23 February 2014
A contemporary dance performance by school children which confirms in the most creative way possible that dance connects...
For the second 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. The first iteration of the programme was run in Athens schools by the Battery Dance Company from the US along with five Greek dancers/dance teachers, each of whom came from a different background. When the programme was over, the five formed the Chapter Two company, joining forces for the first time, they set out to shed light on the process whereby dance ‘connects’. The resulting choreography was premiered in New York in August 2013.
The OCC will be bringing young people into contact with contemporary dance again this year, running the “Dancing to Connect” programme in five schools in Athens and another five in Patras. We will have the opportunity to enjoy the results at a special performance on the OCC’s Main Stage which will feature the 10 choreographies of the schools of Athens and Patras.
All these interesting and very different choreographies share a common denominator: as the result of collective work and improvisation, they reveal the connecting power of dance—which is the goal of the programme.
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creditsThe programme is run by Chapter Two, which consists inter alia of the dancers Nikoleta Karmiri, Candy Karra, Aris Papadopoulos, Antonis Strouzas and Ilias Hatzigeorgiou.