Even in modern times, the arts are still seen to be for the elite, the academics and the eccentric. This is why Dancecyprus, in collaboration with the Rialto Theatre, are getting ready to show us a world of dance that is accessible for everyone through the dance performance Elliot on the Planet of Dance.
Elliot on the Planet of Dance will hit the Satiriko Theatre stage next Saturday at 11.30am and the Rialto Theatre stage on December 3 for two performances at 3pm and 5.30pm as part of Dacnecyprus’ education programme which aims to erase the notion of ballet, and dance in general, as something for a privileged few.
“The aim of the performance is to promote ballet and to offer education to people who are not exposed to it,” one of the founders of Dancecyprus Katerina Ker-Lindsay said.
“In the past we went to villages to showcase dance to the people living there. Now we are putting on this production to get a number of ballet students involved. They are also learning many other dances through this collaboration with other dance schools and they are also giving other children the chance to see what dance really is.”
Elliot on the Planet of Dance is a dance production as seen through the eyes of a young boy who is travelling to the magical planet of dance. Eight talented choreographers from around the island came together to create the piece, in which 40 dance students from different schools will appear.
The show will start with a projection of a Dancecyprus performance which Elliot watches. He is introduced to dance through this clip and he talks to his parents about getting involved in dance. That night he goes to sleep and travels to the magical dream planet of dance.
The dream is a vehicle to show the audience a history of different types of dance. “The dream is shown in dance but also in words. The music, specially designed costumes and projections will also help the audience to enter the world of dance,” Ker-Lindsay said.
Elliot, who is played by Michalis Dimiotis from Limassol, will travel through classical ballet, tap, street dance, Latin, Indian, theatre dance and Flamenco. An eclectic selection of music provides the backdrop and include pieces from the musical Hairspray, compositions by Vivaldi, Bach, Benny Goodman and a Latin piece sung by Mark Anthony.
The young dancers together with the choreographers from different dance schools around the island – some of whom will also be guest dancers in the show – have been rehearsing on weekends for the last two months. Some old students of Dancecyprus will also make guest appearances.
The one-hour performances are suitable for all ages. The dialogue will be in Greek and there will be no break. A programme will be available at the venues.
Elliot on the Planet of Dance
Dance performance. November 25. Satiriko Theatre, Nicosia. 11.30am. €8. Tel: 99-549478
December 3. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 3pm and 5.30pm. €8. Tel: 99-549478