The Great Tamer
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
How to get there
- 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
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.
- 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 €