The Kalamata International Dance Festival is the crown event of the year for the city's International Dance Centre, which was founded in the spring of 1995 for the purpose of supporting and promoting the art of dance via research, education, and artistic activities and creativity.
This year's Festival, which opens on July 14, features six productions, eight performances, and choreographers and dancers from five countries, namely France, Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Greece.
Currently in its 17th year as an active presence in the Greek dance scene, thanks to the support of the local authorities, the Kalamata Festival has earned itself a special place on the festival map of the Mediterranean South, and built bridges to international dance creativity.
A number of influential figures, whose work is shaping the history of contemporary dance, made their first Greek appearance at Kalamata, while the Festival has also taken care to promote and support Greek creativity in the field by commissioning works from talented Greek choreographers and supporting new companies in their experimental explorations.
Another integral part of the Festival is the seminars and talks aimed at dance students and professions alike, while other parallel events include publications and video dance productions.
From the very start, the Festival was programmed with two considerations in mind: the wide range of trends in contemporary dance and the ever-larger audiences this art-form attracts. Today, sixteen years down the line, every year sees a widely-varied audience enthusiastically respond to the call of the Festival.
Kalamata, the city of dance, is set to host its 17th annual programme of events between the 14th and 21st of July.
The Festival opens next Thursday (July 14) with "Babel" (Words), a co-production by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet and Antony Gormley, that will also be presented the following day.