Konstantakis

Konstantakis - Κωνσταντάκης

 

The Konstantakis (Κονσταντάκης) dance recalls the Fall of Konstantinopolis (Άλωση της Κωνσταντινούπολης) and Emperor Konstantinos Palaiologos’ last stand within the walls of the eternal city on May 29, 1453.  Historically, the seige lasted nearly 2 months.  After days of fighting insurmountable odds, Konstantinos is recorded to have made a final rush into the Turkish onslaught of soldiers with his dedicated warriors.  His body is not recorded to history as having been recovered.

The dance in the first link below is performed to  a song regarding his search for a wife over several years; which historically lead to him being unmarried at the time of his death. However, it is appropriate that the dance (ie. in the first link) be performed to the song in the second link;  which does directly recall his fate in the final battle in the Fall of Konstantinopolis.

Konstantinos, who is a repeated subject in Hellenic folklore,  is referred to alternatively as Konstantakis; the name of this dance.  His name was invoked during the 1821 Greek Revolution that inevitably lead to freedom for parts of the mainland from the Ottoman Empire.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRIzTwvu4CE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVSugTpTNhs