"First Festival of Greeks Abroad"
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|The Orpheus Dance Troupe made its second appearance in
Greece this year! On September 22nd and 23rd, veteran Orpheus dancers Alexander
Kapotas and Christina Pagones represented the United States at the 1st Annual Celebration
of Greek Artists Abroad in Athens, Greece. The show was part of the Festival of
Athens, which takes place every summer at the Odeon of Herodus Atticus at the foot of the
A total of ten international Greek folk dance troupes were selected to send two dancers of Greek descent, one male and one female, to travel to Athens to participate in this exciting new addition to this prestigious festival. Alexander and Christina joined 18 other dancers from Australia, Mexico, Switzerland, England, the Czech Republic, Cyprus and Germany to form the first ever performance of the Global Greek Dance Troupe. By performing as a group, each dancer not only represented their country of origin, but also symbolized the one bond that each of them shared -- their Hellenic heritage and love of Greek dance.
"Today, after a
long delay, there is at last in Greece a real concern about Greek communities
abroad," commented Stelios Elliniades, coordinator of the festival. "These
people have managed to keep their identity out of a deep inner need and a deep historical
At the conclusion of the show, the Global Greek Dance Troupe entered the theatre once again, dancing and singing the refrains of "Tsakonikos", winding their way to the center of the stage. On both evenings, the audience rose to its feet and could be heard singing the familiar lyrics along with the dance troupe. A "Kalamatiano" concluded the show, and the audience again participated -- clapping and singing to express their enthusiasm to see a group of ethnic Greek young adults from around the world performing traditional songs and dances from the land of their ancestors. The men wore the traditional "foustanela" costume, while the women danced in the classic Desfina costume worn in villages of the Fokida region of Greece.
After exiting the stage, each pair of dancers walked to the center of the stage and announced their names and their home country to the audience, amid appreciative cheers and applause. It was a very moving moment for the dancers, who experienced firsthand the excitement of performing in Greece!
18 Aug 2015 07:46 PM