Tracing the Landscape of Dance in Greece
This volume critically discusses dance’s role as an art form in modern Greek society, exploring both ethnographic and cross-cultural issues. The contents of the book unfold in parallel and intertwining dialogues and discourses incorporating reflections on philosophical and scientific subjects and experiences relating to dance. The investigation places ballet, modern and contemporary dance within the Greek context, and juxtaposes these genres with international dance making. It also uncovers the factors that have affected the development of dance practices in Greece during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and considers the reasons why, until now, dance, as an embodied art form, has not been established in Greece as an autonomous academic discipline with its own sustainable educational structures. It paints a picture of the past and the present, while also serving to inspire future artist-practitioners and scholars to advocate and support the discipline of dance in Greece.
Katia Savrami holds an MA and PhD from the Laban Centre of the City University of London, UK. She is Assistant Professor of Choreology in the Department of Theatre Studies of the University of Patras, Greece. She has taught at the State School of Dance and the Professional Ballet School of the National Opera in Athens, Greece, and has also worked as a writer on Dance Studies for the Hellenic Open University. She is a member of the editorial board of the journal Research in Dance Education, and Editor-in-Chief of Choros International Dance Journal. Her publications include a variety of articles and books on dance, in both Greek and English, including Ancient Dramatic Chorus through the Eyes of a Modern Choreographer: Zouzou Nikoloudi (2016) and Dancing Dialogues – Volume I (2019).
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