MAKEDONIKOS ANTIKRISTOS- GREECE

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MAKEDONIKOS ANTIKRISTOS DANCE, GREECE

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Literally meaning “Face-to-Face dance from Macedonia” is a Southeast European dance form known as Makedonikos Antikristos. This “traditional” dance is said to have originated from a city called Kozani located in southern Greece. Furthermore, this dance is mainly performed by couple i.e. a male and female.

A. History/origin of the Makedonikos Antikristos:

According to the cultural history of Greece, this dance style was first created in regions such as Macedonia, Thrace, Epirus as well as on the islands of Agean. Furthermore, it was then named Antikristos which when literally translated means “two dancers facing each other”.

B. Costumes used in the Makedonikos Antikristos:

The costumes worn in this dance form varies according to the gender as follows:

1. For males:

The attire worn will include a white long robe, a purple overcoat, a pair of shoes, and a red hat.

2. For females:

The attire worn will include a colourful dress, headgear, and a pair of shoes.

C. Music involved in the Makedonikos Antikristos:

The musical instruments mainly involved in this dance style include a mixture of stringed instruments i.e. chordophones, wind instruments i.e. aerophones and drum instruments i.e. membranophones.

D. Training availability and technique involved in the Makedonikos Antikristos:

In terms of technique, this dance is performed by a couple i.e. usually a male and female. Furthermore, the performers position themselves “face-to-face”, and then dance to the rhythm of accompanying music using lively feet movements. As for training centers/schools, there are none available around the world since this “traditional” dance is mainly performed in southern Greece.

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