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Andonis Foniadakis

Salema Revisited
Andonis Foniadakis World premiere



How can tradition converse with other forms of artistic expression, such as contemporary dance, without being threatened or offended, but instead enriched and communicated with the respect it deserves to a wider audience? Combining the principles and themes of the dances of his native Crete with his long-standing experience as a modern dancer, Foniadakis creates a palette of rhythms and melodies for directing the flow of the performance. Above all, though, he attempts to convey the strength of the Cretans who dance the pentozalis (pente meaning “five” and being a reference to the Cretans’ fifth attempt for liberation), a ten-step dance (as the Sfakians decided to start the revolution on 10 October 1769) that consists of twelve parts (musical phrases, turnings) in honour of the twelve leaders of the uprising.

Salema: a struggle with time, immobility and the moment. Dancers and musicians mingle in a bizarre game, upsetting memories and emotions.



Educational programmes

15.10.2021 Necessary betrayal: A conversation with Andonis Foniadakis.

Dance workshop for adolescents aged 12 and above, with the assistant choreographers


Choreography: Andonis Foniadakis

Music supervisors – Orchestration: Paris Perysinakis, Giorgos Skordalos

Original music: Paris Perysinakis

(adaptations of traditional Cretan tunes)



Nefeli Asteriou, Despina Lagoudaki, Evi Economou, Maro Stavrinou, Stefania Sotiropoulou, Christian Denice, Georgios Kotsifakis, Nikos Grigoriadis, Jan Labner, Anestis (Tasos) Nikas





Giorgos Skordalos: Cretan lyra, Cretan lute, Song

Paris Perisynakis: Viora, Cretan lyra, Cretan lute, Mandocaster

Giorgos Makris: Recorder, Ascomandoura

Petros Varthakouris: Double bass

Vangelis Karipis: Percussion

Assistant choreographers

Markella Manoliadi, Pierre Magendie




Sakis Birbilis


Anastasios Sofroniou


visionary culture / Vassilis Grigoropoulos



Katradis Group of Companies is supporter of the International Greek Choreographer Andonis Foniadakis


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