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The magic of the stage

By Maria Gregoriou

The weekend has lots on when it comes to dancing and singing and maybe doing both at the same time.

Tomorrow night those who love to watch a deeply felt performance can do so at the opening of the sixth No Body Dance and Performance Arts Festival, which will kick off a non-stop extravaganza of dancing for three amazing nights at the Dance House Nicosia.

For the first performance Julia Brendle will stage Nightplay based on the short literary work of the same name by the German dramatist, poet, writer and theatre director Heiner Muller. The stage will be set with one dancer, Brendle, and one musician, Panos Bartzis. Together the two will aim at bringing words into action and into life by focusing on storytelling. The existential issues focused on by Muller will be interpreted and presented in this 25-minute dance performance directed by Maria Kyriakou.

The night will continue with performances by Stella Eftychiou, Harry Koushos, the Performing Arts Company and Vision Q. There will be lots more over the three days, so if you enjoy the festival’s first act then why not visit the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dance.lefkosia.

For those who prefer a performance to have a sense of fun, tomorrow get your eye full of dancing with a variety of performances under the title Dancing Pulse in Paphos.

The stage will pulse with a series of short dance performances arranged collectively by Paphos dance schools, dancers and choreographers. The dances, which are organised by the Dance Culture Paphos and Paphos 2017, bring together people of all ages, and from different cultural backgrounds to perform a mixture of styles.

You can basically get just about any kind of dance style you can think of on stage tomorrow. Anywhere from ballet to contemporary and crossover dance. So we doubt you will leave the Markideio Theatre, where the dancers will be shaking their thing, with anything but a smile on your face.

Lastly, those who have young children, are their guardians, or know of a small child you can baby-sit for the day as an excuse to go see a panto, better get ready for some fun at this year’s Christmas pantomime by ACT in Nicosia.

This year the company will bring the Pied Piper of Hamelin to the stage. So get ready to tell the little ones on stage that are under the pied piper’s trance not to follow him and, when the perfect opportunity arrives, shout out “he’s behind you”. Also, practice your catching abilities as there are sure to be a few chocolates coming the audiences’ way. If you miss it on Saturday or Sunday, don’t fret, it will be on again next weekend.

No_Body Dance Festival
A festival of dancers. December 6-8. Dancehouse Nicosia. 8pm. €10 per night. Parallel performances free. Tel: 22-777046

Dancing Pulse
Dance performance by the Paphos dance schools, dancers and choreographers. December 6. Markideio Theatre, 27 Andrea Geroudi, Paphos. 6pm and 8pm. €10/5. Tel: 77-772717

The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Pantomime performance of the classical fairy tale by the act theatrical group. December 6-7. Satiriko Theatre, Aglantzia, Nicosia. 3pm and 7.30pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday. €12/6. Tel: 97-804620

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