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    Première: May 24, 2017 at the Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens Main Stage.                                                                                                 Photograph by Julian Mommert
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    PRIMAL MATTER in a short film
    We are excited to share with you a new video created by Dimitris Papaioannou, presenting the whole PRIMAL MATTER in seventeen minutes. PRIMAL MATTER has reached the end of a four-year journey, and will not be presented live for the next two years. The work was documented in the original space it was created for, at the Athens Festival in 2013. Filmed by Stefanos Sitaras. 
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    STILL LIFE in three more cities!
    We are very pleased to announce three new cities that have been added to STILL LIFE’s journey in January 2017:
    Seville - Teatro Central on 20 & 21 January 2017
    Sydney - Sydney Festival on 27 - 29 January 2017
    More details about our travels here
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    We are happy to announce the new creation of Dimitris Papaioannou. The premiere will be on 24 May 2017 at the Onassis Cultural Center - Athens in Athens. This project is the first international co-production of Dimitris Papaionnou's work. Produced by the Onassis Cultural Center - Athens & co-produced by Théâtre de la Ville-Paris / La Villette - Paris, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF), National Performing Arts Center – National Theater & Concert Hall (Taiwan), CULTURESCAPES Greece 2017
    Additional co-producers will be announced soon, as well as our touring dates in the 2017-18 season.
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    STILL LIFE on tour

    In October 2015, STILL LIFE was presented in Paris at the Théâtre de la Ville for four sold-out performances, in Bordeaux at the Novart Festival, and in Milan at the CRT.
    The warm reception we received from audiences and critics alike made us very happy! 
    Next stop, Stockholm at Dansens Hus on 5 and 6 November 2015. New STILL LIFE tour cities are now being added for 2016. 
    Find out more details about our travels here.  Read the reviews here
    Photograph by Julian Mommert
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    STILL LIFE / ten more nights at the Piraeus Municipal Theatre

    For those who didn't catch us, we're returning to the Piraeus Municipal Theatre for ten more performances on 14-16, 18-22 & 24-25 November 2015 before continuing our international tour.
    Buy your tickets online here, by calling +30 210 7 234 567, from the Piraeus Municipal Theatre box office (32 Iroon Polytechniou Street) and from the Ticket Services offices (39 Panepistimiou Street, Pesmazoglou Arcade).

    Photograph by Julian Mommert
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    PRIMAL MATTER on tour

    PRIMAL MATTER was presented at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy, in an edition adapted specially for this historic stage, as part of the 68th Ciclo di Spettacoli Classici.
    The work has also been invited to appear in the autumn of 2016 at Lyon's Biennale de la danse, and at London's Dance Umbrella.
    See how PRIMAL MATTER was staged inside Andrea Palladio's architectural masterpiece in this video. Read reviews here.

    Photograph by Julian Mommert

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    STILL LIFE / Athens tickets on sale now 

    Tickets for Athens peformances of Dimitris Papaioannou's latest work, STILL LIFE at the Piraeus Municipal Theatre  16-19 & 23-27 September 2015  and 
    14 -16, 18 - 22 & 24 - 25 November 2015  are now available to buy online here!

    Photograph: Julian Mommert


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    STILL LIFE & PRIMAL MATTER / performances 2015-2016
    We are excited to announce the first tour dates of Dimitris Papaioannou’s latest work, STILL LIFE, created at and produced by the Onassis Cultural Centre - Athens
    in 2014.
    We will be visiting France, Italy, Sweden, Chile, Brazil and Belgium, and giving 10 performances in our home town — Athens.
    Additional tour cities and dates coming soon. For full details, please visit our calendar. Watch the STILL LIFE tour video trailer here.
    And we are honoured to announce a special edition of PRIMAL MATTER for the historic Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy as part of the 68° Ciclo di Spettacoli Classici
    on 2 and 3 October 2015.
    We hope to see you on our travels— our first tour since the year 2000!
    Photographs (from left): Julian Mommert, Matteo Prandoni and Nikos Nikolopoulos

    Opening Ceremony  of the First European Games.
    Presented in Baku on the night of 12 June 2015.
    Conceived, visualised and directed by Dimitris Papaioannou 11 years after the creation of the Opening Ceremony of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
    Watch two videos (final scene and Europa and the bull) / director's cut on vimeo. Full replay of the Opening Ceremony here.
    Download an eight-page PDF of storyboard artwork created by Dimitris ten months before the Opening Ceremony here.

    Photograph by Julian Mommert
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    STILL LIFE at Watermill

    We are proud and excited to announce that the opening segment from STILL LIFE —SISYPHUS— will be presented in the US for the first time by Robert Wilson at this year’s Watermill Center Summer Benefit Gala in New York, on 26 July.  Dimitris will also be staying on at Watermill to workshop new material with the Summer Program participants. See photos from last summer's performance at the Watermill Center Benefit, Dimitris' solo with chairs from MEDEA performed by Evangelia Randou, here. We hope to see you in New York!

    Photograph by Dimitris Theodoropoulos
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    Inspiration from NOWHERE

    The central scene from Dimitris Papaioannou's NOWHERE (2009) formed the basis for the first scene of Akram Khan's Dust, created this year for the English National Ballet. As noted by Akram Khan in the printed programme, "The opening scene of Dust is inspired by the 'body mechanic system' originally created by Dimitris Papaioannou."

    Watch the complete original segment from NOWHERE, dedicated by Dimitris to the memory of Pina Bauschhere.

    Video still from NOWHERE (left), and photograph from Dust by Dave Morgan (right)
  • NEWNEWSLETTER CAVAFY13 / C.P Cavafy, Lena Platonos & Dimitris Papaioannou

    In 2010, Lena Platonos created a song cycle for 13 poems by C.P. Cavafy and asked Dimitris to design the staging and visuals for its first presentation to the public. Five concerts were given at the Pallas Theatre in Athens in December that same year.

    In 2013, in honour of the 150th anniversary of the poet’s birth, Kyriacos Karseras put together a site where videos of the full live concert and all 13 stage visuals are now freely available, along with texts about Cavafy and notes by the artists -

    PEN American Center / Cavafy Tribute in New York

    The PEN American Center invited Dimitris to take part in its Tribute to C.P. Cavafy, at The Town Hall in New York City on 18 November 2013. He brought the evening to a close with the finale from PRIMAL MATTER, performing with Michael Theophanous, and also presented a video projection from K.K., his 2010 staging of 13 Cavafy poems set to music by Lena Platonos. Dimitris joined André Aciman, Michael Cunningham, Mark Doty, Olympia Dukakis, Craig Dykers (of Snøhetta), Edmund Keeley, Daniel Mendelsohn, Orhan Pamuk and Kathleen Turner on stage for the evening. More information here.

    Photographs by Tsalapeteinos

    CLOCKWORK / collaboration with the SISTERS circus company 

    The Swedish SISTERScircus company (Valia Beauvieux, Mikkel Hobitz Filtenborg and Pablo Rada Moniz) invited Dimitris to collaborate with them to create CLOCKWORK. Following residencies together in Stockholm, Strasbourg and Barcelona, the work had its pre-première at the Teatro Ateneu in Barcelona on 26 and 27 October 2013, and its official première at Le Manège de Reims, Scène National between 6-9 November 2013.
    Watch the show trailer on Vimeo here.
    Upcoming performances: 18 & 19 January 2014, La Ferme du Buisson, Scène National de Marne-la-Vallée, France / 13 & 14 February 2014, Théâtre de Cornouaille, Scène National de Quimper, France / 11, 12 & 13 March 2014, at the Reithalle Offenberg, Germany, in collaboration with Le Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg - Scène européenne, France
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    BIRTHPLACE / The Athens 2004 Olympic Opening Ceremony / Show Day Documentary

    On 13 August 2004, Dimitris Papaioannou and his team presented BIRTHPLACE - the Athens 2004 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

    Nine years on, take a look behind the scenes on show day in a short documentary film by Athina Rachel Tsangari.

    Watch it on Vimeo here.
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    MEDEA(2) / Evangelia Randou performs at the Watermill Center in New York

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    selected the solo with chairs from Dimitris Papaioannou's MEDEA(2) for his Watermill Center's 20th Annual Summer Benefit, "Devil's Heaven", held on 27 July 2013. Evangelia Randou performed the ten-minute solo twenty times in a loop on the main platform in the Center's grounds. Guests included Marina Abramović, Lucinda Childs and Lady Gaga. Evangelia repeated the performance on 11 August for Discover Watermill 2013, when the Center opened its doors to the public.

    Photograph by Lovis Ostenrik Dengler
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    INSIDE / life-size video installation at the Kalamata International Dance Festival 2013

    is a large-scale on-stage experiment by Dimitris Papaioannou that took place in a room set inside the Pallas Theatre in central Athens in the Spring of 2011. On 25 July 2013, specially for Kalamata International Dance Festival, an unedited six-hour video documentation of INSIDE was projected life size and in high definition onto a large screen installed inside the Castle Amphitheatre. You can watch 30 minutes of extracts from INSIDE on Vimeo here. For more information, you can find INSIDE on the official KIDF Website / Facebook / Tumblr.
    Photographs by Miltos Athanasiou
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    PRIMAL MATTER / 2013 performances in Athens and Edinburgh

    Dimitris Papaioannou's PRIMAL MATTER has completed a run of 26 performances at the Athens Festival 2013 (1 June - 14 July). Joined on stage by Michael Theophanous this year, Dimitris also presented the show in March as a parallel event of the exhibition From Death to Death and Other Small Tales: Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery of Art and the D.Daskalopoulos Foundation, at The Corn Exchange in Edinburgh.

    You can watch the show's six 2013 trailers on Vimeo here.

    Photograph by Maria Petinaraki
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    HEART-SHAPED EARTH / complete 1993 comic now available in English

    Dimitris Papaioannou's 12-page Greek-language comic HEART-SHAPED EARTH was first published in Babel (Issue 145, pp. 42-53) in 1993.

    Translated into English by Kyriacos Karseras, the complete comic is now available to read online at yfrontier, and can be downloaded as a PDF here.