Circle of Art 2021-2023

The Kalamata Drama Summer School, established in the seaside resort of Kalamata in the Peloponnese, provides a unique post-training development programme for the theatre performer.

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The three weeks offer an opportunity for deep catharsis and positive reassessment through generous, rigorous training and exploration in this ancient, restorative and welcoming part of the world. The programme is led by teacher-practitioners with an international reputation for their highly individual creative work and outstanding contribution to actor training, primarily at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, their work rooted in a rich, humane theatre tradition. The participant acquires a solid technical base in embodiment of poetic text and a rigorous personal vocal and physical discipline through revelatory approaches to character interpretation and ensemble sensibility.

The collaborative basis of the summer 2022 programme will be ‘King Lear’ by William Shakespeare, universally regarded as the highest achievement in dramatic expression of the core of darkness in the human spirit. The intense, passionate action is carried by some of the most incisively drawn characters in all of world drama. ‘King Lear’ is the play for today, expressing the eternal struggle between compassion and greed.

The play will be the starting point of all the classes. Building upon exploration of the text in scene study the participants will engage in study of animals to inform character interpretations. The imaginative transformation and animal work will provide ability to liberate the body, voice and instinctual responses in order to give oneself over to being the character. Additional work in the Classical Lab with masks and a choral approach to Shakespeare’s text will develop a sensory approach to given circumstances, beyond naturalistic thinking.

  1. Theatre Alive! is offering a grant of 1000 GBP to an MA or PhD researcher in theatre and performance, who wishes to combine academic study with practical training, towards costs of travel, accommodation and board to attend, free of charge, the three-week Kalamata International Summer School 2022

Your application should include a detailed CV, a résumé of your research studies and a statement of why this opportunity would be a positive contribution to your professional aspirations.

Applications deadline: June 15th 2022

Please send your application to:

As Subject to your email, write: Theatre Alive! KaDISS 2022 scholarship.

Please note: applications received after the deadline date will not be considered.

  • The Captain Vassilis and Carmen Constantakopoulos Foundation continue to support KaDISS and young artists from Messinia by providing two full scholarships for new performers from the Messinia region to participate in the training programme of KaDISS 2022.

Applications deadline: July 30th 2022

Please send your application to:

Αs Subject to your email, write: Captain Vassilis KaDISS 2022 scholarship.

Please note: applications received after the deadline date will not be


General Applications for the KaDISS 2022 are now open.

a Kalamata Drama project

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

All the webinars and events were held in Kalamata, attended by a limited number of participants and students, completely free of charge.

‘Circle of Art 2021’ is exclusively funded by the Bareva Foundation in Liechtenstein (which has also supported  KaDISS 2021)

The first webinar was a creative conversation between KaDISS Course Leader and Director Andrew Visnevski and the Fashion and Costume Designer, Nathalie Bries. It was streamed live on Monday, 24th May, at 20.00 hours (local time).

The webinar is available to watch on YouTube, on this link:

In the second webinar, KaDISS Course Leader and Director, Andrew Visnevski led a conversation with the award-winning scenographer, artist and eminent teacher, prof. Paweł Dobrzycki. This was streamed live on Monday, 28th June at 20.00 hours (local time).

The conversation is available to watch on YouTube on this link:

Artistic Director Andrew Visnevski’s guest for the third webinar in the series was Irini Moundraki, Head of Drama, Library, Archive and International Collaborations Departments of the National Theatre of Greece.

The webinar was broadcast on Monday, 25th October, at 19.00 (local time).
The broadcast was scheduled to take place in collaboration with the Public Library of Kalamata, in the Cultural Centre of the city, within the architecturally outstanding space of the Library, but due to the unpredictable conditions of the pandemic this was not possible.

Nevertheless, the scheduled broadcast took place and followed the successful course of the two previous webinars.

The encounter is available to watch on You Tube on the following link:

The aim of the workshop was to develop, through Gabrielle Moleta’s specific process of Transformation and Imaginative Improvisation, the foundations for a new piece of physical theatre, as well as providing tools and material enabling each participant individually to take the work further. Through the rich process of Transformation that required total investment of body and imagination, the students discovered how prolonged focus on one animal in its environment enriches the actor’s process.

Gabrielle Moleta introduced exercises which physically prepare the body and imaginatively tune the inner landscape in order to work in animal and then towards human form. On the fourth and last day of the Bear Workshop, the work developed on the main stage of the Municipal Theatre of Kalamata, transferred to the inspiring space of the Public Library of Kalamata, where it was attended by a small invited audience.

A welcome addition to the workshop was the collaboration with the scholar and singer of Byzantine music, Ilias Kolliniatis and also the musician and singer Sofia Irini Giannopoulou, both members of the Maria Callas Alumni Association of the Music School of Kalamata. They led the daily vocal warm-up and created unique soundscapes that complement the workshop experience.

The final day of the Bear Workshop was filmed live and, as other items of the ‘Circle of Art’ 2021 programme, is available for viewing.

To watch the Bear Workshop day 4 on You Tube, please follow the link: