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      TRANSVERSE ORIENTATION (2021) / a new work by Dimitris Papaioannou / trailer
  • dazzling with beauty

    "Biennale de la danse de Lyon: the shock wave of Dimitris Papaioannou's new creation shakes the festival"

    “Papaioannou assembles and dismantles an empire where all the senses collide, where philosophical discourse questions the very essence of being.

    "Papaioannou conjures up intimate metaphors, distressing and at the same time dazzling with beauty. “

    Odile Morain, franceinfo:culture, 5 June 2021
    original article

    artistic magic

    "Like all of Papaioannou’s pieces, it’s a meticulously crafted, intensely visual experience."

    "a long act of artistic magic created before our eyes by the superbly precise performers”

    – Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times, 8 June 2021
    original review

    the masterpiece by Dimitris Papaioannou

    "What do you expect from a dance performance?  That it leaves traces in our bodies and our memories, that it delves into us without us realizing it, that it lets us see, experience, imagine, recompose.  May it make us cry too.  This is all that Dimitris Papaioannou offers to us with Transverse Orientation his latest creation, a pure masterpiece presented as a world premiere at the Biennale de la danse de Lyon."

    "Carried by eight magnificent performers, enveloped in the music of Vivaldi, Transverse Orientation is an abundance of images whose formidable aesthetics question the meaning of our lives or simply challenge our emotions, leaving us the choice to imagine and create our intimate shocks. It is all the strength of this work which, behind the apparent chaos, lets in the luminous bursts of a rebirth!"

    – Martine Pillars, Toute la culture, 3 June 2021
    original review

    Papaioannou grabs the bull by the horns

    “Dimitris Papaioannou grabs the bull by the horns. He creates a stir by presenting his latest creation at the Biennale de la danse de Lyon: Transverse Orientation. A jewel of inventiveness and beauty.”

    – Al. M.,  Le Progress, 3 June 2021
    original review

    we are dealing with a master

    "Papaioannou, 1st shock of the La Biennale de Lyon / Danse, somewhere between Giacometti and the musical, the world premiere of Dimitris Papaioannou, Transverse Orientation, our first big favorite of this Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2021."

    "It is not every day that we have the feeling that we are dealing with a master, in sublime paintings of Madonna or in Greek male statuary revisited."

    – Luc Hernandez, Exit Mag, 3 June 2021
    original review

    Master of enchantment

    "Master of enchantment, the choreographer delivers with Transversal Orientation an opus perfectly served by eight magnificent dancers, alternately violent, enchanting and contemplative.” 

    "a work faithful to the phantasmagorical and mythological obsessions of the brilliant body visual artist"

    — Delphine Baffour, la terrace, 5 June 2021
    original review

    a waking dream

    “a waking dream of nearly two hours, between staggering beauty and sublime monstrosity.” 

    "Papaioannou combines angels and demons in a long painting of nearly two hours, where everything is essential, nothing is superfluous everything is thought out.”

    – Olivier Frégaville-Gratian d’Amore, L'œil d’Olivier, 6 June 2021
    original review


Conceived – Visualized + Directed by Dimitris Papaioannou

With Damiano Ottavio Bigi, Šuka Horn, Jan Möllmer, Breanna O’Mara, Tina Papanikolaou, Łukasz Przytarski, Christos Strinopoulos, Michalis Theophanous

Music Antonio Vivaldi
Set Design Tina Tzoka & Loukas Bakas
Sound Composition + Design Coti K.
Costume Design Aggelos Mendis
Collaborative Lighting Designer Stephanos Droussiotis
Music Supervisor Stephanos Droussiotis
Sculptures + Special Constructions - Props Nectarios Dionysatos 
Mechanical Inventions Dimitris Korres

Creative - Executive Producer + Assistant Director Tina Papanikolaou
Assistant Directors + Rehearsal Directors Pavlina Andriopoulou & Drossos Skotis
Assistant to the Set Designers Tzela Christopoulou
Assistant to the Sound Composer Martha Kapazoglou
Assistant to the Costume Designer Aella Tsilikopoulou
Special Constructions - Props Assistant Eva Tsambasi
Photography + Cinematography Julian Mommert

Technical Director Manolis Vitsaxakis
Assistant to the Technical Director Marios Karaolis
Stage Manager – Sound Engineer + Props Constructions David Blouin 
Props Master Tzela Christopoulou
Lighting Programmer Stephanos Droussiotis
Costumes Construction Litsa Moumouri, Efi Karantasiou, Islam Kazi
Stage Technicians Kostas Kakoulidis, Evgenios Anastopoulos, Panos Koutsoumanis
Lighting Constructions Miltos Athanasiou
Silicone Baby made by Joanna Bobrzynska-Gomes
Props Team Natalia Fragkathoula, Marilena Kalaitzantonaki, Timothy Laskaratos, Anastasis Meletis, Antonis Vassilakis

Executive Production 2WORKS in collaboration with POLYPLANITY Productions
Executive Production Associate Vicky Strataki
Executive Production Assistant Kali Kavvatha
Props Production Manager Pavlina Andriopoulou
International Relations + Communications Manager Julian Mommert

A production of ONASSIS STEGI
To be first performed at ONASSIS STEGI (2021)

Co-Produced by Festival d'Avignon, Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2021, Dance UmbrellaSadler's Wells Theatre, Fondazione Campania dei Festival - Napoli Teatro Festival Italia, Grec Festival de Barcelona, Holland Festival – Amsterdam, Luminato (Toronto) / TO Live, New Vision Arts Festival (Hong Kong), Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Saitama Arts Theatre / ROHM Theatre Kyoto, Stanford Live / Stanford University, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Théâtre de la Ville - ParisThéatre du Châtelet, UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance

With the support of Festival Aperto (Reggio Emilia), Festival de Otoño de la Comunidad de Madrid, HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts, National Arts Centre (Ottawa), New Baltic Dance Festival, ONE DANCE WEEK Festival, P.P. Culture Enterprises Ltd, TANEC PRAHA International Dance Festival, Teatro della PergolaFirenze, Torinodanza Festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino - Teatro Nazionale

Funded by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports
Dimitris Papaioannou’s work is supported by MEGARON – THE ATHENS CONCERT HALL

We would like to thank the team at Lemon Poppy Seed for styling the performers’ hair.

Thank you 
Alexia Psaradeli, Fotini Tatsi, Marina Markouli, Elissavet Mandillara, Christos Fousekis, Danae Krili, Maria Filippa, Elissavet Samineli, Kyriacos Parasevopoulos, Spyros Vasilakis, Katerina Psaradeli

Duration: 1h45min
Transverse Orientation was presented live in 21 countries in 31 cities for 108 performances to over 95.000 spectators.

Find out where + when here