Jakatoumba - Α dance theatre performance for children

Jakatoumba - Α dance theatre performance for children

By Lia Haraki

Choreographer Lia Haraki presents a production for a childrens’ audience, where movement, music and vocal sound create a perfectly functional universe, without the use of text.

JAKATOYMBA is a colorful interactive dance theatre performance for children and for the whole family on the value of free expression, diversity and the magic of adventure. Some of Cyprus’ best professional dancers such as Arianna Marcoulides, Panayiotis Tofi and Rania Glimitsa will be leading the show to the music of Costas Cacoyannis as well as live electronics and sound design by Christos Hadjichristou. Τhe set design was made by Eva Korae.

DESCRIPTION: Yakinthi, a little girl, opens her last birthday present which is a microphone but is too shy to use it. In her dream she finds herself in a land of sound where the different characters who speak their own language together with the help of the audience, will encourage her to eventually find her own way of expressing herself.

THE MEANING OF THE WORK: The piece aims to be a reminder and an inspiration to children regarding the natural gifts they are already blessed with which are essentially creativity, imagination, the pleasure of experiencing the world through the senses, the strength of character when facing fears, the openness towards adventure and play, the courage needed for expressing one’s self and the joy triggered by movement and sound.

Concept / Choreography / Direction: Lia Haraki
Assistant to choreographer: Arianna Marcoulides
Dancers: Arianna Marcoulides, Rania Glimitsa, Panayiotis Tofi
Live electronics and sound design: Christos Hadjichristou
Music composition: Costas Cacoyannis
Set: Eva Korae
Costumes: Arianna Marcoulides
Lights: Alexander Jotovic
Graphics: Despina Kannaourou 
Marketing: Elena Menelaou
Technical manager: Yiangos Hadjiyiannis
Production: .pelma.lia haraki
Many thanks to Stella Herodotou

With a background of 13 years of creation that includes her participation in the Venice Biennale for visual Arts in 2013 with the solo performance TUNE IN, international touring and numerous choreography awards, Limassol-born artist Lia Haraki continues to inspire and contribute to the Cypriot and International dance scene.

Jakatoumba is her first attempt to create for a children’s audience even though she has been planning this performance for a long time. She and her team have created a work that communicates beyond words and is out to inspire by reminding children of their uniqueness as a right to happiness!  More info on the artist at


DURATION: 50 minutes with no interval

Free workshops of creative movement with the use of voice and technology will be given by the JAKATOUMBA creative team to children with a performance ticket (there will be sign up forms at the theatre entrance). 
Workshops dates: October 29th or November 6that the Dance House Lemesos.

Of the shows will be donated to the Centre for Preventive Paediatrics.

In the frame of the ‘TERPSICHORE PROGRAMME 2016’ of the Cultural services of the Ministry of Education and Culture Cyprus
Supported by Dance House Lemesos

For 5 year old children and over. 
Τhere is no use of text in the performance and therefore children of all languages may attend.  

Main sponsor
Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and culture

Technological University of Cyprus
Limassol Cooperative Bank
Mama Toto

Dance House Lemesos
Kids Stuff
Free Feet-Creative movement classes

Media Sponsors
Time Out
City Free Press
Vestnik Kipra