Chariton Charitonidis: Greek Dance / 2nd Period / April 9 – 13 2020
The workshop will introduce the structure and the features of Greek traditional dance, the notion of which entails the lyrics (of the song), the melody and the movement.
In this sense, during the morning session, we are going to focus on movement and deal with the basic structural elements, “modes” and “ornaments” of this embodied “movement language”. Furthermore, we will deal with local idioms and their characteristics, while practicing on dances originating from different regions of Greece.
During the afternoon session, together with Katerina Papadopoulou and the students of the Greek singing workshop, we will focus on the inextricable kinetic aspect of singing through a selection of Greek tunes interwoven with dance movement. In particular, we will study the relationship between the lyrics/melody and the movement in different structural levels (from the smallest unit to the dance as a whole).
The aim of this approach is to synthesize singing and dancing in a peculiar “movement choir” which balances between co-operation and (common or individual) improvisation.
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