2016, Making Movements and Dances from Illustrated Dancing Bodies on Vases of the Geometric Period & Ancient Texts.

Greek traditional dances are a living part of the daily life in Greek society. It is an integral part of all social activities and a symbol of continuity of the Greek history  and identity over the years . The word “horos” as used in ancient Greece, describes activities that include motion and singing. Motion can be bodily or vocally expressed. The body and the voice motion  are in perfect harmony. The cases of the popular till today dances,Tsakonikos, Pyrichios and Syrtos, are interesting mediums for the research of the connections and origins of the Greek traditional dances from the antiquity. In ancient inscriptions as early as 500-600A.C, vases of the Geometric period and the Minoan frescoes we find evidence for these types of dances. Xenophon refers to Pyrichios dance,  Tsakonikos  dance refers to the myth of Theseus killing the Minotaur to escape from the labyrinth, pottery depicts warriors dancing Geranos dance, that today is called Syrtos dance and constitutes one of the basic rhythms for Greek traditional dance.

What is the relationship of mythology with Greek traditional dance and what are the historical  sources comprising the journey of Greek Dance from the antiquity till today.