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Πομάκοι, Ξάνθη, Θράκη


Open Meeting

Stamatis Efstathiou / Paraskevi G. Kanellatou / Elisabeth Klein

vocal groups:
Kerantzides / Nevesta's Voice

Friday 9 & Saturday 10 February 2018
Music Hall "Mikis Theodorakis" & "Melina Merkouri" Hall
Papagos-Holargos Town Hall

2018.02.09 10 Taksidi Fones


Research Centre for Greek Singing []
"Atropos" Theatre []





Friday 9 February 2018, 19:00-22:00 / Music Hall "Mikis Theodorakis", 55 Perikleous Avenue, 15561 Holargos [Papagos-Holargos Town Hall, level -2].
Free Entrance with Donation.

  • Projection of Pavlos Kavvadias documentary film "Voyage", the fruit of the theater expedition of "Atropos" Theater in Southern India. (38 min.)
  • Projection of a short documentary "Urban Space & Voices" made by Michalis Dimitriou on folk pluralism in the provinces of Dropolis & Pogoni (West Greece - Epirus region) and their didactical approach by ERKET in the urban area.
  • Music presentation from the polyphonic ensemble "The Keranzides".
  • Music presentation by NEVESTA'S VOICE ensemble.
  • Open Discussion

Saturday 10 February 2018, 12:30-21:30 [τρία τρίωρα εργαστήρια] / "Melina Merkouri" Hall, 55 Perikleous Avenue, 15561 Holargos [Papagos-Holargos Town Hall, level -1].
Participation fee: 30€ (it covers all 3 workshops). For the participation procceding please read here.

  • Workshop I: The Folk Polyphony in the Pogonian village Ktismata (Epirus – West Greece) / Tutor: Paraskevi G. Kanellatou.
  • Workshop II: Personal Stories & Folk Singing / Tutors: Elisabeth Klein & Nevesta’s Voice members.
  • Workshop ΙΙI: The Voice as the Gate of the Soul / Tutor: Stamatis Efstathiou.

Note I: The workshops will have both Greek and English as languages.
Note II: Each workshop will last 2 hours and 45 minutes. A 15-20 minute break will take place between the workshops.


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The Vocal Ensembles:

    nevestas voice bwThroughout human history the folk songs have been an ongoing source of storytelling and entertainment. And though these people have passed away, they have all left us stories and a unique opportunity to look into their lives, joys, tragedies, loves and humour across time and distances. The Bulgarian song tradition has with its depth, power and heart aching beauty brought the members of Nevesta’s Voice together, and now on an ongoing journey towards the Arabic, Persian, East European and Nordic sound universes. Nevesta’s voice honestly passes on folk songs in their own minimalistic and soulful arrangements, just as they’ve always been sung – only the stories and the voices.

  • KERANTZIDES [ERKET's Polyphonic Ensemble]
    2017.03.21 KerantzidesThe polyphonic ensemble "Kerantzides" has begun its polyphonic research since 2007. It focuses on the study and singing performance of folk pluralism that develops in the provinces of Dropoleos and Pogoni (Epirus & Northern Epirus). The ensemble is composed from people who do not have a locality with these areas. As a singing group, however, its members try to approach this particular type of popular pluralism through their continuous and exclusive engagement with it, as well as by studying the historical-social and cultural structures of the indigenous communities that practice it. The purpose of the ensemble is not so much the performative reproduction and cultural use of the specific polyphonic song. The focus is rather its cultural understanding as a way of human communication and expression, a way that can be extremely important for interpersonal relationships also in urban spaces.


The Film Directors:

    kavadias pavlos bwPavlos Kavadias has a Greek/Canadian nationality. He is a film maker, photographer and puppeteer. He have been a photographer, puppeteer and film maker for about 8 years now. He has made 3 documentary films inspired by Kosmos project, under the artistic direction of Stamatis Efstathiou. Last year while being in India he decided to start recording his daily impressions on video and making small films and together with photos and text documenting his journey with a personal touch and sharing it through Internet with other people. That included an Indian family with which he stayed for about 2 months.
    Last year when he came back to Athens, he introduced a workshop recording the inhabitants of dubious neighborhoods with mobiles making sure that the team would approach them as friends and not as cold reporters, sitting and eating with them even offering them to use out cameras and ask them questions if they wanted to. This idea of using the camera to communicate and not just as a cold objective recording tool has become very central in his film making exploration.
    michalis dimitriou IIaMichael Demetrius was born in 1989 and lives in Athens. He has studied "FILM & MEDIA DIRECTING" at NEW YORK COLLEGE, ATHENS CAMPUS and has received the year 2012 (BA of ARTS) at FILM STUDIES from "UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH". He continues his postgraduate studies at the University of Cyprus in the field of "Theatrical Studies". Since 2014 he has been a member of the Greek Directors' Society. His first short film was "Days with Rain" (2012), with its participation in many international festivals. His professional career continues with the direction of FASHION FILM "COCOON" (2014) for STORYDROPS, the short film "THE BUST" and the documentary "Euripides 14" (2016). Now he has started working on the production of the short film "CLOUD", which has been funded by the Greek Cinema Center. An important focus of his work is also the documentary series "Without Question", in ERT2 for the period 2016-2017, under his scenario and direction. It is about cinematic documentaries-portraits of people of Letters, Science and Art.


The Tutors:

    stamatis efstathiou bwStamatis Efstathiou- Atropos artistic director is practicing theatre as director & researcher, performer’s trainer, performer and writer. He has wandered around Europe following masters in Poland, in France, in Germany and in Serbia. On parallel he founded Atropos Laboratory theatre ensemble at 2004 and since then he participated as director, performer and writer in various theatre projects in Greece, in India, in Poland, in Iran, in Germany, in Armenia, in Bulgaria, in Denmark, in South Korea in Russia, in south Siberia, in Mexico, in Spain, in Belarus, in Great Britain and in Ukraine.
    He is interested in anthropological theatre, in Butoh dance, in Sergey Kovalevits zero -theatre approach, in spiritual and in sacred traditions, and in voice and singing research, fields which he tries to investigate through the “Theatre of Connection”, the method and vision of Theatre that himself established and which he tries to develop through different long term projects that connect theater education & creation – local communities – theater expeditions at the marge of western civilization (ENERGIA, CARNAVANI, KOSMOS, TETRAPTYCHO, etc). He was attributed the highest award of contributing to the development of art and human exchange in the world in International theatre Olympiad in India 2009.
    Paraskevi KanellatouParaskevi (Vivi) G. Kanelatou is an ethnomusicologist specializing in the teaching of songs belonging to the Greek musical urban and folk culture (musical approach: repertoire, vocal placement, style, analysis of musical theory, musical aesthetics / anthropological approach: social function, interpretive approaches). She is born and lives in Athens. She studied Ethnomusicology, direction Greek folk music culture and has a specialty in traditional and folk songs, at the Department of Folk and Traditional Music at the Higher School of Music Technology of ATEI of Epirus, from where she got her degree. She has accomplished her thesis as an external collaborator of the Hellenic Folklore Research Center of the Academy of Athens in the Department of the National Music Collection. Since 2017 she holds a M.Sc. in Cultural Management (program of "Management of Cultural Units", School of Social Sciences, Hellenic Open University).
    She holds the position of artistic director at the ERKET Research Center of Hellenic Songs, as well as the general editing, direction and teaching of the folk ensembles of traditional and folk music and the sets of folk pluralism (polyphony of the provinces of Dropoleos and Pogonios , female northern biphonies of the prefecture of Drama) of this institution. She has been a scientific associate since 2012 of the Pedagogical Institute at the Ministry of Education of Cyprus, in the framework of the writing of textbooks on the Greek-speaking Polyphonic Song of the provinces of Pogoni, Dropoleos and Cheimaras (Epirus and Northern Epirus) and from 2017 of the Institute of Folk Culture. Finally, she is a founding and critical curator of the Acoustic Internet Journal "En Logois" and an online curator of the journal “Ethologhia ONLINE”.
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    Elisabeth KleinElisabeth has been on a journey in music since she was born. Her first instrument was the voice, what we might have in common. She started playing the piano in the age of 6. From 2005-2010 she studied classical piano in Münster, Germany. Another inner voice got stronger and made her move to Aarhus, Denmark, for studying "Global music". During these years her concept of "music" broadened vastly. Through working with the Ghanean group "African Footprint" (2011) she realised that stories, songs, rhythms and movements used to be one unit, called "music", connecting people's hearts&minds. And during "Journey of Fools"with Stamatis & Atropos Theatre (2011-2012) an old sense of musical intuition found its place in Elisabeth's ears again. Today she works as a piano teacher, choir leader, composer, singer, accordionist, pianist and performer. You can meet her on stage with Music Spoken Here, Nevesta's Voice, Sedjanka Århus, Sjöström Duo and in various groups of performing art. Besides that she really enjoys leading musical and vocal processes in groups. Inside she is still listening to the calls of music, realizing slowly that this journey might never end.


The workshop will focus on finding your own unique voice and way of telling the stories within folksongs – both individually and as a group. Compared to other genres as fx classical singing, the folk tradition doesn’t have one sound ideal but is a result of geography, culture and historic influences. We will discover the natural potential of your voices through group improvisations and a short introduction to different folklore singing styles as the Bulgarian and the Nordic. We might end with creating some simple spontaneous song-arrangements according to each tradition.

The workshop will present how folk polyphony of Pogonian village Ktismata is being developed in the frame of community. The workshop will be structured on three levels: a) theoretical (ethnomusicological structure, community function), b) practical (with the help of the polyphonic ensemble "The Kerantzides" there will be a voice collaboration of the members of the ensemble with the participants of three polyphonic songs) , c) operational (open dialogue on the cross-functional functioning of this folk polyphony as a way of cultural expression and cultural projection at interpersonal and community level).

Through specific exercises applied by Stamatis Efstathiou in his theatrical system of training, the "Theater of Connection", we will work during 2 hours and 45’ aiming to connect the voice with: a) individual physical impulses; b) the body's energy centers and c) the space and the partner. Before human starts singing, it is important to unlock the raw material of his personal vocal material and to incorporate it into a meeting, reaction, and play with the partner, the team, the community, and whatever life or humankind surrounds him. A great exploration for every human, artist, or not. A work that aims to release and highlight the poetry, the game and the sacredness of each person's vocal richness.

[Important note! Participants should wear comfortable clothes (not dresses, skirts, jeans, etc.) since work for much of it involves movement on the ground and in the space. Also, they should not wear jewelry, watches, earrings, etc. during the work].


Participation in the workshops can be done by electronic request and deposit by interested parties until Monday, February 5, 2018.


Stamatis Efstathiou
[email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | mobile phone: 6947.132894].

Paraskevi G. Kanellatou
[email: vkanellatou mail | mobile phone: 6955.442627].

Communication's Dates & Times: Monday to Thursday from 11:00-14:00.



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