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The Great Tamer © Julian Mommert

The Great Tamer © Julian Mommert

The Great Tamer © Julian Mommert

The Great Tamer © Julian Mommert

The Great Tamer © Julian Mommert

The Great Tamer © Julian Mommert

 

Presentation

  • History is often made of floors and ceilings, and in The Great Tamer, Dimitris Papaioannou doesn't hesitate to challenge his eleven performers to find their balance and projection points on an inflated stage constantly going through a process of deconstruction, swelling up, absorption, and even rejection. Starting from this metaphor of man in a position of research, the show becomes a sensorial and primitive epic. “The point is to dig and bury, then reveal. We're talking about identity, about the past, about legacy and interiority.” Revealing the small tragedies and great absurdities of our modern lives, bringing together well-known and ambiguous figures from the world of the circus—the clown, the acrobat—the work of the Greek choreographer is at once melancholic and funny, and plays on theatrical conventions with the audience, in all simplicity. Between levity and tragedy, within a plastic world that pays homage to some of the greatest European painters—Botticelli, Raphael, El Greco, Rembrandt, Magritte, Kounellis—Dimitris Papaioannou sets the bar high and asks all of us to “exhaust our lives” and to give everything we can before leaving this world. This quest for grace and beauty is neither relaxing nor contemplative.

     

    Dimitris Papaioannou
    With a training in fine arts, Dimitris Papaioannou came to creation through drawing. After receiving recognition early as a painter and comics illustrator, he turned to the performing arts as a director, choreographer, performer, and set, costume, and lighting designer. The first artistic cycle of his work revolved around the Edafos Dance Theatre group, with whom he worked for 17 years, until 2002. The creation of the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympics in Athens brought him international fame. Since 1986, his personal work has been a hybrid research in experimental dance, a mix of physical theatre, art of movement, and performance with which he questions creation, identity, and the legacy of Western cultural memory. His last shows, Primal Matter (2012) and Still Life (2014), are representative of that intimate quest of a man revealing his fears and questioning his environment and his destiny. Dimitris Papaoiannou will be presenting his work at the Festival d'Avignon for the first time.

  • Distribution

    With Pavlina Andriopoulou, Costas Chrysafidis, Ektor Liatsos, Ioannis Michos, Evangelia Randou, Kalliopi Simou, Drossos Skotis, Christos Strinopoulos, Yorgos Tsiantoulas, Alex Vangelis

    Conception, visualization and direction Dimitris Papaioannou

    Set design and art direction Tina Tzoka
    Lights Evina Vassilakopoulou
    Costumes Aggelos Mendis
    Sound Kostas Michopoulos, Giwrgos Poulios
    Music Johann Strauss II, An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314
    Musical arrangements Stephanos Droussiotis
    Sculpture Nectarios Dionysatos
    Costume - props painting Ilia
    Assistant to the director Pavlina Andriopoulou, Stephanos Droussiotis, Tina Papanikolaou
    Rehearsal Director Pavlina Andriopoulou
    Assistant to the Set Designer and Set Painter Mary Antοnopoulou
    Assistants to the Sculptor Maria Papaioannou, Konstantinos Kotsis
    Technical Director Manolis Vitsaxakis
    Stage Manager Dinos Nikolaou
    Assistant Sound Engineer Nikos Kollias
    Creative - Executive Producer Tina Papanikolaou
    Production Assistant Tzela Christopoulou, Kali Kavvatha
    Tour Manager + International Relations Julian Mommert

    Production

    Production Onassis Cultural Centre (Athènes)
    Executive producer 2WORKS
    Co-production Culturescapes Greece 2017 (Suisse), Dansens Hus Sweden, EdM Productions, Festival d'Avignon, Fondazione Campania dei Festival – Napoli Teatro Festival, Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, National Performing Arts Center (Taiwan), Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Théâtre de la Ville/La Villette-Paris
    With the support of Alpha Bank and for the 71st edition of the Festival d'Avignon : Centre culturel hellénique de Paris

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