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“They should stick to the dancing”

Dora Stratou Greek Dances Theatre
Ranked #100 of 350 things to do in Athens
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: See traditional Greek dances in this 800-seat garden theater.
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“They should stick to the dancing”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

We were excited to take three other families along with us to what I expected to be a lovely night of Greek folk dancing and amazing hand made costumes.

The entire experience was ruined by one VERY vulgar skit which completely distracted from the dance routine. It was embarrassing to watch and horrible for our children and young adults - everyone in our group was shocked and appalled by the end of the skit!

It is really too bad that that is a part of the evening entertainment. I will not be returning, I will not send our visitors there and I will warn others about going there.

If it were not for that section, the rest of the dances are lovely and the costumes are colorful and interesting.

Visited July 2013
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“Think twice before attending”
Reviewed 28 July 2013

I have to agree with the other individual who rated the show as "terrible". In the almost 50 years that I have been living in Greece, I have always taken my guests to see a performance of the Dora Stratou Greek Dances, knowing how much it will be enjoyed. This time, one "dance" was enough to leave a very bad impression and in the future I will need to think twice before taking other guests to see a performance. I'm just grateful that my grandchildren stayed home that evening and that our guests were understanding. It's a shame that the theater is celebrating it's 60th year in a manner most unbecoming.

Visited July 2013
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“lovely setting for an evening show”
Reviewed 13 June 2013

It's a beautiful little theatre in amongst all the trees on the hill (though the path back wasn't lit and it was dark by then so that was a bit scary). Unfortunately for us it wasn't the usual show, but a number of dance groups visiting from the villages. What we saw was certainly very authentic, just not what we were expecting.

Visited June 2013
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“LIVING HISTORY”
Reviewed 27 May 2013

If you want to find the true essence of Greece, and enjoy music and dance and beautiful costumes, then this is the place to come to.

Set at the rear of Filopappou Hill, amongst a backdrop of pine forest, this Garden Theatre resembles a village square that can be seen in any one of the miriad of villages dotted around Greece.
Every night between the end of May and the end of September, a group of 75 musicians and dancers perform the traditional Greek Dances and music in traditional and AUTHENTIC costumes most of which have been hand made and beautifully embroidered.

There are live musicians playing tradiitonal instruments who accompany the dancers, along with a singer whose songs are a long way from "Never on a Sunday!" The dances are mostly in line with small intricate steps though some dances feature acts of agility strength on the part of the male dancers as they bend and twist right back or leap in the air slapping their boots at the same time. Many of the dances have subtle meanings for example a Courting Dance or a dance by young women hoping to attract a suitable partner, and it is this link to the past which makes them a living, breathing, thriving museum.
The shows last for 90 minutes non stop and the programme changes fortnightly which means you can go several times during the seasonand never see the same dances.
Drinks are available from a kiosk by the stage and there is another kiosk selling pictures, CD's and DVD's of the dances and music that you see on stage.

All in all a definite must for anyone visiting Athens.

Visited May 2013
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“Fantastic Experience! Don't miss it!”
Reviewed 24 September 2012

If you want an authentic look at Greek culture then come to the Dora Stratou Theater between May and September for a fabulous outdoor performance. The theater is located near the Acropolis behind the Filopapou Hill. it is in the midst of an olive grove and set down so that you feel that you are in the country. The stage looks like a village square and every seat in the theater offers a great view. The tickets are so reasonable at 15 Euros per seat and no reservations are needed. They change the program every 14 days so that they can feature all of the 1,000 dances in their repertoire over time. The live music is mesmerizing and very professional. The costumes are a feast for the eyes and above all the dancings is FABULOUS! Come, feel the energy and excitement and drink deep of Greek culture spanning generations and miles.
The funding has been cut back because of the crisis. Come and support what they are doing because it is important to keep this culture alive.
The evening was magical and you can bet I'll be back in May!
Don't miss it if you're in Athens at night.

Visited September 2012
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