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The Great Tamer

Dimitris Papaioannou

Imbued with a rare visual intensity, Dimitris Papaioannou’s shows are a blend of experimental actions, physical theatre and performance. Formerly a painter and comic book author, Papaioannou designs his works by creating storyboards illustrating the dreamlike images that he then transfers to the stage. A soundtrack formed by amplified, distorted noises made by the performers, accompanied by fragmented music and sound landscapes, envelopes the action. Papaioannou uses all these elements to talk about life as if it were a journey in search of great discoveries, hidden treasures or to explore, in an almost archaeological way, the most deeply hidden meanings of our existence. Images that are simple only in appearance, images that speak to us of the most sacred aspects of mundane things.

Although he started out in the world of fine art, Dimitris Papaioannou soon turned to the stage, where he became a director, choreographer, performer and set, costume and lighting designer. He founded the Edafos Dance Theatre, a company he worked with until 2012 and which has become an icon in the Greek performing arts world. However, he is perhaps best-known for creating the opening ceremony for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Dimitris Papaioannou creates his shows in cooperation with the performers, and is aesthetically influenced by artists ranging from Jacques Tati to Luis Buñuel, from Buster Keaton to David Lynch.


One of the great poets on the contemporary scene fills the stage with fascinating images in a show that fuses physical theatre and performance to speak of human life as a journey of constant discovery.

Produced by Onassis Cultural Centre - Athens (Greece).

Co-produced by CULTURESCAPES Greece 2017 (Switzerland), Dansens Hus Sweden (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 Performing Arts Festival | SPAF (Korea), Théâtre de la Ville – Paris / La Villette – Paris (France).

Executive Producer: 2WORKS

With the support of: ALPHA BANK 

Air Carrier Sponsor: AEGEAN

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Conceived – Visualized + Directed by
Dimitris Papaioannou
Pavlina Andriopoulou, Costas Chrysafidis, Ektor Liatsos, Ioannis Michos, Evangelia Randou, Kalliopi Simou, Drossos Skotis, Christos Strinopoulos, Yorgos Tsiantoulas, Alex Vangelis
Set Design + Art Direction in collaboration with
Tina Tzoka
Artistic Collaborator for costumes
Aggelos Mendis
Lighting Designed in collaboration with
Evina Vassilakopoulou
Artistic Collaborator for Sound
Giwrgos Poulios
Sound design and operation
Kostas Michopoulos
Johann Strauss II, An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314
Music adaptation
Stephanos Droussiotis
Sculpture design
Nectarios Dionysatos
Costume – Props painting
Maria Ilia
Creative - Executive Producer + Assistant Director
Tina Papanikolaou
Assistant director
Stephanos Droussiotis
Assistant Director + Rehearsal Director
Pavlina Andriopoulou
Technical director
Manolis Vitsaxakis
Stage manager
Dinos Nikolaou
Assistant Sound Engineer
Nikos Kollias
Assistant to the Set Designer – Set Painter
Mary Antοnopoulou
Assistants to the Sculptor
Maria Papaioannou, Konstantinos Kotsis
Production assistant
Tzela Christopoulou
Tour Manager + International Relations
Julian Mommert
Executive Production Assistant
Kali Kavvatha
Plaça de Margarida Xirgu, 1, 08004 Barcelona, Espanya

L1 (Espanya), L3 (Espanya; Poble Sec)




França Xica, 42; Passeig de l'Exposició, 30


55, 121, N0, N6


Auditorium accessible to people with reduced mobility. Accessible toilets.


All seats equipped with induction loop for the hard of hearing.

Dimitris Papaioannou
by Julian Mommert
Dimitris Papaioannou
by Julian Mommert
Dimitris Papaioannou
by Julian Mommert
Dimitris Papaioannou
by Julian Mommert
Julian Mommert
Julian Mommert
Julian Mommert
Julian Mommert
Julian Mommert
Julian Mommert
Julian Mommert
Julian Mommert
Julian Mommert
Julian Mommert
Julian Mommert
Julian Mommert
Dimitris Papaioannou
Dimitris Papaioannou
Dimitris Papaioannou
Dimitris Papaioannou


This activity is part of the Greece at the Grec Festival
Start date
End date
Mercat de les Flors - Sala Maria Aurèlia Capmany
8 p.m.
Running time
105 min
No words performance
24 €

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