Labyrinth - From darkness to light

The Cretan virtuoso dancers Giannis and Giorgos Megalakakis and director-choreographer Pavlos Kourtidis intoduce the dance theatre performance “LABYRINTH, from darkness into light” at Pallas Theater, in Athens on the occasion of the anniversary of the historic battle of Crete.
Main goal is to highlight the cultural characteristics of the island.

For the first time Cretan and Modern dance steps are combined to offer a unique spectacle/escape, in an original attempt to visualize the culture of Crete through the art of orchestral and theatrical conception.

Onstage twenty-seven dancers and five musicians unite their talent, art, worldview and their souls, to offer their very own art thread to the viewer, that will lead them, albeit for just a few hours, away from the maze reality of everyday life and beyond any individual impasses.

“It is a challenge to find yourself confronted with your own culture while you depict it though movement and image at the same time. It is an enormous responsibility because the show is a journey into the very heart of our culture, “says director Pavlos Kourtidis.

“It is a meeting with our ancestors, and a bridge of communication with the future. The primeval history of our dance steps illuminate the darkness of the Labyrinth (maze) we face at all times” say Giannis & Giorgos Megalakakis.

Stories from Cretan tradition, history (“Taurokathapsia (bull-leaping), Daskalogiannis), traditional rhyming couplets (mantinades), myths (the Ariadne’s Thread) and music (Andreas Rodinos) become one with the Pyrrhic, Geranos and Orsiti, the primeval folk dances that evolve and are redefined in the present, through the parallel Action and recuperative energy of modern dance, following a singular directorial idea.

The music is composed exclusively for the show, and is a blend of traditional Cretan music and fresh sounds that reflect the trends of our time. Viewers are confronted with a realistic Labyrinth depicting the primitive and the renovation – the past and the present. Complex, versatile and yet so familiar …

Grounding, takeoff, ritual, spiral, improvisation are the words that characterize Cretan dance and the LABYRINTH is a journey into the heart of our culture.

Labyrinth was presented at Pallas Theater.


Director / artistic conception: Pavlos Kourtidis
Concept: Giannis & Giorgos Megalakakis
Choreography: Giannis Megalakakis, Pavlos Kourtidis, Giorgos Megalakakis

Onstage dancers (Crete): Giannis Megalakakis, Giorgos Megalakakis, Giannis Pidiktakis, Christos Vlachopoulos, Christos Petrakis, Giorgos Sidiropoulos, Panagiotis Diamantoglou Spyros Lolis, Adam Kokkinogenis, Nikoleta Kourkouta, Peggy Barouni, Maria Karela, Pelagia Piperaki, Gogo Livieri, Evi Androulaki

Onstage dancers (Contemporary Dance): Pavlos Kourtidis, Zoe Sotiropoulou, Angelos Antonakos, Christos Kafetzis, Ioanna Korina Palaska, Iris Pavlou Katraki, Olia Mourouzidou, Eirini Zatta, Anastasia Kontopidi, Dimitris Antonopoulos, Ioannis Damianos Stephos

Sets: Dimitra Papadimitriou
Costumes: Christina Leontiadou
Lighting: Apostolos Tsitsonis
Assistant choreographer: Zoe Sotiropoulou
Makeup artist: Foteini Makridou
Coordination of production: Sophia Karagianni
Photographs of the show: Giorgos Kalfamanolis


Original musical compositions (modern): Vasilis Tsentouros
Orchestration (Traditional): Giorgos Kontoyiannis

Vasilis Tsentouros: Drums
Giorgos Kontoyiannis: Lyre
Dimitris Varelopoulos: Lute
Andreas Arvanitis: Lute-Bagpipes-Thiampoli(Fipple flute)
Marino Tranoudakis: Daouli (Davul drum)