23 July 2024

Dancing Through Sculpture: A Creative Collaboration at the Kalamata Dance Festival

As the sun sets on a warm summer evening in Kalamata, the Kalamata International Dance Festival and the Museum of Cycladic Art come together once again to offer a unique art workshop for children. This year marks the fifth anniversary of this collaboration, and the excitement is palpable as young participants gather in the Foyer of the Kalamata Dance Megaron on Monday, July 15th.

The workshop, led by the talented duo of Vivian Emmanouilidou and Daphne Kouri, is centered around the theme of the body as a means of expression. Dance movements are transformed into dynamic sculptures, as lines, shapes, and colors come together to capture the essence of a choreography, a dancer’s dress, and their poses.

Drawing inspiration from scenes of everyday life in antiquity depicted on clay vessels in the Museum of Cycladic Art’s permanent exhibitions, the children observe the forms of the dancers and the ways in which their movements are rendered. Armed with materials such as bamboo, wire, fabric, and paper, the young participants split into pairs, synchronizing with their partners to create their very own sculptural installation.

The air is filled with creativity and excitement as the children immerse themselves in the rhythmic flow of the workshop. Laughter and chatter fill the room as the young artists collaborate, bringing their unique visions to life through their sculptures.

As the workshop draws to a close after 2.5 hours of artistic exploration, the children will proudly admire their creations, each one a testament to their creativity and imagination. The room will be transformed into a gallery of vibrant sculptures, each one a reflection of the beauty and power of dance.

The workshop may be over, but the memories and inspiration will linger on, as the children carry with them the experience of creating art through movement and expression. The Kalamata International Dance Festival and the Museum of Cycladic Art have once again succeeded in igniting the spark of creativity in the next generation of artists, leaving a lasting impact on the cultural landscape of Kalamata.

In case you are a dance lover don’t forget to click on the link above to find out the full schedule of performances and other workshops.

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