Parallel Events

23rd Kalamata International Dance Festival


Martha & Niki
a film by Tora Mkandawire Mårtens

16.07.2017 / 22:00

  • Duration 90'

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Martha & Niki 
Α film by Tora Mkandawire Mårtens

Sweden 2015
In Swedish with Greek subtitles

Director, Script Tora Mkandawire Mårtens
Cast Martha Nabwire & Niki Tsappos
Producer Tora Mkandawire Mårtens
Cinematographers Erik Vallsten, Niklas Nyberg, Senay Berhe, Tora Mkandawire Mårtens
Artistic Advisor Kalle Boman
Μusic by Jungle Brothers, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Das EFX, N.O.R.E, The Roots, Method Man, Damon Frost, Chapee, Explicit Samurai, Niki Awandee, Fulgeance, Dibiase, Isopode, Fat Freddy's drop, Mario P Amigo, Supahumans, Clika One, Kalle Bäccman, Andreas Unge, Pontus Winnberg, Gustavo Santaolalla, Kicki Halmos & Per Egland
Music Composers Kicki Halmos, Per Egland, Red Wood, Kalle Bäccman, Andreas Unge
Film Editors Tora Mkandawire Mårtens & Therese Elfström
Sound Design Red Wood
In co production with Emelie Persson, SVT / Kalle Bäccman Production / Patrik Axén, Stavro Film
With support from Linus Torell, SFI / Beata Mannheimer, FRSM

Produced by Neo Publishing AB, Tora Mkandawire Mårtens

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01 Martha

Martha & Niki In 2010, Swedish friends Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos were the first ever female hip hop dance duo to beat all their opponents at the most important international street dance competition, Juste Debout, in Paris. Martha moved from Uganda to Sweden as a teenager, while Niki was adopted from Ethiopia as a baby.
This documentary not only films two successful dancers in action, but also two young adults who are grappling with very different life questions. Where are your roots, and what elements of your culture do you bring with you from your homeland? How can you keep your cultural heritage alive, and how can you deal with all of these things within an ambitious friendship?


Tora Mårtens was born in Stockholm in 1978. She has a background as a still photographer. Tora Mårtens graduated from Dramatiska institutet in 2007. In 2009 her film Bye Bye C’est Fini was awarded for best short doc (ZDF Award) at the festival Interfilm Berlin. Tora was also awarded the Prix Médias pour la Diversité Culturelle «Boundless /Sans frontières» for her film Dolce Vita with bacon.

Working Dancers 
A film by Konstantina Bousmpoura and Julia Martinez Heimann 

17.07.2017 / 22:00

  • Duration 76'

Working Dancers

Αrgentina - Greece 2016
In Spanish with English subtitles

Screening, followed by a discussion with the director Konstantina Bousmpoura and the choreographer Sofia Mavragani about the film and the experience gained from the Working Bodies, “Τhe Dancer as Workforce” Workshop.

Screenwriters, Directors Konstantina Bousmpoura & Julia Martinez Heimann
Director of Cinematography José Pigu Gómez
Editing Victoria Lastiri
Music Analía Rosenberg
Sound Nicolás Volonté
Producers Julia Martinez Heimann & Konstantina Bousmpoura
Executive Producers Νancy Kokolaki & Νikos Moustakas
Assistant Producer Panos Bisdas
Production Managers Ariana Aisenberg & Roxy Ruzzante

Cast Angélica Berdini, Agustina Sario, Bettina Quintá, Cristian Setién, Cristina Gómez Comini, Daniel Payero Zaragoza, Darío Rodríguez, Diego Franco, Enrique Martín Gil, Ernesto Chacón Oribe, Juan Guillermo Velázquez Cardona, Juan Cid, Julieta Gros, Luciana Benosilio, Leonardo Ressia, Magalí Del Hoyo, María del Mar Codazzi, María Kuhmichel, Mariela Queraltó, Martín Rebello, Pablo Fermani, Rafael Peralta, Ramiro Soñez, Victoria Hidalgo, Victoria Viberti, Virginia López, Yamila Guillermo, Yésica Alonso

Sponsors - Co-producers (Greece - Argentina): INCAA (Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales), Κinisi & BadCrowd, Authorwave (Post-production)


Working Dancers In Buenos Aires a group of acclaimed dancers stands for their labor rights and founds the first Contemporary National Dance Company under their collective leadership. Original folklore songs, Latin American contemporary music and stunning choreographies reveal the beauty and strength of dance through the life and struggle of a group of dancers.

Konstantina Bousmpoura She studied at the Athens University of Economics, and Social Anthropology at the University of Seville. She holds a diploma in Latin American Studies from the University of Salamanca. Since 2007 she has worked in filmic ethnography and direction of documentaries in Buenos Aires and Athens. Her research subject is dance, work and politics.

Julia Martinez Heimann She studied Image and Sound Design at the University of Buenos Aires. She holds a degree in Social Anthropology from the Latin American School of Social Sciences. She works in public education. Director and producer of documentaries and cultural series for the Cinema and the Television in Buenos Aires.

Mr. Gaga
 by Tomer Heymann

19 & 23.07.2017 / 22:00

  • Duration100'

Israel, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands 2015
In English and Hebrew with Greek subtitles

Director Tomer Heymann
Producer Barak Heymann
Executive Producer Diana Holtzberg
Cinematographer Itai Raziel
Editors Alon Greenberg, Ido Mochrik, Ron Omer
Sound Designer Alex Claude
Music Ishai Adar

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With the support of the Embassy of Israel in Greece


Tomer Heymann’s film Mr. Gaga tells the story of Ohad Naharin. Meeting him at a critical turning point in his personal life, this spirited and insightful documentary will introduce you to a man with great artistic integrity and an extraordinary vision. Filmed over a period of eight years, director Tomer Heymann mixes intimate rehearsal footage with an extensive unseen archive and breathtaking dance sequences. This is the narrative of the renowned choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, an artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance.
Naharin developed the Gaga movement language over the course of the last several years. There is no main concept of Gaga. Rather than a technique or a vocabulary, it is a philosophy of how to use one’s body; a toolbox that a dancer can use with any movement technique. Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body.




Ohad Naharin has become one of the most important living choreographers. A former student of Martha Graham, since 1990 Ohad Naharin has been artistic director of the Israeli Batsheva dance company. He has received countless awards, including the “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” from the French government, and a Doctor of Honors in Dance from Juilliard among others, for his impressive achievements in dance.

Tomer Heymann was born in Israel in 1970. He has directed many documentary films and series, most of them long-term follow-ups and personal documentations. His films won major awards at different prestigious film festivals

Public Presentation of Barbara Kane’s Εvening Seminar

20.07.2017 / 21:00

The Revolutionary Dances of Isadora Duncan
throughout her creative and meaningful life

With Françoise Rageau and Sandra Voulgari

Barbara Kane presents the result of her six-day workshop. Dances of Revolt and Hope, strength and sorrow, hope and confidence combined in movement expression via the Dance and technique of Isadora Duncan.

Barbara Kane

Barbara Kane studied with pupils of Irma and Anna Duncan. Ιn 1985 she set up the Isadora Duncan Dance Group. Barbara has retired as a performer but continues to teach the Duncan Dance.

Piano Recital
by Alexia Mouza

20.07.2017 / 22:00

  • Duration 65'

24 Préludes, op. 28


Piano Sonata no. 6 in A major, op. 82

Ιn collaboration with Kalamata Municipal Conservatory

Following the programme of Revolutionary dances of Isadora Duncan, this evening's concert regards battles. Personal ones.
[...] In June 1939, Stalin’s secret police, arrested Vsevolod Meyerhold, a famous director and friend of Prokofiev, shortly before he began rehearsing Semyon Kotko, the composer’s most recent opera. One month later, Meyerhold’s wife was murdered while he was executed in February of the next year, a fact that was never publicly acknowledged, let alone even known about until after Stalin’s rule had ended. At the same period, Prokofiev received an official request to compose for Stalin's sixtieth birthday. In this climate, he also began composing his 6th Sonata, whose tragic dimension, in this light, reflects criticism of the barbaric regime, rather than the historic events of the period to come.
Chopin’s 24 Préludes were completed exactly a century earlier. It seems that a significant number of them were written in Paris before Chopin's trip to Mallorca in the winter of 1838/9, where he was accompanied by Georges Sand. The couple chose the Balearic Island hoping that its climate would help the composer's poor health. However, when the strictly Catholic residents discovered that composer and writer were not married, they did not facilitate their stay. Under these difficult circumstances of ill health and hostility, Chopin completed and edited his 24 Préludes. [...]

PhD in Musicology, Music Critic of the daily Kathimerini, Head of the Dramaturgy Department of the Greek National Opera.


Alexia Mouza, born in Athens, is a Greek-Venezuelan awarded pianist. After studying for two years at the College of Fine Arts, Boston University for the Artist Diploma (Professor Boaz Sharon). She was enrolled in the International Program of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv. Alexia has given concerts in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, China, Japan, Venezuela, Hong¬ Kong, and USA. She collaborated with many renowned orchestras.

The Museum is dancing:
Touring - Presentation of Barbara Kane’s Day Seminar

21.07.2017 / 12:00

The Museum is Dancing
Touring - Presentation of Barbara Kane’s Day Seminar


In collaboration with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Messenia, Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports
(General co-ordination and Management: Dr. Evangelia Militsi-Kechagia, Archaeologist, Director of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Messenia, Scientific Curator: Maria Tsoulakou, Msc Archaeologist, Ephorate of Antiquities of Messenia)


The Museum is Dancing
The dances of Isadora Duncan, the exhibits that inhabit the Museum, the improvisations and the creations of the participants of Barbara's Kane day seminar meet in an original tour - presentation in the Museum.


Barbara Kane studied with pupils of Irma and Anna Duncan. Ιn 1985 she set up the Isadora Duncan Dance Group. Barbara has retired as a performer but continues to teach the Duncan Dance.

Mary Tsoulakou She studied Archaeology and History of Art at the University of Athens and continued her postgraduate studies in Cultural Administration. Designer and creator of educational programs, exhibitions and cultural activities at the Ephorate of Antiquities of Messenia.

Contact for the seminar +30 6931 512 683

Program / Day

1st Day Program // 14.7.17
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2nd Day Program // 15.7.17
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3rd Day Program // 16.7.17
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4th Day Program // 17.7.17
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5th Day Program // 18.7.17
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6th Day Program // 19.7.17
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7th Day Program // 20.7.17
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8th Day Program // 21.7.17
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9th Day Program // 22.7.17
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10th Day Program // 23.7.17
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