13 → 22.07.2018
Kalamata Municipal Stadium
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.
MARQUESE SCOTT and POPPIN JOHN
Kalamata Municipal Stadium
Marquese Scott and Poppin John are two of the best freestyle dancers in the world. Their videos on YouTube have amazed half a billion viewers. They teach animation, poppin and locking. Special guests of the 24th Kalamata Dance Festival this is their first time in Greece and a unique chance for all dancers to meet them and explore with them their own special techniques.
Marquese Scott (born in 1981) is an American animation dancer who initially was a popping dancer. His work has been seen in music videos that he creates, TV shows, advertisements, and live performances at award shows. Marquese was first exposed to dancing when he noticed a dance contest at his local roller skating rink. He began to take dancing seriously while in high school in Indianapolis, Indiana, joining friends in a school dance club. In 2003, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia and it is there where he met other dancers and learned the technique of animations, and began uploading YouTube videos of himself dancing in public places. Marquese’s 53rd YouTube upload, a video of himself dancing to a Butch Clancy remix of Foster the People's 'Pumped Up Kicks' in 2011 is what propelled Marquese Scott to stardom. The video went viral, gaining 1.5 million views in four days, and currently has over 133 million views.
Poppin John, American poppin dancer, was born in 1986, grew up in Farmington, New Mexico and the first time he seriously thought about learning how to dance was at the age of 11 at a family reunion in Colorado. At adolescence he started a crew with his friends to enter competitions and ever since, having been shaped through endless practice and battles, he has evolved into an internationally famous top dancer at poppin, animation and dubstep. A few years ago he launched his website learn2boost which has made him the teacher of thousands of online students around the world.
ΤHE LOST SOCK
Concept: Linda Kapetanea, Jozef Frucek
Research, Concept Development, Choreography: Vitoria Kotsalou
Kalamata Dance Megaron - Studio
6 → 10.7.2018
Dance Workshop for Children
11.7.2018 | 19:00
Kalamata Dance Festival invites children and teenagers of all ages, with or without dancing experience, to participate in a six-day dance intensive workshop. The aim is to create a dynamic and complex team from the Kalamata youth community.
A choreography will be created during the workshop which will be presented as the opening event of this year's Festival.
The methodology focuses on ways of interaction, overcoming obstacles of age difference, through games that cultivate maximum kinetic efficiency of the body and through the investigation of the relationship between dance, music and drawing. Emphasis will be placed on how younger people can inspire older people and vice versa.
The kinetic repertoire will include elements of improvisation, Fighting Monkey Practice by Jozef Frucek and Linda Kapetanea, acrobatics and movement situations through which the body opens to the quality of explosive expression.
Vitoria Kotsalou is a self trained dancer and choreographer based in Athens. She participates in street theatre, theatre and dance performances and since 2006 she has been developing her own work. She choreographs for theatre performances and she has been working with children, adults and mixed ability groups in dance. She is one of the founding members of the non- profit organization R.I.C.E. and the Ricean School of Dance on the island of Hydra. Her artistic practice integrates interdisciplinary thinking and application, the cultivation of a social dimension of choreography, while establishing her own personal practice techniques for dance.
DANCING MY WAY
16 → 20.07.2018
'THΕODOROS AΝGELOPOULOS’ AMPHITHEATRE
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.
Juliet Diener, 16.7.2018
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’.