Athens pulling on its dancing shoes

With spring almost upon us, the Athens dance scene is slowly emerging from hibernation. It won’t be long before the well-established dance festival by the Association of Greek Choreographers takes place once more. Major foreign dance companies including the Nederlands Dans Theater and Diversions, of Wales, are expected to perform toward the end of the month. Yet right now the spring’s first shows are being held by two local dance companies. Well-known choreographer Ioanna Portolou and her Griffon company have this time chosen their studio in Syntagma Square to stage their latest production (23 Apollonos, tel 6932.436.034). Portolou never ceases to amaze the audience with movement inspired by gestures and reflections of daily life as well as special musical choices and interesting clothes. «One Flesh,» staged every weekend until the end of March, was inspired by the wedding ritual and explores the concept of that union of lovers. How can two people become one peacefully? To become one, must the other person exist or must they be made to disappear? What is the «male» role and what the «female»? In that role-playing game, what belongs to which parter? All these questions are explored in the performance. Equally interesting questions and suggestions are sought by the newly founded Angeloskoni dance company, which will stage Angeliki Papadatou’s «Fotosoma» from March 15 to 18 at the Ledra Theater in Plaka (12 Kekropos, tel 210.324.5969). The production is a joint collaboration by the Athens School of Fine Arts Photography Workshop and Very Special Arts Hellas. Photographers and dancers, some with disabilities, meet on stage and try to find their own identities using the visual and aesthetic perception of their bodies as the starting point. What is our true image? How do we perceive ourselves? How do others see us? These are definitely ideas well worth exploring.

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