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news from Athens

Lots of good news from Athens!
Panagiotis Andronikidis has been making connections with the Immigrants Social Center in Exarhia, Athens as well as Piso Thrania. They have facilitated showing the  2009  documentary to potential participants and to date, we have 30 people interested in participating. The workshop will take place in Exarhia this year. We will be performing the final work at the Anti-Racist Festival.

Jill Woodward has created a trailer for last year’s project that we are just beginning to share online. We would love to hear your impressions of the work!

Thank-you for the support we have received for the project thus far, though we are still quite a distance from our goal. Please look for our fundraising letter in the mail! Your support has been vital to the project.

Sincerely,

Despina Stamos

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Despina Stamos

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Updates 2013

Lots to report! passTRESpass 2013 in development!

May 20- June 10, 2013

The situation in Greece has intensified for our participants. It is both daunting and critical to continue our work there. Last year, we were challenged by the loss of the Kypseli Agora. That challenge led us to a different work approach- we rehearsed across from the Acropolis and in various local sites as well as creating a stage piece shown in two locations.

This year, Panagiotis Andronikidis, director of ELANADISTIKANOUMEour co-facilitator is coordinating an effort to extend our outreach. Participants from previous years that continue creating with  ELANADISTIKANOUME will be assisting this year’s production by leading some of the exercises  in rehearsals with the new participants!

Stay tuned for more details!

Also, somaphrase 2013 will take place in Andros island July 1 through 7.

Come join us!!!!!

Our first local call for participation

Ανοιχτή πρόσκληση για συμμετοχή στο πρότζεκτ
PASStresPASS 2013Οι ομάδες χορού ELANADISTIKANOUME με έδρα την Αθήνα και The Modern Dance Awareness Society (TMDAS) με έδρα την Νέα Υόρκη, προσκαλούν για συμμετοχή μετανάστες και ντόπιους που θα τους ενδιέφερε να λάβουν μέρος στην διαδικασία δημιουργίας παράστασης με θέμα την μετανάστευση, τα σύνορα και τα δικαιώματα.
Το κύριο μέρος του πρότζεκτ θα πραγματοποιηθεί από 20 Μαίου εώς 10 Ιουνίου, με καθημερινές συναντήσεις στην Αθήνα. Τον συντονισμό του πρότζεκτ έχουν οι Despina Sophia Stamos (TΜDAS) και Παναγιώτης Ανδρονικίδης (ELANADISTIKANOUME).
Καλούμε ομάδες μεταναστών, μαθητές και δασκάλους να πλαισιώσουν το πρότζεκτ συμμετέχοντας με τον τρόπο που μπορούν. Επίσης μουσικούς, χορευτές, ηθοποιούς, video artists και φωτογράφους που θα ήθελαν να συμμετέχουν.
Η παράσταση θα παρουσιαστεί στο Αντιρατσιστικό Φεστιβάλ και σε άλλα φεστιβάλ και εκδηλώσες στην Αθήνα και στην επαρχία.
Η προτοιμασία του πρότζεκτ έχει ήδη ξεκινήσει από την ομάδα ELANADISTIKANOUME με σταθερές συναντήσεις μια ή δύο φορές τη βδομαδα, τα Σαββατοκύριακα.
Για συμμετοχή: Παναγιώτης 6940004843(SMS). neropan@gmail.comΠληροφορίες και Υλικό από προηγούμενα κοινά πρότζεκτ
Despina Sophia Stamos (TΜDAS)
http://tmdas.org/
Παναγιώτης Ανδρονικίδης (ELANADISTIKANOUME)
http://panandronikidis.blogspot.gr/
Τrailer της ταινίας που γυρίστηκε κατα την προετοιμασία του πρότζεκτ PASStresPASS 2009 από την Jill Woodward :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2161FBk7SU0
Παράσταση PASStresPASS 2009 (Αγορά Κυψέλης)
1ο μέρος: http://youtu.be/WtcOS3q8NVg
2ο μέρος: http://youtu.be/9Vt-Uu4BhhE
3ο μέρος: http://youtu.be/3OLUmW-la7E
PASStresPASS 2007: http://youtu.be/WJCwdZ5uzCg
Proximity 2010: 15o Αντιρατσιστικό Φεστιβάλ
http://elanadistikanoume.blogspot.gr/2010/07/proximity-performance-15.html
ELANADISTIKANOUME:http://elanadistikanoume.blogspot.gr/
passTRESpass 2012(κριτική)
PASStresPASS Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/PassTRESpass-Athens/90902723244?ref=hl


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update Summer 2012

Preparations continue for  our two residencies in Greece.

In Andros, we are planning to interview and offer on-site improvisations to elders of the island. We have been offered a van so that the workshop will have transportation to villages and coastlines that are difficult to reach, giving us the opportunity to really bring the work to the audiences that really never see it. In exchange, the village elders will tell us stories of life on the island. This will be a part of the source material that we will use, along with the environment to make our final performance on the 31st of August.

Athens, on the other hand, is going through tumultuous times. There are reports of anti-immigrant violence. One of our former participants was attacked this past year.  There is , sadly, much despair about what the future holds.Even long time residents are struggling with the new laws. Our plan is to create a safe, creative environment for the participating immigrants.

7/30/2012

Inspiring…sigh. Last week Panagioti set up another rehearsal/site workshop at Micro Kavouri Beach. We were joined by Abdul, Sedat, Vicky, Patricia and three documentarian collaborators, Tristan, Damien and Elena. The site, a popular beach near Bouliaghmeni has a small island with the ruins of a fort about 300 feet from the shore. This was the space for our investigation.

 

It was breathtaking to see Abdul transformed into a snake/crocodile, Sedat softening into a rock wall, Patricia exploring crab-ness as Vicky became the sea. The experience was truly beautiful! Thank-you Panagioti for making it happen! The healing aspects of working in nature excite me. I will be posting Damien’s photos!


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you are invited——-dancing in andros, greece

Happy Spring!

We are extremely excited about our upcoming workshops and performances in Greece this summer.

On August 16-31, Damaris  Webb, Jill Woodward and myself  will be facilitating somaphrase- dancing the translation, a site specific dance workshop and performance on the island of Andros, in Greece. We will be joined by Panagiotis Andronikidis (ELANADISTIKANOUME GR)  Of course, you are invited to participate or just spread the word!

In September, we will continue passtrespass with the immigrants at the Kypseli Market Community Center in Athens. This is an extremely trying time for the people of Greece. Our goal is to create a safe, creative environment, as well as an empowering performance platform for those who are hit hardest by the current situation.

video passtrespass


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portable

if you are in Times Square come by and check out portable
Anita’s Way 
the through block connecting W 42nd and W 43rd Street 

between Broadway and 6th Ave 


Wednesday, May 18, 12:30 – 1:30pm 

Thursday, May 19, 6:30 – 7:30pm 


portable is a moment of unity, where through simplicity and timeless  repetition we create a shared language- a diversity in unison.  

this work was supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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