“Greekness” is a word that is coined to describe a version of the perceived Greek national identity. According to Natalie Zervou, Greekness “pertains to an understanding of Greek identity that acknowledges the multiple population shifts and incorporates the histories of ethnic minorities that are invisibilized in the dominant rhetoric” (175). It is in contrast to the concept “Hellenism”, which implies the historical existence of ancient Greece.
In the article Zervou relates this viewpoint to the economic crisis Greece is going through. Various challenges there makes the situation deviate from the image of the ancient Greece lineage. And that glory in belief is what Greek people and the international world tend to firmly hold onto. However, what Greekness advocates for is the fact and the presence of Greece. It deserves to be faced up to. This attitude is also reflected in performing art like dance. Many choreographers now pay attention to ethnic minorities, immigrants, and other marginalized groups of the society. They try to also incorporate those people’s living condition and emotional state in dance narratives.
This is an interesting idea because it is inspirational on the current refugee problems. Instead of remaining nostalgic to the perfectionism in the classical facet of Greek, considering Greek as a growing and complex unity at the present time is significant. This viewpoint brings all the ingredients of this country into the picture. And only through recognizing the progresses and the problems can people come up with ideas to achieve satisfying results. By bringing refugee experience to the public eyes, dance can help look for solutions.Zervou, Natalie. 2015. "Bodies of Silence and Resilience: Writing Marginality." Congress on Research in Dance Conference Proceedings 2015 175. Accessed 9 Jan 2018.