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The Dora Stratou Greek Dances Theatre
As well as the Summer folk dance performances for
which it is famous, the Theatre also runs courses and seminars and
organizes congresses. It also publishes and sells books, videos,
CDs, etc., and makes replica costumes for Greek dance groups. Its
offices are in the Plaka in Athens. Its website is an essential
starting point for anyone interested in Greek dance, with links
to the International
Dance Council and the International
Organisation of Folk Art.
The International Dance Council (CID)
The CID is the official umbrella organization for all forms of
dance in all countries of the world. It is a non-profit non-governmental
organization founded in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters. It
is a worldwide forum bringing together international, national and
local organizations as well as individuals active in dance. It represents
the art of dance in general and advises the UNESCO, national and
local government agencies, international organizations and institutions.
Its website contains a useful Directory of people concerned with
dance throughout the world.
The International Organisation of Folk Art (Greek Section)
The Greek Section of the International Organization of Folk Art
is an independent non-profit cultural association. It was established
in 1987 and is based in Athens-Plaka, within the building of the
Greek Dances Theater "Dora Stratou".
It publishes a bi-monthly magazine, "Tradition and Art"
(mostly in Greek), and also has a stock of videos and other publications.
Dance Information Page
Thomas Christy's introductory page to his informative website on
Greek dance, with plenty of good links.
Charlie Kyriacou's comprehensive Greek Folk Dance Resource Manual
A rich treasury of resource material, with many references, and
videos for sale.
Dimitris B. Kofterós
Dimitris B. Kofterós plays the santouri (hammered dulcimer)
for the Dora Stratou Theatre. He comes from Boros, in Lesvos, and
his website has much valuable information about the traditional
music of Mytilini. He has written a book (in English and Greek)
about the Greek Santouri, published by the International
Organisation of Folk Art (Greek Section). The book, which describes
the traditional music of Lesvos, is accompanied by a CD of many
of the tunes.
The University of the Aegean, Lesvos
Some interesting information about Lesvos from the University Culture
Lab, with a section containing music for downloading (MP3).
IERA Music in Gera and Mytilini
Though the texts of these are mainly in Greek, there are some
interesting photographs, and music (midi files) for downloading,
which should not be too difficult to find.
This is the website (mostly in English) of an ambitious computer
project to record and teach folkdance. Among its academic partners
are the University of the Aegean and the University of Cyprus. The
"Applications" page contains downloads (for those with
computers able to use them) of videos of the Mytilini Karsilamas
and Syrtos, and an excellent demonstration lesson module about the
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