Cyprus Mail

By Maria Gregoriou

If you are talented – or at least you believe in yourself enough to get out there and try – then there is a dance workshop for professional and non-professional dancers with and without disabilities this weekend, masterclasses for conductors and opera singers in June and a talent competition coming up for young people.

The dance workshop, which will take place in Limassol, will be led by choreographer Sophie Bulbulyan and dancer Alexandre Bathily-Alves from the dance company DK-BEL.

As the workshop is part of the EU Programme Creative Europe Horizon 2020 The Underwater Heart of the Mediterranean, the two workshop leaders will work with participants in some space constraints, forcing them to adapt their creations to different spaces.

Bulbulyan explains that “we will work with the thought that each one of us has a handicap to overcome, exploring how we can articulate and express this statement artistically.

“We will begin with the creation of a solo followed by the creation of other short dance pieces in small groups that relate to the subject. The group will have to integrate each individual, as they are, with their own strengths and weaknesses.”

A short showing will be performed in a public space on the second day of the workshop.

All participants will get a free pass to the live streaming show of the performance The Underwater Heart of the Mediterranean on September 26 in the framework of the Open House Festival of Dance House Lemesos.

Meanwhile, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is behind the opera and conductors‘ master classes that will take place in Nicosia from June 8 to 19.

Classes will be led by opera singer Aris Christofelis and conductor Julius Kalmar.

When the master classes have been completed, a selection of participants will be able to sing and conduct during two concerts given by the CSO.

All relevant information, including the rules and regulations, schedule and the application form – which should be completed and submitted by April 30 – are available on

For children, the Limassol Theatre Arts School, after having annual open talent competitions under its belt, is preparing to give young people the chance to shine once more this year.

The competiton is made up of three categories, namely the junior section for children from four to eight-years-old, the intermediate section for children from nine to 13-years-old, and the senior section for teenagers from 14 to 18.

So if you know someone within these age groups who can sing, dance, play a musical instrument or has another talent that is sure to entertain a live audience, then make sure they take part in the contest by completing the registration form on by May 3.

The contest itself will take place on May 9 and will be judged by a panel of professionals from the West End… so those involved in the competition and those watching will surely feel like they are in a real life musical.

Our Strengths, Our Weaknesses, Our Handicaps
Dance workshop for professionals and non-professional dancers with and without disabilities. April 25-26. Saturday: Maria Messis Studio, Ayias Irinis 8, Limassol, Sunday: Municipal Gardens, Limassol. 11am-4pm. € 30/25. Tel: 99-618069

Deadline to apply for Master Classes
For conductors and opera singers from Aris Christofellis and Julius Kalmar, and you get to practice with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. Deadline April 30. Tel:22-463144

Deadline for Entries to the Fifth Annual Talent Show
Deadline to submit entries to the talent show. May 3. Register on Tel: 99-784927

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