My Velvet Marigold | Rebetiko


A dance performance

about the Rebetes


The uprooting, the clash of the dreams with reality, the immigration, the denial of the middleclass model with the consequence of marginalization, and the force of life are the axes of the work.


The neoclassical ballet merges with the characteristic figures of the folk dances, the rebetiko, zeimbekiko and hassapiko in a single total.

The selection of the songs is of the first period of rebetika, from the arrival of the Minor Asia refugees until the interwar.

Rebetiko originated in the music of the larger, mainly coastal cities in Asia Minor, where large Greek communities lived. During the early 20th century, the main centre of the rebetico music was the multi-national port of Smyrna. The musicians of Smyrna were influenced not only from the eastern sounds, but also from the European-style music of the many European communities of the city, most notably the Italians. After the Great fire of Smyrna many of them fled to Greece contributing to the development of the rebetiko style music in Greece.

Manos Hatzidakis summarized the key elements of rebetiko in three words with a wide presence in the vocabulary of modern Greek merakikefi, and kaimos (μεράκι, κέφι, καημός: love, joy, and sorrow).

Kalliopi Ioannidou
Lighting Design:
Katerina Maragoudaki
Sophie Alyssandratou, Sophia Kourtessi, Yannis Labner, Kalliopi Ioannidou and others.
50 minutes

The performance “My velvet marigold” was held by the dance company “Evdomo Vima” (“7th Step”) in the Theatre Argo on the 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th of May 2015.

Ticket price: regular 10€, reduced 8€.
Reservations:  210 5201684 | 697 8873973

Αφίσα 7ο βήμα 35x50 final