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.
© portrait Julian Mommert