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Dance means setting a high standard

In the National School of Dance we believe that our graduates must start their career at a high standard; only in this way will they be able to distinguish true quality in art, set chief goals, not settle for mediocrity, thus raising the “quality bar” within the field of dance in Greece. This is the reason we formed the Hellenic Dance Company; we recurrently invite choreographers from Greece, Europe and the United States, in order to tailor works for, or to instruct, our students in a hands-on, actual-performance setting.

The Hellenic Dance Company, a group which was created by the director, Pavlina Veremi, in the State School of Dance, is employing both professional dancers and talented students of the School. Following the international standards of the greatest Dance Centers around the world, the company is creating a live bridge between the world dance arena and the current dance potential in Greece. Its foundation, by law, in 2007, was the crown of a 7-year effort, after constant presence to the Greek audience.

During those years, as well as during the ones that followed, the National School of Dance has invited significant creators from Greece, Europe and the US, to cooperate with the company. They have created pieces especially for the dancers of the company or have taught pieces from their already known repertoire.

Therefore, in the Hellenic Dance Company productions* so far, pieces from some of the most important Greek and foreign choreographers of the 20th century are included, such as: Martha Graham, Pascal Rioult, Wim Vandekeybus, Martin Lawrance, José Limón, Mark Morris, Richard Alston, Zouzou Nikoloudi and Haris Mantafounis, as well as younger choreographers, such as Dimitris Papaioannou, Konstantinos Rigos, Antonis Foniadakis, Jasmin Vardimon, Athina Vachla, Josef Fruček and Linda Kapetanea, Hofesh Shechter, etc.

Through the presentation of these pieces, the company aims to familiarize the Greek audience with contemporary dance, as well as to promote and develop this genre on a national and international level. By working systematically, the Hellenic Dance Company has managed to create a significant status and artistic ties with some of the biggest companies in the world, presenting performances that have been, so far, very successful.

Productions 2000 - 2014

Thirteen Years of Success

• 2000 “NY–London–Paris: Three Greek female choreographers with an international career”, Chora Theatre; choreography by Athina Vachla, Lili Artzimanoglou Mantzari, Mahi Dimitriadou Lindahl, Valia Alexandratou.

• 2001 “Dance Stories”, Ilisia Theatre; choreography by Zouzou Nikoloudi, Konstantinos Rigos, Michalis Nalbantis, Valia Alexandratou.

• 2002 “Dance Stories II”, Megaron-The Athens Concert Hall. Choreography by Martin Lawrance, Charles Linehan, Michalis Nalbantis, Kostantinos Rigos and Wim Vandekeybus.

• 2003 “From Martha Graham to Wim Vandekeybus”, Megaron-The Athens Concert Hall; choreography by Richard Alston, Wim Vandekeybus, Valia Alexandratou, Michalis Nalbantis, Haris Mantafounis.

2004 “Poetic Interpretations”, Megaron-The Athens Concert Hall; choreography by Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Mark Morris, Pascal Rioult, Valia Alexandratou.

• 2005 “Poetic Interpretations II”, Megaron-The Athens Concert Hall; choreography by Dimitris Papaioannou, Konstantinos Rigos, Haris Mantafounis, Valia
Alexandratou, Martin Lawrance.

• 2006 “Acts of Light, Acts of Darkness”, Megaron-The Athens Concert Hall; choreography by Richard Alston, Pascal Rioult, Martha Graham, Antonis Foniadakis, Nana Vachla, Linda Kapetanea, Jozef Frucek.

• 2007 “War”, Megaron-The Athens Concert Hall; choreography by Martha Graham, Pascal Rioult, Jasmin Vardimon, Hofesh Shechter, Linda Kapetanea and Jozef Frucek.

• 2008 “Channels”, Foundation of the Hellenic World; choreography by Athina Vachla, Penny Diamantopoulou, Jasmin Vardimon, Joseph Frucek, Linda Kapetanea, Athanasia Kannelopoulou.

• 2010 “Explosion”, Megaron-The Athens Concert Hall; choreography by Martha Graham, Richard Alston, Athina Vachla.

• 2013 "Homage to C.P. Cavafy", Odeon of Herod Atticus. Music: Dimitris Papadimitriou, Choreographies by: Penny Diamantopoulou, Christina Gouzeli and Paul Blackman, Dramaturg: Ersi Pitta, Solist: Fotini Darra.

 2014 “Open Frontiers”, Megaron-The Athens Concert Hall; choreography by Martha Graham, Akram Khan, Tono Lachky, Pascal Rioult.