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19.7 | 22:00 | 60΄, Kalamata Dance Megaron , Main Stage


For ten days, from 15 to 24 July 2022, leading Greek and international artists will be showing their work to art lovers from all over the world. We look forward to share with you the experience of this major artistic event, the 28th edition of the Kalamata Dance Festival.



Neighbours, the first international co-production by the Kalamata International Dance Festival in collaboration with Sadler’s Wells, one of the most important contemporary dance organizations in the world, is a multifaceted, dynamic partnership between three eminent artists, Rauf “RubberLegz” Yasit, Brigel Gjoka, and Ruşan Filiztek, each of whom represents a unique cultural heritage.

Pioneering abstract b-boy Rauf “RubberLegz” Yasit and established contemporary dancer Brigel Gjoka were inspired by their time on William Forsythe’s A Quiet Evening of Dance. Both at the cutting edge of their disciplines, they’ve created a work that brings together their diverse expertise and draws influence from their Kurdish and Albanian roots.

Together with live music from composer Ruşan Filiztek, a new choreographic language forms as they examine moments of transformation and contemplation at the crossroads of urban, classical and contemporary dance. Through their shared experience a simple truth emerges; that dance is part of being human.

For a piece that opens in silence, Neighbours is – unexpectedly, ebulliently – chatty. Elbows exchange fireside stories, joust and frolic. Arms intertwine, rebutting, remembering, rejoicing. Knees and hips angle and unfold into intricate, unspoken patterns. Generations of memory surface in the graze of fingers on a shoulder.

Inspired by a suggestion from William Forsythe during the making of A Quiet Evening of Dance, Brigel Gjoka & Rauf Yasit began improvising kinetic patterns together. They delve into the overlap of movement languages inherited through folk dances and communal celebrations, Albanian for one, Kurdish for the other. They explore how these histories pivot through the distinct experiences of each – specifically, ballet and contemporary dance for Brigel; b-breaking, improvisation, design & animation for Rauf – only to intersect, to transform when they meet. For dance, they remind us, is not a product: it is part of human nature. Where there is dance, there is joy. And it is blessedly infectious.



A Sadler’s Wells Production
with the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels

Co-produced with PACT Zollverein Essen, Pôle européen de création – Ministère de la Culture / Maison de la Danse Lyon, Biennale de la Danse de Lyon 2021, Cndc Angers, TAP – Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers, Sydney Festival, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse, La Filature, Scène nationale de Mulhouse, Julidans Amsterdam, Théâtre de Liège, MC2: Maison de la Culture de Grenoble, Teatro Municipal do Porto, KDF / Kalamata Dance Festival, Torinodanza Festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino – Teatro Nazionale and Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie.
This is the first co-production by the Kalamata International Dance Festival.
Choreographers and performers: Brigel Gjoka & Rauf “RubberLegz” Yasit

Created in collaboration with William Forsythe
Composer & Musician: Ruşan Filiztek, Accords Croisés 
Lighting Designer: Zeynep Kepekli
Costume Designer: Ryan Dawson Laight
Part I World Premiere: 29 & 30 November 2019 at PACT Zollverein, Essen, Germany.
Developed Piece World Premiere: 3 & 4 March 2022 at CNDC Angers, France.

With the support of the Flemish authorities.

Triptych: The missing door, The lost room, The hidden floor was created with the support of the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government.

Based upon Adrift, created with the dancers of NDT I: Chloe Albaret, Lydia Bustinduy, César Faria Fernandes, Fernando Hernando Magadan/Spencer Dickhaus, Anna Hermann, Anne Jung, Marne Van Opstal, Roger van der Poel, Meng-keWu, Ema Yuasa/Rena Narumi, with artistic assistance by Louis-Clément Da Costa, Seoljin Kim and Yi-Chun Liu.




REGULAR: €15.00

REDUCED: €12.00


Concessions available for holders of a Student Card, Culture Card, Unemployment Card, Greek Choreographers’ Union Card, Dance Worker Union Card, Special Need Card (to be produced for admission).


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