Dance workshop from the land to the water, under the Poseidon Temple. Dive into a natural stage with underwater music.
Program Dancing into the Blue
Oct 18thContact Improvisation on land | Sunset at the Temple of Poseidon
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
On the seafront, on a beautiful beach very close to the Temple of Poseidon, we will begin to explore the potential of our breath and how it can move the waters of our body, so that we can reach a state of fluid balance. A sensory experience of how we can move and dance, becoming “liquid bodies.” This balance of personal fluidity will lead to floating motions on earth and will reveal our personal form of expression and connection to the water. Through improvisational contact exercises, we will develop physical and emotional communication with one another. As our breath engages more deeply, we will begin to interact with each other, developing movements and sounds that create a very special intercommunication between us, using as examples the qualities of marine creatures, such as dolphins and whales. This will reveal endless possibilities of our floating group creativity so that we can make a smooth natural transition and dance to the sea waters.
We will walk in silence from the beach to the Temple of Poseidon (30 min). We will expand our sight with breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea, which combines with the scent of plants and the light of the Temple’s bright white marble columns.
Around, all we can see is blue. We will use our imagination to travel back in time – to see, to feel and to hear the stories these ancient waters have lived, creating our own motions and a small group performance, near beautiful rocks by the Temple, as the sun sinks into the blue waters and kisses us with its golden rainbow in our hearts.
We will create a circle in front of the Temple, where we will share our sensory and present experiences that we received in this sacred place.
Oct 19thSnorkeling | Contact Dance Improvisation on Water | Underwater Dance Creation
10 am – 1.30 pm
From the land to the sea
Our meeting point will be at the Athens Divers Center, located 3 minutes from Calypso Bay. We will go by boat to the Blue Canyon, the trip lasts 10 to 15 minutes.
The Blue Canyon is located on a small uninhabited island called Arsida. It is a cave without “roof”, where the sunlight enters and creates images of an indescribable beauty. Here we will have the opportunity to go snorkeling around the canyon. A small cave can be visited at a depth of 9 meters, home to large anemones and cardinal fish. The walls and floor of this canyon are covered with hard bluish and yellow corals. In the canyon we can see morays, octopuses, and lobsters. And nearby, large shoals of parrot-fish and chestnut fish, perch, sardines, rockfish and grouper. The view from inside the canyon towards the sea is breathtaking, creating a palette of colors in a beautiful blue sea.
We will have a first dance moment in the blue.
The perfect natural stage for dancing and creating underwater.
Lunch break: we recommend the hotel’s Calypso Bay bar, right on the beach front. You will have free time for a refreshing dip or sunbathing on the beach.
3 pm – 7.30 pm
At the sea (Blue Canyon)
At Calypso Bay, we will enter the sea in silence, as if entering into the womb of a loving mother. We will develop the sensation of floating on the surface and also underwater, exploring our underwater home – the Blue Canyon! It will be natural to learn to dance in the water, respecting each individual. We synchronize our breathing to “dance” in slow motion. We will expand all of our senses while in the water. Watching and listening on the water can be an incredible experience! With a special underwater microphone, the song will begin to fill the Blue Canyon and we will work in the absence of gravity, interacting with each other, creating dances in the water that would be impossible on earth. It will be one of the most beautiful experiences of your life!
About the Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounion
Cape Sounion is located on the Attica peninsula, 65 km from Athens. Here we can visit one of the best preserved temples of ancient Greece, the Temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea, built to protect the Greek seas. It has a panoramic view of the breathtaking Aegean Sea. For many, this is the most beautiful sunset in the world. The Apostolia will share with us the history and mythology of this special place.
International Choreographer | Earth, Water & Underwater Dance | Yoga
I am a lover of movement, arts, nature and spirituality. My fields of knowledge include Contemporary Dance, Contact Improvisation, Hatha Yoga, Alexander Technique and also Scuba Diving, Shamanic practices, Music, Voice and Reiki.
I am the founder of Biomatic Anatomy, a holistic method of embodied anatomy & mindful breath that enriches my earth & water movement practices and retreats.
An ancestral connection with nature & water led me to create Drops of Breath Underwater Dance Performance and Floating Body practice. We all come from the liquid womb of our mother and we are composed of mostly water. Re-connecting with water reflects the beauty of our soul, enhances the feeling of true belonging and brings forth our creativity.
Oceans and Flow Founder & Producer | AquaArt | Water Dance
I love people, dreams and trips. I love to dance and to breathe through the body in motion. And I love water. Living my dreams is my daily practice. I believe in Art as a way for developing our gifts and talents, as a bridge for our heart and to connect us with our true nature.
Through the Arts and Dragon Dreaming, I use several tools to create events, experiences and trips, with inspiration, joy and magic. For me life is a big Celebration!
Filmmaker | Photographer
I’m an editor, cinematographer and director based in Portugal working on the production of travel and adventure cinema.
My work is focused on ocean, personal development and adventure stories that inspire a balanced relationship with Nature. Recent films and images have helped empower art groups, musicians, wellbeing retreats, sport academies and ocean exploration projects.
Canal Peregrinus Studio
: 10h Workshop – Contact dance improvisation on land and water and underwater dance with Apostolia Papadamaki
: Entrance to the Temple of Poseidon
: Boat Trips and Snorkeling session for a special water trail, with Scuba Diving Center of Athens (includes insurance)
: Snorkeling and Freediving Equipment
: Underwater stage with underwater nusic
: Participation in an underwater dance film, with Gustavo Neves Peregrinus Studio
: Flight to Athens, Greece (ATH)
: Accommodation, meals, drinks and personal expenses
WORKSHOP PRICE: 250€
ACCOMMODATION: We have a special price for our group at the Calypso Hotel, if you wish to stay here.
We can provide all the information to support you to arrive to the place, accommodation contacts and better places to eat.
- 10h Workshop – Contact dance improvisation on land and water and underwater dance with Apostolia Papadamaki
- Entrance to the Temple of Poseidon
- Boat Trips and Snorkeling session for a special water trail, with Scuba Diving Center of Athens (includes insurance)
- Underwater stage with underwater music
- shared rooms
- restaurant on site
- fast: streaming video
From Athens Eleftherio Venizelos International Airport to Cape Sounion:
: by Taxi, this is the most convenient way to get there. The journey from the Airport to Cape Sounion will be 45 to 60 minutes. It will cost from € 25 to € 40. Enjoy the views of idyllic beaches and small villages along the way. Our meeting point will be in Calypso Bay, at Calypso Hotel.
: Rent a car from a rent-a-car airport. If you want we will bring you in contact with other workshop participants, so you can share the expenses.
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