Dora Stratou Garden Theatre, Philopappou Hill
The living museum of Greek dance
The national Greek Dances Theatre "Dora Stratou" is unique in its kind in the world. Since 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.
Opening night: 30 May 2012
Closing night: 23 September 2012
Wednesday to Friday 21:30; Saturday and Sunday 20:15; Mondays and Tuesdays closed, or performances by invited ensembles. Closed also from to 15-19 August.
Program changes every second Wednesday. Performances last 90 minutes, without intermission. Company of 75 dancers, musicians and singers. Many regions of Greece presented in each performance.
Dora Stratou garden theatre is situated opposite the Acropolis entrance, on the far side of Philopappou Hill.
On foot: From Plaka, the old town of Athens, take the pedestrian street towards St. Dimitrios Loumbardiaris and keep following the signs.
By metro: Stations "Acropolis" or "Petralona".
For further information and full 2012 program: www.grdance.org