Workshops

25 KDF 2019

2019

JOZEF FRUČEK & MANUEL RONDA
A minute of lies: acting and dance workshop 

 

18 → 20.7.2019
Kalamata Municipal Stadium

Jozef Fruček and Manuel Ronda have been artistic collaborators since 2012.They have collaborated in the productions of Rootlessroot company When the dogs assailed their masters, Kireru and Europium, which is still on world tour. In their workshop they will focus on techniques of constructing and sculpting big lies for the stage. The core of the seminar has to do with the fundamental rule of performance which is that spectators must believe what they see is true. The class will deal a lot with emotions and intentions and how to craft them, how to make use of them, how to access them, how to maintain them and how to expose them. How to be always in control of our choices and how to be honest towards them, in order to be believable and not be caught telling lies. The power of stillness and listening will be greatly discussed along with neutrality as a starting point for recognizing and shaping the performer’s inner anthropomorphic monster. Further to that, the class will proceed with ways of finding that state of intentions that allows the performer to have immediate access to physical and mental mobility from stillness as well as the ability to disappear in order to appear under the form of multiple faces.

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Jozef Fruček has a professional sports, martial arts and theatre background and he has dedicated his professional life in the research of movement which promotes personal development along with healthy ageing. Jozef studied in Bratislava at the Academy of Music and Drama Arts and later he got his PhD and Art.D on Voice and Movement. He has explored the aspects of effective communication, voice and breathing for public speaking, performing arts and phycho-hygiene. In 2006, together with Linda Kapetanea, they founded Rootlessroot company and started implementing their research, Fighting Monkey practice, which reflects their unique approach on human motion based on cross motion analysis. He teaches and gives lectures in universities and various athletic and arts centers across Europe, US, Asia and Australia.

Manuel Ronda, based in Brussels, studied industrial design in Genoa and contemporary dance theatre in Amsterdam. He has collaborated both as an actor and dancer with some of the most renowned theatre and dance creators such as Lindsay Kemp, André Gingras, Frédéric Flamand, UltimaVez/Wim Vandekeybus, Elena Fokina, Klaus Jurgens, Seppe Bayens, Tasya Krougovykh/Pussy Riot among others. He teaches contemporary dance and theatre workshops internationally.

JOY ALPUERTO RITTER
Hybrid Movement Workshop 

19 → 22.7.2019
Kalamata Municipal Stadium

Joy Alpuerto Ritter, performer and choreographer, has been a long collaborator with creators like Akram Khan and Wang Ramirez and therefore greatly influenced in the way she approaches movement in its diversity and depth. Her diverse background in ballet, hip hop, voguing, philippine folk and contemporary dance have made her develop an interesting fusion of different ways of physical expression. Her workshop will focus on body isolation, waving, groove and floor work. Her workshop will also include training for being strongly grounded yet dynamic and sensitive while moving in space. Physical rhythm and musicality will also be practiced in combinations and exercises. The workshop will include improvisational tasks and the dancers will work on various movement concepts and body states as a challenge to engage creativity and to explore individual qualities of expression.

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Joy Alpuerto has worked with Akram Khan Company and Honji Wang’s and Sébastien Ramirez‘s company (Wang Ramirez). In the past she was part of Cirque du Soleil. In 2016, she was nominated, at the UK National Dance Awards, for the outstanding female performance award in contemporary dance for the current touring piece “Until the Lions” of Akram Khan Company. Joy has also created her own choreographic work with the solo pieces “Babae” and “Alter Egos”.

 

FRANCISCO CÓRDOVA
Body Action

21 → 27.7.2019
Kalamata Municipal Stadium 

Francisco Córdova, Mexican performer, choreographer and pedagogue, has an educational background in contemporary dance, theatre, direction and stage lighting. He will be giving a workshop on Body Action, a training method he has developed, based on the construction of physical actions. Participants are invited to learn to move through a common language and not through the usual dance codes. The method decodes therefore and deconstructs the established and predetermined languages of the dance. The class is a representation of the function of control and physical intuition and its purpose is to create physical, mental and emotional states through the intense physical work. For doing so, it takes the body to its maximum capabilities through the opening to physically controlled risk. The participants are guided to learn to assume information regarding their intuition, to find truth in their body and to contact their own way of moving.

Francisco Cordova

Francisco Córdova, is director of the Physical Momentum company, director of ATLAS México Festival and director of the training program of Techniques of Movement (TDM) in Mexico and Barcelona. From 2006 he has been developing his methodology Body Action leading numerous workshops in companies, festivals and international arts centers in Europe, Asia and Latin America (DELTEBRE / SEAD / FONTYS / KIBBUTZ, etc.) He has earned various awards, residencies and artistic grants in Latin America, Asia and Europe and he is mentioned as one of the young precursors of new trends of the training of stage performance. Member of several companies and staging projects for 14 years, he has developed as performer, choreographer and teacher participating in meetings and festivals in more than 25 countries around the world.

LALI AYGUADÉ
From lightness to gravity

24 → 28.7.2019
Kalamata Municipal Stadium 

Lali Ayguadé is a Catalan performer and choreographer. The core of her workshop is the study of transformation through physicality. The workshop comprises two main parts: a technical one, with warm-up and sequences to prepare the dancers for the class challenges, and a second part, with a focus on improvisation based on specific tasks. The objective of the workshop is that the participants learn to use the floor emphasizing their work on the feet, strengthening in this way their base and support for movement. Participants will also train to control their weight center and they will explore ways to find freedom in their movement through phrases and improvisations. Rhythm and voice will also be studied in terms of investigating a theatrical physicality.

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Lali Ayguadé, was a full time member of Akram Khan Company for several productions and she has also collaborated, among other renowned creators, with Hofesh Shechter, Roberto Olivan, Marcos Morau and Baró d’Evel. Since 2013, she is the director of her company, with which she has presented “Kokoro” and “iU an Mi”, pieces standing between reality and imagination, merging theatricality with dance. She has also created “Incognito”, which inspired part of the “Timecode” short film, winner of Palma d'Or in Cannes in 2016, Goya and Gaudí awards in 2017 among others. Moreover, she has directed pieces for other companies such as Tanz Bielefeld and Bhodi Project.

The workshop From lightness to gravity by Lali Ayguadé takes place at 25th Kalamata International Dance Festival with the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) through the Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE), in the framework of the Mobility grants.

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LECTURE Jozef Fruček
The Ageing Body

23.7.2019
Kalamata Municipal Stadium  | 13:00 - 15:00 

Jozef Fruček, co-founder along with Linda Kapetanea of RootlessRoot Dance Company and Fighting Monkey Practice, which is being taught in universities, conferences and open research platforms all over the world, gives a 2-hour lecture to dancers and performers on the role of rhythm and coordination in the biological cycles of the human body as well as the importance of conscious and anorthodox practice for the long preservation of youthful vigor in a physical and mental level.

Jozef

Jozef Fruček has a professional sports, martial arts and theatre background and he has dedicated his professional life in the research of movement which promotes personal development along with healthy ageing. Jozef studied in Bratislava at the Academy of Music and Drama Arts and later he got his PhD and Art.D on Voice and Movement. He has explored the aspects of effective communication, voice and breathing for public speaking, performing arts and phycho-hygiene. In 2006, together with Linda Kapetanea, they founded Rootlessroot company and started implementing their research, Fighting Monkey practice, which reflects their unique approach on human motion based on cross motion analysis. He teaches and gives lectures in universities and various athletic and arts centers across Europe, US, Asia and Australia.

 

Dance workshop for children

VITORIA KOTSALOU
Kaleidoscope

12 → 16.7.2019 & performance 17.7.2019 | 19:00
Kalamata Dance Megaron - Main Stage

A dance and choreography workshop for children and teenagers aged 5-16 years

Kalamata Dance Festival invites children and teenagers of all ages, with or without dancing experience, to participate in an intensive five-day dance and choreography workshop and take part in the show that will be presented at the end of the workshop. The workshop is inspired by the idea of light for the development of movement material. As the light moves around and within us, we will follow it as it travels over our body, we will imitate rays of light, we will play like flocks of birds with the light falling on us and moving through us. The material will show how movement motifs are created, how they develop, transform, and how they are communicated in solos, groups or in the whole ensemble. Using a set movement material as well as improvisation, participants will experience the process of the creation of a choreography based on the time, space, ideas and the material which is provided for experimentation, exploration and play.

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Vitoria studied psychology and developed as a self-trained dancer and choreographer based in Athens. She participates in street theatre, theatre, and dance performances since 2006 and has presented her own works. She choreographs for theatre performances and 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, Greece. Her artistic practice integrates interdisciplinary thinking and application, the cultivation of a social dimension of choreography and the act of dancing, while it helps her develop and express her own personal perspective for dance.

 

INFORMATION & REGISTRATION:

KALAMATA MUNICIPAL DANCE SCHOOL
Sofia Botsea, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
tel. +30 27210 83086 / +30 27210 90 886 (daily 16:00-20:00)
Anagnostara & P. Kessari 6, 24100 Kalamata

 

Movement workshop for adults

ANΤONIS STROUZAS
Fighting Monkey Practice (50+)

12 → 16.7.2019
Kalamata Dance Megaron - Studio

Antonis Strouzas’ workshop for adults aims at introducing to the participants the basic principles of Fighting Monkey Practice and most importantly the process of intelligent practice and healthy ageing.
Fighting Monkey is an applied practice for human development through movement which has been developed by Jozef Fruček and Linda Kapetanea. Fighting Monkey practice explores:

1. The ageing process and ways to maintain the health of our joints and our myoskeletal system as a whole so that we don’t lose our mobility in the long run.
2. The development of body elasticity and brain plasticity through specially designed games of movement which aim at keeping our nervous system young.
3. The development of better co-ordination and rythm in our body and its super important role for the small and the bigger scale of human life.
4. The development of better communication with ourselves as well as with others so that we acquire better learning strategies and so that we are able to create stories that inspire us and feed our vigor for life.

During the workshop, attendants will have the chance to play irregular games for better memory, better coordination, waking- up of the joints and revitalization of the nervous system.

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Antonis Strouzas began training in martial arts during his adolescence. After gaining significant experience in competitions he got accepted in the School of Physical Education and Sport Science. His constant effort for academic and athletic progress led him to post- graduate studies on the field of Μaximization of Physical Practice and Quality of life.
Always trying to improve his movement, he started studying contemporary dance in 2006 at the greek State School of Dance where he had the chance to explore the combination of martial arts and dance. He has collaborated with RootLessRoot, Heidi Latsky Dance Company, David Dorfman Dance Company, Hellenic Dance Company, Sophie Bulbulyan, Ohi Pezoume Performing Arts Company, Camerata, Hofesh Shechter, John Todd, Seth Belliston, Apostolia Papadimaki, Irene Alexiou, Giannis Kakleas, Christos Papadopoulos, Aliki Kazouri, Athina Vahla, Kostantinos Rigos, Penny Diamantopoulou and others. His various collaborations have led him to adopt different approaches in movement and aesthetics.
He has been collaborating as a teacher in Fighting Monkey seminars along with Jozef Fruček and Linda Kapetanea. Since 2013 he is a member of the teaching group Dancing to connect of Onassis Stegi.

 

INFORMATION & REGISTRATION:

KALAMATA MUNICIPAL DANCE SCHOOL
Sofia Botsea, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
tel. +30 27210 83086 / +30 27210 90 886 (daily 16:00-20:00)
Anagnostara & P. Kessari 6, 24100 Kalamata

Dance workshop for People with Disabilities

DANCING OUR WAY  
Live and Alive on Stage

23 → 28.7.2019 & performance 28.7.2019 | 18:30
"Thodoros Angelopoulos" Amphitheatre

Project Director: Sofia F. Droumpali
Lecturers: Dr. Marο Galani, Anastasia Nikolitsa, Sofia F. Droumpali

Following last year’s successful Dancing My Way project, this year’s Dancing Our Way project invites and challenges dancers, educators, and therapists to attend and experience the unique ability of movement and dance to promote inclusivity and create community and relationships between disabled and non-disabled people. The project will include one day of open experiential/educational seminars and four days of closed workshops culminating in an interactive live event on stage. The project is conducted by PHARIS (Kalamata Dance Festival – Kalamata Municipal Dance School) in collaboration with the Centre for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Kalamata.

Dr. Maro Galani
Primitive expression
Awakening of body memory and pleasure of physical existence in the dance therapeutic context for people with disabilities and their family, caretakers, special needs educators, and dancers.

23.07.2019: 9.30 - 11.00 & 17.00 - 18.30

Anastasia Nikolitsa
The caregiver’s body: perception, understanding, and coping with what is not said
Contact between the caregiver and person with disability inevitably stirs and brings out vulnerable parts in both parties. We will understand and discover new ways of coping, to prevent burnout.

23.07.2019: 11.30 - 13.00 & 19.00- 20.30
Cost of two seminars 10 euro

Sofia Droumpali
Live and Alive on Stage
A live improvisation and interactive event on stage, in which the audience will be part of the communication and emotional interconnection between disabled and non-disabled people through movement and dance. A photographic exhibition, creative responses, and live reflections from the audience will guide the experience.

28.07.2019:18.30, Free entrance

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Maro Galani, PhD
Maro Galani is a choreographer, dance therapist, and adjunct lecturer at the University of Patras, where she teaches Rhythmic, Dance and Theatrical Game. Her PhD dissertation, titled Rhythmical and Theatrical Game for Children with Special Needs, was carried out at the National Academy of Sports and National Academy of Theater and Film Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. She holds a MSc in Creative Writing from the University of Western Macedonia and a post-graduate certificate in Primitive Expression. She has served as a dance expert for the Hellenic Ministry of Education.

Anastasia Nikolitsa
Anastasia Nikolitsa studied dance, dance movement psychotherapy (Laban Centre, City University of London), character-analysis, vegetotherapy (Hellenic Institute of Vegetotherapy and Character Analysis, Athens), and traumatherapy CRM (Institute of Traumatherapy, Athens). She has taught in universities (London) and vocational schools (Athens). Since 2003, she has been working in Athens with adults with psychosomatic symptoms, autoimmune diseases, personality disorders, PTSD, and Complex Trauma. Her books The power of the unprotected child and Dance Movement Psychotherapy: history, theory, methodology, tools were published in 2018.

Sofia F. Droumpali
Sofia Droumpali studied contemporary dance and ballet (pre-professional) at PHARIS in her hometown Kalamata and trained as a professional dancer (Rallou Manou/Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports), teacher (University of Patras), and dance movement psychotherapist (MA, Goldsmiths University of London). She currently practices Dance Movement Psychotherapy with young people and children with autism, complex needs, and trauma in London. Since 2017, Sofia has directed dance projects about inclusion for people with disabilities in collaboration with PHARIS (Kalamata, Greece).

Program / Day

1st Day Program // 19.7.19
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2nd Day Program // 20.7.19
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3rd Day Program // 21.7.19
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4th Day Program // 22.7.19
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5th Day Program // 23.7.19
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6th Day Program // 24.7.19
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7th Day Program // 25.7.19
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8th Day Program // 26.7.19
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9th Day Program // 27.7.19
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10th Day Program // 28.7.19
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