Modern dance steps on stage in June

Contemporary dance fans are in for a real treat as of next week when the 21st Cyprus Dance Festival will begin in Limassol

During the festival, running until the end of the month, we will have the chance to see contemporary dance performances from a total of seven countries – The Netherlands, France, Italy, Israel, Greece, Switzerland and Cyprus. Six performances will take place at the Rialto Theatre in Limassol, while the Cypriot performances NLE (Near Life Experience) and Whispers, choreographed by Lia Haraki and Fouli Stylianidou respectively, will be presented at Pallas Theatre in Nicosia.

For the first time this year, the festival will introduce a performance for children by the Mafalda dance company from Switzerland, directed by choreographer Teresa Rotemberg. A workshop by the company will also take place on June 29 at the Dance House Lemesos at 3pm. The workshop is suitable for children from four to 12-years-old.

The festival will open on Monday with a performance of [N]emo Body by the Gotra dance company from the Netherlands.

Five women – Maite Guerin, Francesca Imoda, Roshanak Morrowatian, Marika Meoli and Marcia Liu – represent a perfect image of different characters and recognisable situations in this piece. “You think you recognise these women, but in the pursuit of absolute perfection of their own ideals, they get entangled in a distorted reality,” organisers said.

These individual, powerful dancers are challenged to explore the boundaries of their own physicality and of the formal ideal of visual feasibility in different scenes. As they go through these different scenes, the audience is invited to reconsider its everyday perception and unravel the truth within.

The central point of attention created by choreographer Joost Vrouenraets is that of the virtuosic moving human body. “Serendipity, the ability to make fortunate discoveries accidental, plays an immense role in his work and transpires seamlessly into his conceptualisation of questions and research,” organisers add.

Dance for him is a spiritual vision transformed into a physical form. Throughout his career, he has always searched for the expressive body on stage – the body that reflects emotions, the body that can be seen as a normal human being. As a performer himself and seeing his work being performed by others, he discovered that the attempt of a neutral mind set creates a generator for maximum expression.

Gotra is an international dance company in the evolving art form of modern dance. The dance group’s creativity crosses artistic boundaries and embraces every artistic genre. Ιts work ranges from new theatrical programmes and commissioned art to innovative engagement opportunities for all types of audiences. The name Gotra means Clan in Sanskrit. It is believed that the members of a particular gotra possess a common essence, the unconditioned nature of all reality and a shared spiritual vision.

The entrance fee for a single performance is €5 and a festival pass is €20. Free admission for pupils, students, soldiers, pensioners and dance professionals. There will also be a free bus from Nicosia to the Rialto theatre for the performances.