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Profile of Batsheva choreographer

 

The opposite of macho strength

Marking 60 years, Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin starts each day with a form of dance he came up with himself. His Batsheva dance company was in Cyprus recently for two performances. THEO PANAYIDES meets him

 

Sitting in the Curium Palace Hotel in Limassol, talking to Ohad Naharin – his Batsheva Dance Company are giving a performance at the Municipal Garden Theatre down the road in a few hours – I’ve got my first question primed and ready. I’ve been on Wikipedia, finding out the basics about Ohad, and I notice he was born in 1952. “So you’ve got a big birthday with a ‘0’ at the end coming up,” I point out. “Or maybe it’s already happened?”

“It’s today!” he beams happily.

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A minute with Achilleas Kentonis, Artistic Director of the ARTos Foundation

Where do you live? 

I live in Nicosia (though sometimes I feel I live in different airports) with my family, my wife Maria, and children Nefeli 14 and Antonis 11

 

Best childhood memory? 

Excavating caves 

 

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish?

I am not a frequent customer to restaurants but I enjoy simple things in life so I like Stekki tou Costi in Agalantzia. As far food is concerned, I like Mediterranean cuisine and sushi!

 

What did you have for breakfast? 

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The future is vertical

 

A number of building projects across Nicosia look set to transform the capital’s skyline, says NAOMI LEACH

 

The noise of change is hard to ignore. The frenetic pulse of the capital beats louder these days. Weaving through the old city, the scaffolding, broken paths and cordoned off streets make familiar routes unreachable. Outside the centre of Nicosia, the bones of unfinished structures stretch towards the sky. Dusty teams of workmen gather each day, a metallic orchestra of drills, diggers and hammers busily setting the soundtrack to a city on the rise.

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A history of modern dance

Contemporary dance in Cyprus is still in its fledgling stages although it has undergone huge strides in the last few years. ZOE CHRISTODOULIDES meets a dancer who has documented them

 

Ask any group of professional dancers what makes for a good performance and you’ll most likely be faced with a whole load of different replies. A bit like modern art, contemporary dance can mean something very different for each individual. Some like it stark, gritty and raw; others may be intrigued by movement that playfully complements an inspiring beat or carefully put together musical composition. 

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Film review PIRANHA 3DD *

 

Almost any film would be improved by the addition of piranhas. Prometheus would’ve been much more fun if those astronauts had found man-eating fish on that distant planet (instead of Engineers or whatever), The Avengers would’ve benefited from a piscine supervillain with big teeth, and anyone who sat through What to Expect When You’re Expecting will have wished more than once for a shoal of piranhas to turn up and tear its whiny cast to pieces. The only exception to this rule is Piranha 3DD, which already has all the piranhas it needs (some would say it has even more). This is one of those rare films which would only be improved by non-piranha-related things – things like wit, originality, imaginative plotting and likeable characters. All of which it singularly lacks.

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Restaurant Review: No Reservations, Nicosia

Nothing in your dining experience in Nicosia will prepare you for No Reservations. We arrive at 8pm on a Tuesday to an empty restaurant and choose to sit outside under an awning surrounded by pots of herbs – the premises are on the corner opposite the Cyprus Museum of Contemporary Art in Stassinou Street. There is a pleasant breeze and a surprising lack of noise, considering the location. Madam of the house, Monica, approaches with the menu and reveals the mysteries of dining at her restaurant and I quote, ‘From our menu, that changes every 15 days to keep up with what we find fresh and in season, you can make a selection of five courses for €20, 12 courses for €30 or the full menu for €35’. Sounds interesting.

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Bar Review: Bellini, Limassol

With summer settling on the island a need has grown to be closer to the sea to enjoy Cyprus’ beauty and nightlife in all its glory. Bellini, situated on Limassol’s sea front, encompasses all the key elements of a perfect summer night – drinks, music and the sea at your feet.

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