DOCUMENTARY TITLEThe Aegean Spirit
LENGTH8 x 5 min

SHORT SYNOPSIS

A picturesque voyage to the traditions and culture found in the Aegean, going back thousands of years. A cradle of language, poetry, music and dancing that matches the beauty and uniqueness of the archipelago and the islands, as well as, the people and their customs.

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Documentary Info
A MultiMotion Production

Directed by Manolis Zandes

 

World Distribution: Exoptron Limited
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1. CYCLADES:BALOS DANCING.

Balos is the dance of the Aegean Sea. More than 80 variations of this dance are found in every island of the Aegean Sea. Dancers of all ages improvise with emotion and present each time a particular type of balos.

 

2. EVROS: DANCING BY THE RIVER.

The maenads were women of the Greek mythology who lived at Thraki. The maenads followed Orpheus. The myth wants the maenads to cut off the head of Orpheus and throw it into the large river Evros.
The rushing waters of the river transported it into the Aegean Sea. But dying, the great mystic music left its pipe and drum to the mortals.

 

3. VILLAGES OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT.

Major rivers of Macedonia are poured into the Aegean Sea: Axios, Aliakmon, Loudias. Here, humans, horses and music coexist in harmony. Street musicians on a painted carriage play the Pan flute.
2300 years ago, Alexander the Great choose the area to bred thousands of horses. Riding in on his horse Bucephalus, which was fast as the wind. Wandering from village to village, the musicians entertain the music loving residents. Just like 2300 ago.

 

4. METEORA: DANCING BY THE ROCKS.

Wherever the hand and the eye don’t reach, the music with its wings do. Here, between sky and earth rising there are the cosmogonic rocks of Meteora in the vast valley of Thessaly. Awe-inspired and love, courageous and expression throw bridges, bridging earth and sky. And they all work together for the joy of life. Just simple and metaphysical.

 

5. SIROS: TRADITIONAL ORGANS.

At Cyclades, the most beautiful Greek islands, the sea, the rocks and the wind compose a unique music. Through two traditional organs, tzabouna and toubaki. Here, the new generation respects and continues the eternal tradition that inherits from the previous generations.

 

6. PIRICHIOS DANCE.

Pyrichios in Greek means sound and fire. The fire of war, love, life and death. The Greeks used to dance with their weapons before every battle. They lived and died with their weaponry.

 

7. SALAMINA: THE TRATA DANCE.

2500 years ago, at the sea battle of Salamina, Europe kept their identity, due to Greece’s victory against the East. The dance we see before us is called the Trata dance. We can see this type of dance at Megara and Salamina. Trata means fishing boat. The female dancers imitate and dramatize the work of their fishermen husbands when they collect the fish nets from the sea.

 

8. MOUNTAIN VILLAGES.

Greece is full of small mountain villages. Here, the residents kept the traditional professions and the habits of another era. Point of social reference is the square of each village. Here, residents will gather to celebrate with their musical instruments in major events and festivals.

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