Circle of Art 2021-2023

a Kalamata Drama project

‘ Circle of Art’ is a new programme by Kalamata Drama that, together with the annual Kalamata Drama International Summer School (KaDISS), makes a cultural and educational contribution to the local area and to the region. ‘Circle of Art’ is a programme of events and encounters at international level, engaging students and professionals within the performing arts to take a truly focused, perhaps alternative, view of their craft, reassess and examine their abilities and approach and develop new techniques and a broader outlook.

The ‘Circle of Art’ project begins in 2021 with a series of webinars streamed from Kalamata revealing the process of a costume designer and of a stage designer and introducing the role of a dramaturge in theatre-making. This will be followed by a guest performance by a ground-breaking theatre group.

In 2022, ‘Circle of Art’ will include webinar/seminars in Kalamata on development of the theatrical set design in collaboration with a director and two immersive Labs: on movement for the performer and on composition of music for the theatre.

In spring 2023, we close our ‘Circle of Art’ with another visit by a ground-breaking theatre company and a  webinar/seminar on directing for the theatre.

By the end of the three-year ‘Circle of Art’ programme, we shall have explored and widely shared a holistic approach to theatre-making, performance and training for contemporary theatre practice.

All these webinars will be held in Kalamata for a limited number of people and free of charge.

The first webinar on 24th May saw KaDISS Course Leader and Director Andrew Visnevski in conversation with the Costume Designer and Researcher, Nathalie Bries.  The second webinar on June 28th will be an encounter with Stage Designer and Artist, Paweł Dobrzycki.  And our October 2021 webinar will feature Eirini Moudraki, Theatrologist and Dramaturge of the National  Theatre of Greece.

‘Circle of Art 2021’ is exclusively funded by the Bareva Foundation in Liechtenstein, which also supports KaDISS 2021

Be updated by following us on our official Social Media accounts, and find more about the KaDISS programme (including  Scholarships) and the ‘Circle of Art’ series of webinars/encounters/provocations and more.

KaDISS 2021

Our thoughts continue to go out to all affected by the pandemic of Covid-19, especially those who have been bereaved, those who are vulnerable and those who have found themselves out of work. The last group includes almost everyone who works in the performing arts. It also includes those who train for theatre and dance, whose training and practice is founded on physical presence with other artists-in-the-making and whose study has been stopped or greatly modified.

Setting up the programme of the Kalamata International Summer School 2021, we are mindful of the current internationally adopted measures to prevent the spread of the virus

In August, KaDISS shall resume its full programme of classes at international level for new actors and performers-in-training and continue to contribute to the cultural and educational activities of Kalamata and the region.

Like everyone else, we trust that the vaccine will soon reach the whole population and make a real difference to daily life.

Important note

KaDISS team fully respects the decrees of and collaborates with the competent ministries and the Corona Virus office of the Municipality of Kalamata. We shall be following all prescribed hygiene measures and protocols in order to ensure the health of the participants (everyday sterilization of the facilities, brunch served in a separate package for each person etc).
If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us: info@kalamatadrama.com / tel: +030 6955933407

Shakespeare Lab

a Kalamata Drama International Summer School 2020 Theatre Laboratory

Our thoughts go out to all affected by the spread of Covid-19, especially those who have been bereaved, those who are vulnerable and those who suddenly find themselves out of work.
The last group includes all who work in the performing arts. It also includes those who train for theatre and dance, whose training and practice is founded on physical presence with other artists-in-the-making and whose study has been stopped or greatly modified.

We fully respect the current internationally adopted measures to prevent the spread of the virus and have therefore suspended the setting up of the full programme of the Kalamata Drama International Summer School 2020.
However, in August, government measures allowing, KaDISS shall resume classes at international level for new actors and performers-in-training and continue to contribute to the cultural and educational activities of the region.

For the summer 2020, we are replacing the full programme with the Shakespeare Lab – a unique KaDISS 2020 Theatre Laboratory, a three-week intensive immersion in the world of a play by William Shakespeare: the imagination-stirring language, its unforgettable characters, the thrilling action, the joys and sorrows of the human psyche, fused into universal poetic drama.

Shakespeare Lab – a one-off programme for the actor-in-training and the young performer, will be led by theatre director Andrew Visnevski, whose work on embracing the technique required to act Shakespeare and on embodying the language of Shakespeare with actors and students internationally spans four decades. The work will include a daily physical preparation, vocal work, study of character and relationships through the text, as well as comprehensive insight into structure of the drama and its context, with constant practice on the stage and feedback. The whole culminating in performance of selected parts of the play in a Lab setting.

As an extra, this year’s special Shakespeare Lab KaDISS 2020 presents I Am Shakespeare, two Saturday Masterclasses for the Actor with Andrew Visnevski. These unique masterclasses of two-hours’ duration each will be hosted by different venues in the Messinia Region, and available to watch online. 

The Shakespeare Lab will run Monday-Saturday, 17 th August-5 th September, from 10.00 in the morning to 16.00 in the afternoon. For this year particularly we will accept up to 12 students.
The classes will take place at the Cultural Centre of Kalamata.

I Am Shakespeare, two Saturday Masterclasses for the Actor with Andrew Visnevski, will take place in selected venues, which will be announced soon. The dates of the two masterclasses are 22nd & 29th August 2020 at 10:00-12:00 noon Greek local time. The duration of the Masterclasses will be 2 hours. There is no added cost for the students of Shakespeare Lab KaDISS 2020 – their participation is obligatory as part of their 3-week theatre training course.