Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rooms 2012_c - The Mattress

Contemporary Art Show
part c

Gallery Kappatos, organized for the twelfth time (since 1999) the Exhibition of Contemporary Art "ROOMS 2012" on the 5th floor of the St George Lycabettus Hotel , in Kolonaki.

Amalgama dance company was formed by Maria Gorgia in November 1998, by Maria Gorgia.

Of vital importance for Amalgama is the support of personal creativity, as well as the promotion of works with obvious peculiarities in cultural expression and authenticity – particularly regarding the movement vocabulary,

in addition to other elements comprising a dance performance: sound, scenery and lighting – all to the most feasible extent

These photos are from Amalgama's performance from their latest production called "The Mattress" that was presented at Rooms 2012

Το στρώμα

Σύλληψη-Χορογραφία:Μαρία Γοργία
Ερμηνεία: Στάυρος Αποστολάτος
Βίντεο: Βάνα Κωσταγιόλα, Μαρία Γοργία, Περικλής Μαθιέλης
Σκηνικά-Κοστούμια: Μαρία Γοργία, Σταύρος Αποστολάτος
Μίξη ήχου: Σταύρος Αποστολάτος
Παραγωγή: Ομάδα Χορού Αμάλγαμα

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Carnevale 2012 II

The Carnival of Brazil (Portuguese: Carnaval) is an annual festival held forty-six days before Easter. On certain days of Lent, Roman Catholics and some other Christians traditionally abstained from the consumption of meat and poultry, hence the term "carnival," from carnelevare, "to remove (literally, "raise") meat."

The Greek Carnival is also influenced by the Brazilian-one. Carnival have roots in the pagan festival of Saturnalia, which, adapted to Christianity, became a farewell to bad things in a season of religious discipline to practice repentance and prepare for Christ's death and resurrection.


Rhythm, participation, and costumes vary from one region of Brazil to another. In the southeastern cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, huge organized parades are led by samba schools. Those official parades are meant to be watched by the public, while minor parades ("blocos") allowing public participation can be found in other cities.

The northeastern cities of Salvador, Porto Seguro and Recife have organized groups parading through streets, and public interacts directly with them. This carnival is also influenced by African-Brazilian culture.

 It's a six-day party where crowds follow the trios elétricos through the city streets, dancing and singing. Also in northeast, Olinda carnival features unique characteristics, part influenced by Venice Carnival mixed with cultural depictions of local folklore.

Carnaval is the most famous holiday in Brazil and has become an event of huge proportions. Excepted the industries, malls and the carnival related workers, the country stops completely for almost a week and festivities are intense, day and night, mainly in coastal cities.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Carnevale 2012 I

The Carnival of Venice (Italian: Carnevale di Venezia) is an annual festival, held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival starts 58 days before Easter and ends on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday or Martedì Grasso), the day before Ash Wednesday. "A carnevale, ogni scherzo vale!" In other words, "At a carnival, every joke goes!"

Although these photos are not from Venice, Greek carnival is, in a way, influenced by the Venetian famous celebration. 


It is said that the Carnival of Venice was originated from a victory of the "Repubblica della Serenissima", Venice's previous name, against the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico in the year 1162.

In the honor of this victory, the people started to dance and make reunions in San Marco Square. Apparently this festival started on that period and become official in the renaissance. After a long absence, the carnival return to operate in 1979.

One of the most important events is the contest for the best mask, placed at the last weekend of the Carnival. A jury of international costume and fashion designers votes for "La Maschera piu bella". Here are the first prize winners of the last years:


Masks have always been a central feature of the Venetian carnival; traditionally people were allowed to wear them between the festival of Santo Stefano (St. Stephen's Day, December 26) and the start of the carnival season and midnight of Shrove Tuesday. Maskmakers (mascherari) enjoyed a special position in society, with their own laws and their own guild.

end of part I

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Rooms 2012_b

ROOMS 2012 - Contemporary Art Show
part b

Gallery Kappatos, organized for the twelfth time (since 1999) the Exhibition of Contemporary Art "ROOMS 2012" on the 5th floor of the St George Lycabettus Hotel , in Kolonaki.

Harris Savvopoulos / Nikoletta Antonakou - Virginia Mastrogiannaki - Anastasis Stratakis

Lina Tsikouta / Peggy Kliafa - Yiannis Mouravas

Vassiliki Vayenou / Christos Kotsoulas

Dio Kaggelari / Elisa Alexandropoulou

Tassos Koutsouris / Niki Tsahra - Agathi Tsoroni

Yota Kostantatou / Ioanna Kassiki


Cold nights, so sick of cold nights
Of wasting all my life in a black house where I grew up
Hold tight, keep saying hold tight
I don’t know what I’m waiting for
When it comes I still want more
And I’ve been locked away these great great days
And the time we spent is not our own anymore


This is my life,
This is your life

As the world turns down
Spinning round is and more,

You say you’re tired, yeah you say you’re tired
And you don’t know what to do, what to do
Cause it’s all on you
You say you’re tired, keep saying you’re so tired
And you don’t know what to do when you’re falling down, down, down, down,
To the ground
to hunt you down


This is my life, my life, my life my life
As the world turns … down
This is my life,
This is your life,
As the world turns down

Spinning round
more spinning around is anymore
Come down, 

Summer Camp

Saturday, February 25, 2012

ROOMS 2012_a

ROOMS 2012 - Contemporary Art Show
part a

Gallery Kappatos, organized for the twelfth time (since 1999) the Exhibition of Contemporary Art "ROOMS 2012" on the 5th floor of the St George Lycabettus Hotel , in Kolonaki.

Maria Maragou/Natalia Milioka

23 Curators, theater artists, choreographers, and architects, chosen by an artist or a group of artists each, presented in the rooms of the Hotel’s 5th floor.

Charis Kanellopoulou / Efi Spyrou

30 Greek and foreign artists presented audio-visual, photographic and video installations, performance, projections, films and other projects.

Gelly Gryntaki / Giannis Stamatiou

Each artist presented individually in each hotel room where the environment, was transformed into a personal space of the artist.

Kostis Stafylakis / Giannis Mpelimpasakis

Christiana Galanopoulou / Dimitris Papoutsakis

Friday, February 24, 2012

Harsh Realm

Last night I thought of you
Years ago, when bodies grew
An empty home
A vacant Hell

I knew you in the harsh realm
I thought about how it was
I thought about you because
I always
think about you
I always think about you

I always think about you


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Marx in Soho

Marx in Soho, written in 1999 by historian Howard Zinn (1922-2010), is a one-man play on the life of Karl Marx. Zinn stated that he wrote the play to "show Marx as few people knew him, as a family man, struggling to support his wife and children." The play depicts Marx resurrected to defend the ideals of communism from the dehumanized version of it practiced in the former Soviet Union and to defend humanity from capitalism.

Zinn writes "Karl and Jenny Marx had moved to London after he was expelled from country after country on the European continent. They lived in the grubby Soho district, and revolutionaries from all over Europe, arriving in London, trooped in and out of their home. That imagined scene — Marx at home, Marx with his wife, Jenny, with his daughter Eleanor — fascinated me."
[ source ]


Photos are from the Greek adaptation of the play: Ο Μαρξ στο Σόχο
Μονόλογος του Χάουαρντ Ζιν
Σκηνοθεσία: Αθ. Καραγιαννοπούλου
Ερμηνεύει: Άγγ. Αντωνόπουλος. Μετάφρ.: Άρης Λασκαράτος. Σκην.-κοστ.: Γ. Ασημακόπουλος. Φωτ.: Αλ. Αναστασίου.

Going Wrong

Am I holding on to something going wrong,

Am I holding on to something going wrong,
Something´s going wrong

Don´t want to believe it, I know that I´ve
been holding on, too long, too long

Don´t want to believe it, I know that I´ve
been holding on, too long, too long
Am I holding on to something going wrong.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Blame

They say I'm not supposed to care
Keep walking with my head high
But every time I go somewhere
I feel the dread inside their eyes
I am. How can?
How can I let it fly?
Condemned, they're still,
So I'm here to testify

You're the devil
You're the one that divides this place
This place
so dividing
If you're not here to stay
then we are gonna to fall

Children walk on both hands
While man still learnin' to crawl
Children fucking blowin' up mars
Grown men fucking blow-up dolls
I'm not the perfect man,
And I never claim to be
I've done some things in my time
Even I'm ashamed of me
I am .... they're killing in the name of me

I can, they can, when they're takin' aim at me
Staring so aimlessly, it's so plain to see
They're digging their hole, under the stairs
They follow the echoes of this everlasting prayer


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

This Land is Your Land

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island,
From the redwood forest to the gulf stream water,
This land was made for you and me.

As I went walking that ribbon of highway
I saw above me that endless skyway,
I saw below me that golden valley
This land was made for you and me.

I roamed and I rambled and I followed my footsteps
O’er the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts,
While all around me a voice was sounding,
This land was made for you and me.

When the sun comes shinning and I was strolling
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
A voice was chanting as the fog was lifting
That land was made for you and me.

Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings