Dora Stratou Dance Theatre
Founded in 1952 by Dora Stratou, a musician, singer, researcher, folklorist and choreographer, this unique institution is dedicated to the preservation of traditional Greek dances and original songs from every corner of the country.
Housing a large garden theatre, a dance school and a band of talented artists, the institution also maintains an extensive collection of costumes from every era and place in the world that Greeks have ever lived.
A talented and patriotic woman, Dora Stratou created the theatre that visitors see today, but sadly she passed away in 1988.
- Daily performances in its 860-seat garden theatre, located on Philopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis
- A company of 75 dancers, musicians and folk singers
- A collection of over 2,000 village-made costumes, with jewelry and other works of folk art worn on stage.
- School providing courses, lectures and workshops on Greek dance, rebetiko dances, dance therapy, folk embroidery. Teacher training program.
- Programs for elementary schools.
- Field research programs in Dance Ethnography, Dance History, Dance Sociology.
- Study group, classes and workshops on Ancient Greek dance.
- Archives of dance books, articles, field recordings, photographs, videos and films.
- Publications: over 40 LP records, 15 CDs, 15 cassettes, 7 videocassettes, 30 books on dance in Greek, English and other languages, 8 CD-ROMs, 5 DVDs.
- Costume copies and accessories made for folk dance ensembles.
- Organizer of annual events: World Congress on Dance Research, Anapali Festival, Emmelia Festival.
- Operation of the Greek Dance Pandect portal: www.dance-pandect.gr and various websites.
- Close cooperation with the International Dance Council CID, the UNESCO official summit organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world: www.cid-portal.org