Kalamata still dancing

The 11th International Kalamata Dance Festival pirouettes ahead in the Peloponnese city today with a powerful performance by Greek troupe Sinequanon. The festival runs to Sunday. In Kalamata, the Sinequanon company is scheduled to present its «Last Supper,» a performance for eight dancers, choreographed by Ermis Malkotsis, Kiki Baka and Dimitris Sotiriou and with live music by Thanassis Papaconstantinou. Inspired by the troupe’s ongoing examination of the basic traits of Greek identity, the work explores the idea of the dinner table as a symbol of gathering as well as sacrifice. «Last Supper» was financed by the Paralympics program, «Culture Athens 2004,» and was presented at the Athens Concert Hall and the Sfendoni Theater. Following Kalamata, the production will travel to dance festivals in Cannes and the Netherlands. The troupe was founded in 1992 by five graduates of the State School of Dance as well as postgraduate students of the Merce Cunningham Dance School in New York and the release technique. ‘Kratiras’ Sinequanon’s creative base is «Kratiras,» an old car-repair space which now serves as a platform for a range of artistic expression including puppet theater, visual art shows, music, theater and dance productions. Besides Sinequanon, the festival continues with Australian choreographer Prue Lang, who presents her Jean-Luc Godard-inspired «Fiftyfourville,» production on July 21-23 and Les Ballets C. de la B. interpreting «Bache» on July 22 and 23. Events in Kalamata will conclude with a lecture by choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou, who will speak about how he developed the concept for the opening ceremony of the 2004 Athens Olympics. International Kalamata Dance Festival. For tickets: Municipal Culture Kalamata Center, 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For credit card reservations call 27210.20374/20795. For more information, log on to the website

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