CULTURE

Two solid months of dance

With a festival featuring no fewer than 22 dance troupes, 40 choreographers and 67 evenings dedicated to movement, dance is rapidly developing in this country – against all odds. Beginning last Friday and running to June 20, the Katia Dandoulaki and Roes theaters opened their doors to welcome the Dance Festival (formerly known as Months of Dance). For the second consecutive year, the festival is organized by the Greek Choreographers’ Association. «In Greece, dance needs to be provided with some kind of support. Given the number of top-level dancers and choreographers, we could have more productions. One of the main problems is the venue issue, and one of the association’s future plans is to find a permanent space,» said Petros Gallias, the association’s president, at a press conference last week. At the Dandoulaki Theater last Friday, the festival opened with «Wrong Move,» a co-production with the State Theater of Northern Greece’s Dance Theater. Festival events continue with the following performances: Lilas Zafiropoulou’s Eldor troupe tomorrow and Friday; Dorina Kalethrianou’s Proskeri Synthesi Friday through Sunday; an evening of young choreographers by the Dance and Rhythm Dance Association on April 12; Drosa Masa on May 2, 3 and 4; Proschima on May 6, 7 and 8; the Lida Shanala Dance Theater on May 10, 11 and 12; appearances by soloists G. Giatrakos, A. Hadziyiannakis and I. Kyriakopoulou on May 14 and 15; Christina Klisiouni’s Elix on May 22 and 23; Yiannis Bagourdis’s Eresis on May 26 and 27; Iros Angelos on June 2,3 and 4; Zouzou Nikoloudi’s Chorika on June 7 and 8; Akin on June 11 and 12; Dancers from the North on June 15 and 16; and dancers L. Charaki, T. Lomverdou and A. Vayerstall on June 18, 19 and 20. At the Roes Theater, performances include Haris Andachopoulou’s «In A Few Words,» on May 3 and 4; performances by N. Avra, E. Christodoulidou, S. Mylona and A. Preissig on May 6 and 7; Marousso Karalega’s Met’ Embodion, on May 10 and 11; Kira Ithasimigi and X Soma on May 13 and 14; Enniamorfo on May 16, 17 and 18; Patricia Lazou’s Allou, Edo, Pandou dance theater on May 20, 21 and 22; Marilena Karetta’s Pelmata on May 24, 25 and 26; Sine Qua Non on May 29 and 30; Stephanie Tsakona on June 2 and 3; the Myia troupe on June 5, 6 and 7; appearances by I. Karayan, M. Manoliadi and A. Papadatou on June 9 and 10, and ending with Amalgam on June 13, 14 and 15. Katia Dandoulaki Theater, 61A Aghiou Meletiou & Patission, tel 210.864.0414. Roes Theater, 14 Iakhou, Gazi, tel 010.347.4312.