KATINES - Community Dance Group
The community dance group KATINES is a small community of Greek-speaking women who have been living and working in Zurich for several years. Within the group there are among others a choreographer and several architects, artists, mothers, researchers and amateur dancers/movers.
What we share through this practice is not primarily a rehearsal for the creation of dance works, but rather a place of meeting, intimacy, relatedness and creation within the occasion of dance.
We share a cultural relevance in terms of how we create, how we speak, how we move, and all the embodiment that accompanies them.
KATINES have presented Spekulative Praktiken, at the community dance festival Tanzmehr Bühne in Zurich in October '23, as well as at the collaborative art studio Sihlquai253, & the community space L200 (a space for the neighborhood) in December '23. In 2024, they are preparing their first full-length dance work entitled 'Otherwise no one would have imagined (it)! or 'Otherwise no one would have imagined (it)!', a work that explores the notion of emancipation through the collaborative practice of dance scores, which will be presented in various venues and festivals in Switzerland and Greece.
This is why we named our group KATINES, which is a female Greek name that has a sexist connotation, and this was the reason to become the name of the first feministic Greek magazine, in order to change this undertone.
Domenica Chandra, Daphne Kokkini, Eleni Mylona, Angeliki Papadia, Vassia Roussi, Ioulitta Stavridi, Christina Tsouma, Nassia Vlachou, Fani Kanoni a.k.a 'KATINES' (*)
25.10 - TANZMEHR BÜHNE FESTIVAL
08.12 - L200 Zürich, OPEN DISCUSSION & ONLINE PRESENTATION OF DOCUMENTARY OF THE FEMINISTIC GROUP KATINA magazine. Discussion and Dance with KATINES_Zürich
26.01 - Workshop by the choreographer Medie Megas 08.03 Workshop by the choreographer Androniki Marathaki
The performers/movers respond to movement scores they have developed together. The intension is to reflect on how we come together, what is embodied knowledge, how our female bodies can and act as a way to resist patriarchal structures, and also how to find and expand idiosyncratic personal movement while at the same time take responsibility of our common body!
The scores are suggested verbally by the
choreographer and by the dancers when they feel like it, and the performers/movers create movement material on stage through "instant composition". The piece begins with a
traditional Greek love song from 1828 from Asia Minor, and is accompanied by live music (guitar).
Choreography: Eleni Mylona with and by the dancers Domenika Chandra, Fani Kanoni, Daphne Kokkini, AngelikiPapadia, Vassia Roussi, Ioulitta Stavridi, Christina Tsouma, Nassia Vlachou
Live music (guitar): Pablo Allende
Live voice: Nassia Vlachou