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“Mythical Dances of Messenia”

     Ministry of Culture and Sports
General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage
     38th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities
     Archaeological Museum of Messenia

     Periodical Exhibition
“Mythical Dances of Messenia”
     20 June – 30 September 2014

Dance and music are inextricably linked in human nature as the expression of inner needs. ‘Movement’, ‘Rhythm’, ‘Ritual’, ‘Dancing’ and ‘Purification’ reflect only certain aspects of that expression.

Ancient objects from several archaeological sites of Messenia such as the Palace of Nestor, “Ellinika” in Antheia, Pylos and Ancient Messene are exhibited. Antiquities, related to dance and music, are developing a dialogue with modern dance culture in Kalamata, known as the City of Dance since 1995.

Exhibits are displayed in three different sections:

First section

Finds from the Mycenaean period, the oldest evidence for music and dance in Messenia during Prehistory, are displayed in the first room. Emphasis is given to the ritual character of the movement accompanied by music.

Second section
Finds from historical times are displayed in the second room. The focus is on two key periods of Messenian history: the turbulent period of the Messenian Wars (8th-4th c. BC) and the flourishing period of independent Messenia with the establishment of the city of ancient Messene (369 ΒC).

This section is enriched by:

  • Zouzou Nikoloudi’s - pioneer choreographer, original photographs.

  • Third section

    In the third section Kalamata is presented as the “City of Dance”. The main points of interest here are on the one hand the traditional dance and on the other hand the modern dancing culture expressed through the innovation of the Kalamata International Dance Festival.

    The third section is enriched by:
  • Photographs from the archive of the Kalamata International Dance Centre.
  • Photographs from the archive of the Lyceum of Hellenic Women of Kalamata.
  • The photographic exhibition “ Nellys’ Body and Dance” in video recording (curated by the Benaki Museum, produced by the Kalamata International Dance Center)
  • Video recordings of selected performances of the Kalamata International Dance Festival (“Horika” by Z. Nikoloudi and “Monument” («Μνημείο») by D. Papaioannou - Kalamata International Dance Center’s productions)
  • Videos with interviews and shows dedicated to modern dance production in Greece (produced by ΝΕRIT and CINETIC)

  • Parallel Events

    During the periodical exhibition parallel activities are planned. For further information please follow our newsletters through the official site of the Archaeological Museum of Messenia (www.archmusmes.gr) and facebook (Archaeological Museum of Messenia_ Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Μεσσηνίας_Official).

    The dance performance “Lux Aeterna”

    “Lux Aeterna” is a dance performance created by Katerina Kasioumi the Director of the Municipal Dance School of Kalamata especially for the periodical exhibition “Mythical Dances of Messenia”.

    The students of the school are performing an original work inside the first hall of the exhibition, as an act of initiation in the “Mythical Dances of Messenia”. The choreography is inspired by the exhibits of the Mycenaean period.

    The performance was firstly presented during the opening of the periodical exhibition on Friday 20 June 2014 and it will be repeated as part of the parallel events of the 20th International Kalamata Dance Festival on:
      - Saturday 19 July, at 11.00
      - Wednesday 23 July, at 20.00.
    In cooperation with:
  • Society of Messenian Archaeological Studies
  • Kalamata International Dance Center
  • Zouzou Nikoloudi, her family
  • University of Cincinnati , Department of Classics
  • Municipal Dance School of Kalamata
  • Lyceum of Hellenic Women of Kalamata
  • Korais Damatis’ personal archive
  • Municipality of Kalamata
  • «ΦΑΡΙΣ»
  • ΝΕRΙΤ
  • CINETIC Video productions: 1.“Horika” by Zouzou Nikoloudi 1st Kalamata International Dance Festival 1995 Special Committee Award – 8th International Video Dance Competition Director: Takis Hantzopoulos Production: CINETIC Copyright: Kalamata International Dance Center Duration: 01:06':44'' 2. TV Show “ΠΑΡΑΣΚΗΝΙΟ” (Backstage), episode “Zouzou Nikoloudi” Director: Takis Hantzopoulos Production: CINETIC, 1995 Copyright: ERT S.A. 1995 Duration: 27' 3.Photographic Exhibition “NELLY'S Body and Dance” In cooperation with the Benaki Museum 3rd Kalamata International Dance Festival 1997 Duration: 10.02' Director: Takis Hantzopoulos Video Production: CINETIC Copyright: Kalamata International Dance Center, 1997 4.Solo Dance Performance – Edafos Dance Theater “Monument” Choreography: Dimitris Papaioannou 3rd Kalamata International Dance Festival 1997 Duration: 12.43' Director: Takis Hantzopoulos Video Production: CINETIC Copyright: Kalamata International Dance Center, 1997 5.TV Show “ΠΑΡΑΣΚΗΝΙΟ” (Backstage), episode “The tradition of modern dance in Greece” Director: Takis Hantzopoulos Production: CINETIC, 1998 Copyright: ERT S.A. 1998 Duration: 50΄41΄΄ 6.The Documentary “Kalamata. Dance and City” Director: Vagelis Papadopoulos Production: ΕRT S.A., 2011 Duration: 51΄52΄΄ 7.Kalamata International Dance Festival 1995 – 2014 Slideshow
    Duration: 20 June – 30 September 2014

    Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 8.00-20.00, Monday 13.30-20.00

    Address: Archaeological Museum of Messenia Benaki & Ag. Ioanni Historical Center, 24100 Kalamata

    Communication: 38th Ephorate of Prehistoric & Classical Antiquities:
    + 30 27210 63100, 27210 26410 (Mary Tsoulakou, Peny Tsakanikou)
    www.archmusmes.gr

    Full admission: €3, Reduced admission: €2

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