Karnavali 2017: Kalymnian Style

What a party! Huge thanks to everyone who joined the BLE at Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Somerville for Karnavali on Saturday – especially our sponsors and benefactors, our musicians and dancers, and our members and volunteers. Featuring traditional dances from the island of Kalymnos and music by Revma and special … Continued

Karnavali on Kalymnos

Poised on the eastern edge of the Aegean in the Dodecanese, Kalymnos is a place where the traditional and the modern exist in harmony. This is an island with a long history. According to Homer, Kalymnos sent thirty ships to Troy as part of the Achaean fleet. But it does not live in the past … Continued

Traditional Dances of Kalymnos

Kalymnos, like many of the Aegean islands, looks to the sea more than to the land.  The two most popular dances, Sousta and Issos, reflect this maritime orientation – the dancers bob up and down like boats tied up in the harbor, moving their feet like the tides as the line of dance goes in … Continued

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