CULTURE

New Megaron hall to debut with State School of Dance production

This year’s annual performance by the State School of Dance, titled «Poetic Interpretations,» will inaugurate the Megaron’s Nikos Skalkottas Hall this Saturday. The young dancers, under the guidance of school director Pavlina Veremi, will present a performance combining extracts from pieces by great choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. In cooperation with the British Council, the start of each show (held on Saturday, Sunday and June 29), will be marked by screenings of a series of short videos titled «Five Paths,» created by students who took part in the «Dance on Screen» seminars organized by British choreographer Margaret Williams. The Athens Concert Hall foyer will also host a display of photographs from the making of the video films. The State School of Dance has taken significant steps over the past few years to improve the quality of its educational and artistic output. By investing in its infrastructure, upgrading its educational programs, inviting well-known choreographers to hold classes, establishing a library, creating a postgraduate course and producing professional-level performances, the school has succeeded in establishing its reputation locally and abroad. The Athens Concert Hall performances begin with Martha Graham’s «Night Journey: Daughters of the Night Chorus,» a piece based on Sophocles’ «Oedipus Rex,» and choreographed for the students by Penny Diamandopoulou. The second extract is of Jose Limon’s «A Choreographic Offering,» dedicated to the late Doris Humphrey, as it contains certain movements from her 1964 choreography. Next is an extract from Mark Morris’s «Canonic 3/4 Study,» a choreography that pokes fun at commonplace dance motifs as reflected in both ballet and modern dance; followed by «Bolero,» by Pascal Rioult, and «Handing Over,» a piece choreographed by Valia Alexandratou especially for this performance. State School of Dance at the Athens Concert Hall (1 Kokkali & Vas. Sofias, tel 210.728.2000) on Saturday, Sunday and June 29, at 9 p.m.