By Maria Gregoriou
April 29 marks World Day of Dance, and to celebrate the art of movement Dancehouse Lefkosia is putting on an evening of dance on Sunday.
The Dancehouse is collaborating with the Cyprus New Movement of dance groups, dancers and choreographers to bring dance presentations to the stage from the residencies of Dancehouse Lefkosia, the Lefkosia Youth Ballet (which will perform a piece choreographed by the students) and from dance groups who participated in the the Visibility Programme of the Cyprus New Movement.
Three dance pieces will be performed by dancers who took part in the Visibility Programme.
The first piece comes from the Chorotheatro Omada Pende and is entitled ‘Sans Raison’, as presented at the Cyprus Dance Platform in 2014. The piece, inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, is choreographed and performed by Chloe Melidou.
The second piece, from Amfidromo Chorotheatro’, is ‘My Story’. It is a dance story dedicated to the life of Souveneeta Jaysinghe, a woman who has been an immigrant for 25 years. Dance tells the tale of how Jaysinghe still fincanically supports her family and how she feels homesick for her motherland.
‘My Story’ is choreographed by Elena Christodoulidou and performed by Viky Kalla.
The final dance group to perform from this section will be Chorotheatro Omada Pende, whose members Arianna Markoulides and Milena Ugren Koulas will perform ‘the Standstill’. The piece is inspired by Pavlos Matesis’ book Ili Dasous (Forest Materials).
The next section of the programme will be taken over by dancers representing Dancehouse Lefkosia.
Athena Georgiou – who was a dance resident of the dance house from March until April, 2015 – together with Styliani Charalambous will present the piece ‘he Soul’s Dilemma’.
The choreography explores the idea of death, and in particular of sudden death, at the moment the soul separates from the body. It is based on a study of philosophical and ethnographic theories related to the separation of the soul from the body. These theories refer to the relationship of body and soul as one of a prisoner and a captive, and present the journey of the soul after the event of death until it is released from the material world, is purified, and gains immortality.
Panayiotis Tofi, who was also a dance resident from March until April of this year, will perform Turn off Light when Leaving.
Tofi, who is also behind the concept and choreography of the piece, will portray the idea that memory is subject to what is forgotten or absent, on repetition and rehearsing the correlations among trauma, death, and the unconscious, between the visible and the invisible, the past and the present.
World Dance Day 2015
Dance performance to celebrate World Day of Dance. May 3. Dancehouse Lefkosia, 25 Parthenonos Street, Ayios Andreas, Nicosia. 6pm. Free. Tel: 70-005035