KINITIRAS| Artistic Network for Performing Arts | 2016-17 Program
Photo: Christian Kipp
Kinitiras, the artistic network which for two decades connects people of all ages and kinds through performing arts, starts the new season with a lot of partnerships from Greece and abroad, educational programs, performances and actions for children and adults.
In October, Kinitiras organizes two days of performances and dance videos in partnership with Miden, the famous screening platform. At the same time, last year’s winner of In Progress Feedback, the Puerto Rican Marielys Burgos Meléndez, is going to present the performance Elsewhere as a strategy of survival and a healing practice through dance. In December, Kinitiras hosts at its first happy hour the choreographer Persa Stamatopoulou and organizes its first New Year’s Eve party.
New Year starts with the solo piece of the choreographer and visual artist Florence Peake, who presents an alternative proposal for the common performance and it continues with the Residency of artists and theorists from all over the world.
Meanwhile, Kinitiras is being prepared for the In Progress Feedback Festival, in March.
Just after Easter, in collaboration with the youthful Irish theatrical agency Crooked House Theatre Company and local agencies of LGB society presents the project Indigo. Could theatre and dance provide ways of expression in sexuality, releasing it from society’s taboo and stereotypes? In May, after a year of systematic research, Kinitiras company will present the Project ΈΡΩNTAS, which together with classes, selected workshops, residencies, In Progress Feedback Festival and Indigo will talk about Eros as a necessity, revolution and motivational power for resistance. The season will be completed in July with the termination of classes and educational workshops from Greek and international artists and teachers.
Two days Performance and dance videos
October 8th and 9th
Kinitiras inaugurates the partnership with Miden (www.festivalmiden.gr), the famous video platform of art with two days of video performance and video dance where 28 pieces of work from 17 countries will be presented, in two sections, curated by Margarita Stavraki.
The first section under the title ‘Choreographies Unconscious’ is a selection of 15 video-performance and video-dance with a variety of references and extrapolations, where the physical movement is presented together with the rhythmical and stylized one.
The second section, under the title ‘Keep Moving’ presents 13 pieces with different aesthetics and conceptual approaches, which seek the reasons and the motives behind each move. A section, with adolescent, political and perhaps a sweet revolutionary mood.
Meanwhile, the last year’s In Progress Feedback Festival winner of Kinitiras, the Puerto Rican Marielys Burgos Meléndez, will present the performance Elsewhere, in October 8th at the Rizari park (metro Evangelismos) and in October 9th at Kinitiras’ studio. This performance is a self-portrait of departures through which artistic researcher, Marielys Burgos Meléndez generates her own poetic of ongoinness. Framed within her current investigation on mobility and migration, ISLA en FUGA, leaving and going elsewhere is embodied as a survival strategy and a healing practice. Presented as a dance installation Marielys reinstates her moving experiences of (dis)location and (re)location through video art, creative writing, instant devising and ritual performance.
Entrance with free contribution
Happy hour with Persa Stamatopoulou
The first Happy Hour at Kinitiras, which invites remarkable artists from the world of performing arts in a more personal connection with the audience, welcomes Persa Stamatopoulou. As a graduate from the Concervatoire National de Région d’Art Dramatique, de Musique et de la Danse (Lyon) and from the Centre International de la Danse de Paris (Paris), the famous choreographer has collaborated with many Greek and foreigner dance and theatre artists (Lario Eksson, Bruno de Dizian, Christine Bastin, Mark Tompkins, Dominique Duzinski, G. Kakleas, A. Adipas. P. Pateraki, G. Kimoulis, M. Papadimitriou, A. Kokkinou, P. Kokkinopoulos etc.) while she has presented her work at national and international dance festivals (Athens, Kalamata, Cyprus, Stockholm, Frankfurt) and at other places. At Kinitiras she will present parts of her work through an open discussion with the audience.
Party at Kinitiras!
For the first time, there will be a New Year’s Eve Party at the Studio of Kinitiras for those who want to welcome 2017 while dancing wildly, participating in performances, eating homemade food, drinking improvised drinks and enjoying many kinitiras’ surprises!
With DJ Miss Catalina as a guest.
Entrance 15 euros (Reservation is required)
New year starts with Florence’s Peake solo performance, which was first presented in Greece last year at BIOS. She is a dancer, choreographer and visual artist and she combines drawing, painting and sculpture with the moving body. The key points to her work, which has been presented internationally (National Portrait Gallery, BALTIC, Hayward Gallery, David Roberts Art Foundation, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Modern Art Oxford, Chapter Arts, Cardiff, Harris Museum, Preston, Exchange, Penzance), are the site and the placement of performance and audience, live and recorded text, as well as a well-developed sense of wit and humor.
As a teacher she has taught extensively dance, improvisation and Choreography in the UK and internationally. Florence will present at Kinitiras her new proposal with the title You, Me, Us. Drawing from previous solo work and visual art practice she will make new propositions concerned with the collective performative experience.
Entrance 5 euros
Residencies and In Progress Feedback Festival
March 18th and 19th
Kinitiras is the first Residency Centre for performing arts, in Greece. Kinitiras offers short term accommodation to artists and theoreticians from all over the world and it promotes also research, development and the presentation of art pieces which are still in progress. An environment is being created through the interaction between artists and audience, which inspires multicultural exchange of ideas, innovation and the evolution of creative procedure at its first steps. The resident artists who will be chosen from their application under the theme of Eros will be given accommodation in January and February (Application forms at www.kinitiras.com till November 30). In Progress Feedback Festival was titled as one of the best festivals in Europe from the National Jury EFFE and it was included at the platform Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe (www.effe.eu). The Festival will open its doors to new artists of performing arts, who will present their work on March 18th and 19th, during all day programs with performances and parallel actions (Application forms at www.kinitiras.com till December 31.).
INDIGO EUROPEAN PROJECT
April 17th and 23
After Easter, Kinitiras will be collaborating with the youthful Irish theatrical agency Crooked House Theatre Company and with local agencies of the LGB society at project Indigo. A group of young people from Greece and Ireland, from April 17 till 23, will research how theatre and dance can offer ways of expressions at sexuality, setting it free from taboos and stereotypical behaviors. During the program, which is being financed from EE, the group will join forces with Greek and international artists- teachers, creating a performance, which will be presented on April 23 at Kinitiras.
Indigo’s basic guide is the famous Irish director and dance teacher Peter Hussey, artistic director of Kildare Youth Theatre. He has directed many pieces with many collaborators in Europe, especially with Théâtre Le Grand Bleu (Lille, France), Teatro della Limonaia (Florence, Italy), Rogaland Teater (Stavanger, Norway), Osmosis (Athens) and also with Erasmus+ programs in the most of EE countries.
May 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28
During the year, Kinitiras company, which is formed by professionals and amateurs of the performing arts, will be preparing the Project ΈΡΩΝTAS. It is a play on words with love (erotas) and old man (gerontas) and in the meantime it is the Cretan designation of a famous herb –diktamo. Many artists will be brought together as Vicky Adamou, Artemis Lampiri, Amalia Bennett, Katerina Skiada, Persa Stamatopoulou etc. who in collaboration with the company, they will be preparing a small composition as a united performance in all May’s weekends with the guidance of Antigone Gyra and the dramatic elaboration of Christos Polymenakos and Anna Tsichli.
Ticket price: 10 euros and 8 euros for students and unemployed
Classes and workshops of performing arts will be carried out at Kinitiras from teachers and artists from Greece and abroad for all ages, from September till July.
Important teachers with many years of experience –as a characteristic of Kinitiras- and new artists will bring a new air of techniques and ideas (Alex Crowe, Nikos Dragonas, Anthi Theofilidou, Nikoleta Leousi, Florence Peake, Christos Polymenakos, Alkistis Polychroni, Maria Salliari, Gary Salomon, Katerina Skiada). And finally, Kinitiras, in partnership with the international Skinner Releasing Institute, will try to bring the educational program of the unique Skinner Releasing Technique, in Greece soon.