800 year old Dance costume
Friday 15 September 11am, Parramatta ArtistS Studios
Weave Balkan costume workshop
For the Sydney Sacred Music Festival, WeAve will hold a workshop led by Yorgo Kaporis. He will bring with him ancient (500 - 800 years old) dance costumes from the Balkans to investigate the techniques used to make these wonderful garments.
WeAve Parramatta is an intercultural group that connects culturally diverse peoples through textile art, with a focus on contemporary practice by accessing traditional ways. We make beautiful things...but these are a byproduct - the really beautiful thing that happens is connection, storytelling, remembering and honouring in a supportive environment.
We connect with contemporary fibre artists, provide opportunity for WeAve members to platform themselves as artists and makers, remember and honour culture and traditions, learn and share techniques, activate community and support one another.
WeAve is an initiative of Parramatta Artists Studios and is supported by ArtsNSW and Parramatta City Council funding.
Yorgo Kaporis is a library of Balkan artistic knowledge and has danced professionally throughout Australia, drawing much inspiration from the famed Pirin Ensemble in Bulgaria, and choreographs dances to provide a visual and auditory explosion of colour and shapes which tantalizes the senses and leaves the audience begging for more.
Classically trained, he has danced and performed with the Maxwell Collis Ballet Theatre, the O’Kell Ballet Ensemble, The South Australian Youth Ballet and the Australian Ballet. Having completed some very successful years as a ballet dancer, Yorgo then took to ballroom dancing where he was awarded national champion in 1996.