11 Σεπ 2017

IkariaDance Project 2017 (23-31.08.2017)


IkariaDance Project 2017 (23-31.08.2017)

IkariaDance Project 2017. Ένα βαθύ συναίσθημα χαράς και συγκίνησης, γιατί η παρέα μας φέτος έγινε μεγαλύτερη και «πέταξε» πολύ ψηλά!
Μια μεγάλη χορευτική παρέα με 100 φίλους, χορευτές και δασκάλους ελληνικού χορού από Γαλλία, Βέλγιο, Ισπανία, Ιταλία, Αγγλία, Η.Π.Α, Νορβηγία, Νέα Ζηλανδία, Τουρκία, Ουγγαρία, Ιρλανδία, Σουηδία, Ισραήλ, Γερμανία και Ελλάδα.
Με καλεσμένους αξιόλογους δασκάλους και ερευνητές του χορού και του λαϊκού πολιτισμού που μας μύησαν σε διάφορες  χορευτικές παραδόσεις: τον Χρήστο Θεολόγο για τη Μ. Ασία, τη Χριστιάνα Κατσαρού για την Ικαρία, τον Ευθύμιο Ευαγγέλου για τη Σάμο, τον Ιωάννη Πλαγιωτάκη και τον Νίκο Κουφάκη για την Κρήτη, τον Βαγγέλη Τσαρουχά για τις Κυκλάδες και τον Βαγγέλη Φραντζή για τον Πόντο. Με την πάντα μαγική τραγουδίστριά μας Καίτη Κουλλιά να μας ταξιδεύει στο Εργαστήρι Τραγουδιού και στις μουσικές μας βραδιές μαζί με τους καταπληκτικούς μουσικούς της, την Γεωργία Μαρίνη, την Αγγέλικα Παπανικολάου και τον Νίκο Βενετάκη. Και φυσικά με τους εξαίρετους Καριώτες φίλους μουσικούς που στα γλέντια μάς ταξίδεψαν σε διάφορες περιοχές της Ελλάδας, τον Δημήτρη Σπανό και τη Χριστίνα Κουτσιαύτη, τον Γιάννη Λούκο, τον Σταύρο Νικολαϊδη, τον Νώντα Βαλσαμή, τον Νίκο Κόχυλα, τον Γιώργο Στρούπα και τις κομπανίες τους. 
Με μια καταπληκτική παρέα από χορευτές και μουσικούς του συλλόγου Εργαστηρίου Τέχνης και Πολιτισμού που πλαισίωσαν το Project: τον Βασίλη Σκλαπάνη, τη Μαρία Λαμπροπούλου, τον Στέλιο Γιαννουσόπουλο, τον Νίκο Πολίτη, τη Βάλια Παπαγιάννη, την Εμμανουέλα Καββαδά, τον Χριστόδουλο Λικουρίνου, τη Δήμητρα Καραχρήστου, τη Μαρία Κουτσουνάρη, Κρινιώ Τζαβέλλα, την Εβίτα Μπουρλάκη και τον Χρήστο Μήτση. Και τον δάσκαλο του βιολιού μας Αντρέα Χανιώτη φυσικά!
Ευχαριστούμε από καρδιάς τον Σύλλογο Χριστού Ραχών για την παραχώρηση της αίθουσας στον Χριστό για τα εργαστήριά μας, καθώς και τον Σύλλογο Αρμενιστή για όλη την υποστήριξή τους. Ευχαριστούμε και τους φίλους μας από την Ικαρία που πάντα με τη φιλοξενία τους και την υποστήριξή τους φέρνουν τους ξένους φίλους μας σε ουσιαστική επαφή με τον καριώτικο λαϊκό πολιτισμό: την Άντα Καρούτσου, την Ειρήνη Μαυρογεώργη και τον Φίλιππο Καρίμαλη, την Ειρήνη Τσαπαλιάρη, την Ελένη Τσιώλη, τη Δέσποινα Τσαγκά, την Ελευθερία Κανέτη, την οικογένεια Τσαντίρη , τον Νίκο Κούβαρη, τις οικογένειές τους και τόσους άλλους.
Με τις φιλολόγους που συντόνισαν παράλληλα το Εργαστήρι – Καφενείο Ελληνικής Γλώσσας (www.ikariagreeklanguage.gr) , ώστε να έρθουν οι ξενόγλωσσοι φίλοι μας σε επαφή με την ελληνική γλώσσα μέσω συζητήσεων και παιχνιδιών: τη Χριστιάνα Κατσαρού, τη Ρωξάνη Αντωνιάδου, την Αυγή Παύλου, τη Μαρία Σπανού, τη Λυδία Μαυρίδη, τη Layla Luffman. Και πάντα με την ηθική και υλική υποστήριξη του Δημήτρη και της Αντιγόνης Ρήγα, της Δέσποινας Χρούση και της Μαρίνας Τυψίου από το Cavos Bay Hotel καθώς και του Δημήτρη Μελή (Ikaria Holidays) που επιμελείται τη διοργάνωση και εμψύχωση της προσπάθειας.
Αναζητώντας τους «δικούς μας όρους αναπνοής» που έλεγε και ο Οδυσσέας Ελύτης ψάχνουμε στις θάλασσες της ελληνικού λαϊκού πολιτισμού...και στο ταξίδι μας έχουμε συνοδοιπόρους πανέμορφους ανθρώπους από όλα τα μήκη και τα πλάτη της γης. Και το ταξίδι του νόστου είναι πάντα με όρους ψυχής. Καλή αντάμωση στην Νικαριά μας!
Η παρέα του IkariaDance Project
www.ikariadance.blogspot.gr


 








2 Ιουν 2017

Christiana's interview in Greektv.com

Here is an article about IkariaDance written by Eirini Steirou who interviewed Christiana. Published in Greektv.com

Thank you Eirini!

http://greektv.com/ikaria-dance-an-innovative-program-of-cultural-tourism-based-on-the-ikarian-feast-culture/


IkariaDance: An innovative program of cultural tourism based on the Ikarian feast culture.

 

Greek tourism is at its peak, however if one is looking for quality cultural oriented tourism there are few opportunities out there, even if Greece is so rich in tradition and heritage. IkariaDance  is a group of friends and volunteers from Etepo association (www.etepo.gr) and other cultural associations who aim to connect dance friends from all around the world with the Ikarian values of dance and feast culture. GreekTV interviewed Christiana Katsarou, teacher – folklorist and one of the organisers of the project, in order to find out more about this project that gathers people from around the world to dance together!
What is IkariaDance?
IkariaDance is a Project aiming to promote cultural tourism in the island of Ikaria emphasizing on Greek folk culture (Greek traditional dances, traditional songs and music). Moreover, the workshops of the Project aim to familiarize participants with the everyday life of Greeks, their language and their traditional culture still alive in many aspects, like their feasts, their food culture etc. And above all, Ikaria Dance is a group of friends and volunteers who wish to share their passion for Greek culture with people from all around the world…
 IkariaDance is a group of friends and volunteers who wish to share their passion for Greek culture with people from all around the world
Who can participate?
All foreign adults who love Greece, its language and culture can participate in the workshops of the Project. Adults who want to learn Greek dances, Greek songs or the Greek language in an experiential way and want to interact with Greeks, understanding their ideas, attitudes and contemporary reflection on their cultural values. Adults who wish to focus on a deeper experience of the Greek culture and its origins and not a superficial touristic experience.

 

Why did you choose Ikaria to host IkariaDance?
Ikaria is an island of a unique cultural identity, with a natural unpretentious beauty and a rich historical background. The most important about Ikaria is its people who enjoy and share their local culture in a most generous way, through community activities (like the panigiria, the local feasts) that embrace all generations and all types of people in their society. Ikaria’s people do not organize their life, so to offer a “directed authenticity” to visitors, so that they consume it like in other Greek touristic islands. The Ikarians live their life as they always did and they are kind and hospitable, so to let other people experience their way of life, which focuses on simple things: nice local food and wine, very rich dance and music culture, human contact and respect for simplicity and sincerity.
Ikaria’s people enjoy and share their local culture in a most generous way.
What aspects of Greek culture do you introduce to the participants?
We introduce Greek dances, songs and music to our friends who are lovers of Greek traditional culture and arts. We also offer workshops in Greek language for beginners and advanced learners in collaboration with experienced teachers of the Ikaria Greek Language project (www.ikariagreeklanguage.gr) . Moreover, we host parallel sessions of conversation classes discussing issues of history, anthropology and sociology in our Greek language Kafenio, with Greeks who are experts in their fields. Visiting local people in their place of work and creation (musicians, cooks, producers of local products, artists etc.), we try to get in contact with their life’s reality, their ideas, their values and their hopes.

What is the idea behind  IkariaDance?
The idea is the real contact with elements about the contemporary folk Greek culture and the way Greeks think and act in their everyday life, elements that are usually not easy to explain to foreigners, as most foreigners have a rather stereotypical knowledge about Greek culture. (syrtaki, souvlaki etc.) This real contact and deeper understanding can only take place through real emotions, real relationships and common life experience, in both an emotive and cognitive approach. So, truly speaking, the idea behind was to share our truth with other people from around the world that are interested to get in touch with that truth. The idea also was to promote more the understanding on Greek islands’ culture and the Greek heritage of Asia Minor music and dances, since when we started the Project in 2004, these fields were not presented in the way we felt they should be presented.
It was a surprise for us that so many different people from so many different cultural backgrounds become one “parea”,  one “big family”
What are your future goals?
Our future practical goals are  to enrich the variety of our workshops, offering more specialized workshops for Greek dance, Greek traditional songs and musical instruments. With Christos Theologos, president of Etepo association and folklore researcher, we plan to participate in university research projects so as to reflect on practices and ideas of our interest in the field of folklore studies and cultural anthropology. We would also be very interested to offer scholarships for  youth of the Greek diaspora and teachers of Greek dance and culture worldwide and we are searching for funds to do so.

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How do you see IkariaDance in the future?
Trying to share our culture, we learnt a lot ourselves through all these years, about us, our history, our folk life and art, and above all, our need to preserve our identity with creativity and an open minded spirit. After all these years we have developed an intercultural experience and understanding, realizing the common ground for many of our traditions or practices around the Mediterranean Sea. It was a surprise for us that so many different people from so many different cultural backgrounds become one “parea” (group of friends), one “big family” during the Project. We met many wonderful people from many countries, with whom we have become friends and we care deeply for each other. So, we care to continue sharing our passion for life, music, dance, Greek language and our common ideas about the worlds’ local cultures that we need to experience and learn from.
Our future goals are just to continue this journey together with our friends. And make more friends who can understand our vision of actually experiencing our Greek culture and identity today. We have a long way to go, and the only way to do it well is to do it together!
For more info, you can visit:
www.ikariadance.com
www.ikariadance.blogspot.gr

7 Ιαν 2017

IkariaDance and Language Video Presentation


For this year's 15th IkariaDance & Language project in August (23-31)... a video dedicated to all those of you who have helped us all these years to grow and become the IkariaDance parea! We hope to be able to continue this cultural tourism project for many more years! Thank you Eirini Steirou for the wonderful work done and all your support. And a huge 'efharisto' to all friends dancers and dance teachers that help us each year to realize our dream: to dance and share life together in Ikaria!

                                          

Special thanks to….
… the musicians Kaiti Koullia, Dimitris Spanos, Christina Koutsiafti and Stavros Nikolaidis for all their support … and Sokratis Sinopoulos for the use of the music composition “Thrace”.
Christos Theologos from ETEPO association (Ergastiri Tehnis ke Politismou) and our friends - dancers, who volunteer for the Project: Vassilis Sklapanis, Maria Labropoulou, Nikos Kouvaris, Stelios Yannousopoulos, Valia Papagianni, Nikos Politis, Efi Zouroulidou, Elina Tsopanidi, Emmanuela Kavvada, Vangelis Fratzis, Christodoulos Likourinou, Andreas Agouropoulos, Vasia Papageorgiou, Panagiotis Pangratis, Vassilis Alexopoulos, Maria Spanou, Pari Papageorgiou, Nikos Kontinakis as well as the dance teachers Anna Georgiou, Yorgos Elenis and Vangelis Tsarouchas.
…the friends and dance teachers Efthimios Evangelou from the association “Choros” in Samos, Ioannis Plagiotakis and Nikos Koufakis from the association “Chorospito” in Crete.
... all the other dance teachers that have helped us in our Project: special thanks to Elli Kazakou, Nikos Zournatzidis, Vasilis Dimitropoulos, Giorgos Ziogas, Apostolis Mariolas,  Lefteris Kornarakis, Anna Georgiou and Giorgos Elenis, Yannis Megalakakis, Giorgos Gabierakis and their assistants. 
…the language teachers Roxani Antoniadou, Layla Luffman, Avgi Pavlou and Eva Christodoulou for their help in the Greek Language Project which embraces the IkariaDance Project. (http://www.ikariagreeklanguage.gr/) And Nikos Graikos at Phonie Graphie for all his help for the language workshop. 
… our friends in Cavos Bay Hotel (Despoina, Dimitris, Antigoni and Marina) and Ikaria Holidays (Dimitris Melis) agency for all their organizational support and all our wonderful friends in Ikaria who share this journey with us: Eirini Mavrogeorgi, Filippos Karimalis, Anta Karoutsou, Eirini Karoutsou, Eirini Tsapaliari, Vangelitsa Tsapaliari, Eleni Tsioli, Ursula Kastanias, Despoina Tsagka, Evgenia Tsantiri, Giorgis Georgopoulos, Popi Karnava, Toula Tsianti, Sotiris Koutsos, Brigilda Mourtai and their families. And the beloved musicians Lefteris Poulis, Yannis Loukos, Alexander Spietzing, Maria Pandelaki, Epaminondas Valsamis, Giorgos Stroupas and their bands...
... the friends of many dance associations all around the world that help us spread out the word for our work:  special thanks to Yannakis Benetto from Hiphaistia association for all the work he has done for the video of the dances taught during the seminars of the first years and all the support from his association. 
To Annick Van Steerteghem for all her support!
And to Caroline Simmonds, Martin Maier, Carmen Reimat and Larissa Rolley for the great encouragement in our first steps in 2004! 
... our friend Kyriaki Iatropouli for the idea and Eirini Steirou for the implementation! 
Our heartfelt thanks to Kostas Mousoutzanis for all his support. And to all our families who are there for us. And to Elena Passou for her friendship, her ideas and her help. 

This video is dedicated to all friends who have participated in IkariaDance & Language Project and…
 …to the memory of those who are no longer with us: Margot Beck, Abraham Yurman, Irini Benetto and our dearest friend Nicoletta Battistella who believed and supported this Project from the very beginning.
In our hearts they still dance with us every year…

31 Δεκ 2016

IkariaDance and Language 2017


IKARIADANCE summer Project 2017
 Greek traditional dance & culture
23 - 31 August, 2017: IKARIA
 
Dance culture workshops with :

Christiana KATSAROU (Ikaria)

Christos THEOLOGOS (Asia Minor)

Efthymios EVANGELOU (Samos)

Yanis PLAGIOTAKIS &

Nikos KOUFAKIS (Crete)

Vangelis TSAROUCHAS (Cyclades)



Ikaria is an island of the East Aegean Sea near the islands Samos, Chios, Mykonos. An island of a unique nature, a fascinating history and living traditions to explore.

The traditional local feasts (“paniyiria”), involve in a remarkable way all generations and still remain the centre of the social and cultural life in Ikaria. Recent research on the high longevity rates of the island (Blue Zones) reveals to the rest of the world what all Ikarians have known for centuries: music, dance and life with strong family and community bonds help you enjoy real life and live longer… IKARIADANCE project aims to connect dance friends from all around the world with the Ikarian values of dance and feast culture.



General Program including:

  • Dance workshops: 5 hours/ day
  • Culture workshop: optional workshop with traditional songs, percussion and rhythms, history –ethnography and folk traditions presentations and discussions.
  • Excursions to local feasts “paniyiria”
  • Music and dance evenings with local musicians
  • A day excursion to enjoy the island’s nature
  • Workshop of Greek Language (Greek Language Café) –  levels of beginners and advanced (optional - free of charge)

SINGING WORKSHOP WITH KAITI KOULLIA SHALL BE REALISED DURING THIS IKARIADANCE WORKSHOP: MORE INFO SOON!


Inscription/ Contact:

Deadline for the registration:
30 - 06 - 2017
www.ikariadance.com







28 Δεκ 2016

To Alati tis Gis - Ikaria September 2016

video

 A nice moment of 2016. In September for the TV broadcast "Alati tis Gis" of ERT channel we improvised at the last moment with a small group of friends with Lefteris Poulis and Yannis Loukos, Popi Karnava's family in her Fitema's tavern alongside with Dr Lambros Liavas and his crew. We talked a lot, we ate Popi's nice mezedes and we danced listening to the violin and guitar. Our participation is from the minute 1.16 and after in the video below. Hereby uploaded a short extract of the video with Christiana's interview mentioning among others the friends- dancers of IkariaDance project. 
http://webtv.ert.gr/katigories/psixagogia/13noe2016-to-alati-tis-gis/


Μια ωραία στιγμή από το 2016. Τον Σεπτέμβριο στο πλαίσιο της εκπομπής "Αλάτι της Γης" (ΕΡΤ) στήσαμε την τελευταία στιγμή μια μικρή παρέα με τον Λευτέρη, τον Γιάννη και την οικογένεια της Πόπης στο Φύτεμα μαζί με τον καθηγητή κ. Λάμπρο Λιάβα και το συνεργείο του. Είπαμε πολλά, φάγαμε τα ωραία μεζεδάκια της Πόπης και ακούσαμε το βιολάκι του Λευτέρη και την κιθάρα του Γιάννη και χορέψαμε και λίγο... Από το λεπτό 1.16 και μετά στην εκπομπή. http://webtv.ert.gr/katigories/psixagogia/13noe2016-to-alati-tis-gis/
Εδώ ένα μικρό απόσπασμα από τη συνέντευξη.

11 Δεκ 2016

Ikaria Days 2016 dance workshop

From 23-27 November 2016 Ikaria Days was organised for the second year in Brussels!  Ikaria Days is organised by the group “Friends of Ikaria” and aims to bring together Ikarians living on the island and “ex-pats” living abroad – as well as those people who like the island and have established a personal link with it. http://www.thefriendsofikaria.be/the-ikarian-days-2016/about-us/

During this initiative we participated voluntarily animating a dance workshop where many people from many different countries came in contact with the musics and the dances of Ikaria. Christiana Katsarou with the help of the IkariaDance friends in Belgium (Annick Van Steerteghem, Nicolas Tiliakos, Laurence Laloy, Anne Marie Van Hees, Frans Gijsenberg, Alessandra Ballerini etc.) animated the workshop. We all had a lot of fun and we wish to this initiative the very best! Congratulations to all the people who worked hard for this!