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DORA STRATOU GREEK DANCES THEATRE. The living museum of Greek dance, since 1953, www.grdance.org 
A non profit institution subsidized by the Ministry of Culture and the National Tourism Organization under the auspices of the Municipality of Athens.
Performances from May through September: Tuesday till Saturday at 21.30 - Sunday at 20.15 - Mondays closed.

Programs
Program changes every second Tuesday. Performances last approximately 80 minutes, without intermission. Many regions of Greece are represented in each performance. Each region is presented through its authentic dances, costumes, musical instruments and songs. Filming and videotaping are prohibited.


The national Greek Dances Theatre "Dora Stratou" is unique in its kind in the world.
Founded in 1953, it is the living museum of Greek dance. Dances, songs and music are presented in their original forms that were or are still performed in the respective villages or islands. Costumes are authentic museum pieces, handmade in villages a century ago. The company wardrobe contains 2,000 costumes from all over Greece, complete with jewelry and accessories.
Extensive field studies by a team of researchers under the direction of professor Alkis Raftis supports the fidelity of performances to the original.
The cultural and educational activities of the Theatre are permanently financed by the Ministry of Culture, the National Tourism Organization and other government agencies.

In the idyllic surroundings of Philopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis, in the Dora Stratou garden - theatre,  regional cultures come to life.75 dancers, singers and folk musicians revive folk songs, musical instruments and dances in authentic local costumes, offering a wonderful spectacle and illustrating the continuity of ancient traditions.

Performances from May through September: Tuesday till Saturday at 21.30 - Sunday at 20.15 - Mondays closed.  Athens By Night

On the pine-covered Philopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis, a 900-seat open-air theater was built especially for the "Dora Stratou" company. The stage was designed by famous Greek painter Spyros Vassiliou. The floor is very large in order to allow the free evolution of dancers, just like in a village square or dance-field. Within the 25-acre theater area, a hall was also built, used for winter rehearsals, courses and workshops.

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ΠΡΟΜΗΘΕΙΑ 2010 June 21, 22 and 23 Prometheia 2010 June 21st, 22nd and 23rd on Mount. Olympus.

Εκδηλώσεις τιμής, προβολής και ανάδειξης
της ελληνικής θέασης του κόσμου
Events highlighting and honoring the Greek outlook of the world every year in June.

Τα Προμήθεια αποτελούν πανελλήνιο θεσμό που σκοπό έχουν να μας φέρουν σ επαφή με τον πολιτισμό, το πνεύμα και τις αξίες των προγόνων μας. Με εμπνευστή και πρωτεργάτη τον Τρύφωνα Ολύμπιο συμπληρώνουν ήδη το δέκατο τρίτο έτος συνεχούς παρουσίας τους.  Οι εκδηλώσεις των Προμηθείων λαμβάνουν χώρα στο υπέροχο φυσικό περιβάλλον του Άλσους Προμηθέως, στους πρόποδες του Ολύμπου, όπου επισκέπτες απ όλη την Ελλάδα αλλά κι από το εξωτερικό συγκεντρώνονται κάθε χρόνο για να κατασκηνώσουν κάτω από τον καταγάλανο ουρανό του Όρους των Θεών. Να γνωρίσουν το ελληνικό πνεύμα και έθος, να τιμήσουν τους αρχαίους φιλοσόφους και τις φιλοσοφικές σχολές με δημόσιες συζητήσεις και εκδηλώσεις, να παρακολουθήσουν καλλιτεχνικά δρώμενα με αποκορύφωση τα δρώμενα του Προμηθεϊκού Πυρός (Σαββάτο βράδυ) που προσελκύουν χιλιάδες θεατών λόγω της υποβλητικής ατμόσφαιρας και της έντονης συγκίνησης που προκαλούν.

The Prometheia events aim to bring us in contact with the civilization, the spirit and the values of our ancestors. With aspirator and initiator , Tryphon Olympios we reach the thirteenth year of the events' continuous presence. The events of Prometheia take place in the beautiful natural environment  of the Prometheian Wood, at the foot of  Mt.Olympus, where visitors from Greece and worldwide gather every year to camp under the blue skies of the Mount of the Gods, to become familiar with the Greek spirit and ethics, to honor the ancient philosophers and their academies through public speakings and artistic happenings with the grand finale of the Prometheian Pyre ( Saturday night )  which attract thousands of spectators due to its submissive atmosphere and the intense emotions it creates.

Η θέαση που είχαν οι αρχαίοι Έλληνες για τον κόσμο εκφράστηκε μέσα από τον τρόπο ζωής τους (ήθη και έθιμα πλήρως εναρμονισμένα με το σεβασμό τους για τη φύση), μέσα από τις κοινωνικές και πολιτισμικές αξίες, τη συμμετοχή στα κοινά και την ανάδειξη της έννοιας του πολίτη, τη μαχητικότητα για την προάσπιση των θεσμών που δημιούργησαν, τη φιλοσοφική αναζήτηση, την επιστημονική έρευνα, την Τέχνη καθώς και την αντίληψή τους για το θείον που απετέλεσε το μυθολογικό και ψυχολογικό υπόβαθρο της ελληνικής κοσμοθεάσεως και του ελληνικού πολιτισμού. Οι παράγοντες αυτοί, αλληλένδετοι για τους προγόνους μας και για όποιον σήμερα επιχειρεί να τους κατανοήσει, συναποτελούν ένα όλον η προσέγγισή του οποίου φρονούμε ότι αποτελεί ζητούμενο αλλά και αναγκαιότητα για το σύγχρονο γίγνεσθαι.

The attitude ancient Greeks held towards the world was expressed through their way of life ( customs and traditions in full harmony with their respect towards nature ), through their social and cultural values, the participation in mutual day-to-day life and the highlighting of a citizen's creed,
their will and skill to fight for the defense of the standards they built, the philosophical quest, scientific research, art as well as their concept of the divine which was the mythological and psychological background of how the Greeks viewed the world and of Greek civilization.  
  These factors, interrelated for our ancestors and for whoever wishes to understand them, constituting a whole which is an approach we believe is a challenge yet a necessity for modern life.

Αυτή την ανασύνδεση με τον αρχαίο, παγκοσμίως σεβαστό και πάντοτε επίκαιρο πολιτισμό μας προβάλλουμε και αναδεικνύουμε στις εκδηλώσεις των Προμηθείων. Παράλληλα, ως η κορυφαία εκδήλωση της ελληνικής κοσμοθεάσεως, τα Προμήθεια 2008 αποσκοπούν στο Κοινό των Ελλήνων ως μια Προμηθεϊκή Αμφικτυονία συνεύρεσης και όσμωσης όλων των συλλογικών φορέων και των ρευμάτων του ελληνισμού που αναπτύσσονται στη χώρα μας, προς τέλεση εορταστικών εκδηλώσεων και πολιτισμικών δρώμενων ανά το πανελλήνιο με σκοπό μια νέα πνευματική αναγέννηση. This reconnection with the ancient, globally respected and forever up-to-date civilization of ancient Greece is the realization we achieve during the Prometheian events. Alongside, as the most viewed event of Greece, the Prometheia 2009 aims towards the joint Greeks as a Prometheian Amphiktyonia, the gathering and osmosis of all the collaborate entities and currents of Hellenism which thrive in our country, through celebrational events and cultural happenings in all of Greece in order to realize our goal, a new spiritual renaissance.

Ευπρόσδεκτοι είναι όλοι όσοι νιώθουν πως η διάυγεια σκέψης και οι αξίες των προγόνων μας μπορούν ν αποβούν βατήρας πνευματικής παλιγγενεσίας και αντίστασης στους μαζικούς ισοπεδωτικούς μηχανισμούς της εποχής μας. Welcome are all who feel that clarity of thought and the values of our ancestors can prove stepping stones for a spiritual regeneration and a resistance to the mass leveling mechanisms of our times

 

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Ceremony of the Olympic Flame, every four years in Olympia

The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games is marked with the arrival of the Olympic flame which is taken on every occasion from  Olympia, (Era's alter) Greece, the original site of the Olympic Games. The same year as the Olympic Games, but at the end of March. Runners take it from Olympia to the airport, on to the host country where runners take it from city to city.

These photos are from 2004 and 2008, next ceremony will take place in 25th of March 2012

Olympic Games,  More Photos...The Olympic Torch today is ignited several months before the opening celebration of the Olympic Games at the site of the ancient Olympics in Olympia, Greece.

 

Eleven women, representing the roles of priestesses, perform a ceremony in which the torch is kindled by the light of the Sun, its rays concentrated by a parabolic mirror.
The Olympic Torch Relay ends on the day of the opening ceremony in the central stadium of the Games. The final carrier is often kept secret until the last moment, and is usually a sports celebrity of the host country.

 It is generally considered a great honor to be asked to light the Olympic Flame. After being lit, the flame continues to burn throughout the celebration of the Olympics and is extinguished at end of the closing ceremony of the Games.

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