in collaboration with Aliki Avdelopoulou & Polena Kollia Petersen
Celebrate every day
2nd WEEK (19-23/7) – 3 HOURS/DAY
10:00 – 13:00, Open Care Center for the Elderly
Celebrate every day
Creative dance and singing workshop for people aged 65 plus
A creative dance and singing workshop for people aged 65 plus. The company Kinitars Omega will travel together with the professionals of Kinitiras in order to work together with a group of Syros habitants that collaborate at KAPI.
The theme of the workshop is “Celebrate every day”. The two groups will work together through their bodies and voices. The aim of the workshop is to recreate the performance “The Celebration” which will be premiered in Athens in June earlier this summer. This co-existence will build up the self-esteem of the participants, inspire their everyday life and become a positive example for the audience of Syros. Kinitiras Omega is a group with a strong vision for mature adults to access dance and theater through a creative community where they can activate their bodies as well as strengthen and cultivate their creative expression.
Levels: All levels
Photo credit: Dimitris Parthimos
Kinitiras Omega group
Working with professionals from Kinitiras company, the group gained experience in co-creation, rehearsal and production by participating in artistic events and performances. So, in addition to the performances at the end of the year, the Kinitiras Omega group inspired the documentary KIN.O (Chrysanthi Badeka), traveled to Esslingen, Germany, to attend the stAGE festival where they presented the work of Eros and Psychi directed by Antigone Gyra and participated in Ana Sánchez-Colberg’s Seven to Seventh Project at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s Summer Nostos Festival.
Antigone Gyra is the founder and artistic director of Kinitiras Network for Performing Arts (www.kinitiras.com). She graduated from the London Laban Centre with distinction and she was awarded the Graduates’ Choreography award in 1993. In 1996 she created Kinitiras Dance Spectacle (Chorotheama) company with which she has choreographed many works up until today. She has also facilitated workshops and given lectures on dance and theatre subjects. Her works have been performed in Greece and abroad.
In the theatre she has cooperated as a choreographer and movement director with many theatre companies and directors such as : Theatro Technis (G. Lazanis), THOC( Ch. Siopachas), National Theatre (G. Theodosiadis, Efi Theodorou, S,Fasoulis), Theama Company, Dh.Pe.The Kalamatas (G. Kakleas), Theatre Porta (A. Kalogridis), Theatre Diana (G. Paloumpis – E. Rantou), Theatre of Herodus Atticus (S.Evangelatos)etc. Since 1993 she has been a movement teacher in drama schools and recently, she is teaching at Dilos Drama School. She has also taught choreography at the Greek department of Laban Centre (1994-1996) and at the Greek State School of Dance (2000-2002).
In December 2008 she funded, together with Vicky Adamou and Flora Kalomoiri, the first residency centre for performing arts in Greece, Kinitiras Studio which enabled hundreds of foreign and greek artists to their research until 2019.
Antigone designed the action EK PLIXI (Sur Prise) that brings dance in schools (www.ekplixi.com).
This season she curated a long residency in Switzerland at Lo Studio Guru with the general theme: Femininity in transition.
She is a graduate of the Drama School of National Theater with a scholarship from National Scholarships Foundation.
She studied piano & music in National Music School, singing & phonetics with A. Leigh & M. Gementzaki & trained in a number of theatre & music courses.
She is co-founder of VIOMICHANIKI (theatre company) & LITHOGRAFION Theatre in Patras – Greece & former member of Organisation of Telecomunication of Greece mixed choir in Athens, participating in festivals & international competitions winning first place.
She has worked with theatre companies in Athens, Regional theatres & various artists (S. Evaggelatos, A. Antipas, E. Karaindrou S. Tsakiris, A. Gyra, V. Mirianthopoulos & others)
in theatrical plays, musical, dance theatre & theatre for kids as a performer, assistant director, assistant music composer, producer & voice trainer, in Greek & international festivals.
She is the singer of the music group MONITOR with a record label. She is participating in several bands & music productions, in many live concerts & festivals. (“Papercut”, “End In Tears” – “GAD”, opening for Parov Stellar & others).
She was the voice trainer at TV talent shows for kids (Music School MEGA – Junior Music Stars SKAI)
During the recent years, she is a member of Kinitiras Artistic Network for Performing Arts where she collaborates in various productions & educational programs in Greece & abroad.
Polena Kolia Petersen
Polena Kolia Petersen is a Greek-Danish dancer, choreographer and community dance practitioner, member of Kinitiras Artistic Network for the Performing Arts since 2017. She studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London from where she was awarded the Mary Zemke Memorial Fund Prize and holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Copenhagen, where she taught Philosophy of Science and Research Design. Amongst her own presented works are: International Contemporary Dance Festival Dance Days Chania / Let me tell you my steps, (site-specific project for mature adults 65+), Tentart Festival / Listen to our Dances, (workshop & public space performance), Pocket Dance Festival / Movement Bridges, (workshop for teens and adults 65+). With Kinitiras she has co-facilitated the Youth Exchange Erasmus Programme-Supplicants, the mature age dance group Kinitiras Ω (weekly classes, stAGE! Festival) and she is one of the dancers and facilitators of the educational programme of Kinitiras “Truth or Dare” that is supported by the Greek Ministry of Culture. In 2019 she was invited for a residency at Flux Laboratory Athens creating the piece “What About You? have You been Constructed?” (participants 60+). She is also a member of the educational programme Skytali for primary education and collaborates as a facilitator and choreographer with Theatre Entropia for the European Projects Intimate Bridges and Extended Universe.