Now in its 24th consecutive edition, and under the new artistic direction of Linda Kapetanea, the Kalamata International Dance Festival, Greece’s leading meeting of the international contemporary dance art scene, has recently announced its 2018 schedule, which will run from July 13-22.
Twenty international artists, including ten who will be appearing in Greece for the first time, major Greek performers, great dance teachers, a world premiere, dance performances that combine different genres ranging from contemporary circus to street dance, and an intensive training program make up this year’s Festival. The international artists visiting Kalamata this year come from France, the United States, Spain, Belgium, Mozambique, Switzerland, Slovakia, Italy, Israel, Sweden, and Ireland. Among them are Olivier De Sagazan, who will be performing in Greece for the first time; Josef Nadj, who will be participating in the Festival with a show and a photo exhibition; Wim Vandekeybus and the Ultima Vez group; the Svalbard Company; the Marquese Scott and Poppin John duo, also in their first performance in Greece; and the Compañia Sharon Fridman, whose performance will open the Festival.
In total, the Festival’s program includes 28 events, featuring 11 international dance groups, 3 Greek contemporary dance groups, 8 outdoor dance performances, 3 seminars, a workshop, a master class, a photo exhibition, and a musical night.
Also aiming to further involve the local community, this year’s festival extends its activities throughout the year, with activities and infrastructures that can accommodate residencies, artist exchanges, seminars, lectures, screenings, and concerts, so that the Festival’s 10 summer days are the culmination of intensive winter preparations.
Tickets to the Festival’s performances go on sale on Monday, April 16. For more information on shows, dates, and invited artists, please visit the Festival’s website.