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Little feet move to the sound and express themselves

There is a real treat coming our way for children and those who love seeing how theatre, music and dance can take us to a whole new world.

This new world – which will open up to us on Sunday for the second time – will come to us in the form of Jakatoumba, a dance theatre performance for children by Lia Haraki.

This is Haraki’s first production for children, with movement, music and vocal sound creating a perfectly functional universe without the use of text. The result is that children learn the value of free expression, diversity, and how these things can take them on a magical adventure.

Apart from giving children almost an hour of non-stop entertainment, the piece also aims to inspire kids to use their natural gifts of creativity and imagination. By using these gifts, they can then experience the world through their senses, gaining self-confidence and strength of character. Armed with courage, they can face their fears, be open to adventure and play, and be ready to move to music and express themselves.

The dance theatre performance tells the tale of Yakinthi, a little girl who opens her last birthday present to find a microphone. She loves her gift but is too shy to use it. Only in her dreams does she find herself in a land of sound, where an array of different characters who all speak their own language – together with the help of the audience – will encourage her to eventually find her own way of expressing herself.

Some of Cyprus’ best professional dancers, such as Arianna Marcoulides, Panayiotis Tofi and Rania Glimitsa, will be leading the show to the music of Costas Kakoyiannis as well as live electronics and sound design by Christos Hadjichristou.

The two performances on Sunday – the first at 11am and the second at 4pm – are suitable for children from four and up. There is no speaking involved, so it can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of the language they speak.

Tickets are €8 and can be bought online from or from the Rialto box office from 10am until 1pm and 5pm until 7pm from Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays from 10am until 1pm. All proceeds from the shows will be donated to the Centre for Preventive Pediatrics.

As part of this journey to get children to use their imagination and creativity in order to obtain self-confidence, the Jakatouba creative team will offer a free workshop on November 6 at the Dance House Lemesos from 1pm-2pm. The creative team will venture out with the children on a journey of creative movement with the use of voice and technology.

The workshop is open to all children who have a performance ticket, so that after watching the show they will be inspired to also become part of this magical adventure. You can sign your children up at the theatre entrance when you take them to see the show.

A dance theatre performance for children aged four and up. October 30. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 11am and 4pm. €8. Tel: 77-777745

Jakatoumba Workshop
Dance theatre workshop for children aged four and up. November 6. Dance House Lemesos, Andrea Drousioti 17, Limassol. 1pm-2pm. Entrance with ticket from the show. Tel: 25-340618

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