Mixed doubles at Kalamata Dance Festival

Date: July 16, 2021 - July 16, 2021
Location: Greece

A disabled white female performer with blond hair balances on one leg above a man writhing on the floor. A black and white photo of a performance outside.
Cornered (Holland Dance Festival).

The Kalamata Dance Festival, in partnership with Onassis STEGI presents Mixed Doubles, four duets with disabled and non-disabled dancers created by Faizah Grootens, Venetsiana Kalampaliki, Diego Tortelli, and Roser López Espinosa. The duets have been commissioned by Holland Dance Festival (the Netherlands), Onassis STEGI (Greece), Oriente Occidente Dance Festival (Italy), and Skånes Dansteater (Sweden), as part of the four-year European programme Europe Beyond Access, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

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  • Choreography: Faizah Grootens
  • Performers: Annemieke Mooij & Aymeric Aude
  • Music: Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds, Raime 
  • Lighting design: Faizah Grootens & Sanne Rosbag 
  • Production: Holland Dance Festival 

Cornered is a physical experience of two bodies encountering each other within a space and within themselves. When these two bodies meet, there are moments of high intensity and moments of low vibe, while still achieving synthesis. Cornered is about empathy and the struggles that come with it. About how to stay true to oneself, without losing connection and empathy. 


  • Choreography: Venetsiana Kalampaliki
  • Performers: Irini Kourouvani & Vivi Christodoulopoulou
  • Sound creation: Thalia Ioannidou
  • Light design: Eliza Alexandropoulou
  • Project coordination: Myrto Lavda & Dora Vougiouka
  • Production: Onassis Stegi

What kind of identities do bodies carry? In Re-call, choreographer Venetsiana Kalampaliki focuses on the identity of the body and on how it is shaped by both the past and every single moment in the present. Moving in a stark backdrop, the dancers’ bodies are confronted with time with every step they take. Through repetitive movements, moments of pause, and walking the performers define their routes and create fleeting stories that fade away like traces in the sand. With her gaze fixed firmly on each individual, and taking precision and simplicity as her guide, the choreographer creates human portraits and explores the meaning of the moment as a dimension, both temporal and spatial.

Feeling Good

  • Choreography: Diego Tortelli
  • Dancers: Cristian Cucco & Annemieke Mooij
  • Lighting design: Carlo Cerri
  • Video graphic design: Michele Innocente
  • Co-production: Oriente Occidente Dance Festival & Fondazione Nazionale della Danza/Aterballetto

With the support of Gruppo Credem, in partnership with Reggio Emilia Città Senza Barriere & Consorzio Oscar Romero.

A circle, a square, and, in the centre, the emblematic figure of a man. References to The Vitruvian Man are evident, and this can lead to criticism and controversy, but if we simply do not dwell on the image itself and what the eye sees but focus on its poetics and meaning we find the desire for a body that experiences connecting with itself and its surroundings, both on a rational and emotional level. This is the starting point of Feeling Good, a duet about the ability to ‘be’ and ‘feel’, about the acceptance of oneself, of one’s strength and fragility. Feeling Good looks at the diversity of human beings in an asymmetrical way, opposing the idea of ‘canonical’ beauty and universal models of ‘beauty’.

Fine Lines

  • Choreography: Roser López Espinosa
  • Performers: Madeleine Månsson & Anna Borràs Picó
  • Music: Mark Drillich
  • Lighting: Mattias Jonsson
  • Costumes: Åsa Gjerstad
  • Production: Skånes Dansteater

Fine Lines, a new duet with dancers Madeleine Månsson and Anna Borràs Picó, is a dialogue between two exceptional women. A meeting shedding light on the fine lines between us, reminding us of our differences, our boundaries, the outlines of our intentions. But what brings us closer together? What do we want to celebrate in each other? On stage, two women. So delicate, so powerful.