CULTURE

Roes’s river of music and dance

A river of music and dance, «Milk Flows, Honey Flows, Wine Flows,» is the title of Sophia Spyratou’s new Roes Dance Theater production, scheduled to be performed today and tomorrow at the Military Park in Goudi. The production comprises four musicians and dancers in a performance that ranges from Greek folk dancing to rock ‘n’ roll. Just like enjoying a glass of wine! «The title says it all. What I want to bring out is a fairy tale-like euphoria, joyfulness and abundance, qualities which perhaps don’t exist any more. This is a world where everything is sweet, made of velvet and bubbles… I want the audience to leave the theater with the sensation of having drunk a nice glass of wine,» said Spyratou, who undertook the show’s stage direction and choreography, to Kathimerini. «The performance takes place on a bare stage, where every musical instrument guides the dancers’ steps. Both the sound and the instruments’ size become a kind of movement per se, creating duets – whether amusing, sensual or lyrical. In the end, the finale is a music and dance composition that features all the artists.» According to Spyratou, the performance is «a mosaic of various snapshots, all woven with love and based on elements of myth and fairy tale.» After all, Spyratou is a great storyteller. «The choreography’s principal theme is based on the transformation of women, on the idea of woman as a mythical figure. I have put together various mythical elements, such as the woman-medusa, all narrated in a light way. I don’t focus on each myth’s origins, which is why I used a broad spectrum of music, ranging from Bach to Greek folk and old and new popular Greek songs. The dancers converse with the musicians, the latter also dance, while the costumes are showers of color,» said Spyratou. «I firmly believe in the collaboration between the dancers and the musicians. We are one big group of friends. And this friendship is pivotal when exchanging things with one another. I wanted to bring to the surface each person’s talent, and that is why the performance is mostly solos.» The production’s costumes are designed by Angeliki Samara and the lighting by Panayiotis Patelis. The cast includes dancers Elena Kourkouli, Danilo Zeka, Dimitris Ferras, Tzina Kalantzi, Evi Hanjaki, Apostolia Tsolaki and Phaedra Soutou and musicians Yiotis Kioutsoglou, Miltiades Papastamou, Giorgos Kaloudis and Pimis Petrou. Roes Dance Theater at the Military Park in Goudi, Katehaki Ave opposite the Air Force Hospital. Shows start at 9.30 p.m. and tickets cost 15 euros.