12 new works by established and younger choreographers
The “Cyprus Choreography Platform” marks from last year the evolution of the “Contemporary Dance Platform” which has, across 18 editions, contributed greatly to the development and promotion of contemporary dance in the country. The organizers have always aspired to provide choreographers active in Cyprus with opportunities to experiment with new forms of expression and create new projects. From last year this aspiration has enriched by the specific objective of developing and establishing choreography as the foremost requirement for the evolution of contemporary dance in Cyprus.
Introduced for the first time at 2019 organisation the role of external associate, surveying the creative process and providing feeback to young choreographers and everyone else wishing to receive feedback. Other last year’s innovations included the differentiation and expansion of the participants’ categories, the incorporation of mentoring in the project preparation process, as well as the launch of the “Young Choreographer Award”, equivalent to five thousand euro. The mission of the Platform to create the proper conditions for staging performances by Cypriot creators abroad, by inviting international personalities of contemporary dance, has transposed to ‘Choreography Showcase’, a new event which launched on 7 and 8 March 2020.
For 2020, Greek choreographer Pavlos Kountourioties has been assigned the mentoring of the 5 young choreographers in the course of their project preparation.
The core programme of performances is supplemented and enriched by parallel events organized by Dance House Lemesos under the title “Dance Throughout the Year”.
Through an open call for submissions, the Selection and Evaluation Committee consisting of Georgia Doetzer, Alexnadros Michael and Elena Kostasvili, has approved the 12 choreographers who will presend their new works in the 20th Platform.