TEN ROADS TO THE STARS
Ten Roads to the Stars is the poetic title for the performance offered at the Knossos Theatre in April by the dance group Seresta; ten one-way roads to the skies for mortals, with no head-on collisions, since they will never return. Proceeds are dedicated to the fight against cancer (Agios Savvas Hospital in Athens). It was organised by the founder of the group, Christina Beskou, who choreographed five of the ten works of the programme as a memorial to her beloved father, Yiannis, one of the countless victims of that damned and deadly illness of mortals.
In Death, the first piece to the music of Astor Piazzola, the evocative and moving choreography of Beskou is compelling; it bathes the stylized simplicity of movements of eight dancers in a metaphysical light of expression that transfixes the viewer and frees his memories. The costumes of Kyvele Zachariou capture the spirit of the work.
In a more playful mood the next of her pieces, Joker, again to the music of Piazzola, reveals the power of the exceptional Italian dancer Danilo Palmieri who demonstrated with rare dexterity his skills of expression.
A diffuse spirit of euphoria expressive of the lost joy of life permeates the next piece, Seresta, the signature piece of the group, to the music of D’Rivera, characterised by lovely movements and elegant patterns of five dancers.
Study on Rigoletto, which Beskou looks forward to developing into a complete work, has all the elements of success - intelligent choreography and graceful figures.
.....The other five pieces were contributed by the dancers to this benefit performance honouring the memory of Beskou’ father.
ELEFTHEROTYPIA, May 13, 2003, Mirka Dimitradi-Psaropoulou
Tango, Flamenco, Latin, Jazz, African dance with live music, Tai Chi, movement meditation, contemporary dance and dance theatre comprise a multicultural dance experience. The artistic director of the Seresta Dance Company, Christina Beskou, together with other distinguished international choreographers and other artists offer both a psychic lift and philanthropic economic support to their fellow humans.
ETHNOS, March 6, 2003