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5th Online Festival "Body, remember..."


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Body, remember… Part II

Choreographic tribute to guitar works
Yorgos Mouloudakis, guitar


GNO Ballet Principal Dancer Maria Kousouni choreographs Divin, a work based on a suite written by Manos Hadjidakis for guitarist Yorgos Mouloudakis. In Divin everything begins with music. Maria Kousouni notes: “(Everything begins) With notes that are clear like water, from Yorgos Mouloudakis’ performance of two pieces from Manos Hadjidakis’ Magnus Eroticus; two pieces so famous, that you can’t help but hum. Through a Cretan dance that takes form for the first time… they release emotions. These music choices have incredible power. They inspired in me clear, lucid images. I sought simple, unadorned lines that could give “space” to music and narrate the grandeur of woman, the grandeur of love and romantic love in an abstract way, simply and symbolically, exactly as they are. In the heart of their being.”

The Paths We Take 

The Paths We Take is a work choreographed by GNO Ballet dancer Eleftheria Stamou and based on the music written by Nikos Kypourgos for guitarist Yorgos Mouloudakis. Inspired by the sweet melancholy of Nikos Kypourgos’ score, Eleftheria Stamou creates a work that talks about loneliness, the paths we choose, the people we meet and all that we leave behind. The choreographer notes: “On a path that is so unknown yet also so familiar I connect with people and connect trails. And everything is lost again and you end up alone.”


e-exodus is both a story of confinement and an escape towards the light conceived and choreographed by Fotis Diamantopoulos to music by Nikos Mamangakis, performed by Yorgos Mouloudakis. It is a ten-minute journey from the dark depths to the open horizon. Fotis Diamantopoulos notes about the choreography: “Confinement means being restricted to a certain space; it is the opposite of freedom. Just like the social confinement that all of us experience nowadays as a loss of our everyday life and freedom. Such a loss as well as the lack of connection bring about feelings of anger, fear, insecurity and sadness. But is there any escape window? Yes, there is, and any one of us can open it by facing our present, the present moment with honesty and love. Then and only then can we reconnect with ourselves, the other and nature.


In collaboration with the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus

Choreographer, dancer and artistic director of “Dancers of the North” Tatiana Papadopoulou choreographed Synchordia, a work composed and performed by Yorgos Mouloudakis. She notes: “Two bodies crossing each other are recognised by their vibrations. Not all vibrations match with all bodies. Only if they meet at the right time, at the right place. When they embrace each other, then their heartbeats cooperate like notes. Every muscle fiber produces music as if it were a string. Music like a love call, like a dialogue/response. Fascination embraces the bodies and leads them to union or rejection; to uplift or elimination.”

5th Greek National Opera Online Festival “Body, remember...”

The Ballet of the Greek National Opera presents twelve new original and imaginative choreographies to works by Greek composers on GNO TV as part of the 5th GNO Online Festival titled Body, remember. The Festival, which is under the artistic directorship of Giorgos Koumendakis and artistically curated by Konstantinos Rigos,  will be streamed for free from 26 May to 22 June 2021 and will remain available to the public online for 30 days following its premiere. The Festival is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [www.SNF.org] to enhance the Greek National Opera’s artistic outreach. 

The twelve short stories of dance that will be streamed in four parts feature the Dancers of the GNO Ballet escaping from the theatre’s stage and being transported to unanticipated locations in the city: from the Dome and the parking space of the SNFCC, the GNO workshops and the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus, to the Fund of Archaeological Proceeds at the centre of Athens, hotel corridors, elevators and isolated beaches. Each place is a different experience, a strong memory; each body is a different story, another narrative. Group compositions, duets and solos in an endless journey across memories and the senses.

The Festival opens with Dancing Cloud, a work dedicated to the memory of the distinguished Principal Dancer of the Greek National Opera Ballet, Aleksandar (Saša) Neškov.

The works are choreographed by Harry Koushos, Thanassis Solomos, Maria Kousouni, Eleftheria Stamou, Fotis Diamantopoulos, Tatiana Papadopoulou, Eva Georgitsopoulou, Yorgos Papadopoulos, Fotis Nikolaou, Persa Stamatopoulou, Michalis Theophanous and Alex Kyriakoulis. The music is composed by Andreas Moustoukis, the Greek anglophone band StarWound, guitarist Yorgos Mouloudakis, who also performs pieces dedicated to himself by Manos Hadjidakis, Nikos Kypourgos and Nikos Mamangakis, as well as Sebastian Diakakis, Petros Leivadas, Apostolis Koutsogiannis, Danai Belosinof and Stamatis Pasopoulos. Part of the works is performed by the Oros Ensemble.

The Director of the Greek National Opera Ballet Konstantinos Rigos notes: “The 5th GNO Online Festival titled Body, remember… is entirely dedicated to contemporary dance, with the GNO Ballet presenting twelve new choreographies to works by Greek composers. The dancers escape from the GNO Main Stage’s black box, although they might sometimes feel like something is holding them back, to discover new spaces, new senses, new steps; to express themselves in a different way in these short stories of dance; to gain thus a new experience and a literally new field of action. A cement room, an inspiring ballroom, a grassy yard or a remote beach, a corridor or a closed elevator are only some of the many spaces with which the dancers’ bodies –trapped or liberated– harmonise and which become part of a new narrative. We invite you to enjoy a journey where the body remembers…”.



Creative team – Cast


Choreography: Maria Kousouni
Music: Manos Hadjidakis
Costumes: Dimitris Petrou
Costume coordination: Yorgos Mesimeris
Lighting: Dimitris Koutas
Director: Michalis Asthenidis, Maria Kousouni
Photography director: Fotis Zygouris

Dancers: Maria Kousouni, Anna Frangou, Elena Kekkou, Rina Shimada, Stratos Papanoussis, Yannis Gantsios, Yorgos Hatzopoulos 

 Paths We Take

Choreography: Eleftheria Stamou
Music: Nikos Kypourgos
Costume coordination: Yorgos Mesimeris
Director: Michalis Asthenidis
Photography director: Fotis Zygouris

Dancers: Margarita Kostoglou, Eleftheria Stamou, Yorgos Hatzopoulos


Choreography: Fotis Diamantopoulos
Music: Nikos Mamangakis
Costume coordination: Yorgos Mesimeris
Sound design: Antonis Palaskas
Director: Michalis Asthenidis
Photography director: Fotis Zygouris

Dancers: Areti Noti, Elton Dimrochi


Choreography: Τatiana Papadopoulou
Music: Yorgos Mouloudakis 
Costumes: Celia Kritharioti
Costume coordination: Yorgos Mesimeris
Director: Michalis Asthenidis
Photography director: Fotis Zygouris

Dancers: Eleana Andreoudi, Maria Kousouni, Christina Makridou, Danilo Zeka, Vangelis Bikos, Stelios Katopodis 




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