21st Summer Dance Festival

21st Summer Dance Festival

About

Summer Dance Festival, of Nea Kinisi, in its 21st edition!
A three-day celebration of contemporary dance in the city center of Limassol.
5 site specific performances in open air public spaces – One walking route each day.
Parallel activities that interest both the artistic community and the wider audience.

The festival is organised by Nea Kinisi with the support of the Municipality of Limassol and is funded by the Deputy Ministry of Culture, Department of Contemporary Culture.

Curatorial Committee: Konstantina Skalionta , Elena Gavriel, Georgia Andreou, Eleana Alexandrou, Fotis Nicolaou

FREE ENTRANCE for all performances and events

Schedule

Performances & Artists bio

Slips away from you

Artist: Belinda Papavasiliou &
Petros Konnaris
Duration: 4-5hrs

Vacationists in the Absurd

Artist: Styliana Apostolou &
Polena Kolia Petersen
Duration: 40’

Matter

Artist: Melissa Garcia Carro in collaboration
with Arianna Economou

Duration: 49'

Let unfold

Artist: Maria Papageorgiou
Duration: 15’

A meeting- celebration

Artist: Viky Kalla
Duration: 25’

Production credits

Organization: Nea Kinisi of Dance Groups, Dancers, and Choreographers of Cyprus

Direction and Production Management: Katerina Kyriacou
Assistant Production Manager: Georgia Andreou
Technical Support: Yiangos Hadjiyannis
Artistic Direction: Konstantina Skalionta, Katerina
Kyriacou, Georgia Andreou

Graphic Design: Emilio Moraris
Promo Teaser – Festival Filming: Nicolas Karatzas
Festival Photography: Pavlos Vrionides
Social Media Manager: Ioanna Chimarrides
Website: Anna Pipi

Participant artist bio

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A celebration

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Maria Papageorgiou

Let unfold

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Melissa Garcia Carro

Matter

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Belinda Papavasiliou & Petros Konnaris

Slips away from you

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Vacationists in the Absurd

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slips away from you

Belinda Papavasiliou, Petros Konnaris
Duration: 4-5hrs
Soundscape: Panos Bartzis
Costume design: Arianna Marcoulides
Seamstress: Dora Panagiotou

The long durational performance ‘slips away from you’ negotiates the relation between bodies and horizon; the line seemingly separating the sky from the earth, framing our gaze while we ponder upon notions of distance and vastness, and the far away and the infinite. Activating the viewers’ gaze, Belinda and Petros visit the last breakwaters before Molos and explore how they coexist with the real and imaginary elements inhabiting this specific landscape as well as how they are integrated and become an extension of the site. Visitors are invited to spend time in this environment experiencing the sea in the modern city of Limassol and through the kinesthetic, visual and sound stimuli to experience another temporality and imagine, individually and collectively, how we begin a new day. *Please bring headphones and a smartphone for a better experience of the performance. On Sunday 14.7 morning there will be cold brew and snacks by Shuffle Bakes.

Artist bio:

Belinda Papavasiliou (born 1992) is an artist and movement practitioner based in Cyprus. She creates performance works, installations, experimental dance films, curates sensory walks and facilitates open practice and movement workshops. She also works as a performer, choreographer and movement director collaborating with various artists, cultural collectives and organisations in Cyprus and beyond.
Some of her works were presented at Thkio Ppalies, Atelier Processes of Healing: Becoming well Again at Dance House Nicosia, Sessions x Spel State Gallery, Prague Quadrennial, Rialto theatre, Open House Festival, Majestic State Gallery, Xarkis Festival, Cyprus Choreography Showcase, ONCA Gallery, 4bid gallery OT301 Amsterdam Cultural Center and others.

Petros Konnaris (Nicosia, 1988) works between the fields of live art, participatory art, and dance since 2011. Petros’ work focuses on the performativity and embodiment of care, relationality, ‘holding the space’, and generating curiosity and thought-provoking environments.
His artistic research is expressed through daily actions, durational happenings, 1-1 (one with one) performances, public interventions, and process-based artefacts. His methodology includes the use of discussion and writing, performing the practice and research as performance with influences by feminist and queer interpretations of belongingness.
Since 2022 he has been the artistic director of the Dance House Lefkosia.

Vacationists in the Absurd

Styliana Apostolou, Polena Kolia Petersen
Duration: 40 minutes

In “Vacationists in the Absurd” the heroines attempt to find or create meaning, when vanity begins to threaten all of their rotten foundations. Acquainted with a world that praises absurdity, individualism and competitiveness for them to serve the comfortable capitalist machine of their lives, they are confronted with either hysterically sustaining things as they know them or creating solidarian resistances to our toxic times. The piece uses humor and elements from dancetheater wishing to mobilize concern and a critical gaze towards our choices and ways of living in this world motivated by money, profit and alienation

The piece has been developed and initially presented as part and with the support of the Transnational Residency between Dance Days Chania Festival and Dance House Lemesos 2023 and Sofia Falierou and Alexis Vassiliou accordingly.

Thanks to Lia Haraki for her mentorship for the presentation of the piece at the Festival of Nea Kinisi 2024.

Artist bio:

Matter

Duration: 49 minutes
Melissa Garcia Carro in collaboration with Arianna Economou
Dramaturgy: Pascal Caron
Costumes: Georgia Moditi

“Matter” is a choreographic piece in which Arianna and Melissa perform their encounter as dancers. The choreography reveals the knowledge and narratives embedded within bodily materiality – whether it be a dynamic interplay between mother and daughter, or teacher and student – creating a space to reflect on how people come together.

Artist bio:

Melissa Garcia Carro is a dance artist and educator. As a dancer, Melissa finds profound joy in movement and seeks to constantly evolve and explore new creative frontiers. Her artistic research is characterised by a commitment to self- transformation and the cultivation of imaginative spaces that invite immersive experiences. Collaboration lies at the core of her artistic work, as she always engages in creative partnerships.

Let unfold

Maria Papageorgiou
Duration: 15’
Artistic Collaborator: Diamanto Hadjizacharia
Photo: Diamanto Hadjizacharia

This solo performance is about grief.
This solo follows a culture with sustained grief.
This is not a proposal on quick healing.
Grief is a personal matter.
This matter brings me melancholy.
This solo is being danced by my melancholy.
My melancholy fades as I dance.

Artist bio:

Maria Papageorgiou (b.1998) is a dancer currently based in Limassol. She graduated from ‘Aktina’ Professional Dance School in Athens in October 2021. She continued her studies in Spain at the ‘La Faktoria Choreographic Center’. She has worked and performed for Marta Coronado and Laida Aldaz Arrieta. She showed cased her solo piece ‘When I get anxious, I put my shoes on’ at on Bodies 2022 festival hosted by Dance House Lefkosia. She has taken various workshops and seminars with Salva Sanchis, Georgia Vardarou, Thomas Hauert, Daivd Zambrano, Bertha Bermudez, Manuel Pelmus and Vera Mantero.

A meeting- celebration

Viky Kalla
Duration : 25’

Communication among people is always important. The collective energy, sharing, and the possibilities that the group, the mass, can function as a relief from the stress and discomfort of everyday life. Contact with other people is important for our psychology and well-being.
The work refers to the crowding of the mass, the group of people who are very close to one another. There is a strong need for substantial communication and contact between people. By seeking the unexpected and through the freedom of choice, we remain adventurous, alive, vulnerable, and dynamic. This path is difficult and often brings us embarrassment.
However, it is also the one that shows us ways to something new and refreshing, opens gaps of surprise for us, and gives us moments full of meaning. Moments of connection and presence, a meeting – celebration. We find ways to move functionally, simply, and mainly together where they bring us to the here and now of movement. Alive, free, different.

Performers

Elisavet Panagiotou
Elias Klark
Apollo Anastasiades
John Stamataris
Marianna Yiannaki
Ioli Kaskani
Constantinos Tsiakkas
Maria Chrysostomou
Noutsa Nina Poulouzasvili
Elina Karacosta
Avgoustina Triarou

Artist bio:

Vicky Kalla started her studies at the age of 16 with a scholarship at the professional school of dance “Epsedanse” in Montpellier, France. She studied both classical and contemporary dance; and in 2006 she acquired the state diploma of France “EAT” (Examen D’Attitude Technique). She completed her studies in Greece at the Higher School of Larissa and graduated as a dance teacher in 2011. She joined the Thessalian Ballet under the direction of Gesh Mihov (2008-2011)l In 2010, she was amongst the 15 finalists of the International competition “Premio Roma” in Italy and in 2011 she won the 3rd prize at the “Chausson d’Or” competition in France. In Cyprus, her first collaboration was in 2009 for the “Kypria” Festival with Amfidromo Chorotheatro and in 2010 she joined the company created for the events of the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Cyprus. Since 2011 she has been living in Cyprus and has worked amongst others with Amfidromo Chorotheatro, Asomates Dynameis, Dance Cyprus, Fotis Nikolaou and other choreographers. On 2015 she founded “Kalla Dancing Studio” in Nicosia, which she has been directing.