CULTURE

Experiencing modern dance in Thessaloniki

Dance-loving audiences will experience the avant-garde of the contemporary dance scene in Thessaloniki this month as the sixth VideoDance festival begins today and runs to September 17. During the festival the public will get a chance to encounter both Greek and foreign rising choreographers and performers, attend inspired mini-performances of works by women choreographers at Mylos, participate in interactive events at the Olympion and watch alternative music groups. Under the title «Experience: Reality Through Distortion,» this year’s festival features a selection of films through which young artists visualize their skepticism in relation to their living reality. The events Also part of the event is a tribute to Ed Emshwiller (1925-1990), the celebrated American artist who experimented with images, rhythm, movement and voices in an effort to link the visual with vocal expressions that included computers and electronic music. Known for films such as «Relativity» (1966) and «Image, Flesh and Voice» (1979), Emshwiller worked with choreographers and dancers including Alwin Nikolais, Carolyn Carlson and Pilobolus. In Thessaloniki, Mariela Nestora presents «Faux Pas,» a study on social behavior (September 10), German Eva Meyer-Keller’s «Death is Certain» is inspired by tales for children (September 16 and 17), Briton Miriam King shows her multifaceted «Specimin» through film, installation and performance (September 16), and Greek troupe Zita interprets Iris Karayan’s «Self Portrait» on September 17. Under the artistic direction of Christiana Galanopoulou, the event is organized by the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in collaboration with the Thessaloniki International Fair, Mylos, the Museum of Cinema and the support of the Goethe Institute and Pandemonio 7.