Dance - Sing - Play Music
Find out about the traditions of Epirus
Our activities refer both to individual guests and small or large groups of visitors who are interested to learn closely about the traditions of the Greeks of the Epirus region and to experience the secrets of their civilisation.
“This is what our cultural action is about to enhance, through the field of art”
Our team has the aim that Epirus’ modern visitors share the remnants of a civilisation, which is at the same time very remote in time, but simultaneously, because of its forcefulness, a very near-time civilisation, which has its roots in antiquity.
Participate and learn
An open action for the future visitors of the region who has as an objective to raise specific cultural elements: it wants to teach the present, learning from the past, and to integrate other cultures and to be integrated in traditions and cultures, related or not, creating new modern cultural traditions.
Dance - Therapy - Life
Since the beginning of its appearance the universe has been intertwined with the movement and people have been reliant on it. Since then, motion has been a source of life and conciliation with it, a source of creativity. The rustling of the trees, the flying of the birds, the swimming of the fish, the hunting instinct of the predators: everything is moving and flowing. In the field of the art, currents were born, artists emerged, ideas flowed, giving time for solutions to problems and developing world cultures.
In Epirus, the rocky side of north-west Greece, movement has always played a major role. It was a source of food, warmth, health on one hand, and hate and dissatisfaction on the other. Hard and relentless battles, interwoven with death and mourning, as well as periods of spiritual regeneration and exaltation, making life and death, hatred and love, motion and immobility coexisting, all connected to the master craftsman of the Epirus: being musician, dancer and artist, over the years crafting a century-old “yeast”, ready to give the spiritual “food” of tomorrow. Music and dance become one where the musician and the dancer are in a strange relationship of a dialectical debate in an odd circular search quest of the inner world of each other; being artificially linked to the environment, nature and life. The dances and songs of their inhabitants are one with their lives. Death, foreignness, bitterness and orphanage are the four points of their life, where through them they create any form of art. The dances of Epirus come from the depths of the ages and support their existence in the “anonymous” folk creator, who, through the filters of society, arrives to our days, throwing away all that is unnecessary. Humble dances, Doric dances bring mental power of the inhabitants to the region. Their trouble for survival, their pride, the agony of emigration, but also their pain and bitterness. Like most Greek dances, they are circular here, and they symbolise the community’s need to remain united and brave against any form of conqueror and attacker. “Syrto” dances, in their majority, express the union of humans with the land that nourishes and hosts them. Heavy and serious, they have the ability to highlight both the physical ability and the mental well-being of the protagonist as well as the entity of the group, while displaying an analogy with the leading dancer and the group in ancient Greek drama, or like Dionysus and his group in the Dionysian mysteries. Here, we find dances in rhythms of 2/4 time, 3/4 time, but also 5/8 and 8/8 time, which have their roots in antiquity in an environment where the five musical scales play a dominant role.
As a method of psychotherapy, dance as a therapy is also used nowadays. With the main means of movement, soul and spirit, it intends to offer the person a safe psychotherapeutic framework, where they can explore themselves and their relationships with others on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.
Dance therapy is based on the principle that the way we move and express ourselves non-verbally manifests the way we relate to our own selves and to others. It is a particularly useful art for shy people, since it involves an alternative way of communicating. It helps discharging tensions, both physically and mentally, and it contributes actively to the prevention of everyone’s health being the best aerobic exercise. Dance therapy has been shown to have a particularly beneficial effect on unhealthy people. The ultimate goal of dance therapy is to find a healthy balance and a sense of completeness of body, soul and spirit.