As the 25th edition of the Cultural Festival of the University of Cyprus continues, it brings dances from Cyprus to the heart of historical Nicosia. One of early July’s performances at Axiothea Mansion, where the festival takes place, honours the musical traditions of the island through live music and dance.
Pavlos Michaelides, together with a group of talented traditional music performers, will present characteristic instrumental pieces from Cyprus in which the violin plays the leading role. The performance selection of the evening is based on thorough research and highlights the completeness of these melodic themes.
Joining Michaelides on the floor is Andreas Andreou on lute and oud, Stratis Skourkeas on percussions, Christodoros Mnasonos on the lavta and Constantinople lute, coordinated by Petros Lazarou. Eleven accomplished dancers will accompany the musicians, thus emphasising the indivisible link between music and dance in the musical tradition of Cyprus.
Until July 17, when the festival concludes, several other notable performances will take place, some paying homage to the legacy and poetry of Michalis Pieris, others to James Joyce’s Ulysses and others to the Greek romantic poetry of the first half of the 20th century.
Dances from Cyprus
Live music and dance, part of the Cultural Festival of the University of Cyprus. July 6. Axiothea Mansion, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €10. Tel: 22-894531/2