An evening of Magic with the pantomime of Irene Orda
A very special program was selected by the 3rd Paros Classical Music Festival to close this year's curtains, on Saturday, Spetember 20: An evening of Pantomime and Music with the "magical, funny and entertaining," as characterized by the international press, Swiss mime, Irene Orda, accompanied by the Parian young pianist Maroulia Kontou and the American pianist, Nancy Goldenberg, artistic director of the Festival.
Irene Orda was born in Zurich, Switzerland, and in her fourth year she set the foundation for her career, when she began her first ballet lessons. As she was growing up, she started enjoying dance, movement and music, so she decided to study pantomime. To do so, she moved to Vienna, Austria, and started classes with Samy Molcho. At the same time, she was taking acting lessons and developed herself intensely to the Indian temple dance.
She then moved to Paris, France, where she studied at the Ecole de Mime. There, she learned to combine dance and pantomime. Going back to Zurich, she developed her first full-length solo program and began her performing career in small theaters, always continuing her work with Samy Molcho.
Today, Orda holds workshops and seminars on body language, pantomime and temple dance. She has had guest performances in France, Italy, Spain, England, Thailand, Japan and the United States.
Irene Orda's performance is "dressed" musically by the young Parian pianist, Maroulia Kontou, and the Festival's artistic director, Nancy Goldenberg.
Maroulia Kontou was born in Piraeus in 1977 and gre up in Paros, where she began her piano studies. She then went to study at the conservatory in Athens, where she received her harmony and performance diplomas. She is currently teaching piano to children on Paros.
Founder and artistic director of the Paros Classical Music Festival, American-born Nancy Goldenberg, performs and lectures internationally. Trained at the Juilliard School, the Paris Conservatory and Salzburg's Mozarteum, she has been assistant conductor and coach at New York City Opera, head of the Department of Accompaniment at Florida State University and music professor at several US Universities.
She has also written two books on teaching piano to children. She lives in Frankfurt, Germany, and Paros island, Greece.
The program of the performance of Saturday, September 20, consists of the following acts:
Morning Scenes I and II
A Walk with the Dog
The First Date at a Restaurant
A special Journey
A Touch of Asia