In The Nutcracker, one of the world's loveliest Christmas tales, there is an indistinct line between reality and dreams. Tchaikovsky's legendary ballet is being restaged at the GNO, for a run of 15 performances, by Renato Zanella, whose impressive choreography is based on the original story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.
The Moscow State Theate "Russian Ballet" performs the "Nutcrucker" on Saturday November 16th at 17:00 and at 20:00 at the Megaron (Athens Concert Hall). Artistic Director: Vyacheslav Gordeev Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Libretto: Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
A real Christmas treat for lovers of classical ballet of all ages, Swan Lake, will be presented at Megaron Athens Concert Hall for twenty-two performances, featuring some of the best-known names of international ballet.
«Orpheus and Eurydice» & «Dido and Aeneas» - Two Love Stories
The famous contemporary dance troupe, and the most representative ensemble of artists in Canada, La La La Human Steps will be appearing for the first time in Athens, Greece with their complex and original choreography, ranging in style from gentle lyricism to the extremes of bodily expression.
Two stars of international ballet, Alina Cojocaru (Covent Garden) and Alina Somova (Mariinsky Ballet) will perform the role of Giselle in the masterpiece of the same name, partnered by Johan Kobborg and David Makhateli (principal dancers at Covent Garden) at Megaron Mousikis inAthens, Greece.
Sylvie Guillem's dance recital is undoubtedly the cultural event of the summer; two brand-new works choreographed especially for her by Mats Ek and William Forsythe, and Jiří Kylián's 27'52'' - featuring two dancers handpicked by him. Four dance artists who need no introduction, since they have all left an indelible mark on the dance scene of our times.
This week you can let the rhythm sweep you off your feet. Enjoy the most talented Greek dancers offering their best in unique performances in Athens, Greece. Experience the magic, power and passion and let your body follow the movements of the dancers.
The Onassis Cultural Center in Athens, Greece presents the RootlessRoot, Eyes in the Colors of the Rain. With the body as their Alpha and Omega, Linda Kapetanea and Josef Fruček's every choreographic endeavour sets out to explore their personal style in movement.
The Greek National Opera presents The Snow Queen ballet in two acts and 15 scenes based on the famous fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen. The performance premiers on 21 November at the Olympia Theatre in Athens, Greece and will continue for nine performances until 5 January. The Greek National Opera Orchestra will be conducted by Hobart Earle.
The major new production by Moses Pendleton, Momix Botanica, will be presented for the first time in Athens, Greece from 23 to 27 November at the Pallas Theatre. Defying gravity, satiating the senses and flirting with optical illusions, Momix return to Athens with a new choreography, a superior show and the richest production ever created in the career of its artistic director and choreographer, Moses Pendleton.
The star of contemporary dance, Silvie Guillem, and leading dancer and choreographer Russell Maliphant present the performance that conquered world audiences: the legendary "Push", along with "Solo," "Shift" and "Two," in a popular and innovative mix of classical ballet where the future meets history. The performance will take place on 14 and 15 October at the Megaron-Athens Concert Hall.
The famous Gzhel Dance Theatre of Moscow will present two unique performances on 16 and 17 October at the Megaron-Athens Concert Hall, dedicated to the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathonas. Under the direction of founder, artistic director and famous choreographer Vladimir Zakharov, more than 40 talented dancers with about 1,000 opulent and authentic costumes
Leading Spanish flamenco dancer Joaquin Grilo will be appearing at the Megaron-Athens Concert Hall on 17 October. A long-time collaborator of de Lucia, the amazing flamenco performer choreographs and dances in a premier of work by Greek composer Christos Tzifakis, Flamenco Alchemy, as orchestrated by Michalis Travlos.
A major ballet gala dedicated to the memory of the legendary Rudolf Nureyev will recall his amazing career, from the Kirov Ballet to England's Royal Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet, as a great dancer and choreographer. The performance at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, Greece on 13 September is a tribute to the magnificent Nureyev and an opportunity to enjoy the joy, the beauty and the magic of dance while supporting the Special Olympics Hellas organization.
Catherine Diverrès emerged on the French dance scene during the 1980s as she sought to chart her own route through a decade intent on questioning and breaking with the past. Her dance remains restless and is imbued with a singular poetic vigour. In her company's debut in Athens, Greece, she will present Blowin' (2007), a work for eight dancers and two musicians. Diverrès and her company will perform at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in Athens from 10 to 12 July as part of the Athens Festival.
The explosive Maria Serrano presents her new performance "Intuicion", sharing the stage with her sister and up-and-coming dancer Alba Serrano, as well as a group of four musicians from her major orchestra, Compania Maria Serrano. The magic of flamenco, embodied by the one and only Serrano, from 12 to 17 July at the Badminton Theatre's outdoor venue, "Mousiko Proavlio," in Athens, Greece for explosive dancing, a volcanic presence and expressive melancholy by the Serrano sisters.
Wuppertal dance theatre present a dance performance titled "Nefés" by famous choreographer Pina Bausch in Athens, Greece. This is Bausch's Constantinople: one more step in her poetic wanderings and her universal emotions, with "Nefés," a piece she created in 2003, when the war in Iraq was under way. The performance will be presented at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hallfrom 13 to 15 July.
Jonah Bokaer is an award-winning choreographer and media artist. Ηis latest work, Replica, is produced in collaboration with the dancer Judith Sánchez Ruíz and the artist Daniel Arsham. This new work by Jonah Bokaer will be presented, as part of the Athens Festival, at the Stage E of Peiraios 260 in Athens, Greece from 7 to 9 July and it promises to be a captivating show.
In Água (2001), Pina Bausch sings of Brazil, of Rio, São Paolo and Bahia with her body in a hymn to beauty and pleasure. The work belongs to the most optimistic and dance-filled period in the career of the great choreographer, who decided in 1989 to dedicate herself to the "Schrift of wandering", adding another great city to her travelogue each time. The Tanztheater Wuppertal will be at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall presenting Água (2001) by Pina Bausch from 7 to 9 July as part of the Athens Festival for an unforgettable performance.
This outstanding group of 12 soloists from the New York City Ballet led by Benjamin Millepied, the 32 year-old principal dancer and choreographer, bridge the Atlantic for one night only so that we can enjoy the new generation of dancers from America's greatest company. See the Danses Concertantes by the New York City Ballet at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, Greece, on 2 July as part of the Athens Festival.
Ioannis Madafounis, Fabrice Mazliah and May Zarhy present the performance Zero at Pireos 260, Stage E, in Athens, Greece, on 3 and 4 July as part of the Athens Festival. Mandafounis, Mazliah and Zarhy first met at the William Forsythe Company. Born in different countries, they share a passion for dance. With their latest work, they are once again entering the fray of creation, convinced that collaboration, the sharing of ideas, is the wellspring of any creative endeavour.
Marianna Kavallieratou developed her art alongside a giant of the performing arts. A performer and close collaborator of Robert Wilson for 18 years, she will be making her Athens Festival début with her first choreographic attempt presenting Moment at the Pireos 260 WareHouse in Athens, Greece, on 30 June and 1 July. Don't miss Moment by Marianna Kavallieratou as part of the Athens Festival.
William Christie and Les Arts Florissants celebrate 30 years of work in reviving Baroque music with a production of two stand-outs in their rich repertory by Rameau: the one-act opera-ballet Pigmalion and excerpts from Hippolytus and Aricia. They will be presenting their work at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall from 26 to 28 June.
The magnificent spectacle of the Shen Yun Performing Arts is coming to Athens, Greece for the first time to the Badminton Theatre for two performances on 3 and 4 June 2010. The company, which was formed in 2006 in New York by noted Chinese artists, aims to revive authentic Chinese traditional culture and is the leading classical Chinese dance and music ensemble in the world.
The musical Evita has more than 20 major awards to its credit, including the Oscar-winning film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, and features one of the most coveted roles in musical theatre. This brand new production of the smash hit show Evita truly promises to be the theatrical event of the year. Don't miss the extraordinary musical Evita with the signature of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Badminton Theatre in Athens, Greece from 11 to 23 May 2010.
The award-winning tango-musical from Argentina, a show that has triumphed in Europe and America, is coming to Athens straight from the heart of Buenos Aires. The performance will take place at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hallfrom 6 to 11 May 2010. Tanguera is the name of this creative tango sensation from Argentina and the most provocative and sultry performance since tango was invented.
As unbelievable as it may seem, the music of British legends Pink Floyd will be heard 12-14 April at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall. The unique Pink Floyd sound will come alive on the "Alexandra Trianti" stage through the famed dancers of the Teatro alla Scala Ballet, featuring special scenery and amazing lighting effects. Roland Petit provides the explosive choreography set to the music of the legendary Pink Floyd.
Twelve dancers and eight musicians of the Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes, the oldest Dervish regiment, are coming to Athens, Greece for an evening of mysticism on 27 March at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall. The Dervishes, an authentic expression of Islamic mysticism through a centuries-old dance ritual, seek to purify the human soul. Through the dance, they transmit their experience of ecstasy. Don't miss this compelling performance at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall.
The Bejart Ballet Lausanne is giving two dance and musical performances in Athens, Greece to benefit the Together for Children Union. On 27 and 28 March, the Badminton Theatre will feature Maurice Bejart's last choreography entitled Around the World in 80 Minutes. We will be taken on a magical journey through dance and light to the music of J. Strauss, P.I. Tchaikovsky, W.A. Mozart, M. Chatzidakis, M. Theodorakis and other great composers.
She is one of the best-known dancers of today's traditional flamenco on the Seville scene. A familiar and recognisable face - and body - in contemporary Sevillian flamenco, Alicia Marquez began learning Spanish dances at the age of 5 and by 10 she was also studying theatre. Immediately following her training, she began dancing professionally with the Mario Maya Dance Company. From 19 to 25 March, she will be appearing at the Half Note Jazz Club in Athens, Greece.
The contemporary dance ensemble Cedar Lake is coming from New York to conquer the Athens public on 17,18 and 19 March at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall. Cedar Lake is an exceptional dance company based in New York. Its artistic vision and the group's aim is to showcase new choreographies by talented choreographers not only in the United States but at major theatres throughout the world.
The Greek National Opera will present the ballet Eugene Onegin in Athens, Greece on 6,7, 9, 10, 13 and 14 February at the Olympia Theatre. Pushkin's fictional hero and selected compositions by Tchaikovsky have inspired this unique interpretation by Irek Muchamedov, the director of the Greek National Opera Ballet. The production is being repeated for a second consecutive year following its great success last season.
The Monte Carlo Ballet will present Romeo and Juliet at the Megaron, Athens Concert Hall on 5, 6 and 7 February. The famous dance company from the Principality of Monaco will be performing Shakespeare's tragedy set to music by Sergei Prokofiev and choreographed by French Jean-Christophe Maillot. In 2009, the company celebrated its 100-anniversary with a celebratory tour of Europe. The Athens performances are part of that tour.
A new production of a unique ballet gala will be on at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall from 10 to 15 January in cooperation with the Greek National Opera. The Athens Concert Hall welcomes the new year with an impressive gala that will feature some of the brightest stars in dance and keep audiences mesmerised for five evenings in the Alexandra Trianti Auditorium.
The Familie Flöz company will present "Teatro Delusio" at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall 28 to 30 December as part of this year's Christmas series. The performance shows the world of theatre through theatre itself. The company includes a wealth of talented theatre professionals, such as mimes, clowns, musicians, stage directors, mask makers, dancers, scenery makers and light technicians. Three principal actors interpret 29 different roles throughout the performance, raising some archetypical questions about the theatre.
Sergei Prokofiev's Cinderella will be presented this Christmas in Athens, Greece by the Kiev National Opera Ballet at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall with the collaboration of leading dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, Gillian Murphy and David Hallberg. The well-known fairytale will be on this Christmas in Athens, Greece from 19 to 27 December with morning, afternoon and evening performances.
The Universal Ballet's Nutcracker, one of the most famous ballets in the world, is coming to Athens, Greece in preparation for Christmas on 24 November until 13 December at the Badminton Theatre. This fairytale ballet premiered in 1892 and has inspired dozens of revivals by distinguished choreographers and dancers. It has influenced pop culture and maintained a constant place in the repertoire of one of the most important classical dance groups in Asia, the Universal Ballet, which has performed on some of the greatest stages around the world.
The Argentine dance company Tango Por Dos, with famous choreographer and dancer Miguel Angel Zotto, is coming to the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall on 3, 4 and 5 December for three evenings of tango never before seen. The new show is titled Es Buenos Aires Tango, featuring 14 amazing dancers, seven top musicians, a huge screen to project the Buenos Aires atmosphere and impressive costumes and lighting.
The wizards of performance art, the dancer-miracle workers, the actor-acrobats, the mime-magicians: this is Momix, the most famous athletic dance company in the world and they are returning to Athens for six shows 1 to 6 December at the Pallas Theatre. Having earned international recognition over the last 30 years, Momix take us through the best moments of their career with a "Best of Momix" show.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates its first ever performance in Athens that took place 30 years ago with a series of memorable performances at the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron) from 24 to 27 September. The Alvin Ailey dance troupe gave its first performance ever in Athens on 4 September 1979. This September, the most beloved ballet company in Athens returns to Megaron with new repertory, under the auspices of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce to benefit the Special Olympics Hellas.
Joaquin Cortes sets off on a journey of emotions. Under the title Calé, he begins a retrospective of his life and career, registering his influences and his personal experiences. Cortes thus filters the essence of six works he has directed and performed throughout the world over the last 20 years. The flamenco dancer and choreographer has once again put all his heart and soul into this much-anticipated show, set for 14 September at the Kallimarmaro Panathenaic Stadium in Athens.
The dynamic City of Athens International Dance Festival has become widely known by now. As it does every year, the City of Athens will host some of the most interesting and renowned dance companies from Europe, America and Greece, from 1 to 15 July at Technopolis. New creative trends and currents will all be presented to highlight the art of dance for Athens audiences.
The Global Dance Festival, the biggest global event in the electronic dance scene, is coming to Athens. Each year, thousands of fans attend the most spectacular show with the greatest DJs on the planet. The audience will have the opportunity to watch live No. 1 DJ Tiesto in a remarkable show with special effects which promises to be a unique experience. Don't miss this amazing dance celebration at the Ellinikon Olympic Fencing Venue in Athens on 4 July.
Tango Passion, the music and dance whirlwind that started in Buenos Aires, travelled to Broadway and dazzled audiences in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East, returns to Athens to present its new show, Ultimo Tango, at the Badminton Theatre, 9-14 June. Through the eyes of choreographer Hector Zaraspe, it is possible to discern the typical human figures of Argentina's "dirty" dance, the simple people who invented the tango in the immigrant slums, as well as the stylish and elegant patrons of the Buenos Aires nightclubs.
This two-hour dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of talent derived from all areas of Irish life. The show is an inspiring epic, reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. Combining traditional dance and music with the most up-to-date stage technology, the show is a 1,000-year-old story executed with all the advantages of the modern-day stage show. Don't miss this amazing show at the Badminton Theatre in Athens from 22 to 31 May.
Based in Ghent, Belgium, Les Ballets C. de la B. is a collective of choreographers renowned for presenting powerful, theatrical performances of startling, anarchic beauty. Focusing on issues of communication and human relationships and featuring a cast of five performers who each represent a member of his own family, Aphasiadisiac sees Ted Stoffer exploring the private languages and politics of love. Enjoy this unusual and exceptional ballet at the Pallas Theatre in Athens May 12.
Can jazz be combined with gypsy dance rhythms? Can the flawless movement and synchronism of classical ballet mix with the spontaneity of flamenco? In their new production, Sangre Flamenca, choreographers Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodríguez, the founders of Nuevo Ballet Español, present a passionate panorama of flamenco rhythms incorporating modern and traditional artistry. Don't miss this celebration of flamenco at the Badminton Theatre in Athens from 5 to 10 May.
Following a run of successful performances at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet and Orchestra comes to Athens to present Don Quixote, one of the most joyous and celebratory classical ballets in the history of dance. It is a performance full of spectacular choreography, technical skill and Spanish temperament. Performances will take place at the Badminton Theater in Athens 3-12 April.
After the highly successful shows at the Benaki Museum in spring 2008, Electra Perpetrator returns to Athens for two performances at the Badminton Theatre on 28 and 29 March, featuring a bigger cast of actors and dancers, as well as composer Michael Nyman and his band performing the play's score live for the first time.
Sankai Juku is Japan's most famous butoh company. In the production of the hypnotic imagery, Kinkan Shonen ("Kumquat Seed") they explore a young boy's dream of the origins of life and death. Butoh is a Japanese contemporary performing art form that evolved during the 1960s as an expression of human awareness. Sankai Juku is part of the second generation of butoh troupes in Japan. Enjoy Sankai Juku at the Pallas Theatre in Athens from 15 to 17 February.
Boris Eifman's ballet, Red Giselle, is based on the life of Russian prima ballerina Olga Spessivtseva. The ballet follows her rise to prominence during the Russian Revolution and her fall to madness in Paris. Now, Eifman and his ballet of St. Petersburg are coming to Athens to perform his Red Giselle, one of the great dramatic ballets of the 20th century. It promises to be a memorable performance, 7-10 February at the Athens Concert Hall.
The artists who changed our perception and expectation on how the Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies look like - turning them into highly appreciated aesthetic events in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games - Dimitris Papaioannou makes an impressive come back in the Athenian cultural life this autumn with his latest production Medea 2, on at Pallas from 3 October and for a limited number of performances.
This Christmas, Alicia Alonso will bring two masterpieces of romanticism, Don Quixote (19-25/12) and Giselle (27-30/12) to the Athens Concert Hall. The National Ballet of Cuba is one of the foremost ballet companies in the world. The artistic standards and the diversity in the aesthetic conception of the choreographers in combining Cuban sensuality with other classical ballets have granted this ensemble a place among the top dance institutions.
The Ballet company of the National Theatre of Prague, one of the most prestigious cultural organizations in Europe, will visit Greece and bring Romeo & Juliet directly from the heart of Prague to the Athens Badminton Theatre. One of the most tragic stories in history about love and death by William Shakespeare, the famous ballet by Sergei Prokofiev, and now envisioned by Youri Vamos' new perspective, will be presented at the Badminton Theater from 26th until 30th of November.
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre is a modern dance group based in Taiwan. It was founded by choreographer Lin Hwai-min in 1973. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan is famous for delivering fascinating, spiritual performances. Artistically, Cloud Gate blends its roots in Asian mythology, folklore and aesthetics, with a modern sensibility. The company will perform the breathtakingly beautiful Moon Water at the Athens Concert Hall from the 27th until the 30th November.
"Live The Salsa Spirit" for three days at the Olympic venue in Faliro, from November 28th until November 30th, 2008. For the first time in Greece, a three-day international Salsa dance festival is being held. The first "Todo Latino Salsa Festival" takes place, with the participation of the greatest performers of the international Salsa scene.
The Trocks (Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo) is a group of professional dancers performing in female costumes who are taking over the world with their comic adaptations of traditional ballet art. The group contains only men, who perform legendary female roles from the ballet repertoire. The Trocks will delight and amuse Athens Greece from 11 until 15 November at Pallas Theater.
Grupo Corpo is a Brazilian dance theatre company founded in 1975, in Belo Horizonte, a town in the south-east of Brazil. The group combines the sensuality of Brazilian dance forms and the technical competence of ballet with a contemporary theatrical feeling and a lot of energy. They will perform at Athens Concert Hall (Megaron Mousikis) on 6 and 7 November.
Fifty years after the first official presentation, Clytemnestra will revive once again, with a long anticipated world premiere in Athens, to mark the beginning of the Martha Graham Dance Company world tour.
From October 15 to 20, Athens welcomes choreographer Yanina Fajar, Tango Fire dance group and Quatrotango Orchestra, who altogether take us into a marvelous journey into the world of tango. Yanina Fajar learnt the art of tango next to great Argentinean masters, namely Sandra Butz, Gabriel Ortega, Silvio Lavia, Nito & Elva García and Pepito Avellaneda.
Already a key figure in the international contemporary dance scene despite his young age, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui brings an international production deeply rooted in the Buddhist ideology and tradition to the Athens Concert Hall on 26 July.
The Kerala Kalamandalam group of the Fine Arts Academy of India arrives in Athens for two unique evenings on Friday and Saturday, July 25th and 26th respectively. Under the direction of Nair Raman Kutty, Kerala Kalamandalam artists interpret traditional Indian music, Kathakali dance and scenes of the Indian epic Mahabharata.