‘Dancing to connect’ for SOS Children’s Villages / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

‘Dancing to connect’ for SOS Children’s Villages

An afternoon full of dance is dedicated to the SOS Children’s Villages

13 DEC 2015
Main Stage
Contemporary dance and original choreographies from children, teenagers and families of the SOS Children’s Villages takes place at the Main Stage of the Onassis Cultural Centre.
Full price: 7 €
People with disabilities: 5 € -
Companions: 7 €
Unemployed: 5 €
All proceeds will be given for actions of SOS Children’s Villages
The Onassis Cultural Centre brings contemporary dance to SOS Children’s Villages, with the educational programme Dancing to connect. Through the art of dance, it aims to reinforce the creativity, self-esteem, and communication of participants.

Through their actions, children help other children. The original choreographies will be created by teams of children, teenagers and families, hosted or supported by SOS Children’s Villages. They will be presented in a special event at the Main Stage of the Onassis Cultural Centre.

Each choreography will last 10 to 15 minutes. The event will include the screening of documentaries about programme procedures and daily life at the SOS Children’s Village in Vari, the Youth House in Paleo Faliro, and the Social Centre in Kypseli, Athens. All proceeds will be given for actions of SOS Children’s Villages.

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More information on the educational programme:

This educational programme is based on the ‘Dancing to Connect’ programme, which has taken place in over 30 countries in the world. In collaboration with the programme’s creators, Battery Dance Company, New York, and the support of the US Embassy in Athens, the Onassis Cultural Centre has, in the last three years, trained Greek dancers to run the programme.

This particular educational programme aims at the creation of three choreographies with the participation of children, teenagers and families (that is, of three different age groups), hosted or supported by SOS Children’s Villages. Three-hour dance workshops take place once a week, from the weekend of 26–27 September to 12–13 December 2015.

Since the end of September 2015, our dancers Candy Karra, Yiannis Nikolaidis, Elena Stavropoulou, Antonis Strouzas, Maria Fountouli, and Ilias Chatzigeorgiou have been working with three different teams in weekly workshops. In particular, the first team consists of children, from 8 to 12 years old, from the SOS Children’s Village in Vari. The second team consists of teenagers, from 13 to 17 years old, from the SOS Children’s Village in Vari and the Youth House in Paleo Faliro. The third team is composed of families –mothers with their children (infants to six-year-old children)– from the Social Centre in Kypseli.

The costs for the preparation and for the concluding performance have been covered by Trafigura Maritime Logistics. Belonging to the shipping sector, the company’s employees gathered generous donations from collaborating shipping businesses.

As donations well exceeded production costs, Τrafigura, in collaboration with Trafigura Foundation in Geneva, doubled the sum of its sponsorship. The extra money has been used to cover the needs of the programme ‘I Give Because I Care’ of the Association ‘Together for Children’, aiming at gathering basic-needs items as well as the equipment of institutes supporting children and families in need.

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