You will read, sing and even write Rembetiko songs; exploring the feelings and thoughts that inspire your own lyrics and color your own reality.
You will sing whilst professional musicians play their baglamadaki and bouzouki! Together, your music rings against Piraeus’ homes. In a single verse, you feel the weight and lift of the Rembetes’ reality; where the difficulties of circumstances were overcome by the passions and promise of the human condition. You will sing words of pride and honor, of promise and hope and a life worth living. You will bring to life the values and ideals that surge inside you; that give you the energy and optimism to move forward.
Rembetes could spill their souls through music and dance. In underground cluttered tavernas, words and body came together to express a zeal for life. And so, when afternoon slips into evening, you too, will learn to dance.
In an authentic taverna from 1932, a traditional dance instructor mentors you through the techniques of Zeibekiko. This is an improvised dance for the courageously honest. You will dance in a space safeguarded by camaraderie and a deep recognition of being human. Your feet are guided by the values you hold in your heart as the music beats against your chest.