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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 October 2014
10 SATURDAY 11 OCTOBER 2014 AUSTRALIA Townsville might seem a world away from Greece, but this coming weekend will see the city hosting its 15th An- nual Greek Festival at River- way Park. The schedule that embrac- es all things Greek is brim- ming with entertainment for all ages including traditional folk dance performances, mu- sic by Adelaide band Oneiro, along with the festival's pop- ular grape stomping compe- tition, fireworks and an array of other activities. Those attending on Satur- day night will be treated to a performance of The Legend of Medusa, an interpretation of mythology into dance. And it wouldn't be a true Greek gathering without an abundance of food and drink available, as well as cooking demonstrations by Brisbane chef Litsa Stilianos. "It has evolved in 15 years," Bill Malandris, the festival co-ordinator tells Neos Kos- mos. "We started off as a hum- ble street festival similar to Lonsdale Street, then we out- grew the street," he says. "Then we shifted to the Strand Park, which was near the water front and we out- grew that and then in 2006 we shifted out here where we are at Riverway. La- goons, rain trees and plenty of shade - all that for free." The festival's crowd control- lers estimate approximate- ly 25,000 people attended last year's festival - an im- pressive figure consider- ing Townsville has a Greek migrant population of only 3,000. "The majority of our clien- tele comes from our non- Greek speaking friends," says Mr Malandris. "They embrace the festi- val purely for the cultural aspect, the cultural experi- ence, the food. They're made to feel welcome and they're the ones that have really made it a success." And if the festival is to fol- low the trend of previous years, an even bigger crowd is expected this weekend. A free event run by gener- ous volunteers, Greeks and non-Greeks alike are wel- comed to go along this week- end to peruse the agora, buy some food, sit under the rain trees and enjoy the festivities on offer. Glencore Greek Festival will be hosted on Saturday 11 October, 10.00 am - 10.00 pm & Sun- day 12 October, 9.00 am - 6.00 pm, at Riverway Park, Kirwan, Townsville (carpark through Weir School). The entry is free. For more information visit www.greekfest.com.au Townsville embraces its Greekness Greek dancing group set to perform this weekend at Townsville’s 15th Annual Greek Festival. For the 15th year in a row, the Townsville Greek community will host its annual festival ANASTASIA TSIRTSAKIS Dance speaks Louder Than Words MARCUS MEGALOKONOMOS Sydney theatregoers will be treated to two world pre- miere performances thanks to a Greek Australian dance collaboration. As part of The Sydney Dance Company's Louder Than Words season, Austral- ian dancers will bring to life the artistic vision of some of Europe's most prolific artists. Choreographed by Rafael Bonachela and Andonis Fo- niadakis, Louder Than Words runs from 8 to 18 October 2014 at The Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay. Dancers express the primal fury of Foniadakis in the world premiere of Parenthe- sis, which explores the sensu- ality and disorder of human intimacy. Working to a tight schedule, the dancers had just 30 days to meet, practice and master the piece. "It happened really quickly, within ten days we had our first draft of the show," said dancer Juliette Barton. Greek choreographer An- donis Foniadakis is known for conjuring restless energy, at once brash and beautiful. "Each of the dancers were asked to work on building a phrase for themselves, a movement phrase that was a common speech, so some- thing that I would do or say that was representative of me," she continued. Foniadakis' choreographic stardom sky-rocketed four years ago on the back of a string of highly praised works for well-respected dance com- panies worldwide including the darkly aggressive Kos- mos for Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, the beautiful Echo for the Martha Graham com- pany, the explosive Horizons for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and the elegant Glory for Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve. Foniadakis is a choreogra- pher who does everything at full throttle. He runs his own project-based company while juggling international com- missions in Europe, the Unit- ed States and now Australia. "The dancers are great, they are at a very high level. The way they work is very fo- cused, I mean it is amazing ... for me it is a great opportu- nity to work with those danc- ers," said assistant choreog- rapher Markella Manoliadi. Parenthesis is performed alongside Bonachela's new work Scattered Rhymes. The dancers follow a cappella ren- ditions of fourteenth century poems. Bonachela and Foniadakis together present a manifesto for the future of dance - brash and beautiful, unapologetic and impossible to contain. From Bonachela's measured grace to Foniadakis' primal fury, this is an explosive cho- reography unified by a kinetic lexicon. Where words falter, move- ment speaks to us still. Andonis Foniadakis at work with the Sydney Dance Company. PHOTOS: PETER GREIG. Periodical Antipodes Volume 60 launched The new edition of liter- ary periodical Antipodes was launched last Sunday at a special event held at the Panarcadian Associa- tion of Melbourne. Volume 60, launched by Dr Thana- sis Spilias, pays tribute to one of the founding mem- bers of the Greek Australi- an Cultural League (GACL) Plutarch Deliyannis for his contribution to Greek let- ters, history and culture in the Greek Australian com- munity. At the event, the GACL announced a dona- tion of $2,000 to the Greek Cultural Centre. Ladies at the periodical launch. GACL board members and friends gather at the event. PHOTOS: KOSTAS DEVES. Former Neos Kosmos employee Matina Panagiotopoulos (L) volunteers her time.
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