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Lively, youthful dance show with global outlook December 12, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Events Greece.
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Costas Tsioukas’s ‘Dance of the Dance’ is being staged at the Peroke Theater tonight as well as on December 18 and 19.

Choreographer Costas Tsioukas and his ensemble are staging “Dance of the Dance,” a lively music and dance show with influences that range from New York to the Thessaly Plain, which opened yesterday at the Peroke Theater (2 Odysseos Street, Metaxourgeio, Athens, tel 210 5240040). It will be on stage again tonight as well as December 18 and 19.

Rehearsals last week revealed a well-structured performance of 21 dances from different parts of the world that touches on different themes. “I want the body to talk about things, about how it experiences death, romanticism… I cannot do abstract dance,” said the young choreographer. The comic element goes hand-in-hand with the tragic as the dancers, five women and three men, perform continuously, hardly taking a moment to rest.

“I have loved traditional dances ever since I was a child,” said Tsioukas. “I grew up in the Thessaly Plain, so this work is somewhat autobiographical. I studied at the National Ballet School and at Athens University’s computing department because that was the only way for me to come to Athens, being a boy who loved to dance. I took my entrance exams for the National Ballet School without telling my family.”

Until very recently Tsioukas was too shy to introduce his work to the public. “I feel more secure now,” he said.

If he had to choose between dance and choreography, he would opt for the latter. “I think I could make the sacrifice and not dance. In this case it was impossible to sit out because most of the male dancers are part of Dimitris Papaioannou’s dance ensemble as well and are performing with him.”

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