The students of the Professional Courses for dancers and dance teachers of the Greek National Opera Professional Dance School perform choreographies by Myrto Grapsa, Iris Karayan, Yiannis Tsigkris and Marius Petipa curated by Natasha Siouta, as part of their preparation for the 2020 final and graduation exams.
At a glance – Synopsis
Despite the challenging circumstances caused by the pandemic, the month-long absence from the studio and the so little time for preparation, we decided to organize this closed rehearsal on the Greek National Opera Alternative Stage at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, giving our students the chance to experience some of the magic of having their work presented on stage.
Without costumes or make up, and in a very short time, our students took the plunge with unbounded enthusiasm, creativity and consistency, proving their talent and devotion to the art of dance. Decisive was the contribution of the School’s teachers, Myrto Grapsa and Yiannis Tsigkris who offered their contemporary choreographic compositions, and Natasha Siouta who curated the classical variation. Iris Karayan was invited to create the choreography for our senior students, especially for the occasion. The original music is by Ted Regklis, composer and accompanist in the School. We wholeheartedly thank them.
The rehearsal is dedicated to the memory of our beloved Aleksandar (Saša) Neškov, distinguished Principal Dancer of the GNO Ballet and teacher at the Greek National Opera Professional Dance School, who passed away unexpectedly in May 2020. His kindness, high moral character and rare talent will remain engraved in the minds and hearts of all of us.
Creative team – Cast
Director of Studies of the Greek National Opera Professional Dance School
1st year Pavlos-Orfeas Argyropoulos, Maria-Despina Vazaka, Anastasia Galati, Anastasia Themistocleous, Lambros Kazeros, Konstantina Koletta, Fotis Konstantinou, Angeliki Michalaki, Styliani Biraki, Georgia Nikolopoulou, Kiara Dailani, Marina-Andriani Pantelaki, Parthena-Zoe Papadopoulou, Theoni Peraki, Dimitris Stavrianopoulos, Iliana Ifanti, Eleni Fotou, Sophia Hadjigeorgiou
2nd year Maria Violaki-Georgiladaki, Calliope Voidaski, Katerina Devetzi, Anastasios Kalabokis, Sophia Koskina, Eleni Makri, George Margis, Georgia Petroleka, Nectarios Ramias, Aspasia Tsagada, Maria Harutyunyan, Orfeas Hadjispyrou, Alexandra Chryssikopoulou
3rd year Ιfigenia Vlaikou, Chryssoula Dimaki, Angela Ioannou, Apostolos Kousinas, Eleni Myriagou, Maria Nikolitsa, Anastasia Pattelaki, Michalis Pinos, Stathis Tzouvaras