CULTURE

First Contemporary Dance Platform kicks off at Megaron

The first-ever Platform of Contemporary Greek Dance is about to kick off. The mini-festival, a four-day event solely dedicated to dance, will take place at the Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall in the Athens Concert Hall from Friday to January 26. The Platform, organized with the collaboration of the Society of Greek choreographers, will give a small, yet complete, sample of what goes on today in Greece’s dance scene. Forty dance groups, headed by representatives of all different dance styles, will participate to demonstrate all the different variations that contemporary dance in Greece has developed since 1984. The organizers of this ambitious undertaking, who want to promote Greek dance abroad, also wanted to include all dance groups, without excluding anyone. Every evening, 10 groups will present their work, short choreographies or extracts of shows that must not exceed 15 minutes. On Friday, there will be rehearsals that the audience can attend at 4 p.m. Then, at 8.30 p.m., the show will start with the following groups: Sine Qua Non in a show choreographed by Kiki Baka; Christina Klisiouni’s Elix; Katerina Papageorgiou’s Ad Lib; Maro Grigoriou’s Magnet; Dimitra Koroneou’s Emmelia; Leda Shantala’s Dance Theater; Patricia Lazou’s Dance Theater Elsewhere, Here, Everywhere; Christina Beskou’s Seresta; Marouso Karaleka’s Met’ Embodion and Constantinos Mihos’s Wrong Movement. Saturday performances will be by Sofia Spyratou’s Roes Dance Theater, Antigone Gyra’s Kinitiras Dance Theater, Haris Antachopoulou’s With Few Words, Ioanna Portolou’s Griffon, Proschima, Natassa Zouka’s Dance Theater, Tatiana Papadopoulou’s Dancers of the North, Petros Gallias’s Iros Angelos, Mariela Nestora’s Yelp and Constantinos Rigos’s Oktana. On Sunday, there will be performances by Lia Meletopoulou’s Small Dance Theater, Maria Gorgia’s Amagalma, Stefani Tsakona’s Magma, Marina Mavrogenni’s Akin, Niki Kontaxaki’s Classical and Contemporary Dance Group, Ioanna Parali’s Landscape, Dorina Kalethrianou’s Temporary Composition, the Anyfantakis’ Myia, Apostolia Papadamaki’s Quasi Stellar and Kazouri’s dancers. The festival will end next Monday, with Bagourdis’s Sect, Papadopoulou’s Photoskiasis, Angelou’s 14th Day, Loverdou’s Presence, Velissariou and Apostolatos’s Vis Motrix, Artemis Ignatiou’s Art, Alexopoulou’s Iasis, Nikolopoulou’s Enniamorfo, Haris Mandafounis’s Contemporary Dance Group and Zouzou Nikoloudi’s Chorika.