THE DANCE HOUSE
Dance House Lemesos Is A Space That Gives Life And Offers Support And Continuous Development To The Art Of Dance.
Its main functions are the presence and promotion of dance art and performance on a local and international level as well as its inclusion within the Cyprus reality through an open and accessible structure to all.
Specifically stegi serves artistic development and choreographic growth through residency programmes, participation in European programmes, workshops, laboratories and research programmes. Stegi also hosts every year the annual Open House Festival with local and international choreographic works.
It is a space of creativity and exchange, research and practice, artistic development and innovation. It is a meeting point for local and international dancemakers The collaboration between Dance House Lemesos and its neighbour, the Rialto Theatre, has been an important development in the continued support for dance in Cyprus.
Dance House Lemesos is situated next to the Rialto theatre on one side and the Technological University on the other. Both institutions collaborate with Stegi. Specifically the collaboration between Dance House Lemesos and its neighbour, the Rialto Theatre, has been an important development in the continued support for dance in Cyprus.
Dance House Lemesos (Stegi) Is A Consequence Of The Rapid Development Of Contemporary Dance/Performance The Last Few Years In Cyprus And Especially In The City Of Lemesos.
It was the first space in Cyprus entirely devoted to the support, promotion and development of professional contemporary dance and performance practice in Cyprus.
Stegi was envisioned, created and organised by 5 Cyprus based dance companies with a common vision to create a structure that would allow dance art to develop on the island and also act as a portal for international collaborations and exchange.
Their vision was to generate an environment that would allow them to be resident artists, but also to support the rest of the dance community and help the community in general, via numerous programmes.
The initiative for a space began in 2005 by the choreographer Lia Haraki, when she invited the most active dance companies of Lemesos, to come together and share a rehearsal space. Progressively that space transformed into Dance House Lemesos. Officially the House opened its doors on the 1st of October 2007.
The companies and choreographers that created Dance House Lemesos are: Chorotheatro Omada Pente (Cloe Melidou, Roula Kleovoulou), En drasi (Evie Demetriou, Emily Papaloizou), interact dance co. (Natasa Georgiou), Solipsism (Anna Charalambous), .pelma.lia haraki (Lia Haraki).
Dance House Lemesos is housed in a listed building and is part of the cultural heritage of Limassol. The decision to locate the House in a specific listed building, aimed at contributing to the upgrading of Heroes Square, a prospect that has been one of the Lemesos Municipality’s efforts during the last few years.
It was built in 1919 by Mr Nemitsas and was the residence of the Z. Stamatiou family (one of the three founding members of the Electrical Power supply Company). Between 1971-1978 it was used as a private club and thereafter as a mansion prior to its current use as a dancehouse.
Dance House Lemesos Has A Large Studio Space That Can Also Be Used For Performances, A Big Veranda Looking Towards Heroes Square (That Can Also Be Rented Out To Individuals Or Companies), An Office Space, Store Rooms And A Kitchen Area
USE OF SPACE
Any dance artist or performer can apply to present their work at Stegi or to show a work in progress at an informal presentation. See below ways of using the space by the artists and terms for renting it by anyone in general.
ARE YOU A DANCE ARTIST / DANCER / CHOREOGRAPHER HERE IS HOW TO USE THE DANCE HOUSE: REHEARSE
We want artists to have access to the space for their creative process.
There is a small charge of 3euro an hour if you are using the studio less than 20 hours. If you need more hours then we can make a package deal. if you have no funding whatsoever we can talk about finding other ways of payment like different exchange services (see volunteer work). If the studio is booked we can link you with other studios we collaborate with in Limassol.
ASK by writing an email with the subject REHEARSAL REQUEST to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our policy is that you can use the indoor and outdoor space for performing your work.
The dance house offers the space, sound system, chairs and pillows for audience sitting, an email advertising your event to our very long list of audience members and professionals.
Any other equipment rental has to be done separately.
On your behalf you need to have your own insurance and keep the place in the condition you found it.
Price: Rental 100 euro a day (8 hours)
ASK by writing an email with the subject PERFORMANCE REQUEST to email@example.com
TEACH A WORKSHOP
Send the board a description of what you are going to teach and a give a reference of where you have taught this before or how it was developed. The D.H.Lemesos board will answer you shortly. If the answer is positive you need to book the space and time with our management team.
The dance house offers the space, the sound system, an email advertising your workshop to our very long list of audience members and professionals.
As payment to the dance house we can offer either a percentage of the workshop income or a set fee depending on the amount of participants and the duration of the workshop.
On your behalf you need to have your own insurance and keep the space in the state you found it.
ASK by writing an email with the subject WORKSHOP REQUEST to firstname.lastname@example.org
Use our veranda or office space (one artist at a time) with books, magazines, available computer and free wi-fi. Feel free to make coffee in our kitchen!
JUST COME or write an email with the subject RESEARCH REQUEST to email@example.com
Send us your information (up to 100 words) on an event (performance, workshop, other news related to your work) and a picture if you have, with an online link, by the 15th of each month. The information should be sent in English and Greek at firstname.lastname@example.org with the title NEWSLETTER.
VERANDA RENTAL (FOR INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS)
You can rent our veranda for a whole day or evening party.
Cost is 200 euro plus 50 euro for the house technician/manager
STUDIO RENTAL (FOR INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS)
You can rent out our indoor studio for a conference or a lecture.
Cost is 200 euro plus 50 euro for the house technician/manager
The Dance House Lemesos Is Run By A Management Committee Which Is Also The Board Of Directors.
The members are current or x choreographers and dance artists that bring in their knowledge, love and expertise to form structures that serve the overall mission of the D.H,.Lemesos. The decisions are based on how the local dance reality can be best supported and progressed.
The programming and selection of artists for the different programmes and annual festival are made by selected individuals for each case or selected committees.
The management committee and board of directors meet monthly.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Lia Haraki (President)
Anna Charalambous (Vise president)
Cloe Melidou (Secretary)
Evie Demetriou (treasurer)
GENERAL AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR