For the third year running, the OCC is staging the “Dancing to Connect” educational programme, which seeks to give school children the opportunity to discover codes of collaboration and communication through dance.
Dancing to Connect was the brainchild of the Battery Dance Company
from New York, and has been hosted in more than 30 countries around the world. Last year, the programme proved a great success in the Greek provinces, too, with children from schools in Patras as well as Athens taking part with their own choreographies.
The OCC has turned to the provinces once again, this year giving school children from Herakleion, Crete, the opportunity to communicate through dance, while continuing its collaboration with Athens schools. The fruits of this year’s programme will once again be staged on the OCC’s Main Stage in a special performance featuring all ten of the original choreographies created by teenagers from Athens and Herakleion.
The choreographies will be as interesting and different as they are numerous, but they will all be the fruit of collective work and of improvisation. As such, they will spotlight dance’s powers to connect, which is the core aim of the programme.
“Dancing to Connect” will be led by members of the dance group which has participated over the past two years: Nikoleta Karmiri, Candy Karra, Androniki Marathaki, Yiannis Nikolaidis, Aris Papadopoulos, Martha Pasakopoulou, Dimokritos Sifakis, Elena Stavropoulou, Antonis Strouzas, Maria Fountouli and Ilias Hatzigeorgiou.
The programme will also feature dancers from the Battery Dance Company of New York.