DIMITRIS PAPAIOANNOU (GR)


The Great Tamer

DIMITRIS PAPAIOANNOU (GR)

March

Fri 9 Mar / 9:30pm & Sat 10 Mar / 7pm

RIVOLIGrand Auditorium

Dance
10,00EUR • 16yrs+  
Based on the metaphor of a man in a position of research, the performance turns into a sensory and primitive epic. “The key issue is to dig and bury, and then expose”, the author reveals. Here one discusses identity, the past, legacy and innerness. By exposing the minor tragedies and the great nonsenses of modern life, and by gathering well-known, ambiguous characters from the circus world (the clown, the acrobat), the work of the Greek choreographer is simultaneously melancholic and amusing, and it touches several theatrical conventions with the audience with the greatest simplicity. Between lightness and tragedy, within a visual world paying homage to some of Europe’s greatest painters (Botticelli, Raphael, El Greco, Rembrandt, Magritte, Kounellis), Dimitris Papaioannou asks us to “empty our lives”, and give everything we can before leaving this world. Such a quest for grace and beauty is neither relaxing nor contemplative. It aims at a full and seeming simplicity, which is far from being easily attainable. Its purpose is to shed light on the sacred quality of what’s common and daily. 

Dimitris Papaioannou had training in fine arts and came to create through drawing. After being recognised as an illustrator and painter, he started working in performing arts as choreographer, performer, and set and lighting designer. His first work was around the group Edafos Dance Theatre, with which he worked for 17 years, until 2002. His creation of the opening ceremony of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games brought him international recognition. Since 1986, his work has been the result of researching experimental dance, and a combination of physical theatre, movement and performance, questioning the creation, identity and heritage of Western cultural memory. His last productions, “Primal Matter” (2012) and“Still Life”(2014), are representative of the personal quest of a man exposing his fears, and questioning his habitat and his destiny.


 
In “The Great Tamer”, choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou does not hesitate to challenge his dancers to find their points of balance and projection, undergoing a process of deconstruction, swelling, absorption and rejection. 

March

Fri 9 Mar / 9:30pm & Sat 10 Mar / 7pm

RIVOLIGrand Auditorium

Dance
10,00EUR • 16yrs+  
Conceived and directed by Dimitris Papaioannou
Performers Pavlina Andriopoulou, Costas Chrysafidis, Ektor Liatsos, Ioannis Michos, Evangelia Randou, Kalliopi Simou, Drossos Skotis, Christos Strinopoulos, Yorgos Tsiantoulas, Alex Vangelis
Set design and art direction Tina Tzoka
Costumes Aggelos Mendis
Lighting design Evina Vassilakopoulou
Sound Giwrgos Poulios
Sound design and operation Kostas Micholoupos
Music Johann Strauss II, “An der schönen blauen Donau” [The Blue Danube], op. 314
Music adaptation Stephano Droussiotis
Sculpture design Nectarios Dionysatos
Costumes and props painting Maria Ilia
Creative executive producer and assistant director Tina Papanikolaou
Assistant director Stephanos Droussiotis
Assistant director and rehearsal director Pavlina Andriopoulou
Technical director Manolis Vitsaxakis
Stage manager Dinos Nikolaou
Assistant sound engineer Nikos Kollias
Assistant to the set designer and set painter Mary Antonopoulou
Assistants to the sculptor Maria Papaioannou, Konstantinos Kotsis
Production assistant Tzela Christopoulou
Tour manager and international relations Julian Mommert
Executive production assistant Kali Kavvatha
Produced by Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens
Co-produced by CULTURESCAPES Greece 2017 (Switzerland), Dansens Hus (Sweden), EdM Productions, Festival d'Avignon (France), Fondazione Campania dei Festival – Napoli Teatro Festival Italia (Italy), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (Luxembourg), National Performing Arts Center-National Theater & Concert Hall | NPAC-NTCH (Taiwan), Seoul PerformingArts Festival | SPAF (South Korea), Théâtre de la Ville – Paris / La Villette –Paris (France)
Executive producer 2WORKS
With the support of Alpha Bank
Tour travel sponsor AEGEAN Airlines
Approximate length 100 minutes