, Amsterdam 2011); and Dr. Maybe Darling (Benaki Museum 2010).

In 2006-2007, she was the Artistic Director of the iMAP project funded by EU Culture 2000 in collaboration with the top media art organisations of Holland, Germany, Greece, and Bulgaria which led to the creation of See You In Walhalla (Athens Festival, 2007).

Tzeni Argyriou’s work has been presented among others at Virtual Museum – Amsterdam, Athens Festival, Benaki Museum and Camp (Athens), PACT Zollverein and Interactions Labor Media Lab (Germany), Lugar Comum (Portugal), Tri-Angle (France), and Fringe Festival (N.Y.C.).



17.07.2018 | 19:00
Kalamata Central Square 


99 transformations, 99 moments of breath, of birth, of the mystery that weaves the fine thread of the human existence. A journey into the nebulous, shady and hidden corners of a possible self.


Concept, Choreography, Performance: Athanasia Kanellopoulou
Music Composition, Performance: Nikos Palaiologos (string instruments), Giorgos Kladis (percussion)
Photographers: Vagia Tsiourvopoulou, Marc Wiesener

In co-production with the Municipal Conservatory of Kalamata – International Kalamata Music Days

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Athanasia Kanellopoulou has studied with a scholarship both at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, London and at Martha Graham School, New York and Spanish Literature and Culture at Hellenic Open University. Over 17 years she lived and worked in Europe with artists and companies as les ballets C de la B, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch (guest artist), Cocoondance, Alexandra Waierstall, Gregor Zoellig, In-jung Jun, Guy Weissman, Rami Levi, Jossi Berg. Since 2008 she has developed over 17 works presenting them in numerous festivals in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. Her research focuses on the evolution of ideas about female identity. She has been invited as a guest choreographer from JV2 (Jasmin Vardimon), ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble, Sareyyet Ramallah Palestine, Iceland Academy of Arts, University of Malta Dance Studies, SEAD Salzburg, etc. She is giving workshops of contemporary dance technique, choreography and improvisation in companies and dance institutes in Greece and abroad such as: SEAD Academy, Greenwich Dance Agency, Malta University, Seoul Arts Centre, Cairo Contemporary Dance Centre, State School of Dance (KSOT), Athens, Iceland Academy of Arts, Garage 29 Brussels, Dance Cultural Centre, Athens, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Istanbul etc. She is currently working as a freelance independent choreographer, pedagogue and performer.

13 → 22.07
JOSEF NADJ Inhancutilitatem 


10:00-13:00 & 19:00-22:00
13.7.2018 | Opening | 21:00
Kalamata Dance Megaron Lobby

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With his series called Inhancutilitatem, Josef Nadj gets back to the cyanotype, this ancestor of photography, in a move that is like a return to the roots. A joyful pantheistic celebration, a game with the states of matter – combining fibers, lines and patterns; searching for new forms of life. One can also make out a ‘rite of passage’ in this deep and almost mystical blue, evoking new skies between Cyan and Prussian blue.

A swallow place where the movement of existence creates, as well for the hunter gatherer as for the spectator, a compelling object of meditation.

To this end the merciful angels often proposed and invented figures, characters, forms and unknown words from us mortals, and wonderful and meaningless according to the usual practices of the language, but inducing us through the highest admiration our reason, a diligent search of intelligible things, then the veneration and love of these things (Johannes Reuchlin, De Arte Cabalistica, Hagenhau, 1517, III).

 With the support of:

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13 → 22.07.2018
Kalamata Municipal Stadium

Peter Jasko

This is more of a creativity and artistic self-awareness class rather than merely a dance class. Because of its nature, it is an open level class for professional dancers and movers alike. The class begins with the exploration of ways to overcome self-judgment and self-limitations. After waking up the whole body, we will delve into exercises to empower our focus. We will explore the area between power and fragility. We will move with the intention of never going back, developing our fearlessness and ability to trust each instant’s potential to lead us to new grounds. We will give ourselves the necessary time to tune into our body’s intuitive intelligence to solve movement paradoxes.

These simple materials are technical tools and also tools for composition. We encourage the dancer to playfully explore their personal language and inner creative processes that result both from everyday lived experience and learned movement patterns. By opening up to creative curiosity, we will work on enhancing our movement fluency. Also, we will develop strategies to explore the space between continuity and disruption of movement ideas by naming patterns for those interested in building choreographies.

Peter Jasko was born in 1982 in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia. He is a dancer, choreographer and teacher as well as co-founder of the Les SlovaKs dance collective. He took his first dance classes at the folk dance company Dumbier Slovakia, where he spent eleven years. From 1996 to 2001, Peter studied and graduated from the Conservatory J.L.Bella of dance, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia.

He continued his highier education at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava before entering at the international school of dance P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels (2002), under the direction of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. His professional experience ranges from dancing with different international artists and companies such as Zuzana Hajkova, Opera Banska Bystrica, ASpO, Company Roberto Olivan, OXOXOX - Juri Konjar, G. Barberio Corsetti & Fattou Traore, Company Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. He collaborated with David Zambrano as a performer, and also as an assistant for his classes and workshops. His teaching experience started in 2002 and at the moment he is teaching in many dance studios, dance and circus schools and companies in Belgium, Slovakia, Holland, Norway, Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland, Austria, New York.


15 → 21.7.2018
Kalamata Municipal Stadium


This is an intense and dense group dynamic class.

It is about energy, about constantly challenging our limits. Understanding what defines us as dancers and pushing those boundaries over and over again. Allowing the environment to influence our dancing skills, refining tools to create new movement qualities and new rhythms. Digging deeper inside the range of our own personal dance vocabulary, becoming anyone or anything.

Working with partnering, multi-directional micro-narrative movement to transforming as a whole group. Learning how to effectively be unpredictable, how to recycle energy, how to use the body as our primary tool. This is a new process of study in which the teacher offers such guidance throughout the whole learning process so that students fully digest the work done to get to a completely new level.


Edivaldo Ernesto (Mozambique) is an improvisation expert, teacher and choreographer. He began to dance in 1997 Mozambican traditional dances and after attending seminars of contemporary dance he formed as a gifted dancer, teacher and choreographer. For a period of 14 years he worked with David Zambrano in duet improvisations and other performances and touring across the world. He collaborated with Sasha Waltz and Guests Company from 2007 until 2014.

Since 2012 he also developed various collaborative projects with famous artists such as Judith Sánchez Ruíz and the film composer Hauschka. In 2018 he collaborated with Linda Kapetanea in the duet Half-the-Thruth for Rootlessroot.

He has presented his work at Bouge B, deSingel Festival in Antwerp; Tanzfestival in Kulturzentrum Tempel, in Karlsruhe; Gdansk Dance Festival Poland; Radialsystem in Berlin; Exit Festival, Paris, with German Pianist and film composer Hauschka; FEC (Fundación Espacio Creativo), Panama City; Dresdener Musikfestspiel.

Since 2012 Edivaldo Ernesto has focused in the investigation and development of his own techniques: 'Depth Movement' and 'Next Level' giving workshops all over the world.

Dance Workshop for People with Disabilities


16 → 20.07.2018

Dance Workshop for People with Disabilities

Project Director: Sofia F. Droumpali
Lecturers: Sue Curtis, Juliet Diener, Sofia F. Droumpali

Τhe project “Dancing My Way” is focused on the therapeutic

and inclusive aspect of dance for people with disabilities.

Sofia F. Droumpali designed and directs the project aiming to inspire, educate and provide a first solid ground about the idea of making a contemporary dancing space for people with disabilities in her hometown Kalamata, through an international scientific and therapeutic approach that this field requires. The art video that will be created will bring in the surface the whole process of the “Dancing My Way” project which is conducted by PHARIS (Kalamata International Dance Festival - Kalamata Municipal Dance School) in collaboration with the Centre of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Kalamata.

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icandance: making dance accessible for all.                                                                  

icandance is an approach developed By Juliet Diener which believes in the power of dance and its ability to support wellbeing for those living with disabilities. Juliet believes that dance can be used to nurture positive relationships, build confidence and encourage creative expression in those with disabilities. The workshops will offer professionals, families and individuals with disabilities the opportunity to understand and experience this approach.  

Open training: 10:00 – 11:00 and  two closed workshops for people with disabilities and their carers: 11:30 – 12:20, 13:.00 - 13:50

Sue Curtis, 17.7.2018

Entering the Sensory Landscape: Creative workshops for parents, carers and professionals.

Do we hear only with our ears, see only with our eyes? How can the language of the body contribute to our understanding and making sense of relationships? Can we enter a sensory landscape in order to meet children and young people with learning difficulties and physical impairments with an openness to feel, sense and be alongside?

Open lecture: 10:00 – 11:00 and   two open workshops: 11:30 – 12:30, 13:00 - 14:00


Sofia F. Droumpali, 18-20.7.2018

Creating a special dancing space for people with disabilities in Kalamata.

The therapeutic and inclusive dancing sessions for people with disabilities and their carers focus on the dynamic development of 3 closed groups that started in Kalamata in March. The interpersonal bodily communication between disabled and non- disabled people and the sense of belonging to a dancing community that makes alive the individual identities of people with disabilities are explored. The themes of the sessions are: ‘Watch me’, ‘Relieving the distance’, ‘Tracing My Dance’.

Three daily closed dancing workshops for people with disabilities: 10:00 – 10:50, 11:30 -12:20, 13:00 -13:50


Sue Curtis Bed, MA (DMT), RDMP, Supervisor, Lecturer, Teacher, Dancer

Sue trained as a dancer and teacher, practicing as a therapist with children and young people within mainstream and special education. She has lectured and supervised on MA DMP training courses since 1993 (currently at Goldsmiths), supervises privately and been engaged in the work of the Association for DMP UK.  She has been a guest lecture in Barcelona, Ukraine, Poland and Latvia. Sue lived through 3 years of cancer treatment, leaving her disabled, but giving rise to exploring ‘body mapping’ as a way of the body telling its’ story and is currently developing this within supervision.

Juliet Diener, MA (DMP), RDMP, HDE Dance Movement Psychotherapist Principal, Lecturer, Teacher, Dancer.

Juliet is a qualified Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Special Educational Needs teacher and Ballet teacher. Juliet’s belief in the power of dance and its ability to give those with disabilities a voice motivated her to create icandance, a charity which offers dance and performance opportunities to children and young people aged 4 to 25 years old with varying learning, physical and social/emotional difficulties. The charity is based in London and offers a creative, therapeutic community for dancers and their families. Visit www.icandance.org.uk. Juliet also lectures and supervises at Goldsmiths University.


Sofia F. Droumpali, MA (DMP), ADMP, Dance Performer, Dance Teacher, Teacher

Sofia firstly educated in contemporary dance and ballet studying in the Pre-Professional classes of Pharis, in her hometown, Kalamata. She graduated from the Professional Dance School ‘Rallou Manou’ and from the Department of Primary Education at University of Patra. Sofia’s experience as dance teacher for traumatised children in Athens led her study Dance Movement Psychotherapy (MA) at Goldsmiths University of London. Since 2015, she has been working in London as Dance Movement Psychotherapist and Teacher of Therapeutic Dance with people with disabilities, Mental Health difficulties and refugees. Her dancing dialogues with disabled people in Kalamata’s previous Dance Festival motivated her to design and actualise the project ‘Dancing My Way’.

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